Traditional Mexican Foods for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is just a couple of weeks away! And you’ll need a Mexican restaurant in NH to celebrate! At California Burritos, we are excited for this holiday that celebrates Mexican heritage and culture. While we celebrate Mexican culture every day with our burritos, tacos, and other delicious offerings, Cinco de Mayo is something special. Let’s take a look at what Cinco de Mayo commemorates and some traditional Mexican foods to enjoy while you celebrate.


The Battle of Puebla

Many people mistakenly believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s independence day. Mexico does have an Independence Day, which they celebrate on September 16th to remember the start of their War of Independence which began in 1810. Cinco de Mayo is in remembrance of a victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Now that you know what you’re celebrating, here are some authentic Mexican foods to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo at your favorite Mexican restaurant in NH.


Fish Tacos

The people of the coastal regions of Mexico have been enjoying fish tacos as long as there have been fishermen. The arrival of Spanish missions in Mexico brought fish tacos into California in the early 17th century. The popularity of fish tacos in the modern US started in San Diego in the 1970s after entrepreneurs and restauranteurs brought recipes up from Baja, Mexico.


Guacamole dates back as far as the 1500s and the Aztec empire. Originally, guacamole was a simple mixture of mashed avocado, tomatoes, and chilis. When the Spanish came to Mexico, they developed a taste for this tasty side dish and started adding their own ingredients. Adding cilantro, lime, and onions is common now, but those are all Spanish additions to this traditional Mexican fare.



Mexican cuisine isn’t all food, there are traditional drinks as well. One traditional Mexican drink is horchata. This smooth, rich, sweet drink, is made with rice and milk. Sugar, almonds, evaporated milk, and cinnamon give it its distinctive sweet flavor profile. To make horchata, you soak the rice, cinnamon, and almonds in water for an extended period of time (usually overnight) to soften them and then blend them together with condensed milk. More water and milk are added to get the consistency right and little extra sugar goes in to get the right level of sweetness. This sweet and refreshing drink is a perennial favorite and goes great with any Mexican food.

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California Burritos: Your Favorite Mexican Restaurant in NH

No matter what your favorite Mexican food is, you’ll want to have it on Cinco de Mayo. If you’re looking for a Mexican restaurant in NH, look no further than California Burritos. We make authentic Mexican food with quality ingredients on Cinco de Mayo and all year long.


Contact us or visit one of our locations to find your new favorite Mexican restaurant in NH!

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