The fifth of May is once again upon us; crunch time is on the horizon.
Contrary to what some people think, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It, instead, celebrates when a much smaller Mexican army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Since then, Americans have loosely translated said victory into a celebration of Mexican culture - and an excuse to stuff themselves like a piñata with molcajetes of guacamole and pitcher after pitcher of ice-cold margaritas.
We're not going to argue with that translation - and are here to help.
Shake up your fiesta with a little help from our experts:
Chefs with Issues: The Mexico I know
Cinco de Mayo menu essentials
Five misconceptions about Mexican cuisine
Five offbeat/unique taco fillings
Don't get too schmancy with your margarita
Five refreshing tequila cocktails to sip this summer
Five things you should look for in a great tequila
Cinco ways to spice up your Cinco de Mayo fiesta
Five myths about Mexican food
Out of the fryer and into the salsa bowl
The inside scoop on homemade tortilla chips
Micheladas across the parking lot
iReport: Street food of Mexico
A long-simmering rivalry in Los Angeles: mole
Podcast – Out to Lunch: Tacos beyond the box and Bell
Eva Longoria's guacamole
So sorry that the mere thought of cultural and culinary diversity grate the nerves and the IBS of the socially frail commenting here, perhaps you'd like to quietly sit at a park bench with your Buspar and your oatmeal, feeding the pigeons while someone among the rest of us call a waaambulance for you...
I'm always feel left out with Mexican food. As someone who loves to eat foods of all cultures, I was cursed with a tongue that does not enjoy the combination of peppers and onions. However, a good Mole ( the chocolate kind, not the rodent, don't know how to type the accent over it ) tastes great.
Wish I could enjoy Mexican food more
While I'm not a fan of peppers or onions OR molé sauce, I can help you with the accent égu if you have anything but a Mac: hold down the alt key and type 0233. ;)
I love the street trucks for tacos. I can do without the visit to Mexico. I'm paying enough for that country already.
Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of not the mexicans
The song starts with..." Jose can you see"? What am I looking at or for?
Can you see my boot in your a$$ and I send you illegal butt back to mexico?
Oh..I get it..We are playing @ Corpus Christi Hooks Stadium. Ha,Ha, A punt,pass and kick from Messyco,SI?
Q.-Who invented the toothbrush?
A.-A Texas r&dn&ck.
A.-Because if it had been invented by a Hispanic, it would have been called a teethbrush.
Good thing the food section of CNN is full of political trolls. Go eat some rat poison
It has salmonella from all the kids playing with Turtles and Hamster's.
Turtles and hampsters and vegans, oh my.
CAUSE IM PROUD TO BE AN AMAERICAN
WHERE AT LEAST I KBNOW I'NM FREE
AND I WONT FORGET THE DUDES THAT FIED AND GAVE A MILLER LIGHT TO ME
SO IMA GONNA STAND UP NEXT TO A JEW
AND DECLAGE THAT WE ARE COOL
THERE AIN NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS PLACE
NON-EXISTANT GOD BLESS THE U S A
U S A
U S A
U S A
Miller Lite? Must be a rookie.
Rookie? Maybe. Pre-k? Definitely. Either way, the caps & spelling are a dead giveaway. Or s/he's been overindulging in said Miller.
People.... really????? Just have a taco and a margarita and stop whining.
AMERI-CUUHHHH! F@&*% YEAH!
*LIFTS AN 18ER OF MILLER INTO THE AIR*
No self respecting Irish American would drink Miller. We only drink Busch Light or better.
Nothing better than a carne asada salad with salsa for dressing and fo'real margarita to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
The only thing better would be if you lazy irish would go back across the ocean!
Why? Because you want it? Guffaw!
Everything I could possibly want is here. Among other rights:
Freedom of expression
The right to vote
The right to bare arms (gotta get that tan)
The right to choose
For pot-stirring bigots like you, the right to hate.
Tener un día maravilloso, Sunshine!
I like cabrito with Irish potato's and Texas Chili..clears my sinus.
