Cinco de Mayo is on Taco Tuesday this year: How you can celebrate at home

Cinco de Mayo last fell on a Taco Tuesday in 2015

Chelsea Ritschel
New York
Tuesday 05 May 2020 16:56 BST
What is Cinco de Mayo?

Taco-lovers are rejoicing as Cinco de Mayo has fallen on Taco Tuesday, meaning there’s double the reason to celebrate with a filled tortilla.

While Taco Day the holiday is celebrated in October, Taco Tuesday is a more relaxed, weekly celebration that sees US citizens indulge in Mexican food on Tuesdays.

And this year, the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, which occurs annually on 5 May and marks the Mexican army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, falls on a Tuesday for the first time since 2015.

Although many Americans are following social distancing precautions today, that hasn’t stopped the country from partaking in one of its favourite tequila-filled holidays.

Migos released a new song titled Taco Tuesday in honour of the holiday, which features lyrics including: “Pretty down night right now / Sike (Uh), 'cause it's Taco Tuesday”.

Nasa’s Hubble Telescope also joined in, tweeting: “Happy #CincoDeMayo and #TacoTuesday! Enjoy Hubble's view of this stunning edge-on spiral galaxy known as the Sombrero Galaxy.”

Another person shared a photo that reads: “This year Cinco de Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday. This is it people. This is what we’ve been training for.”

“Cinco de Mayo this year falls on Taco Tuesday. Maybe a sign things will turn around soon? Perhaps the first positive sign of 2020? #CincoDeMayo #TacoTuesday,” someone else tweeted.

While most people were excited about the coincidence, others shared their disappointment that they would not be able to frequent their favourite Mexican restaurants as a result of coronavirus lockdowns.

“So, the year #CincoDeMayo falls on #TacoTuesday, is of course the year we’re all quarantined. *sigh*,” one person tweeted.

Fortunately, restaurants such as Chipotle and Moe’s Southwest Grill are doing what they can to honour the holiday - meaning you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday at home.

Chipotle is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by offering free queso blanco and extending free delivery through 10 May. Customers ordering via the Chipotle app or can use promo code QUESO55 at checkout to receive the free cheesy dip when it is added to an entree on 5 May.

For those in the mood for Moe’s, the restaurant is offering free delivery for orders over $10 made using its app or website.

Taco Bell will be participating in the holiday remotely by offering at-home taco kits starting today.

According to the Mexican fast-food chain, the offer will be available via delivery for a limited time.

California Pizza Kitchen is also selling DIY taco kits, which include cilantro, limes, tomatoes, peppers, onion, black beans, cheese, tortillas, and a choice of protein, with 5 May the last day the kits are available.

In honour of the holiday, Corona has planned a virtual benefit concert that encourages people to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home.

According to the beer brand, the concert, which will feature Diplo and Dillon Francis, will benefit restaurant workers, as Corona will donate $1 for every viewer - up to $500,000 - to the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund.

Corona is also promoting a way for customers to enjoy their favourite food and drinks at home with a partnership with Postmates - which is offering free delivery on all food, drinks and convenience orders placed on 5 May between 10am and 11.59pm local time. There’s no minimum required, just enter the code CINCOATHOME at checkout.

Or, if you wanted to celebrate the holiday at home by making your own tacos, you can find recipes here and here.

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