Hey guys, who isn’t stoked about celebrating Mexican army’s victory over the French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1862? I know I am! That’s why I did the unthinkable – two new posts in one week!
If there’s one thing everyone knows about me, it’s that I love beer-fueled social gatherings, so let’s get this party started! Before we begin, let’s do a little housecleaning. First, please answer the following questions:
- Are you a non-Hispanic person planning on wearing a sombrero to this evening’s festivities?
- Will you at any point tonight refer to the day as Cinco de Drinko?
- Will fake mustaches be involved in your gathering?
If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you should be aware that you’re on the verge of acting like an asshole. But, I’m here to help. (Pssst I noticed Amazon is serving really cringy “Cinco de Drinko” t-shirt ads on the right over there. Yeah. That’s exactly what you should try to avoid.)
I don’t mean to be a killjoy here. I know people just like a reason to party. So, if you don’t want to be an asshole this Cinco de Mayo, here are some things you can do:
- Celebrate at local, family-owned Mexican restaurants
- Do not wear anything that mocks or co-ops Mexican culture
- Stay home, make delicious Mexican food and watch Mexican wrestling
- Donate to non-profits that work with Mexican immigrants (like Border Angels or the National Immigration Law Center)
My friend Kelly posted something yesterday on Seitan Beats Your Meat that you may find helpful – everything from how to order vegan food at local, Latinx-owned restaurants to how to respectfully celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I suggest you read it!
P.S. If you are staying home, here are some recipes you might want to try out. Some significantly more authentic than others aka some of these are mine and I’m a white AF Irish-Italian girl from Chicago:
- Vegan Ranch Tacos
- Cheap Vegan Nacho Cheese
- Nacho Chee-Zee Quinoa Casserole
- Red Chile Jackfruit Tamales
- Smoky Tofu Mole Tacos
- Vegan Chilaquiles Verdes
- Taco Lasagna