11 Recipes for Cinco de Mayo Food Festivities

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Even though Cinco de Mayo is a relatively small holiday in Mexico, it has exploded in popularity in the U.S. in recent years. The History Channel says this is because in the 1960s, Chicano activists wanted to raise awareness of the holiday and its significance. The date, May 5, marks the victory of Mexican forces over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The victory had symbolic importance, raising the morale of the Mexican troops, and the resistance movement during the Franco-Mexican War. In Mexico, celebrations are held — especially in Puebla — but it is not a major or bank holiday. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo continues to be a celebration of Mexican culture through food, festivals, parades, and events. In that spirit, here are 11 recipes to make for your own Cinco de Mayo food festivities.

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1. Refried Beans

Simplify your life and free up stove space by making your refried beans in the slow cooker. With this AllRecipes.com recipe, the crock pot does all the work, cooking the beans for 8 hours.


  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, optional
  • 9 cups water

Directions: Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeño, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into a slow cooker. Pour in the water and stir to combine. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Note: if more than 1 cup of water has evaporated during cooking, then the temperature is too high.

Once the beans have cooked, strain them, and reserve the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher, adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.

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