Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I love any excuse to celebrate, cook and eat delicious food. A great holiday to do all these things! If you want to partake in some festivities, I have tons of amazing veganized Mexican recipes. Not all of my recipes are traditional recipes and many have my own sweet potato twist, but that’s what makes sharing culture so fun.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday celebrating the Mexican victory over France in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Currently, Cinco de Mayo is not actually widely celebrated in Mexico; Most celebrations take place in the city of Puebla with parades and demonstrations. That’s not to say the holiday’s history hasn’t had a major impact on the United States, and Los Angeles hosts the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration. It’s a great day to learn about Mexican-American culture, and what better way to do it than through food! You can learn more about the history of the holiday here.
As we celebrate this holiday with feasts, dances and food, let’s remember that culture is never clothing. Take a vacation to learn about a different culture and try new things with respect!
Traditional Mexican food
The official dish of Cinco de Mayo is mole poblano, a rich sauce made with spices and Mexican chocolate. Other traditional foods include tacos, tamales, pozole, elote, and chilaquiles. Many of these dishes have my own veganized spin, and there are also recipes for more Americanized versions of Mexican flavors.
The most important meal of the day but make it really, really easy. Both of these recipes are great make-ahead dishes that can be meal prepped earlier in the week! Kick off the Cinco de Mayo festivities with one of these vegan breakfasts
There are many traditional Mexican dishes that are easy to make. They’re all packed with spicy south-of-the-border flavors and versatile enough to suit your individual needs. The entree dishes below are all easily adaptable for gatherings and guests will love them!
I have so many taco recipes that it needs its own section. Who doesn’t love tacos?! You’ll find a taco flavor of your choice here, or even two or three! I use corn tortillas for these recipes, but feel free to substitute with your favorite type of tortilla. These taco recipes have so much flavor but are still easy to make and can still be a crowd-pleaser. You can even set up a taco bar with all these ingredients for a mix-and-match Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Sides and drinks
We have to wash all sides to round out the dishes and drinks, right?! These sides can be added to any meal and are also great for batch-cooking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I’ve also included an alcoholic and similar non-alcoholic drink so everyone has a chance to enjoy a delicious refreshment.
Comment below and tell me how you plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!