Tip: Before You Start — Essential Pantry Ingredients from 5 Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo Slideshow

5 Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo Slideshow

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Tip: Before You Start — Essential Pantry Ingredients

Pati Jinich, the official chef of the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., recommends that home cooks stock up on dried or canned beans, chipotles en adobo, white or brown rice, and certain dried chiles, including ancho, guajillo, and chile de arbol for authentic Mexican cooking. Chipotle, the dried form of jalapeño, is also a good bet, as is piloncillo, a type of sugar used often in Mexican cuisine.