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Cinco de Mayo

I love Mexican cuisine, from traditional “comida muy authentico” to TexMex. If it is labeled Mexican food, chances are I will love it –unless it is Carlos O’Kelly’s, that place is an embarrassment to Mexican food lovers. I think the only thing good on their menu is their margaritas.

A quick history about Cinco de Mayo: It is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day (that is Sept 16), but it is a holiday celebrating Mexico’s defeat of a larger and better equiped French army at the Battle of Puebla back in 1862.

Here in the United States Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture, with food, drinks and dancing. I think Cinco de Mayo is a day for us Americans to be as Mexican as we are Irish on St. Patrick’s day. I love to eat, drink, and if I’ve had enough to drink you may even catch me dancing; so this is a favorite “holiday” for me.

Here are some of my favorite tried and true Mexican recipes that I hope you will try for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Feliz cinco de Mayo!



Recipe for delicious Mexican ground beef.

A yummy and easy margarita recipe.


  1. I’m diggin’ the fajitas recipe you have there! Yum! Be sure to check out my Cinco recipe: Margarita Cupcakes! San Diego is huge on celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Truthfully, I don’t think most people even know what this holiday is really all about… so instead, it’s mostly about eating Mexican food and drinking Margaritas.

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