Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. This is one of those holidays we celebrate without knowing what it’s all about (in my circles, at least). We usually tip back a few Mexican beers and shout a half-hearted, “Happy Cinco de Mayo!” as the total of our festivities. After a little search on Wikipedia, I dug up a few things I didn’t know about this Mexican holiday.
Did you know any of these facts about Cinco de Mayo?
Since this is my first year with a food blog, I have a pitiful lack of Mexican recipes. I tend to cook more Latin/Caribbean recipes because of my Miami roots. Even so, we celebrate Cinco De Mayo in our own way.
Here’s a little wrap up of the Latin and Mexican recipes I’ve posted so far, along with a few favorites from my blogger friends. I hope these inspiring Cinco De Mayo recipes get your ready for a margarita and a hearty Mexican meal. Enjoy!
Top Left: Margarita Cookies from Noshing with the Nolands
Top Right: Mexican Grilled Corn (Elote) from Confections of a Foodie Bride
Middle Left: IXA Organic Tequila Paloma Cocktail from Culinary Ginger
Middle Right: Smoked Salt and Goat Cheese Padron Pepper Tacos (Vegetarian) from Love and Duck Fat
Bottom: Roasted Potato Cups with Loaded Guacamole from She Likes Food
Top: Breakfast Nachos from Runway Chef
Middle Left: Cuban Sandwich Crostini from Love and Duck Fat
Middle Right: Latin Picadillo from Love and Duck Fat
Bottom Left: Arepa, Roast Pork Eggs Benedict with Cilantro Hollandaise from Love and Duck Fat
Bottom Right: Pork Carnitas Tacos from Love and Duck Fat
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How do you celebrate Cinco De Mayo? I’d love to know! Please share in the comments below.
I have to admit, I don’t cook very many Mexican dishes—but when I do, pork canitas is one of my favorites. Pork carnitas is slow cooked pork with lots of garlic, spices and citrus. It can be easily made on the stove top in a large pot or your dutch oven. After a few hours of cooking, you end up mounds of tender, juicy pork that fall apart with a fork. It’s full of flavor and perfect for tacos one night and a casserole the next.
I like to cook a pork roast about once a month. It’s easy to throw the ingredients in a pot on a Sunday and let it cook without a lot of fuss. The pork slowly simmers on the stove and I end up with enough for several meals (in our small family), plus more to freeze for another round of meals. It may sound like something that is difficult to do, but pork carnitas is actually very easy, and your family will be so happy with the delicious results.
Pork Carnitas Tacos are great to serve for Cinco De Mayo, in fact, I’ll be pulling my stash from my freezer just for the occasion. Serve your tacos with homemade pico de gallo and, some shredded cabbage and corn tortillas and you have yourself a delicious, authentic Mexican meal. Another delicious way to use this pork is for breakfast like in this roast pork eggs Benedict with cilantro hollandaise.
Btw…be on the lookout on your grocery store shelf for La Tortilla Factory Hand Made Style Yellow Corn Tortillas. They are drastically better than the ones I’ve purchased before. They don’t fall apart, yet still have that delicious corn taste.
Using a dutch oven or any large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil and add the oregano, cumin, onion and garlic. Saute for about 8 minutes, and then place the pork on top. Add enough water to just cover the meat. Add the jalapeno, bay leaves, lime juice and squeeze the orange juice into the pot and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Uncover the pot and continue to cook on medium-low heat, at a vigorous simmer another 1 ½ to 2 hours. Skim the foam or fat off the top as it cooks. When the pork is tender and much of the liquid has evaporated, use 2 forks to pull the meat apart in the pot (you can leave big chunks at this point). Increase the heat to medium-high and cook another 20 minutes, letting the liquid evaporate and the meat caramelize and brown in the fat left in the pan.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Remove the bay leaves. Shred the meat thoroughly and discard any large chunks of fat.