Wow! I learn something every day! In researching this post, I went to the History Channel website to get some background on the holiday of Cinco de Mayo. I always thought it was to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day, which is September 16th, but it is not. It is to celebrate the Mexican Army's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. France in Mexico? Click the link above to read all about it. Most Mexican's don't even celebrate this holiday!
But, in the true American way of celebrating our diverse cultures, it is a big holiday here to celebrate our Mexican heritage. Like St Patrick's day where everyone is Irish for the day, whether we have any Mexican in us or not, we do celebrate this holiday with food, drink and decorations. We Americans are always up for a party!
Now, whether you choose to really Americanize it and hit Taco Bell and tip some tequila in a fruitista, join in your local celebration and get authentic food and drink, or make it yourself, I hope you have a great and safe time.
Here is a great and easy recipe for pico de gallo (pronounced peeko dee guy-o) that can be used on top of tacos or just as a dip for tortilla chips.
Pico de Gallo
Dice up equal quantities of Roma tomatoes and yellow or red onions - the more people you need to feed the bigger the amounts.
Slice one or two jalapeno peppers in half and scrape out white membrane and seeds and dice very fine. (If you like it spicy, leave in some of the membrane)
Coarsely chop up fresh cilantro - at least one or more cups depending on the size of the batch you are making.
Dump togerther in a bowl and squeeze the juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lime and sprinkle with salt. Adjust salt and jalapenos to taste.
Vaya con Dios, Amigos!