Part of the reason I have always wanted to keep my maiden name is because it helps me retain my culture.
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Not to say I lose it without my last name, but people do not realize I am Hispanic without the name. They see it and go, “Oh! You’re Hispanic?” Yes, yes I am.
That means I get to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with pride and eat all the recipes passed down in my family.
Cinco de Mayo
Let’s first make sure we all know what Cinco de Mayo is. Literally translated, it means the 5th of May. That right there tells you when to celebrate. Now, what are you celebrating?
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).
Although it is actually a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the US Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of both Mexican culture and heritage.
The traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the US.
Growing up we would go to an annual celebration in Dallas as well as have a large meal at home. The food was always my favorite. It still is.
Hence the reason I want to share it with you.
Of course, the foods I grew up on are totally Tex-Mex, but, to me, they are the best! Plus, some fun additions that are spicy or tasty enough to add to any Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Tex-Mex Cinco de Mayo Recipes
- Guacamole (I must have it on everything when it comes to Mexican food)
- Tex-Mex Enchiladas (favorite meal of all time)
- Chicken Nachos
- Pina Colada (non-alcoholic since we don’t drink)
- Crockpot Chicken Fajitas
- Mini-Mexican Pizzas
- Fish Tacos
- Cheesy Refried Beans
- Pork (Pernil) Empanadas
- Easy Mexican Corn
- Tres Leches Cake
- Tortilla Soup
- Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole
- Avocado Coconut Drink
- Flautas with Cilantro-Lime Avocado Cream Sauce
- Charro Beans
- Cinnamon Churros
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Mexican Bites