Cinco de Mayo, aka the fifth of May, recognizes the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the Battle of Puebla as part of the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). While the holiday is relatively minor in Mexico, it’s widely celebrated in the United States as a tribute to Mexican heritage and culture. Traditions include parades, mariachi music performances, street festivals—and of course, food. In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve pulled together three dishes that celebrate Mexican flavors. Fire up your appetite!
Traditional With A Twist
Tortilla soup—or sopa de tortilla—is a traditional Mexican soup consisting of fried corn tortilla bits in a hearty broth of tomato, chili powder and other spices. This recipe for Mexican Tortilla Soup brings two bonus ingredients to the mix: Libby’s® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn and tender chicken breast strips. Add even more deliciousness by topping your bowl with creamy avocado chunks, cheese cubes and sour cream.
Kicked Up Greens
This Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad packs heat, crunch and flavor. Chicken breast seasoned with smoky paprika combines with black beans, a Libby’s® Sweet Corn Vegetable Cup and cherry tomatoes for a seriously hearty—and healthy—salad. Tortilla chips and bacon bits add the perfect textured topping.
Celebrate the holiday sans meat with these Mexican Salsa Veggie Burgers. The burgers themselves are packed with tongue-tingling flavor thanks to oregano, cumin and lime juice, and the salsa topper kicks things up yet another notch with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, Libby’s® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn and cilantro. One bite will bring the party to your mouth.