Tacos For A Happy Cinco de Mayo

Tacos for Cinco de Mayo - doodlewash and watercolor of Mexican food lettuce and corn tortillas with ground beef

Since today is Cinco de Mayo, it seemed like a good day to have tacos for lunch. This day marks the 1862 Mexican victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, but most Americans just see it as a perfect day to have margaritas and beer. In fact, it’s a much bigger celebration in the U.S. than it is in Mexico, where only Puebla hosts a really large fiesta. Even so, Los Angeles holds Fiesta Broadway which has been called the largest Cinco de Mayo party in the world, dwarfing the one in Puebla entirely. That sounds exhausting and with way too many people, so I’m happy just celebrating with a few tacos.

I’ve actually only been to Mexico once, staying in a lovely costal town called Bucerías outside of Puerto Vallarta. Of course the beach was the main highlight of the trip, but second on the list were fish tacos (not shown here as that wasn’t on the menu today). There was a little restaurant in Bucerías with purple and yellow walls and a name that’s been long forgotten. They had the most amazing fish tacos served “dorado” style which means “golden.” Though the word and translation sound lovely, it was really just a poetic way to say “fish bits deep fried in yesterday’s oil.” They were delicious!

No matter the version of taco I’m eating these days, it always takes me back to that wonderful little restaurant in Bucerías. After almost a decade, I’m not sure if it would feel the same if I ever went back. I’ve spun the memory in my head so much now it’s really more of a fantasy than a reality. But perhaps one day I’ll make the trek back to that little spot to see if the purple and yellow-walled taqueria is still there. Or maybe not. Sometimes a good fantasy can be even more delicious than reality.

You’re all invited to a Doodlewash Dinner Party during the month of May! Just tag your food or drink image #doodlewashdinner and I’ll feature you and your culinary creations in a delicious Doodlewash Gallery at the end of the month! 


About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Gamboge, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrol Red, Permanent Green Pale, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pens with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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58 Comments
  1. Those lock fantastic ! The shells and lettuce are really great.

    • Author

      Awww thanks!! Glad ya liked this one! 😃💕And they were delicious! Hehe

      • ARG! I was on my Kindle and #1 Grandson thinks when I’m on my Kindle I’m stealing his time so squeezes onto my lap. I make even more typos then than I normally do. I’m sorry!

        We went to our favorite Taqueria on the 4th. The 5th we knew would be too crazy! I don’t think I could live anywhere where Mexican food wasn’t served. A well stocked Salsa bar is a must! 🙂

      • Author

        Haha…oh my gosh…didn’t even notice the typo until you mentioned it. My mind just edited it back into place. Oooooo…yay to salsa bar…Delish!! 😃

      • Thank you for filling in the missing words!
        I’ve been know to say ordering at new Taquerias…” I’m gonna need a lot of salsa. Is that going to be a problem?”
        The fam still quotes that every time we’re in a Taqueria!

      • Author

        Haha…you can never have too much salsa I say !! 😉

      • Exactly! Except…not too picante! That’s He-Man! I like mine on the medium side…not burn my lips and tongue off spicy! 🙂

  2. Sand Salt Moon 1 year ago

    That lettuce is so lively on these tacos. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  3. Teri C 1 year ago

    Wow, another awesome sketch that looks good enough to eat. Happy CdM

  4. memadtwo 1 year ago

    I could eat all three. Terrific rendition of a classic. N.

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    Tacos, good any day of the year, and more than once a day is fine too. Terrific art, looks yummy. But don’t you like cheese?

  6. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Yum! And the lettuce is beautiful. I may need a second dinner…(K)

    • Author

      Hehe… Thanks Kerfe! 💕😃 It had actually been awhile since I had tacos. I could totally repeat it tomorrow! 😊lol

  7. Jodi 1 year ago

    I love fish tacos and have a fond memory of some in San Diego where I tried them for the first time over a decade ago. Isn’t it funny how our mind can make such a distinctive amazing memory we are afraid to re-experience if it won’t live up to it! BEAUTIFUL doodlewash Charlie !

    • Author

      Thanks so much Jodi! 💕😃Fish tacos are the bomb! Hehe… And yeah… I love how our memories tend to keep the best bits and enhance them. That’s actually pretty awesome!

