Cinco de Mayo lettering. Vector color vintage engraving illustration.Bienvenidos y feliz Cinco de Mayo! Celebrate Mexican history and culture with us on this beautiful fifth day of May with some delicious authentic recipes. For all of you last-minute shoppers, we have plenty of amazing Mexican-inspired dishes for your Cinco de Mayo festivities!

How It Began  

While it is true that Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May and discounted margaritas, most people probably don’t know what they are actually celebrating on this important day. In 1861, France began to overtake Mexico and claim several territories as their own. However, when 6,ooo well-armed French troops stormed the city of Puebla on May 5, 1862, they were surprisingly defeated by less than 2,000 poorly supplied Mexicans. After this battle, the French were forced to retreat- something that had not happened to the French in over 50 years! Even though the Battle of Puebla didn’t mark the end of the war, May 5 still represents a great symbolic win that encouraged the Mexican people to persevere.

How It Is Celebrated Today  

With such a huge holiday, you’d think that the entire country of Mexico is buzzing with preparation for parties and traditional food right? Well, not exactly. In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is mostly only celebrated in the city of Puebla, where the famous battle had taken place. Natives of Puebla organize large parades that include people dressed as Mexican and French soldiers with vendors selling food and clothing alongside the street. Sometimes, reenactments even take place of the Battle of Puebla! Back in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated- even more so than in Mexico. On Cinco de Mayo, parties are hosted, local Mexican restaurants celebrate and lots of delicious Mexican dishes are made. If you’re one of the many hosting, or attending, a Cinco de Mayo party this year, check out our suggestions below for some great Mexican dishes!

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I think we can all agree that one of the most important parts of any holiday party is definitely the food. This Cinco de Mayo, try some of our great Mexican-inspired recipes!

Start your Cinco de Mayo off right with this recipe for Mexican Rice. With this recipe in your cooking arsenal you won’t ever need to go back to your local Mexican restaurant again! After your guests are almost filled the brim with flavorful rice, serve our Mexican-inspired, party-friendly Wonton Taco Cups. With all of the best Mexican flavors packed into bite sized cups, this recipe makes cooking and clean-up a breeze. You can even apply this concept to our recipes for Coconut Fish Tacos and Shrimp Tacos! Create the different taco fillings and make a variety of wonton cups, suited to everyone’s Cinco de Mayo pallets. For a heartier dish, try our recipe for One Pot Enchiladas. Complete with black beans, sweet corn and zucchini, this recipe eliminates the hassle of assembling enchiladas without sacrificing the flavor!

Put in charge of the dessert this year? Try this recipe for Coconut Cheese Flan– with a sweet tropical twist added to the classic flan, this dessert will not let your family and friends down! If you’re not much of a technical baker but still looking for a great Mexican dessert, then try this recipe for Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips. With plenty of fresh juicy fruit and crispy homemade cinnamon tortillas, this simple dessert will make you the dessert person for all Cinco de Mayo parties to come!

As your Cinco de Mayo kicks off, use any or all of our recipes for inspiration and head to your local Sparkle Market to get all of the fresh ingredients that you need to make your fiesta a success!