Let’s be honest, most Americans probably don’t have a clue what the sentiment behind Cinco de Mayo really is. It’s much like St. Patrick’s Day: a fun excuse to drink green beer (or green margaritas) and kick up your heels. But, since it’s wise to be well informed, I reached out to my resident expert on Mexican history, otherwise known as Wikipedia, and learned the following about this colorful holiday:

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

Now that we are all up to speed, I thought I’d share a line up of 10 simple, though not entirely authentic, Cinco de Mayo recipes. For ideas on what to drink with your south-of-the-border eats, head over to Hola Jalapeno where Kate Ramos hosts Margarita Week each year. There is no shortage of tenquila-spiked inspiration over there.

 4-Ingredient Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Lazy Girl's Enchilada Pie by Mom's Kitchen HandbookLazy Girl’s Enchilada Pie

Slow cooker pinto beans

Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

Mexican Street Corn SaladMexican Street Corn Salad

Crispy Avocado Tacos / Mom's Kitchen HandbookCrispy Avocado Tacos

Tex Mex Skillet Supper Tex Mex Skillet Supper

Oven Baked Chicken TaquitosOven Baked Chicken TaquitosLentil NachosLayered Lentil Nachos

Berries as cute as a cupcake www.momskitchenhandbook.comBerries as Cute as a Cupcake

Honey Mango Sorbet Pops / Mom's Kitchen Handbook

Honey Mango Sorbet Pops 

And if that’s not enough, you’ll find 5 more fresh and simple Cinco de Mayo recipes by heading here.  

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