On May 5, everyone flocks to the nearest cantina to order margaritas and shots of tequila in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Can’t decide what to order? Your decision just got easier. May 5 is also Enchilada Day, so order a few varieties to enjoy with those margaritas.
Enchiladas are tortillas stuffed with savory fillings. When translated, the word enchilada means “with chilies”. Though often used in the sauce, chili peppers may also be included in the filling or sprinkled on top as a garnish.
Though a recent addition to the lineup of food holidays, the delicious delicacy has been savored since the Mayan period and appeared in the first Mexican cookbook, which was published in 1831.
They were simple street fare until connoisseurs demanded something more elegant. Today, they are prepared in a variety of ways. Sauces are red, green, and white, and fillings include beef, chicken, chorizo, shrimp and vegetarian options, such as cheese or beans.
Celebrating two holidays on the same day, and in the same place is priceless. So, when someone raises a margarita glass to bid you a “Happy Cinco de Mayo”, respond by raising a forkful of enchilada goodness with a resounding “Happy Enchilada Day”.
Please note that starring in your own tabletop performance of the Mexican Hat Dance is optional and advised only for home celebrations.