Cinco de Mayo is coming up!! Yes!!! An excuse to eat tons of guac, salsa, and chips. That is seriously the perfect food trifecta. Gimme a bowl of chips and a spicy Mexican dip and I’ll be a happy camper! I know that a lot of people are in the same boat as me, they love Mexican food, so Cinco de Mayo is high on their list for holidays to celebrate.
As a a Spanish teacher, I know that so many people don’t actually realize what Cinco de Mayo is all about. Quick history lesson for you here…stick with me, I promise to make it short and I will reward with you with a delicious guacamole recipe for reading!
Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day (that’s in September.) It is the celebration of the winning of the Battle of Puebla. The Mexican army won a major battle against the French in the city of Puebla in 1862. The Mexican army was outnumbered and not as powerful as the French army, so this was a major morale boost and slowed down the French on their march toward Mexico City.
I am going to say something crazy here. Cinco de Mayo is actually more popular in the United States, than Mexico. Sure, the city of Puebla celebrates, but in general, most Mexicans don’t even recognize this date. It is actually more of an American holiday started years ago to celebrate Mexican-Americans and their heritage. It has now become a day to wear big sombreros, eat Mexican food, and drinks lots of cerveza here in the US, but I am not going to complain because what’s not to like about big hats and Mexican food?!
I love having little holiday themed parties here at home. I have hosted a few Cinco de Mayo parties, mainly because I love cooking big Mexican spreads. This year we will go more low key and except for the guacamole, I will let my grocery store do the cooking. I picked up these José Olé products at Giant Eagle and they are the perfect dippers for my delicious Grilled Pineapple and Bacon Guacamole. These snacks are quick and easy to prepare and my daughter was so excited about the prospect of mini tacos!
Now guacamole in its pure form is great, but the addition of grilled pineapple and bacon really take it over the top. I wanted something different and this definitely fit the bill. You get all the flavors in every bite, spicy from the pepper, salty from the bacon, tangy from the lime, and finishes with a burst of grilled pineapple at the end. Have you ever grilled a pineapple before? I wouldn’t skip this step. Just throw it on the grill next time you have dinner outside and then save the pineapple in the fridge till you need it. The grilling really brings out the sweetness and makes a regular pineapple extra special. The pineapple I bought was unfortunately a little lackluster, but you would never know now that it is grilled!
I bought three different José Olé products. Mini Beef and Cheese Tacos, Chicken and Cheese Nacho Bites, and Chicken and Cheese Taquitos. I thought the Mini Tacos and Nacho bites sounded so fun for kids!! I have never seen Nacho Bites before so were really excited about those! Everything was delicious, filling, and of course, make it even easier to get all that delicious guacamole in our mouths! I threw it all on a tray with some store bought salsa and we had a delicious Cinco de Mayo spread!
Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? What is your favorite Mexican recipe?!
Grilled Pineapple and Bacon Guacamole
- 2 avocados diced
- 1/2 of a pineapple grilled and then diced small
- 6 strips of bacon cooked up until crisp, then broken into small pieces
- the juice of one lime
- 1/4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. cumin
- salt to taste
- cilantro about 1 tbsp. or to taste
Mix together your avocado and pineapple with a fork until your desired chunkiness. I like mine smooth. Add the bacon and stir to distribute. Add all of the seasonings and then taste and see if you would like more. Squeeze your lime juice over the mixture to prevent browning. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Best if eaten the day it is prepared! Enjoy!
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