Cinco de Mayo falls on the fifth of May and is a day to celebrate Mexico’s unexpected triumph over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. France had invaded Mexico and had plowed through Mexican cities until reaching the city of Puebla. In an unpredicted turn of events, Mexican soldiers actually beat the French in David and Goliath fashion. Even though France eventually succeeded in its efforts, there was a large celebration over the May 5 victory.
Today that May day is still celebrated, moreso in the United States than in Mexico, with an emphasis on Mexican heritage and culture. For those hosting a party, here are some helpful food recipes and tips to make your Cinco de Mayo event go from flat to a fiesta.