How to Make Tortilla Bowls for 5 de Mayo

Once you’ve mastered the art of making your own fresh tortillas, you’ll probably be eager to try out all the different ways you can use them. Of course there are the classic recipes like tacos and enchiladas, but did you know that you can make your own tortilla bowls for taco salad at home too?

Taco salad is a really popular dish, because it eliminates a common problem that happens while eating tacos: you’re munching along quite happily, and then all of a sudden all your taco fixings fall out the bottom of the taco!

It’s hard to eat a taco politely when half of the meat and cheese is threatening to slide out the bottom and little flakes of shredded lettuce are raining down all over your plate.

Of course, sometimes getting a little messy is part of the fun of eating tacos. But for other occasions where stricter table manners are required, you can serve taco salad.

Taco salad includes all the goodies you would find in a regular taco, layered inside of a tortilla bowl so you can eat them with a fork or with chips made from broken pieces of the bowl.

Serving Taco Salad in Tortilla Bowls

Taco salad served in a tortilla bowl looks fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make. All you have to do is make your tortillas as you normally would, mixing up your masa, forming it into balls, and then flattening and cooking them into perfect, round tortillas using your tortilla maker. Here are my tips on making perfect tortillas using a tortilla maker.

Place your finished tortillas into a handy tortilla server to keep them warm as you finish making the rest of your batch.

Making Your Tortilla Bowl in 3 Steps

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Here is the best part, keeping your tortillas warm in a tortilla server gives you the most desirable shells.

1-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and get out some olive oil, a cookie sheet, and something ovenproof to drape your tortillas over.

While you can purchase tortilla bowl molds for this purpose, as long as you don’t require perfectly symmetrical fluted-bowls you can use a regular ovenproof bowl instead. I’ve even seen people use the backs of muffin cups to create mini bowls.

2-Take your tortillas out of the tortilla warmer. They should still be very pliable, but if they’ve cooled too much you can always microwave them for a few seconds. Not the best though as microwaving tends to take the moisture out of them.

Lightly brush both sides of each tortilla with your olive oil, and then gently press them into place over the back side of your bowl or mold.

3-Bake the tortillas for 12 or 13 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy. You can use other molds to achieve creative shapes.

Be the talk of the party by serving unique mini taco salads with mini-bowls made with different sizes cupcake molds and there you have it: piping hot, fresh and crispy bowls for taco salad.

Because they’ve been baked instead of fried, they’re much healthier than those you would probably get at a restaurant. If you have any bowls left over, break them up and serve them as chips with queso or one of your favorite Mexican salsa recipes.

I will experiment soon with small taco salad shells so I am thinking about serving 3 on a plate to make it fun. Each can have different ingredients.

Simple, right? Try this twist and let me know how you do by writing to me on the comments

How To Create Your Perfect Cinco de Mayo Invitations

So, you want to throw a rockin’ Cinco de Mayo party. Maybe you want to share your Latino heritage with your neighbors, or maybe you’re a Hispanic culture lover wanting to learn more about Latino culture. Either way, the first step will be creating the perfect Cinco de Mayo invitations to get your guests excited for your party.

How to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Invitations

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When it comes to making your Cinco de Mayo invitations, you have three main options. First of all, you might go online to a site like evite.com and use their pre-made templates to email an invitation to all your friends. This method works great for big or last-minute parties, but it can feel pretty impersonal.

The next option would be to order custom-made invitations from a print shop. Again, various websites offer templates for you to use. Just fill in the information about your party and in a day or two you can pick up your professional-looking invitations from your local print shop and mail them to all your guests.

The best option, in my opinion, is to make your own Cinco de Mayo invitations. This takes more time but you end up with really unique, personalized invitations.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, you might design your invitations with a cut-out design on the cover that looks like the traditional papel picado Cinco de Mayo decorations or create the invitations in the shape of the piñata that you plan to smash during your party.

Other ideas for designing your card include using the colors of the Mexican flag and decorating with sombreros, serapes, cacti, and other iconic symbols of Mexico.

Elements of the Invite

Obviously you’ll need to include all the vital information about when and where your party will be held, what guests should bring, etc. However, remember that your friends can sometimes interpret things very differently, especially when it comes to party etiquette. Follow these tips to make sure your invitation communicates your expectations clearly.

