East Tennessee celebrates Cinco de Mayo

East Tennessee celebrates Cinco de Mayo

WBIR.com – May 2016

Cinco de Mayo is Thursday, and for many Americans, that means enjoying Mexican food—and probably a few margaritas. But Cinco de Mayo, which translates to May 5, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays. The day is often referred to as Mexico’s Independence Day, but that holiday actually falls in September. So, what is Cinco de Mayo? Strictly speaking, it is still important to Mexico’s independence.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Mexico had troubles paying back war debts to European countries, and France had come to Mexico to collect that debt.

Knoxville restaurant Babalu Tacos and Tapas shared a guacamole recipe to celebrate the festivities.

Dish: Tableside guacamole

Serving size: Four


·         2 halved hass avocados

·         1 tablespoon of sliced green onion

·         1½ tablespoons of squeezed lime juice

·         1½ tablespoons of minced red onion

·         1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro

·         1½ tablespoons of chopped sun-dried tomatoes

·         Kosher salt to taste


1.       Remove “meat’ from avocados and place all ingredients in a bowl.

2.       Sprinkle salt all over ingredients to evenly incorporate.

3.       Mash with spoon or large fork. Babalu suggests using a potato masher, which works well.

4.       Keep mixture somewhat chunky.

5.       Serve with corn chips.


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