Cinco de mayo de 1862 - La Batalla de Puebla
¡Viva México! ¡Viva Juárez!
Viva el 5 de Mayo!
Family Fiesta Resources & Links
- HISTORY May 5 is celebrated because it commemorates
Mexico's courage and struggle against a formidable
force: the Mexican army and a group of civilians won
an important battle over the French on May 5, 1862
in the city of Puebla.
Although May 5 is not the official Mexico
Independence day, it is enthusiastically celebrated
in the city and state of Puebla in Mexico, and by
Mexican-Americans and Chicanos living in the United
States, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico
Cinco de Mayo festivities are similar to American
Independence Day celebrations with parades, street performances,
special music, symbolic
decorations, folk dancers, fiesta, special
foods and fireworks.
These upbeat social events help build community relations
and strengthen solidarity among Mexican-Americans, and
they provide opportunties for other members of the community
to learn about, appreciate and enjoy Mexican-American
Cinco de Mayo
Use plenty of red, white and green
for Cinco de Mayo decorations.
Decorate with paper flowers, banners
made from cut and punched paper (papel picado)
colorful woven blankets, clay pottery, guitars,
pinatas, sombreros, maracas, streamers, flags,
garlands and balloons in symbolic colors.
Clip Art and Scrapbook Graphics
Flag of Mexico
The official flag of Mexico design
consists of 3 equally-sized vertical color bands
in green, white, and red, respectively, with the
official coat of arms centered within the white
(middle) band of the flag.
peppers clip art border available from www.clipartandcrafts.com
Crafts & Decorations
Visit the below sites and pages to find instructions for making your own punched paper banners, pinatas, sombrero hats, paper flowers, and eye of God icons.
Paper - Papel Picado
a String Pull Pinata
|Sombrero Craft for Kids
Flowers & Vase
de Dios - Eye of God
Flower Hair Decorations
Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tex Mex foods - chili
(one recipe below), watermelon margaritas, Cuban black
beans, tenderloin with a chimichurri sauce, and tres
leches (three-milks) cake.
for our recipe collection of delicious fiesta foods.
a meal of tasty authentic Mexican Cuisine such as
salsa , pipian,
de Sierra en Adobo. (This is an off site link to mexicanhomecooking.com)
- 1 lb. lean ground beef or finely chopped stew meat
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 small or 1/2 large green pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 small or 1/2 large red pepper seeded and diced
- 1 can Rotel - Mexican flavored diced tomatoes with chilies
- 1 can black beans
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1 12 oz can hearty beer - I like robust local brews but you can use whatever you preferi.
- 4 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp cumin
- 1/2 square unsweetened baking chocolate
Stove Top Instructions:
Brown beef, peppers, and onion. Drain grease. Stir in remaining ingredients, reserving beans for last.
Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to VERY low. Cook 1 hour with the lid off, then cook 1 hour with the lid on over very low temperature.
Season to taste just before serving by adjusting cayenne or jalapeno to your liking.
Slow Cooker Instructions:
Brown meat and drain off fat. Combine with rest of ingredients and cook on low heat setting for 4 hours
- Top with grated cheese - I like Monterey Jack or Vermont Cheddar.
- Add a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt
- Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and 2 tbsp of fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine.
- Serve over home made tortilla chips
- Serve over a bed of cooked rice
- Serve rolled up in a flour tortilla with or without grated Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese and rice