Who: Latinos tend to be very open and inclusive about parties, so if you’re inviting mainly Latinos, expect two or three relatives, neighbors, or random acquaintances for every guest that receives an invitation. Other cultures tend to stick strictly to the guest list.

What: The idea of a Cinco de Mayo party without heaping portions of food and lots of beer seems almost unimaginable. Make sure your guests know that the point of the party is to eat, drink, and be merry so they arrive with an appetite and with drinks to share if needed.

For fun ideas about what to serve and make check my article on How to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Tamales or if you want something less labor intensive and easy to make use my Cinco de Mayo Enchiladas and Margarita Recipes.

If for some reason you want to have a dry party, be sure to specify this on the Cinco de Mayo party invitations because Latinos traditionally bring beer to parties, especially Coronas to celebrate this day.

When: Latinos treat party start times like gentle suggestions and typically show up even an hour after the time printed on the invitation.

We are accustomed to stay until the kids fall asleep on the floor and the adults finally dance themselves to exhaustion. Other cultures, on the other hand, show up like clockwork and often start looking for excuses to leave a party after a few hours.

Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Invitation Wording

I admit it, I love Spanglish so forme using it is not a sin.  With Spanish so common in many parts of the US, you can incorporate some Spanish words into your invitation without worrying about guests getting confused. Use these examples of fun Cinco de Mayo invitation wording to get started brainstorming your own wording:

  • ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Join us for a Rockin’ Fiesta!
  • ¡A Bailar y A Beber! It’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
  • Margaritas + Sal = Feliz Cinco de Mayo for All
  • Tacos, Tequila and Lime…Head to the Border It’s Fiesta Time

The key should be to make your invitation reflect your personality and the vibe of the party, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different wording until you get it right!

Decorating for Cinco de Mayo

What to Use to Spice Up Your Celebration

Throwing a Cinco de Mayo party isn’t just for Hispanics. Many gringos love this holiday too. I try to show them the “real” way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by hosting my party with authentic Mexican food, music, and decor.

Cinco de Mayo History

Contrary to popular belief in the US, Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16. The real Cinco de Mayo history revolves around an amazing Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, which took place in 1862 on-you guessed it-May 5.

In the 1980s Cinco de Mayo started becoming very commercialized, thanks to advertising stunts by US companies like Coors Brewing Company. Ever since then, we have struggled a little bit to get Americans to remember the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo.

5 Must-Have Cinco de Mayo Decorations

When decorating for your Cinco de Mayo party, don’t forget to have plenty of authentic Mexican decorations on hand. Try some of these most popular Cinco de Mayo decorations:

Mini Sombreros — The traditional charro costume of the Mexican mariachis always includes a fancy sombrero. While you may not have a real sombrero, you can easily get a whole bunch of painted or embroidered mini sombreros to use as part of your decor.

Serapes — In addition to bringing to mind the traditional ponchos many Mexicans wear in different parts of Mexico, serapes or sarapes are a great way to incorporate the bright colors of Cinco de Mayo to your party.

Mexican Guitars — You should definitely listen to authentic ranchera or mariachi music at your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mini Mexican guitars complement the music and they’re also fun for guests to play with.

Luminarias — As your party stretches into the evening, you’ll want to have some traditional Mexican lighting. Luminarias are basically punched tin or clay candleholders that give your party a bit of a glow and cast cool, star-like light patterns around the room. These are my favorite piece of Mexican decor because they are romantic and inviting.

Mexican Flag — You definitely want to have some type of decoration with the Mexican Flag on it. If you don’t have a real flag, consider buying a pack of paper or plastic flags that you can string up as a banner. This will help guests remember the true meaning of Cinco de Mayo.

Decorating for Cinco de Mayo – Ideas

7150234067_c9e8ebfddaSo you have ordered all your authentic Cinco de Mayo decorations from a Mexican party supplier. Now what do you do with them? Here are some ideas for working Mexican items into your Cinco de Mayo decor.

Set up Your Table – Buffet-style dining works best for Cinco de Mayo parties. Decorate your table with a yellow, red, green, or purple tablecloth and a long, skinny Mexican serape as a table runner. Serve the guacamole in the traditional Mexican molcajete, and the tortillas in a colorful tortilla basket.

