For many, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse to party and eat tacos. However, in Mexico the day doesn’t have much significance. May 5, 1862 is the day Mexico’s army fought and victoriously won against the French in the Battle of Puebla. A Myth behind the date is that it is the Mexican independence day, which is simply not true. Cinco de Mayo is not an official Mexican holiday and is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico.
Other parts of Mexico participate in the festivities, but Cinco de Mayo is mostly celebrated in the city of Puebla, where the battle took place. The celebrations include parades, and other fun activities. But, for most Mexicans, May 5th is not a special day. It is just like any other day. In the United States, we use the day as a celebration of Mexican heritage.
One of the most popular desserts in Mexico City are churros, a type of fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, paired with all types of delicious sides and originating from Spanish speaking countries. If you want to celebrate this upcoming Cinco De Mayo by making churros at home with your family, we have just the recipe for you! Make sure you get a grown-up to help you!
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 package of biscuit dough
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- ½ cup of sugar
- 3-4 cups of vegetable oil
Tools you’ll need:
- Mixing bowls
- Spider strainer
- Pour the oil into a large pot over medium heat until it has reached between 350 and 375 degrees.
- While the oil heats, flatten the dough and use a pizza cutter to slice 5 strips
- Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and set aside for later.
- Fry each strip for about 30 seconds, flip and then cook until golden brown.
- Immediately roll the fried biscuits in the cinnamon sugar to coat.
- Serve warm. Optional: serve with chocolate sauce