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A Mexican menu for Cinco de Mayo

Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack and Veronica Gonzalez-Smith

Guacamole is one of Mexico's favorite dishes. © Jeanine Thurston, 2011
Guacamole is one of Mexico's favorite dishes.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011

Americans commonly mistake Cinco de Mayo, the day that commemorates the Mexican Victory over the French in Puebla (1862), for Mexican Independence day (1810).

Cinco de Mayo has become an American holiday synonymous with mariachis, margaritas, Corona beer, and Americanized Mexican food like jalapeño-studded nachos and cheese-smothered burritos.

Although we didn't celebrate the holiday as children, we think it's a great way to share our Mexican heritage.

No matter where you are, Cinco de Mayo a great opportunity for a party. We've put together an authentic Mexican menu that's easy and delicious.

Mexican tacos of shredded beef brisket.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011
Mexican tacos of shredded beef brisket.
© Jeanine Thurston, 2011

Everyone has his or her own version of these Mexican classics, but these are our favorites.

Beef Brisket Tacos
Frijoles de la Olla
Guacamole
Chupacabra Martini

¡Buen provecho y Viva México!

 

Photography by Jeanine Thurston

 

El Paso, Texas natives, Veronica Gonzalez-Smith and Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack are sisters and foodies writing a cookbook with their mother, Evangelina Soza titled Muy Bueno: Three-Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor. Visit their Muy Bueno Cookbook.

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