Plates, Cups, and Drinks – If you like, you can get paper plates and cups with Cinco de Mayo designs printed on them, or just a mix of plates and cups in bold colors that match your party colors.

Provide your guests with mini serapes to use as coasters. Mini sombreros make great beer bottle toppers-they keep bugs out of the bottles at outside parties and if you write the guest’s name on the mini sombrero they will also get a fun keepsake from your party.

Decorative Touches – Set up luminarias and red, yellow, or green candles around the room. Also include little Mexican folk art touches like painted clay figurines, marionettes, or miniature clay jugs.

If you have room on your buffet table for a centerpiece, consider working in traditional Mexican foods like a bunch of brightly colored chili peppers or nopales surrounding a candle or a cactus. This is how you see these foods displayed in outdoor markets in Mexico.

Party Favors – Guests love little mementos of your party. I like to give ach guest a mini cactus, preferably in a tiny, brightly painted Mexican pot. You could also give a figurine, mini sombrero, mini serape, or pretty much any little item that will remind them of Cinco de Mayo.

As you can see decorating for Cinco de Mayo doesn’t have to be an arduous job. I would love for you to share your pictures of your Mexican 5 de Mayo celebration. Feel free to post them on Hispanic Culture Online’s Facebook page.

How to Make Your Cinco de Mayo Tamales

Cinco de Mayo Tamale Recipe

Today I am helping you get ready for 5 de Mayo with this Cinco de Mayo tamales recipe. We celebrate this date in honor to the victory of the Battle of Puebla that took place on May 5, 1862.

This day is a national holiday in Mexico and we celebrate it in many South Texan towns and other states and cities thoroughout the U.S. If you want to know more about the history of this holiday check out Marcela’s article on 5 de Mayo history.

Easy Tamale Recipe for 5 de Mayo

Tamales at Benito’s Hat Mexican Kitchen
by Annie Mole

How to Make a Perfect Pork Tamales Recipe

Filling Ingredients for 2 Dozen Tamales

  • 2 cups of pork cooked and shredded
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion chopped
  • 1 fresh chile ancho, seeded and chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 24 cornhusks soaked in hot water

Masa

In a large bowl, place cooked meat, tomato and mix. Add cilantro, onion, serrano pepper and salt and mix until blended.

You can use conventional dough but I recommend you to make hot and spicy tamale dough. Here is how:

  • 2 cups of masa harina
  • 2 cups of chicken stock or beef stock or warm water
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil or corn oil
  • 2 chile de arbol ground
  • 1 Tbs garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs baking powder

Preparing the Masa

  • Mix masa harina and stock until you get the right dough consistency
  • Measure oil in a large cup, add chile de arbol, chili, garlic and salt
  • Mix until ingredients dissolve in the oil
  • Add oil mixture to masa and mix all ingredients thoroughly
  • Add baking powder then let it rest for 5 minutes
  • Spread on the silky side of the cornhusk
  • Fill with the filling
  • Roll by folding long side over meat, tuck tip inward and roll over
  • Steam cook in tamalera for 30 minutes

If you still need more recipes for this day visit Cinco de Mayo recipes where you can get some simple dishes that can go along with tamales.

Sandra Vásquez is an inventor and a Hispanic entrepreneur. You can purchase Tamale Spreaders from HEB Grocery Stores, Fiesta Marts, Supermercados Wal-Mart, Wal-Marts, Food City, Bashas, Super A Foods, MexGrocer.com, and many other Hispanic grocers.

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Easy to Make Cinco de Mayo Enchiladas and Margarita Recipes

I combined essential Cinco de Mayo recipes that are authentic and easy to make because I know that throwing a memorable party to celebrate this day requires some authentic touches you can give with food without going broke. The following “5 de Mayo” recipes require inexpensive and easy to find ingredients from your local supermarket.

5 de Mayo Recipes to Make Your Party Rock

Recipes for Margaritas

What better way to celebrate than preparing for your guests a famous Cinco de Mayo recipe of margaritas!  I collected 3 of my favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes for Margaritas that you can use depending on your budget, time and flavor you desire. Believe me, ALL of them have a twist which make them unique.

