Cinco de Mayo
It’s the annual celebration held on May 5 to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. Here in Texas, we love to celebrate it with family, friends, and deliciously concocted margaritas! Local Cindo de Mayo celebrations can include parades, music, dancing, sometimes even battle reenactments, and (most widely observed) food and drink! Since many of us are still home and social distancing, I thought it fitting to celebrate with a pot of Fideo!
Fideo, simply translated, means “noodles” in Spanish. Mexican Fideo specifically refers to a short and golden “vermicelli” noodle made into a warm and comforting dish with a tomato flavored base. Fideo con Carne, or “noodles with beef” as I am making today, is simply with the addition of beef. There are so many ways to make Fideo. Some recipes includes papas (potatoes) or corn (maiz), some serve it as a soup. If you like this dish, I encourage you to try some variations and see which style you and your family most enjoy.
Two essential ingredients for my recipe are KNORR Caldo de Tomate Con Sabor de Pollo (Tomato Bouillon with Chicken Flavor) and cut Vermicelli noodles. There are many different brands of noodles out there. Here are a couple of brands that I like to use, but go with what you like and what you can find in your grocery store.
This recipe makes quite a bit! It can easily feed several people as a main dish and even more if you’re preparing it as a side. For a smaller batch, just reduce the recipe ingredients by half.