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Spectacular Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By Chef Pati Jinich

Guacamole is the undisputed mainstay of Cinco de Mayo celebrations. When it’s Cinco, that means dishing out some next-level guac.

Avocados From Mexico make any celebration extra delicious and special. With the recipes and tips below, you can host a Cinco de Mayo party that can last all day and well into the night.

Before we get to the recipes, make sure you’re ready to pick out the perfect avocados for the big day. For avocados that will be ripe and ready to eat that day or the following, choose avocados that are dark green, have a bumpy texture, and give a little in your hand when you gently squeeze them. Should you somehow end up with avocados that are a little too hard, no problem: There are many ways to speed up ripening, like putting the avocados in direct sunlight, inside a brown paper bag with a banana, or even submerged in a bowl of rice. Lastly, if you have ripe avocados but your party is a few days away, place them in your refrigerator to slow down the ripening process.

For more tips like these, please visit the “How-To” page on the Avocados From Mexico website.

Now, on to the recipes!

Great Guacs and Dips

Another cool avocado tip: If you need to prepare your guacamole well before your party starts, you can keep it green by pouring a thin layer of milk over the top and placing it in the fridge.

Fun Finger Foods

Half-Avocado Bar

Let guests choose from an assortment of fillings used to stuff avocado halves. (A squeeze of lime juice will help keep sliced avocados fresh.)

  • Fruit-based fillings: This sweet-and-spicy blend of pineapple and pico de gallo inside a ripe avocado works oh-so well. (Make sure your halves are ripe by buying avocados that give a little when you squeeze.)
  • Veggie fillings: Offer a range of options, from fresh hearts of palm and artichoke salad to a veggie mix with oregano-lime cream.
  • Seafood salads: Try these go-to shrimp and tuna salad avocado boats.

Beverage Counter

Yes, they’re a must for Cinco celebrations. Serve different types in pitchers with all the fixings: glasses, salt, and lime wedges. You can’t go wrong with this avocado margarita, a grilled pineapple margarita, or a coconut-lime version.

  • Creative cocktails: How about this decadent cocktail with a Cinco twist? It’s a martini made with creamy dulce de leche. Scrumptious!
  • Aguas frescas: There are lots of options for this refreshing non-alcoholic Mexican specialty, from popular horchata flavored with cinnamon and vanilla, to one from my childhood: Jamaica Water.
  • A Michelada: Play with this fun tradition of dressing up Mexican beer with hot sauce and spices to please the beer-lovers on your guest list.

Add fresh-cut flowers, pull out the brightly colored tablecloths, and get your playlist ready for an extra special Cinco de Mayo!

By Avocados From Mexico May 02, 2018

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