Cinco de Mayo is almost here and do you know what’s better than a culturally sensitive party? Authentic Mexican recipes that you can make to impress all of your friends. These recipes are delicious and will make you look like the cultured queen you are.
1. Homemade Tortillas
The first thing to know when making Mexican recipes is to know how to make tortillas. Flour tortillas are a base for a variety of dishes, including a few on this list. Making your own tortillas may sound intimidating but once you get the hang of it you’ll never want store bought again. I recommend making these the day before your party as they can take a while to make. Warm them up a little in a skillet before using them and viola you have yourself perfect flour tortillas.
2. Chile de Árbol Salsa
This salsa is perfect for anyone who wants an added kick to their chip. Made with chile de árbol peppers it’s not a salsa I’d advise for anyone who can’t handle spicy food. If you’re a risk taker though this one is for you. It will definitely have you reaching for some horchata.
Elotes, or Mexican-Style Street Corn, is more than just corn on the cob. Covered in cotija cheese, mayo and chili powder Elotes is unlike any other street food you will have tried. You can use a stick or be completely traditional and use the husks as a handle.
4. Arroz a la Mexicana
No dish is finished without a side of arroz a la Mexicana, aka Mexican rice. Like the tortilla, knowing how to make this will put you ahead of the game when it comes to authentic Mexican recipes. Mexican rice can be just a side or used as an added ingredient to a dish.
5. Cemita Poblana
A fun fact about this recipe is that cemita poblana is from Puebla. Puebla is the city we can thank for Cinco De Mayo because that is where the Mexican army defeated French imperialists. This sandwich is full of flavors made up of the variety of meats used. It’s a dish that isn’t well known but it should be because it is heavenly.
6. Huevos Rancheros
Despite traditionally eaten for breakfast I am an avid supporter of eating huevos rancheros whenever. This recipe is perfect for a Cinco De Mayo dinner party if you’re looking for something slightly fancier than a regular party.
7. Tacos de Bistec
A dish you’ve probably been waiting for, tacos. Steak tacos to be exact. This is when your homemade tortillas come into play. You can have these pre-made or you can lay out the ingredients for your guests. It’s a great opportunity to include meat substitutes for your vegetarian friends too.
If you’ve ever been to a street fair and have seen something that looks like an orange smoothie with a red covered straw this is that drink. Mangonada is pretty much a mango smoothie with chile powder. It is an essential Mexican-street food recipe that is sweet, sour and spicy.
9. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
For dessert a simple but delicious treat are these cookies. They’re both easy to make and unexpected for a Cinco De Mayo party. They will help show you’re a host that thinks outside of the box.
Last but certainly not least is horchata. This isn’t a milkshake, in fact it’s actually completely vegan if made authentically. There are recipes that call for milk but this drink is made of rice and cinnamon. If you feel like ending your night on a high note mix a little rum into your horchata.
Which of these recipes are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments!
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