Cinco de Mayo 2014: 4 recipes to celebrate Mexican culture

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By: Krystal Vivian
kvivian@elkharttruth.com

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo is as easy as making guacamole – that is, to say, very easily.

Cinco de Mayo – Spanish for the fifth of May – is the celebration of the Mexican army defeating the French army in the Battle of Puebla in 1862, according to History.com. Despite being outnumbered and having little supplies, the Mexican army prevailed in the daylong battle before the French retreated.

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is predominantly celebrated in Puebla, where reenactments of the battle and parades are popular events.

In America, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture, and many people celebrate with traditional Mexican food and drinks.

Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at your home? Try one or all of these recipes:

Guacamole


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There are lots of recipes out there for guacamole, but Alanna Nuñez at Shape magazine says that the real secret to the best guacamole is to keep it simple.

“The key to a perfect guacamole includes: avocados, diced white or red onion, 1 pinch salt, 1 to 2 jalapeños or Serrano peppers, lime juice, and cilantro,” Nuñez said. You can also add in tomatoes, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic or black pepper, but she says anything more is unnecessary.

Enchiladas


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Making enchiladas doesn’t always have to be an all-day task.

Food Network’s Ingrid Hoffmann has an easy shredded chicken enchilada recipe that uses ingredients you can find at any grocery store – and they only take about 20 minutes to prepare before you put them in the oven.

Looking for something more advanced? A woman named Mely published her mother’s recipe for authentic Mexican enchiladas rojas on her blog, Mexico in My Kitchen. Mely promises the recipe is a little messy, but well worth it.

Mexican Grilled Corn


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Mexican grilled corn works as a snack or side dish for any meal.

The key to Delish’s recipe for Mexican grilled corn is Cotija, a Mexican cheese similar to Parmesan. You can find Cotija at a Mexican specialty grocery store or you can use Parmesan instead.

Margaritas


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No Cinco de Mayo celebration would be complete without a margarita.

CHOW’s margarita recipe calls for 100 percent agave tequila and specifically Cointreau triple sec, rather than another brand.

But margaritas can feature several flavors and can be frozen or on the rocks. The Cooking Channel‘s list of 26 margarita recipes range from the classic to an interesting cucumber jalapneo margarita

How are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Have a favorite recipe for a Mexican dish? Share it below.

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