The Real Deal The Simplest
-The Frozen One-
The Modern Flavorful One
Lime wedge
salt
1 jigger* Cointreau
3 jiggers tequila (or 2)
1 jigger freshly squeezed lime juice
Ice
Limes
Salt
One 6-oz can of frozen limeade
4 shots of tequila
Ice
2-oz of tequila
1-oz Berentzen’s apple liqueur
3/4-oz fresh lemon juice
o Put the salt in a paper towel.
o Rub the lime wedge on the rim of a margarita glass.
o Dip the rim in salt.
o Combine Cointreau, tequila, lime juice, and a small handful of ice.
o Stir well and pour all into the glass.
* Jigger = 1 1/2 fluid ounces (3 tablespoons).
o Fill blender with ice.
o Add tequila and can of limeade.
o Blend together until all ice is crushed.
o Dampen the border of the margarita glass and dip in salt.
o Serve the mix and garnish with lime.
o Shake ingredients with ice.
o Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with a salted rim.
o Serve.
o Garnish with a slice of green apple.

Cinco de Mayo Recipe for Smooth Guacamole
Serves Four

4 ripe avocados, 1/2 red onion chopped, juice of 3 limes, salt, ground pepper, 1 garlic clove minced, 1 handful of fresh cilantro finely chopped and extra-virgin olive oil.

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Guacamole Cinco de Mayo Recipe
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  • Cut the avocados in half and take the pit out.
  • Scoop out the flesh with a tablespoon into a mixing bowl.
  • Mash the avocados very well with a fork.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, and gently mix.
  • The lime helps you avoid blackening.
  • Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Cinco de Mayo Recipe for Chicken/beef/pork Enchilada Casserole

2 cups of cooked chicken/beef/pork in cubes or strips.

Suggestion: marinate with cumin. 1-16 oz can of drained black beans (I prefer Goya), 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced and drained green chile peppers, 1 Handful of fresh cilantro, 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce, 2 cups of shredded Mexican blend cheese, 1 (8 ounce) container of sour cream.

  • Mix chicken, beans, chile and cilantro in a bowl. Use an 11×7 inch baking dish. to layer 4 tortillas. Use some sauce at the bottom before you place the tortillas.
  • Add chicken mixture over the tortillas, and sprinkle with cheese and sour cream.
  • Add a second tortilla layer and again add chicken mixture over the tortillas, sprinkle with cheese and sour cream, and add more sauce.
  • Cover dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven at 375 degrees F (190 C).

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    Mexican Casserole -Chicken & Enchilada
    Picture by Jess

  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and dot with sour cream.
  • Continue cooking, uncovered until cheese melts
  • Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I hope you enjoy these simple but delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes. They have worked for me and require little effort. I receive great compliments from my friends any time I make them. You too can enjoy a real Mexican holiday… y que viva Mexico!

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Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

It is time to enjoy a Mexican fiesta, and here are my Cinco de Mayo party ideas. First start thinking about invitations, main colors of the party, music, Mexican decor touches and food to tie the entire party.

1. Invitations: You can e-vite your friends, use email, buy invitations at the store or make them, but please make sure they have typical symbols of Mexico. Use maracas, Mexican sombreros, donkeys with ponchos or sarapes, etc. to attract attention. When I buy the invitations I use them as a guide to set the colors of the party.

I love to send invitations by mail. I make them myself when I can by simply printing a Mexican hat that I cut and glue on orange, purple or yellow blank cards to go with the blurb on the front: “Celebremos Cinco de Mayo en mi casa con margaritas, guacamole y enchiladas!!!” In the inside I give all the necessary information.

2. Color: Use a bright color scheme.

  • My favorite colors for a Mexican fiesta are yellow, red, green, and purple. Don’t be afraid of using these bold colors throughout the house.
  • Use yellow table cloths with red runners. Use zarapes.
  • Create a “fiesta ambiance” with red, yellow and green candles.
  • If you are using disposable plates buy the colorful ones in accordance to the color scheme. Mix and match! and that includes napkins.



3. Music: Mariachi songs and some “rancheras” are the norm. You don’t need to over do it, I play some “Mariachi” songs while proposing a toast to friendship.

