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A Great Cinco de Mayo Party Without the Clichés Slideshow

You can have a great party free of stereotypes
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A Great Cinco de Mayo Party Without the Clichés

A Great Cinco de Mayo Party Without the Clichés
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Whether you find the tropes simply clichéd or straight up offensively stereotypical, it may seem impossible to enjoy the revelry of Cinco de Mayo, tequila, and Mexican food without them. However, we are here to tell you it is entirely possible to throw a respectful, unique, and (most importantly) fun Cinco de Mayo party without whistling the same ol’ tune.

First, Learn the History

First, Learn the History
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To celebrate any holiday with respect, it’s important to know what the holiday really means, especially if you don’t have a background in the culture the holiday originally stems from. Almost everyone knows that Cinco de Mayo isn’t a big deal in Mexico, but few people know that it celebrates a tide-turning Mexican military victory over the French in 1861 in the city of Puebla.

Avoid Costumes

Avoid Costumes
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We shouldn’t have to say it, but wearing ponchos, fake mustaches, and sombreros is culturally insensitive, to say the very least. Don’t be that person. Cinco de Mayo takes place during the peak of spring. Instead of donning a racist costume, dress in the colors of Mexico or your favorite spring styles.

Decorate With the Colors of Mexico

Decorate With the Colors of Mexico
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Instead of hanging piñatas, cacti, and fake margarita glasses everywhere, consider more subdued Cinco de Mayo décor. Think DIY papel picado banners, bright red, green, and white floral arrangements, and lanterns for a tasteful yet beautiful aesthetic.

Make Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Make Authentic Mexican Cuisine
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While Tex-Mex has its place, authentic Mexican food is filled with deep spices, lard, and very little dairy. Ditch the hard shell tacos and chili and make some of the following recipes instead.

Soft Street Tacos

Soft Street Tacos
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Authentic tacos just use a few simple, delicious components and are built on top of small corn tortillas. These steak tacos have just five ingredients but are intensely flavorful.

Mole Poblano

Mole Poblano
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Guacamole may be the most beloved Mexican sauce in the United States, but in Mexico, it’s all about mole poblano. This richly flavored mole recipe uses four chiles, giving it plenty of heat and bold flavors. Pour it over chicken, beef, pork, or fish for an instantly delicious dish.

Elotes Callejeros (Grilled Corn)

Elotes Callejeros (Grilled Corn)
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Street food is a hugely important part of Mexican cuisine, including this cheesy, tangy grilled corn. Limes, Cotija cheese, mayonnaise, and chili powder make an addictive portable appetizer or side dish.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot Chocolate
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Rich dark chocolate is the perfect ending for any Mexican themed meal, and a spicy, creamy Mexican hot chocolate is so, so satisfying. Cinnamon and chili powder help to give this milky confection a bit of a bite and more Latin flavor.

Serve Your Tequila With Sangrita

Serve Your Tequila With Sangrita
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Drinking tequila with lime and salt is more or less an American twist on this classic spirit. Instead, consider drinking your tequila with the more traditional sangrita, which dates back to the 1920s. This chaser features citrus juice, fruit juice, and a bit of pepper for a cleansing sip that perfectly complements the bite of tequila.