Cat’s Corner: Celebrating Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day

Catherine Mahrholz

Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, which is actually September 16. On that date in 1810, Mexico declared its independence from Spanish rule.

Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Mexican army’s defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862

In recent years, perhaps especially here in the southwest, Cinco de Mayo has rapidly gained popularity in the United States, where changing demographics have helped to turn the holiday into a cultural event.

So, in the spirit of this popular day to celebrate the culture and heritage of Mexico, below is a recipe I have adapted to be cooked in a slow cooker. It is one of my easiest recipes to prepare. 

A number of years ago at a corporate company party another employee approached me, although I did not know her, and exclaimed to me, “This is just like my grandmother used to make!”

The ultimate compliment to this blonde-haired gal who just loves to cook!

Below is a recipe for Shredded Beef that I like to use as a component in Burritos. We set up a “Burrito Bar” and feature various accompaniments such as avocados, grated Monterey Jack Cheese, Jalapeno or Chipotle cream cheese, Salsa, black beans, brown rice… and of course Flour Tortillas in which to wrap up your favorite Burrito!

Burrito means “little burro” and this tasty, hearty and satisfying entrée will carry you through whatever your plans may be for Cinco de Mayo!

Shredded Beef

1 lb. beef stew meat, cut into large chunks

1cup water

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cumin

Put all ingredients in a slow cooker, cover and cook all day while you play!

The recipe for Shredded Beef would also be a great way to celebrate your mom on Mother’s day!

If, however, you’d rather, or your mom would love to go out to dine on her special day, I offer below some suggestions on restaurants in the Pikes Peak, region that have offered my husband and me some wonderful culinary delights for lunch or dinner out:

Crystal Park Cantina (Manitou Springs) Mucky Duck (Green Mountain Falls) Fusion Japan, Carmen Tapas, Arby’s mmm…Jamocha Shake and Senior Discount, Serrano’s (Woodland Park) Russ’s Place (Divide) Iron Tree, the Thunderbird (Florissant) or take the scenic drive up Teller One to Cripple Creek and check out the casinos for a little food, fun and games in the historic little town with friendly small town folks and an array of restaurants from which to select a place to treat mom to a memorable day or evening out!