Some of the most popular rancheras are “Pero Sigo Siendo El Rey,” or simply play music of Alejandro Fernandez, and Vicente Fernandez that you can mix with your own music in your cd changer. If money is not a problem then hire a Mariachi band to serenade your guests for half an hour.



4. Food: No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without serving guacamole and margaritas. If you want to get a bit fancier make this Cinco de Mayo recipe for chicken/beef/pork enchilada casserole. Every time I prepare this casserole my family loves it.

If you don’t have time to make any of these Cinco de Mayo recipes, you can use margaritas and guacamole to mix with pre-made h’orderves like mini flautas or taquitos, that big stores like Costco or BJ’s sell in the frozen food section. Serve Coronas with lime wedges, Mexican wine and micheladas.

You can also serve buffet style -assembly station- which has worked wonders for me. You simply have a big batch of warm tortillas that people can essemble with beans, mashed avocado, chopped tomatoes, red onions with peppers, cilantro, sour cream, refried canned beans, and sour cream. Your guests pass along the table and serve themselves while chatting to each other.

I hope you can use these Cinco de Mayo party ideas. They have worked for me and require little effort. You too can enjoy a real Mexican holiday… y que viva Mexico!

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My Easiest and Authentic Mexican Menu

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo has nothing to do with Mexico’s Independence Day. Originally intended to commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, today Cinco de Mayo evolved into a general celebration of all things Mexican.

As Mexican cuisine has spread across the globe, so has Mexican culture, leading to an interesting fusion of Mexican and local foods and traditions for Cinco de Mayo.

For example, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is basically an excuse to eat, drink, and party.

Anglos break out the Tecates, Sol, Carta Blanca, Dos Equis, Modelo Especial, Modelo, and Coronas of course -all Mexican beers, to serve up tacos with chips and salsa while believing they’re enjoying real Mexican food!

If you want to step back from the stereotypical tacos and plan a more authentic Cinco de Mayo menu for this year’s celebration, I can help.

Because Mexican cuisine is so varied from one region to another, it’s hard to pin down the “traditional” fare for 5 de Mayo.

Perhaps the best way to incorporate authentic Cinco de Mayo food traditions into your celebration is to use fresh ingredients and flavors native to Mexico, such as tomatillos and Cotija cheese.

My Top Cinco de Mayo Menu

Appetizers: Chips, Salsa, and Guacamole.

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Cinco de Meyo Menu – Guacamole and Chips

No surprises here! What I do is to make them special and more authentic, healthier, and tastier by using fresh Mexican ingredients.

For a spicy fresh salsa, use nice ripe plum tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, onions, tomatillos, and jalapeño peppers.

Your guacamole should include ripe avocados, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. Want a kick? My secret is to add some serrano chilies or some Cotija cheese for a smoother flavor.

If you’re not up to making your own corn tortilla chips from scratch, you can still do a little better than opening up a bag of Tostitos. Buy some fresh corn tortillas, cut them into chips, and fry them yourself.

Veggies: Use Elotes Tatemados and Nopales

Elotes Tatemados is a dish that consists of roasted corn on the cob, seasoned with butter, salt, lime juice, and chili pepper.

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Nopales are perfect if you’re feeling really bold. You can try cooking up some nopales, or prickly pear cactus pads. Just throw them on the grill, or boil in a copper pot, and then top with cilantro and lime.

Be sure not to overcook the nopales, or they will get slimy! This dish is very traditional, but it can be hard to get your hands on fresh nopales.

Look into the special knife set in the section that has authentic Mexican kitchen items. Just type your search at the top for “Nopales knife set.”

Meat and Meat Sauce: Mole Poblano

Mole, a rich, spicy sauce Mexicans serve with meat, is one of the most popular party dishes in Mexico. Each region has its own sort of mole, with mole poblano being the most popular.

Traditionally, mole poblano goes with turkey, but you can also serve it over chicken or pork. Making your own mole from scratch takes a lot of work, but it is worth the effort if you want to have a truly authentic Cinco de Mayo menu!

For a shortcut, you can purchase a pre-made mole powder or paste, rather than doing all the labor-intensive grinding, blending, and sauteing of spices yourself.

