MT. PLEASANT, Mich. -- Picture it: May 5th, 1862. Mexico. The Count de Lorencez leads a force of 8,000 French soldiers under orders from Napoleon III to occupy the city of Puebla, strategically situated between the capital of Mexico City and the country's main Atlantic port, Veracruz. At the time, the French Army was the best in the world. Well-equipped, highly trained, and undefeated for nearly half a century. Much to Lorencez's chagrin, he greatly underestimated the tenacity and strength of the significantly less equipped, less trained, and considerably outnumbered Mexican army led by General Ignacio Zaragoza who sent the French packing and prevented them from reaching the capital.
This victory over the invading French was inspirational to wartime Mexico and helped establish a sense of national unity and patriotism. It also sent a message to the rest of the world that the nation was not to be underestimated, despite not being as advanced in military and infrastructure at the time.
Today, Cinco de Mayo continues to be ceremoniously commemorated in Mexico. However, in the United States, it has become an all-out celebration of Mexican culture as a whole including music, art, films, and dance.
Although for many people, one particular thing comes to mind: the tasty, tasty food.
In preparation for Cinco de Mayo, we at Graff Mt. Pleasant would like to share with you 5 delicious dishes you absolutely need to try.
1. MEXICAN STREET CORN
A classic Mexican street food of grilled corn on the cob slathered in a creamy chili and lime sauce topped off with Cotija or feta cheese.
2. SMOKY CHIPOTLE AND BACON GUACAMOLE
This smoky, salty guac dip is great for parties. Pair it with chips or even use it as a tortilla spread when making tacos, burritos, etc.
3. BAKED CHICKEN TAQUITOS
Using a healthier no-oil baking method, these crispy baked chicken taquitos are an easy-to-make finger food.
4. TEX-MEX STYLE BEEF ENCHILADAS
Savory seasoned beef and topped with the zesty spice of pico de gallo.
5. CHURROS WITH BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE SAUCE
What's better than sugar-coated churros with chocolate dipping sauce for a Cinco de Mayo dessert? Nothing.
Mexican food is probably the most crave-inducing cuisine on the planet, and now you have 5 amazing recipes to try on Cinco de Mayo! We hope you've found something here to make your holiday delicious. Happy Cinco de Mayo from Graff Mt. Pleasant!
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