Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. In the U.S., the holiday has evolved, becoming a celebration of Mexican and Mexican-American heritage and traditions. It’s a day to sample Mexican cuisine, learn about Mexican culture and of course, enjoy a margarita.

When it comes to entertaining for Cinco de Mayo, natural gas and oil are with you every step of the way, from the groceries you buy and the appliances you use to cook, to the materials that make up your serving dishes and utensils.

Two mainstays of Mexican cuisine are corn and beans, which are grown, processed and manufactured with the assistance of natural gas and oil. Once harvested, vehicles running on gasoline made from oil, transport the beans and corn to factories. Those factories are filled with conveyor belts and other machinery powered by electricity that is generated by natural gas and oil. Finally, the ingredients are transported to grocery stores for you to purchase, ultimately ending up in your pantry or refrigerator, which is also powered by natural gas and oil.

This year, spice up your Cinco de Mayo party with these tasty Mexican dishes:

  1. Chorizo tacos
  2. Guacamole
  3. Mexican corn on the cob (Elote)
  4. Classic shaken margarita
  5. Tres leches cake
  6. Mexican refried beans