Dessert: Sopapillas

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Cinco de Mayo Dessert – Sopapillas

These little fried bread balls make a quick, easy, and delicious finale to your 5 de Mayo menu. All you need is flour, salt, baking powder, shortening, and a deep fryer!

Serve the sopapillas with honey for dipping. You can find detailed Cinco de Mayo recipes for enchiladas and drinks at Cinco de Mayo Enchiladas and Margarita Recipes page or, better yet, ask your Mexican friends to share their own recipes with you!

Cinco de Mayo History

Many people believe Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s independence from Spain, but this is far from reality. This holiday commemorates La Batalla de Puebla, a battle that took place before the Mexican revolution and after the Mexican-American war of 1846-1848.

La Batalla de Puebla was between a small Mexican army (about 4,000 men) against the French army-which was double the size of the Mexican army.

The wild detail behind this piece of history is that in 1862 General Ignacio Zaragoza attacked the French army by releasing a herd of stampeding cattle ahead of his men. This successfully crippled the French army.

I believe the significance of Cinco de Mayo derives from the strength and the courage of the Mexican army that allowed it to destroy the French army at “La Batalla de Puebla.”

Cinco de Mayo History in the U.S.

cinco-de-mayo-party-ideasDo you know the celebration of Cinco de Mayo started in the U.S. by Mexicans in California who wanted to show support to their mother country?

In 1863 a Mexican entrepreneur started a Cinco de Mayo dance and this tradition spread around with the performance of private Mexican and Spanish dances.

The celebrations included speeches about the importance of the day and parades mainly within Mexican communities, as well as traditional foods that later became typical Cinco de Mayo recipes

The 1960’s and 70’s were a time of change and demand for civil rights. The Chicano movement was born in the mid-1960’s and coincided with the birth of the Black Power Movement as Roberto Rodriguez tells in his research paper “The Origins and History of the Chicano Movement.”

Keeping Cinco de Mayo history alive was the perfect answer for Chicanos who were looking for a celebration that reflected their experience in the U.S., and for educators who wanted to bring culturally important facts into schools like Mexican history and traditions, and well known Cinco de Mayo recipes that showed typical Mexican foods.

In the mid 1980’s American companies realized the growing number of Mexican consumers and started to fund Cinco de Mayo celebrations to get direct exposure to this growing market. The rest is history, and eventually Cinco de Mayo became recognized in America.

 

Interesting Fact About Cinco de Mayo

The commercialization of Cinco de Mayo started because Coors Brewing Company wanted to improve its image among Hispanics who used to boycott the brewing company for alleged discriminatory practices.

Rodolfo F. Acuña explains in his book: “Anything But Mexican: Chicanos in Contemporary Los Angeles,” how in 1985 the National Council of La Raza, the American GI Forum, and later the League of United Latin Americans Citizens signed an agreement with the brewing company to stop the long-standing boycott in exchange for more than $350 million in donations to Latino organizations.

Cinco de Mayo History… How We Celebrate Today

One major celebration is the “Fiesta Broadway” in Los Angeles, California. In 1989 the Spanish-language network Univision approached Major Tom Bradley to make this event possible. From then on the city started to be a co-sponsor of the event.

The main purpose of the “Fiesta Broadway” was to recreate the successful holiday party of “La Calle Ocho” in Miami by celebrating Cinco de Mayo in California where there is a strong Mexican presence and the largest Hispanic population in the U.S.

The Fiesta Broadway celebration of Cinco de Mayo starts with the closing of thirty six blocks in downtown L.A. and attracts more than half a million participants each year. Mexican music, food and culture help recognize the contributions of Mexican-Americans to the American culture and bring together a broad community.

The event includes art and essay contests, “danzas folclóricas” -folkloric dances- and Mexican food made from typical Cinco de Mayo recipes. There is no liquor sold at the event in order to preserve its family atmosphere.

Today many cities around the U.S. celebrate with small festivals. Libraries put out specific books about Cinco de Mayo history and of course, late night parties at many establishments are the norm.

One of the most beautiful traditions is to bring back Cinco de Mayo history by preparing typical Mexican food at home and telling how the Batalla de Puebla made this day so special for many Hispanic people. Simple things like reading a book with your child about it and coloring the Mexican flag help keep traditions alive. Que viva Cinco de Mayo!