September 16th is Mexico’s biggest and most important holiday. As we get closer to the date, you will see more and more vendors setting up shop on street corners, selling flags and banners, all in the red, white and green of the nations flag. Mexican Independance Day marks the moment that began the countrys break from Spain.
The call to arms from Padre Miguel Hidalgo in 1810 become known as the Grito de Dolores, and is re-enacted every year. Lead by Mexico’s President, mayors throughout the country address the crowds with a speech that leads to calls of “Viva Mexico”. Followed by fireworks at midnight, the 16th is an all out fiesta.
An extra day off means Rocky Point and other resort towns are busy, with hotels full and celebrations happening in public places and at home between family members. Always about food, sometimes cooks will take the extra step and prepare a dish that has become associated with this holiday.
The red, white and green of the flag are reflected in Chiles en Nogado. A variation on stuffed chiles rellenos, this dish was invented to celebrate Mexican Independence, which was finally realized in 1821. Green Poblano chiles are stuffed with picadillo (a chopped meat and vegetable mix), covered in a white sauce made from walnuts, and the garnished wth pomegranete seeds.
Around town, restaurants will be serving Chiles en Nogado. Not many, because it s not easy to make. If you find it, rder it. You will be tasting a part of Mexicos’ history.