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Sweet, Savory Ways to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day

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We all know that Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day, right? Right. Because that would be September 16th, when back in 1810, Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary Miguel Hidalgo rang a church bell that triggered Mexico’s separation from Spain. The Cry of Dolores, as the event is called, launched an eleven-year war and, ultimately, Mexican independence. Unsurprisingly, this is a lot bigger deal in Mexico than winning the battle of Puebla. September 16th (technically, Hidalgo rallied everyone at midnight on the 15th) is a patriotic holiday, with parades, concerts, and, of course, lots of food.

Time to break out the tortillas. Here are 34 of our favorite savory and sweet bites (and some sips) to celebrate with.

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Start with Snacks

Queso Fundido con Hongos
Queso Fundido con Hongos
Mexican Grandma Salsa

Mexican Grandma Salsa by Erika

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

Crazy Street Corn

Crazy Street Corn by Pati Jinich

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips by Ashley McLaughlin

How to Make Salsa without a Recipe
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How to Make Salsa without a Recipe

Savory & Satisfying

Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas by Happyolks

Genius Flour Tortillas

Genius Flour Tortillas by AngelinaLaRue

The Splendid Table's Refried Beans with Cinnamon and Clove
The Splendid Table's Refried Beans with Cinnamon and Clove
Janet's Mexican Pork Tamales
Janet's Mexican Pork Tamales
Carne Asada con Rajas

Carne Asada con Rajas by Waverly

Yellow Mole with Chicken and Masa Dumplings

Yellow Mole with Chicken and Masa Dumplings by Pati Jinich

Simple Enfrijoladas

Simple Enfrijoladas by Amanda Sims

Fish Tacos on the Grill

Fish Tacos on the Grill by Merrill Stubbs

Beef Flautas

Beef Flautas by Paula Disbrowe

Chile en Nogada Bowl with Turkey Picadillo and Walnut Crema

Chile en Nogada Bowl with Turkey Picadillo and Walnut Crema by Carolynn Carreño

Heidi Swanson's Green Pozole

Heidi Swanson's Green Pozole by Food52

Savory Masa Corn Cakes with Green Chile, Cheese, and Lime Crema

Savory Masa Corn Cakes with Green Chile, Cheese, and Lime... by zora

Chilaquiles Verdes
Chilaquiles Verdes

Sweet Finishes

Mexican Concha (Sweet Cookie-Topped Buns)
Mexican Concha (Sweet Cookie-Topped Buns)
Isla Flotante (Floating Island) or Torta en Leche (Cake in Milk)

Isla Flotante (Floating Island) or Torta en Leche (Cake i... by Michael Snyder

Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue

Coconut Cajeta & Chocolate Fondue by hardlikearmour

Strawberry, Pineapple, & Orange Sorbet (Nieve de Oasis)

Strawberry, Pineapple, & Orange Sorbet (Nieve de Oasis) by Fany Gerson

Oaxacan Cinnamon Chocolate Macaroons

Oaxacan Cinnamon Chocolate Macaroons by robinbeth

Mexican Chocolate Churro Rounds
Mexican Chocolate Churro Rounds
Flans with Muscovado Sauce

Flans with Muscovado Sauce by Alice Medrich

Coconut Tres Leches

Coconut Tres Leches by aargersi

Avocado Ice Cream (Helado de Aguacate)
Avocado Ice Cream (Helado de Aguacate)

Sips

Chamoyada Margarita

Chamoyada Margarita by Adriana

Kristin Donnelly's Watermelon Agua Fresca

Kristin Donnelly's Watermelon Agua Fresca by Genius Recipes

Smoky and Spicy Paloma

Smoky and Spicy Paloma by Hi, I'm Brian.

Mezcal Michelada

Mezcal Michelada by Josh Cohen

Horchata

Horchata by Cookie and Kate

Margarita

Margarita by Erika Kotite

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