  8. Sharon Mann 1 year ago

    Super looking tacos, Charlie. One of my favorite foods. And, I love fish tacos! A must have at the dinner party. 😄🌮

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon!! 💕😃 Yeah, these definitely have more mass appeal than my alien elephant milk yesterday! Lol Glad you liked them!

  9. debiriley 1 year ago

    well done Charlie, I must say….. this is the BEST Lettuce I’ve seen!!! and your tacos, sorry. gotta go. I am so hungry Now! 🙂

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks Debi!! 💕😃 Glad ya liked my lettuce. I was initially worried it would just be a green mess, but then I managed to make it show up! 😊

  10. Jacob 1 year ago

    The colours packed together here in (and of!) those shells is very pleasing. And the lettuce has a perfect crispness to it. It’s been far too long since I’ve had a taco – coincidentally I was only pondering on this earlier – and in your doodlewash I can see how criminal that is. They look delicious!

    • Author

      They were delicious! Tacos are fabulous…I think you should have them immediately. It’s simply not healthy to go too long without them! 😉Though actually it had been months for me. I typically only crave them when the weather gets warmer. Not sure why though. Hehe

  11. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    A great time to enjoy tacos! Thanks for the information. Your tacos look delicious Charlie.

  12. Superb looking tacos! That lettuce looks frrrrresh :-). Yup, they would pair well with yellow and purple walls…

    • Author

      Thanks Myriam! 💕😃 I do often wonder if that place is still around. It was a good color scheme to pair with tacos. Hehe… Man I love these things! I’m getting hungry again thinking about them… 😊

      • :-D! They look awesome! Maybe tomorrow is a good taco day… Yup! Sunny skies!

  13. berolahragageneral2 1 year ago

    wew, that’s look fantastic

  14. Rachel Murphree 1 year ago

    wow, Charlie those look delicious!! well done !

  15. Jill Kuhn 1 year ago

    I had a black bean and brown rice taco for lunch in celebration! 🎉 I forgot to add the lettuce – yours looks incredibly fresh! 😄👍🌟 Can I have a leaf or two? Hehe! 😝 Cheers Charlie! 🍺

  16. Kari 1 year ago

    Wow, Charlie! Your tacos are so realistic! Amazing you did this with watercolors. I do love tacos, though I can’t ever keep my taco from breaking apart..I usually end up eating a taco like nachos.. Lol.

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃 They got s little bit more rendered than I was going for… hehe…Just couldn’t stop! Oh, they totally disintegrated in the first bite, but tasted amazing! Lol

  17. artandmoondreams 1 year ago

    The tacos look lovely!…and delicious…even if the fish was fried in yesterday’s oil…too funny.

  18. These look like the perfect taco, so neat, a shame that when I eat them bits will be falling all over the place, leaving quite a mess, lol your lettuce is to perfection.

  19. YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

    Aww Charlie these Tacos looks a delight! To me better than the real ones lol! Ahah and that beautiful green lettuce just ready to eat! 😉

    • Author

      Thanks Carolina! 💕😃So glad you liked these… there’s so much detail in tacos I wasn’t sure how to pull this one off. Hehe… Thrilled you think it worked out well!

      • YesterdayAfter 1 year ago

        Oh yes they looks great! You covered all the details! 😉

  20. Omg Charlie!!! This is my favorite. Absolutely the best work I’ve seen from you, and that is saying something! A real stunner, I could literally lick the screen and I just ate! And it is breakfast time, not taco time but holy goodness, these are beautiful! Wow and not an easy one either! Bravo, encore!!

    • Author

      Awww… thanks so much Laura! That’s so sweet of you!!! 😍💕 Yay… I’m getting better then! hehe… I honestly have no clue. I just keep making one a day and see what comes out. Tacos for breakfast sound just fine! You should have gone for it! LOL

  21. charlapetiteartiste 1 year ago

    I like like your work!

  22. Curious to the Max 1 year ago

    “Sometimes a good fantasy can be even more delicious than reality”. THAT my dear Charlie O’ is a bigger mouthful than your wonderful tacos.

  23. Mithai Mumblezz 1 year ago

    Beautiful painting!! I’m very passionate about colors, though I can’t draw that well. Its great to find such a wonderful colors dedicated to colors. And the stories you come up with each drawing makes it even better!! 🙂
    Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

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