Happy Cinco de Mayo! In case you don’t know what Cinco de Mayo is, here are five fun facts:
- Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day.
- It commemorates a single battle…The battle of Puebla. (A battle fought between 6,000 French troops and 2,000 Mexicans. The French retreated after having lost 500 men, while the Mexicans lost fewer than 100 in the battle that lasted from daybreak to the evening of May 5, 1862.)
- In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is traditionally celebrated in the state of Puebla with Military parades, reenactments, and other festivities.
- It is not really celebrated in the rest of Mexico. It is not even a federal holiday.
- The day is widely celebrated in the United States – primarily as a celebration of Mexican culture (particularly their food).
In Texas we celebrate, at least with food, whether we have any ancestry form Mexico or not. In fact, I read a statistic that said in the United States we consume 80 million pounds of avocados on May 5th alone.
There is nothing I love more than a good taco. To celebrate, I thought I would brainstorm all the kinds of tacos I could think of (this actually just made me hungry). So, forgive me if I sound like Bubba Blue from Forrest Gump.
-soft (flour) tacos
-crunchy (corn) tacos
-ground beef tacos
-breakfast tacos (bacon, egg and cheese; sausage, egg and cheese; ham and cheese; chorizo; etc.)
-Indian tacos (in fry bread)
Then, you’ve always got the offshoot of the taco world…taco salad!
Happy Cinco de Mayo to all my fellow taco and guacamole lovers out there.