Want to make an impressive Cinco de Mayo feast that your friends will remember even after a few rounds of tequila shots? Then separate yourself from the taco-obsessed, El Paso-seasoned masses and make this gorgeous (and insanely delicious) spread—complete with gooey queso, a super-easy chicken chile verde, and a fluffy Mexican chocolate cake that you’ll want to make year round.
Spiced Mango Michelada
The perfect drink for your not-taco party? A not-margarita! Skip juicing limes for days and make this fruity take on a Michelada (a Mexican beer cocktail) with tequila, mango puree and sambal oelek. If you can’t find mango puree, mango nectar is a good stand-in.
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El Original Queso
Start your dinner party off on the right foot by putting out a big bowl of this killer TexMex queso. There’s nothing froofy or refined about this cheese dip. I mean, come on—the key ingredient is Velveeta. But before you turn up your nose, know that the velveeta is what creates that silky, irresistible texture and makes the dish easy to reheat (and therefore a great make-ahead appetizer). Serve this spicy, over-the-top dip with sturdy corn tortilla chips and this fresh, crunchy Mexican Crudités platter.