Wednesday is Cinco de Mayo. It's a common misconception that May 5 is Mexican Independence Day, but Cinco de Mayo is actually the anniversary of the day in 1862 that the Mexican military defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla. Mexican Independence Day is September 16.
So, why is Cinco de Mayo popular in the United States? Well, we Americans love a good party. Margaritas are the favorite party drink for this holiday and Food Network offers 10 variations here.
Americanized Mexican food is also fairly simple to prepare. Make tacos or fajitas for dinner Wednesday or try these chicken and green olive enchiladas. Serve your entree with chips, salsa and guacamole and you've got a complete meal.