Exactly. all you need is tequila, couintreau, lime juice and sugar water. I've yet to find a pre-mix that didn't s*ck.
Now if we could only put Cinco de Mayo and St. Pattie's together for an ALL WEEK BENDER!!!
Wow Scott.....Did you have to make your ignorant point twice? I seriously hope you don't intend to poplulate the world!!Your "facts" are wrong:
average number of children per family in Mexico: 2.5
average number of children per family in Ireland: 2.03
•From the U.S. Census Bureau, America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2010, Average Number of People per Family Household:
◦Average Family Household Size: 3.24
Um, since when are "average number of children per family" and "Average Family Household Size" the same thing? Are you that uneducated to not know the difference?
Household includes adults (parents/adult children/elderly) as well as children. You are an insult to whatever creature birthed you.
That's funny. The troll wants to prove that Americans have more kids but then his own math fails.
3.24? The average American Family is 2 adults and 1.24 children. According to the Real Math, 1.24 children is much less than 2+
You are obviously a product of the disgraceful American Educational System.
Hey man somebody said tacos! Let me cash my well deserved welfare check that I earn by sitting around on a couch all day and voting democrat. LEGALIZE IT MAN
*shakes head and walks away*
Don't forget my free healthcare
How long before some choad makes a comment about immigration? 3,2,1...
WE needs to send them illegals back to their hole of a country. Obama has litereally destroyed the once great USA and is allowing mexicans to march across our borders. Notice how Bush was able to lock down the borders after Clinton basically left the gate open for 8 years? Now Obozo might as well sign the death certificate for the USA right now with our patriotic blood.
Nobody else wants to work in America, why not let the mexican's do the work. I'll just go back to sittin' on the porch and yelling at children.
Dear ranting fanatics,
I was only pointing out the fact that American culture is not of any great importance in Mexico. Up until now, folks from other countries came to the United States for the opportunities it offered, bringing their rich cultures with them. HOWEVER, they acclimated themselves to be AMERICANS (the great mutts of the world!!!) and were proud of it. Too many Mexicans expect the U.S. to be the Mexico of their dreams, not a new beginning.
98% of Mexico's wealth is controlled by 2% of the population (who run the country) and they do not want anyone living there that can't support themselves. In other words, the people sneaking into the U.S. are not wanted in their own country.
Go back to England you pigdog!
Gimmie another bottle of whiskey and make sure there's no spit it in this time chap.
If you had ever taken the time to read me, you'd see that the phrase "IF YOU ARE IRISH TURN AROUND" appears no less than a dozen times on me.
It's just a fun day to get a group together and have some great food and drinks. Don't over analyze it. No one is making you celebrate anything. I like the little "holidays" to look forward to! Try some new recipes and hang with friends. It's a good time.
Exactly. Any excuse to grill up fajitas and barbacoa and get lit on homemade margaritas (stay away from mixes).
Their food sucks. Just a holiday made up to get dumb Americans to buy booze, just like St Patricks day. Two losing cultures that really have not contributed much to the world except excessive breeding.
What an ignorant statement. Not surprising though, you're probably a southerner. A culture devoid of, well, culture and education.
Yeah, you should expand your horizons beyond Taco Bell.
Indeed. Taco Bell is the devil. Come to my place and I'll show you the true power of the force! I mean... taco.
VIVA LA RAZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZA
En Route. Get them Ole's ready for me.
I'd rather drink bleach than eat in one of your filthy hellholes.
Appreciate the offer John, but I've been cooking mexican and Tex-Mex for 20 years. Have fun Saturday.
Made up facts are fun! Would you like a job at FoxNews?
Scott esta cabreado porque tiene c@c@ en su sopa...
who cares if is not a holiday. Just be happy and enjoy the day with your friends and family, No need to be so uptight about it. everyday is a holiday.
Sí, señor.. Más cerveza para ti.
That's right Javier.
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!!! what cnn, no publicar?
