Cinco de Mayo, while not Mexico’s Independence Day, is set aside to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture mostly north of the border.
Historically, the date marks the victory of Mexican forces over the French army in the Battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862. For the fastidious, Mexico’s Independence Day is Sept. 16, a celebration of El Grito de Dolores or El Grito de la Independencia, a pronouncement of independence that took place Sept. 16, 1810, and marked the beginning of the Mexican War for Independence.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated regionally in Mexico, mostly in and around Puebla. But it’s really a big holiday in the United States. If you’re thinking of hosting your own fiesta, or even just making a special Mexican dish for dinner, we’ve got your recipe.