As most heritage based holidays have become in America, Cinco de Mayo is known by most as a night of drinking margaritas and celebrating. Most are not aware of the connection between this celebratory date and the Battle of Puebla on May 5th 1862, with the unlikely victory of the Mexican Army over the French. And I’ll have to admit, until my latest wikipedia search I was certainly in the dark as well. But that certainly hasn’t stopped and certainly shouldn’t stop the millions who need a night to let loose and often need an excuse to do so. And what better way to celebrate then with the vibrant flavors of food and drink that make up such an important and excited part of Mexican Culture.
One of my friends wanted to throw a rooftop Cinco de Mayo party but unfortunately this past Tuesday wouldn’t work with everyone’s schedules. How could you have a Cinco de Mayo party on any other date though? The answer is, you don’t. Instead you have a Siete de Mayo party and that she did. I offered to do the catering for the party and was excited to try out a new recipe I had been working on. I’m a big fan of BBQ pulled pork, whether it be in sandwiches or on it’s own but I’ve always wanted to make a pulled pork of sorts that went better with traditional mexican flavors to be used for tacos. Using a homemade dry rub that included brown sugar, cumin, chili pepper and a bunch of other herbs and spices, I slow cooked this pork butt until the meat fell apart into tender and delicious shreds. The sauce used for the pulled pork was the same it was cooked in (tomatoes, poblanos, apple cider vinegar, cilantro, garlic and a few other secrets). The final product was worth the time it took to prepare and worked perfectly as a filler for corn tortillas. To compliment the pulled pork tacos I made black beans and poblanos (worked great in or along side the tacos) along with a variety of salsas. My favorite salsa for these tacos was the mango and cilantro that complimented the savory meat and beans perfectly. With a little salsa verde and sour cream these tacos were amazing and I am pretty sure everyone enjoyed the meal.
But what is a party without a good drink. With all of the interesting and often crazy margaritas available at bars and with all these recipes online, it is easy to overlook the simplicity and pefection of the traditional margarita. Such great flavors and a punch that almost always ensures a good time. Drinking margaritas, eating pulled pork tacos, and all with an amazing view of the city…Cinco or Siete, I know everyone will be back next year.
Pulled Pork Tacos
Black Beans and Poblanos
Tomato and Roasted Corn Salsa
Mango and Cilantro Salsa
Salsa Verde, Guacamole, and Sour Cream