Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner…have you started planning your menu? Speaking of Cinco de Mayo, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I even knew what I was celebrating. Yes, I joined in the festivities and have had my fair share of tacos without even knowing why…you don’t have to convince me to celebrate! 🙂 Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for May 5th and is a date to commemorate the Mexican’s army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War. My investigation into the holiday showed that it is actually a fairly minor holiday in Mexico but here in the United States it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. There are many Cinco de Mayo traditions across the United States with include parades, mariachi music, folk dancing, street festivals and so on.
Here in rural Iowa there is no parade or street festivals on May 5th, so I like to create our own little celebration at home. Like I said, you don’t have to convince me to celebrate! Below are some of The Gingham Apron’s favorite Mexican dishes to help you plan your own celebration at home too!
Crunchy Taco Bites