Friday, April 29, 2016

Cinco de Mayo Menu Idea + A Recipe for Frijoles Borrachos

Cinco de Mayo is coming up fast - it's less than one week away! So let's start today's post with a little history lesson: 

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory over France at the Battle de Puebla in 1862. While only considered a minor holiday in Mexico, it has evolved into a bigger celebration of Mexican culture in the United States. Most of us consider it a day to go out and sip a margarita, indulge in tacos and listen to mariachi music! In some larger cities there may also be parades and cultural events.

I plan on celebrating the holiday with a Mexican food feast! Here are a few ideas for things to serve at your own Cinco de Mayo celebration:

Pink Grapefruit Margaritas
Guacamole, Pico de Gallo, Tortilla Chips
Tex-Mex Stuffed Mini Peppers
Chipotle Chicken Tinga Tacos 
Roasted Tomatillo Enchiladas
Frijoles Borrachos (recipe below)
Mexican Grilled Corn
Tres Leches Cake
I definitely recommend trying this recipe for Frijoles Borrachos. These beans are so good because they soak up all the delicious flavors from the bacon, beer and spices. Give them a try!

Frijoles Borrachos
Recipe from Gimme Some Oven

4 slices uncooked bacon, diced
1 small white onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and diced
4 15oz cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
12oz beer (I used Tyranena Rocky's Revenge)
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Cook the diced bacon in a large pot over medium heat. When cooked through, set aside. Reserve 1 Tbsp of the bacon grease in the pot and add the onion, garlic and jalapeno. Cook 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

Add the beans, beer, brown sugar, oregano, chili powder, salt and cumin. Continue cooking until the beans begin to simmer, then reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes. 

When ready to serve, stir in the bacon and lime juice, then top with the fresh cilantro.

Tell me: How will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? 

- ST

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