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04/30/2014 10:12 am ET Updated Jun 30, 2014

8 Festive Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

At heart, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of small victories. It might not have the grand, patriotic trappings of Independence Day or the Saturnalian frenzy of Carnival season. In Mexico, it might not even be widely observed outside the state of Puebla, where said victory once took place. But let's be honest -- at Food52, we never need much of a reason for a fiesta.

On May 5th, some of us will remember General Zaragoza's unlikely triumph over the French army. And some of us will just be looking for an excuse to eat more tacos. However you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we rounded up a bright, festive menu that straddles both sides of the border. Start off with a fresh batch of homemade corn tortillas -- and don't forget a sunny margarita to wash it all down. Salud!

Margarita by Erika Kotite 

Corn Tortillas by Happyolks

Cooked Green Salsa by Pati Jinich

Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup by jessie schupack

Fish Tacos on the Grill by Merrill Stubbs

Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes

 

Frozen Bananas Dipped in Mexican Chocolate Ganache and Spicy Honeyed Peanuts by indieculinary

 

Flans with Muscovado Sauce by Alice Medrich

This article originally appeared on Food52.com: 8 Festive Recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

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