Quick Cinco De Mayo
History: (We must always show respect and honor to ALL cultures)
Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Instead, it commemorates a single battle. In 1861, Benito Juárez—a lawyer and member of the Indigenous Zapotec tribe—was elected president of Mexico. At the time, the country was in financial ruin after years of internal strife, and the new president was forced to default on debt payments to European governments. Read further here.
For a while, I have been inquisitive about these super cheesy tacos and dipping sauce that was all over social media, that was till one day I discovered that they are called "Birria Quesatacos with Consome" Armed with an actual name, I went on a hunt to find a local (authentic) restaurant that made them. To say that I was underwhelmed would be an understatement.
I knew that I could learn the basics of this traditional favorite and put my spin on it while still paying respect to the culture. I replaced the corn tortillas with flour tortilla (don't kill me), cut out some of the coriander, used beef neckbones... Check out the recipe in the XOXO section, let me know if you like it.