Cinco de Mayo…what does it really mean to you? Parades, colorful decorations, music and dancing, delicious libations, costumes galore? Sure, but to me, it also means a day to celebrate Mexican food, a day to truly appreciate Mexican culture, and a day to enjoy time with friends and family.
Cinco de Mayo, celebrated on the fifth day of May, is often confused with Mexican Independence Day, which is actually a completely different holiday, celebrated on September 16.
My motto when it comes to this Mexican celebration is…if we can all drink Irish beer and eat corned beef on St. Patty’s Day, then why can’t we all enjoy cerveza Mexicana and fresh guacamole with crispy tortilla chips on Cinco de Mayo?
If you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, serve something that will “wow” your guests, like these traditional flautas filled with tender, slow cooked meat. These flautas are filled with flavorful pulled pork called pork tinga made with pork shoulder, pork chorizo, and a spicy tomato chipotle mixture all slow cooked in a slow cooker.
Tinga is a traditional Mexican dish made with braised shredded pork, beef, or chicken that is simmered with onions, garlic, and spices. Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and pork chorizo give this pork tinga a complex smoky flavor.
Tinga is a perfect party dish because it can feed a crowd and the best part is this filling practically cooks itself and can be made the day before. Traditionally, tinga is served on crisp tostadas like these chicken tinga tostadas, but I served the shredded pork tightly wrapped and fried in corn tortillas for the perfect finger food.
Very warming, hearty, and comforting… perfect as a weeknight dinner but impressive enough for a weekend Mexican fiesta.
Both family-friendly and freezer-friendly, these pork tinga flautas complement any type of party. Fry a few batches for your friends and family and see them disappear before your eyes.
Luckily for me all the ingredients I needed, including the Mexican beer and flowers were purchased at my local King Soopers.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Photography by Jenna Sparks
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