It’s Cinco De Mayo At Your House
Every bar in town will likely be a shit show amateur hour of non-Mexicans celebrating a Mexican holiday as an excuse to get wasted. Not unlike all the people that become “Irish” on St. Paddy’s day. If you’re Catholic, you don’t light a Menorah, and if you’re not Mexican it's silly to wear a sombrero and drink tequila and shout Ole’. At the very least, you should know that Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican victory over the French in 1862. That said, it’s a fine theme for a night at home with your lady or a few friends. So here are some ideas for a simple fun evening.
Homemade salsaThis is so easy that it barely makes sense to open a jar. You can scale the quantity depending on the number of guests. I would start with 4 tomatoes, that’s enough for 2 - 4 people. Dice up tomatoes, then add 3 cloves of minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of minced red or yellow onion, juice of 1 lime. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add some chopped cilantro leaves, and/or a diced jalapeno. Add plenty of salt and let it stand for 15 or 20 minutes so the flavors marinate. It can be served any time after that, or stored for a day or so in the fridge. Note: This makes a chunky tomato salsa. If you like your salsa smooth or are pressed for time, just throw all the above in the Cuisinart Mini Prep (recommended in our kitchen gear article) and pulse until it’s the consistency you desire. Serve with chips, or use with the chicken below to make tacos.
ChickenGrill some boneless skinless chicken breasts, either on the BBQ or in a grill pan. Salt and pepper the chicken liberally before grilling. If you have extra time, put the breasts in a Ziploc bag with some lime juice, and soy sauce and let sit for an hour or so in the fridge before grilling. Slice into strips or chunks and use with the above salsa to fill soft or hard corn tortillas. Shredded cheese is optional here.
SidesWant to go the extra mile? Open up a can of black beans, rinse the crap in the can off them in a strainer and heat them up with a bit of water in a pot. Add plenty of salt and some chili powder and taco sauce to taste. Boil some white rice and serve these as sides. Go crazy and put the beans on the rice.
DrinksAs for the drinks, what Mexican themed party would be complete without Tequila? The Dude Society does NOT recommend Patron, despite its current place as the trendy tequila to drink. Instead opt for Herradura, Jose Cuervo (especially if you opt for the higher end versions such as Tadicional or Reserva), or Don Julio. At least one of these should be easily found at your local liquor store. No Margarita Mix Allowed. Here is a simple recipe to turn that tequila into Margaritas
- 2 Parts Tequila
- 1 Part Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 1 Part Lime
- Dash of Simple Syrup or Sugar
- Mix and Serve over ice