Are you a fan of celebrations involving food? If so, this blog post is for you! We recently watched Taco Chronicles on Netflix, which made us think. What is the difference between traditional Mexican food and Tex-Mex?
Today is the fifth of May, which to many Americans and Mexicans, celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Just like Mexican food and Tex-Mex, this holiday has its own misconceptions. We are going to debunk myths about the celebrations surrounding this holiday. As well as the difference between the two delicious cuisines.
Cinco de Mayo: Why is it celebrated?
Cinco de Mayo is a United States holiday that celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day. However, this is a very famous misconception, as Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16, 1810. In Mexico, this day marks the “Battle of Puebla.” This battle was fought on May 5, 1862, between Mexico and France. The Mexicans unexpectedly defeated the French, thus they were able to keep the independence they already had.
Why Cinco de Mayo is really a celebration of Mexican Food:
Two years after Mexico won the Battle of Puebla, the U.S. began celebrating Mexican culture on May 5th. Since then, millions of Americans celebrate this tradition every year. From festive parades and dancing in the streets to large tables of nachos and enchiladas, this celebration is all about food and fiesta.
Food and drink consumption in the U.S. on Cinco de Mayo:
- According to the cocktail market, about 126 million liters of tequila was consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2019. It is also the seventh-largest beer-drinking holiday.
- The California Avocado Commission says that about 87 million avocados were consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2017.
- Fiesta Broadway is the largest celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It is held every year in Los Angeles, California.
- Mole Poblano is the official holiday dish.
- There are over 360 tortilla factories in the U.S. that contribute to the production of tortillas.
Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex: What’s the difference?
In order to truly celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you need to know the difference between Mexican food and Tex-Mex.
- The term Tex-Mex is short for Texan and Mexican, a combination of both American and Mexican cuisines.
- The most notable difference between the two cuisines is the ingredients. In almost all Tex-Mex dishes, cumin is the main ingredient, however, most traditional Mexican dishes don’t include it at all. Traditional Mexican plates use ingredients such as chile peppers, oregano, cacao, cilantro, and more.
- Tex-Mex taco shells are typically hard tortilla shells, while Mexican taco recipes call for soft corn tortillas.
- If you find cheddar on your Mexican food, then it is a Tex-Mex dish. Mexicans always use white or yellow cheese.
- Many typical Mexican dishes including enchiladas, tacos, and more belong to both Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. However, Tex-Mex prepares them with their own flavors and style.
We hope you learned a thing or two, about Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy your feast, and don’t forget to let us know what you make at home.
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