Authentic Mexican Dishes for Cinco de Mayo (Slideshow)

Mole Poblano

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The sauce in a classic mole poblano is piquant with a hint of chocolate and a slight sweetness. This dish is served on holidays aside from Cinco de Mayo as well. There are as many Mole Poblano recipes as there are Mexican grandmothers but the core ingredients are similar. 

Click here for a Mole Poblano de Pollo (Chicken in Chocolate and Chile Sauce) recipe. 

Camote

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In Mexico, yams are called camotes and can be cooked in a number of ways during the holiday season. Candied yams are particularly popular on Cinco de Mayo.

Click here for a Camotes al Horno (Baked Yams) Recipe.

Chiles en Nogada

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This dish tastes as good as it looks. Poblano chilies are filled with meats and spices and coated with a walnut-cream sauce and finished off with fresh pomegranate arils. This is one of those off the radar dishes that are worth exlporing!

Click here for Chiles en Nogada (Chiles in Walnut Sauce) Recipe.

Chalupas

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No, these aren't the chalupas as found on fast food menus. They're better! 

Click here for a recipe for Chalupas that'll never have you reaching for the fast food version again! 

Rompope

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Eggnog? For Cinco de Mayo? You bet! Rompope is a Mexican eggnog that is more custard-like than its American counterpart and usually served chilled. Both delicious and rich, this drink will not make you miss your typical margarita.

Click here for a rompope recipe.