As tradition holds, Cinco de Mayo ---celebrated annually on May 5--- honors the French military defeat during the Battle of Puebla in Mexico in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexico's Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16. 

This holiday is observed more in the U.S. than the actual Mexico, although it's very popular in the State of Puebla. One of the cities to host the most Cinco de Mayo festivities is Los Angeles in California. New York and San Antonio, Texas, are also big on Cinco De Mayo. In Mexico, however, this day is overshadowed by other Mexican holidays, such as Constitution Day, Independence Day, Mexican Revolution day, and a dozen other patriotic commemorations.

For those who like to go all out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo, here is the only recipe you need to call it a fiesta! Behold, the Tequila-infused Queso Fundido Chili!

THE QUESO FUNDIDO WITH CHILI A LA TEQUILA

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup tequila
  • 1 (15-ounce) can Hormel® chili
  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Garnish: jalapeño slices, corn tortillas

COOKING DIRECTIONS:

-Heat oven to 400°F.
-In 12-inch cast-iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
-Sauté onion and next 4 ingredients until softened.
-Remove from heat, stir in tequila, return to heat and cook 2 minutes or until reduced by half.
-Stir in chili, remove from heat and sprinkle evenly with cheese.
-Gently stir and bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.
-Sprinkle with cilantro and garnish with jalapeño slices, if desired.
-Serve in martini glass with corn tortillas.

*This easy-to-make, delicious recipe is for foodies 21 and over!