The officer leading the Mexican army was from Texas. He came back to Texas and celebrated the victory every year. That is how we started celebrating it here in the USA. Mexicans do not celebrate as much as we do.
ok im not a racist, i do live very near the border... but why do we in america celebrate a mexican celebration? can i go to mexico and celebrate the fourth of july,presidents day,colubus day etc... not we cant so why is it tolerated here?
Anyone that starts a sentence with I'm not a racist, is of course a racist.
Get a life.
Most of us mexicans don't celebrate Cinco de mayo unless we are from Puebla. It's all the corporations in the US that capitalize off of this holiday because you believe it is a national Mexican holiday. Try the internetz dude, I hear they are great for research!
I prefer Miracle Whip...Not just any Mayo. Found it on The Internets.
Just like St. Patrick's day or any other celebraton opportunity, it is "Big Beverage" at work to liqour up the people.
Follow the money!!
Brisket Tacos,Brisket enchilada's,Brisket Fajita's,Brisket quesadilla's,...I've got this Fiesta covered.
Americans stop celebrating Cinco de Mayo it is not an American Holiday, it is foreign. Cinco de Mayo should not be allow in this country as well as any other foriegn celebration.
You're an idiot.
Amen brother! many of our own holidays come from the diverse ethnic heritages of our forefathers. I'm sure this dude isn't calling for the end of St. Patty's day....
Exactly. It is called the First Amendment. When did American's become so intolerant of other people customs/views/practices? It saddens me to read the comment section of even CNN now.
I also do like Mexican beer........ so... just saying.....
Thank you Matthew, Being an American we celebrate all sorts of hoildays from different cultures. People who come on here with their anti-mexican views are not happy with themsleves when they look in the mirror and see that their heart is full of hate. If we could stop being so divided we might actually go places as a nation of americans. Regardless Mexico and the USA will always be tied as we our neighbors
I'm sure it's not so much anti-Mexican views as that fact that La Raza wants to take over this country and Mexicans and others who are coming here don't seem to want to become part of this country, just suck it dry. If Mexico is so great and worth celebrating why don't they stay there? Want to be in America? Become an American legally and celebrate our Independence Day. Get rid of that Mexican flag and learn to speak English too.
WOw idiot.. your proud to be an idiot?? because then you only have 1 real holiday. 4th of July. EVERY other so called American holiday is derived from other cultures and religions.
Darn tootin'! Get foreign holidays out of this country. Like Christmas. Celebrating the birthday of some miracle baby born in the MIDDLE EAST! How anti-American can you get? I bet the so-called wise men gave him a bomb for his birthday, along with frankincense and myrrh. And New Year's? Celebrating a holiday on a calendar invented by an Italian, the very same people who sided against America in WW2. You must really hate America to celebrate New Year's! So by all means, let's purge America of these foreign influences!
hahaha. more like, "Proud to be a Moron."
Go sit on your porch and yell at the little kids.
Independence Day is in July, not May.
You realize that Cinco de Mayo isn't independence day in Mexico right? that is in September for them....
It's people like Aguest9 that is so knowledgeable about everything that their opinion to deport anyone without white skin must be correct, as well.
You do realize both Mexicans and Irish have never done anything useful in the world except overpoulate. THAT is a FACT.
Just because Scott is a brand of TOILET PAPER, doesn't mean you can be sh!tty 'round here.
Think in terms of beer and try again Chumley.
Beer, whisky....the entire legacy of Western civilization in the dark ages, Presidents, Prime ministers, police, firemen, soldiers, captains of industry... yeah, The Irish have done nothing.
I'm with Jon. Why wait for some made-up Bravo Sierra "holiday" that not even the Mexicans care about? Want to celebrate something amazing? How about the weather! ..or make it "We're celebrating days ending in 'day'."
Great food but no need to wait for a made up holiday to fix it
I lived in Mexico for a short time and much longer in SoCal when I was 4-5 yrs old. Grew up on Mexican culture in food. It's hard to beat. ARRRRRRRRRRIIIIBBAAAA
Pepto Bismuth beats Mexican Food every time.
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