Amber Sandoval-Griffin
September 16, 2010

Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I have these intensecravings for true, authentic Mexican food. I’m not talking Tex Mex here people– I’m talking hole-in-the-wall, taqueria-style, good old-fashioned Mexicanfood.

Carne Asada Taco with Avocado Pico de Gallo

I can probably attribute these cravings to myMexican-American mother, who would eat her own homemade tacos, rice and beansevery day if she could, but it probably doesn’t help that I grew up in apredominantly Mexican city with some if the best Mexican restaurants inCalifornia. Well lucky for me, today is Grito De Dolores (The Cry ofDolores), also known as Mexican Independence Day, and it’s cause to satisfy mycravings.

Grito De Dolores took place on Sept. 16, 1810 when MiguelHidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang thechurch bell to call the townspeople together and initiate an uprising againstthe Spanish Crown. This inevitably started Mexico's War of Independence. Eventhough the country did not win their independence until 1821, this daysymbolizes the beginnings of their freedom and is widely celebrated throughoutMexico.

And it wouldn’t be a proper celebration without food. Somepopular Mexican fare on this day includes pozole, tamales, and foods that arered, white and green – the colors of the Mexican flag. Here are some of myrecommendations for delicious Mexican dishes that you can easily prepare athome.

Tacos Al Pastor are typically made by marinating pork and then using a split grill method to cook the meat. I like to eat mine on corn tortillas with freshly chopped onion and cilantro, and my favorite salsa.

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are great to feed a family or large crowd. The prep takes some time but the delicious results are worth the effort.

Staying true to the traditions of Grito De Dolores, these Red Hot Stuffed Chiles proudly display the colors of the Mexican flag.


 You can't have a party without cake! Tres Leches Cake is a moist butter cake that has been soaked in milk and topped with fresh whipped cream. Although it is not originally from Mexico, it is a popular dessert throughout all of Latin America.

For more Mexican menu and recipe ideas check out these links:

8 Festive Mexican Menus

Mexican Meals in Minutes

Must-Have Margaritas

 

 

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