Happy Cinco de Mayo! While many think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence day, that is incorrect. Mexican Independence day is actually in September (the 16th, to be exact). Cinco de Mayo is a celebration to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. But maybe it should be called Mexican Cuisine and Culture day. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated all over the world now, not just in Mexico and the US. The Cayman Islands holds an annual air guitar competition, there are American-style celebrations in London and Paris, too. My personal favorite, in Vancouver they hold an annual sky-diving event. But no matter where you are, do you really need an excuse to enjoy a nice margarita and some delicious enchiladas? I didn’t think so.
I know what you’re thinking. Ugh! Enchiladas are so much work! Yes, yes they are. But they’re worth it. You won’t be sorry you did. These enchiladas actually surprised me when they didn’t take as long as I had predicted. I was late getting home and told my family that dinner would be late, very late. But I was wrong. We ate dinner on time and I didn’t feel rushed.
- If you don’t have the aji colorado paste, increase hot smoked paprika to 3 tsp and add 1 T chili powder.
- Serve with sour cream, sliced jalapeños and pico de gallo.