Everything To Know for Cinco de Mayo

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Today is May 5, which is usually rephrased to its Spanish translation—Cinco de Mayo. Sometimes the meaning of this date is misunderstood for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16. The History Channel gives a perfect brief explanation of Cinco de Mayo.

On this day in 1862, Mexico defeated France in the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). The History Channel points out Cinco de Mayo is a minor day in Mexico but over time it has evolved into a widely recognized date on the U.S. calendar. Either way, there are celebrations in both Mexico and the United States.

Moving on from today’s history lesson and onto the celebration, below are links for restaurants and recipes to look into for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Events at Restaurants

Many restaurants, from local to chain, are doing something for Cinco de Mayo whether it’s food and drink specials or full-blown celebrations. Just through searching, we found Cheeseburger in Paradise, Hard Rock Cafe, Dave and Busters and Applebees are a few of many hosting parties. For many specials and parties, it’s particular to the area. So take a second and do a quick Google or Facebook search to see if your favorite restaurant has anything going on. Some restaurants on Facebook even have sweepstakes similar to this one for Qdoba in Indiana.  Here are a few places all across the country with something going on:


If you’re planning on staying home for the evening, we found these Mexican food and drink recipes for your own Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Anchor Hocking Margarita Glass

Simple Guacamole (Chelsie Kenyon, About.com)

Corn Salsa (Fiona Haynes, About.com)

Mexican Rice (All Recipes)

Chicken Tortilla Soup II (Eddie Shipman, Food.com)

Soft Beef Tortillas (Family Fun Magazines, Disney)

Grilled Mexican Steak (All Recipes)

San Diego Style Fish Tacos (Recipe Girl)

Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa (Tyler Florence, Food Network)


Authentic Mexican Margaritas (Food.com)

Mojito (Drinks Mixer)

Sangria (Taste of Home)

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