Cinco de Mayo is a day to enjoy fabulous food and drinks with friends – this collection of Over 70 Cinco de Mayo Recipes It has a lot of delicious dishes for you to try!
What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?
Margarita pizza!! Right??
Well, something like that…
But there is something else!
Cinco de Mayo means May 5 and commemorates Mexico’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is Nope as well as Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16 of each year.
Interestingly, Cinco de Mayo is much more popular in the United States than it is in Mexico, thanks to the big push by beverage companies in the 1980s. Over the years it has become something of an excuse to celebrate with friends and enjoy good food and drink, but it’s still good to know the story behind that day.
And now you know the quick version of the Cinco de Mayo story!
The BEST Cinco de Mayo Recipes
This huge list of recipes will give you so many options to choose from!
You are sure to find some recipes that you love!
Use the overview below to navigate to recipe categories, then click on each individual recipe name to open the instructions in a new browser window.
Margarita… and More
Classic cocktails and unique drinks to enjoy on the occasion!
pineapple margarita – A tropical twist on the classic margarita! Soft and sweet!
Mexican Candy Margarita – This authentic Mexican margarita is a feast of flavors that combines sweet and sour to create a delicious cocktail!
sangria margarita – Combines the delicious flavor of sangria and margarita in a delicious layered drink.
Mezcal margarita with pineapple – This smoky yet sweet margarita is the perfect way to end your Cinco de Mayo celebration!
Sweet water – Enjoy this light and refreshing drink all day during Cinco de Mayo or any day! Suitable for families!
bright pink dove – Classic tequila cocktail gets sizzling action!
Keto Mojito with Coconut – This spicy coconut cocktail is the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot day or Cinco de Mayo! Light, refreshing and low carb!
Frozen Blackberry Margarita – Ripe blackberries and smooth tequila combine to make a delicious margarita in this cocktail.
Daisy “Mistletoe”. – This cranberry margarita may seem more suited to Christmas, but you can enjoy it any time of year!
“Thanksgiving” Margaret – This smooth, sweet and tangy margarita is so delicious and comforting to enjoy any time of year.
red orange daisy This lively orange cocktail is as good as it gets!
Lean Margarita – If you’re looking to cut some calories this Cinco de Mayo, you can’t go wrong with my skinny margarita!
mojito popsicles – These watermelon mojitos are so tasty and a great way to enjoy a boozy frozen treat!
Cinco de Mayo party appetizers
Get the party started with these sharing plates!
guacamole bites – This unique twist on the classic guacamole will leave you and your family wanting more!
Chicken Green Chili Enchilada Bites – Easy and delicious, these enchilada bites are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
Tortilla chips from the air fryer – These crispy air-fried chips are delicious and make a healthier chip for dipping or making into nachos.
jalapeno – These Grilled Jalapeños are the perfect appetizer for your Cinco de Mayo party!
Keto Jalapeno Poppers – All the flavor of your favorite app, without all the carbs!
Mexican Street Corn Dough Salad – This easy pasta salad recipe would make a great side dish to go with any Mexican recipe.
Guac, sauce and sauces
Pair those tortilla chips with a variety of fresh dips and fun dips!
Sauce with secret ingredients – This sauce is full of delicious fresh ingredients that enhance this easy sauce recipe.
pineapple and watermelon sauce – Sweet and spicy sauce based on tropical fruits.
Authentic Mexican guacamole – This delicious guacamole recipe is the perfect guacamole recipe for Cinco de Mayo.
White Cheese Dip – This spicy and mild cheese sauce is the perfect sauce for your tortilla chips this Cinco de Mayo.
rooster’s beak – Packed with fresh ingredients and tons of flavor, you can’t go wrong with this tasty pico de gallo!
Mango Sauce – This spicy mango is perfect for dipping your favorite tortilla chips!
vegan refried bean sauce – This Vegan Refried Bean Dip is perfect if you’re looking for a great Cinco de Mayo chip dip!
Instant Pot Chicken Enchilada Sauce – This keto sauce has all the delicious flavors of a chicken enchilada mixed into one delicious sauce.
Tacos Tacos Tacos!
What would Cinco de Mayo be without tacos?
Dutch Oven Carnitas – These Dutch Baked Carnitas are so easy to make and so tasty!
tinga chicken tostadas – If you are looking for a rich Mexican recipe with a lot of flavor, you will love these tostadas!
black bean tacos – These Crispy Black Bean Tacos are so delicious and the avocado lime salsa makes them even better!
Jackfruit Carnitas Tacos – If you’re looking to eat meatless this Cinco de Mayo, you can’t go wrong with these jackfruit carnitas tacos!
fajita steak tacos – These tacos are so delicious and a great pairing with Mexican street corn salsa.
Baked Wonton Tacos – If you’re looking for a great kids taco recipe, you won’t be disappointed with these tasty wonton tacos!
Walking Tacos – If you’re looking to take your Cinco de Mayo celebration on the go, you can’t go wrong with this tasty walking taco recipe!
Vegan Fish Tacos with Cilantro Lime Salad – Who needs meat when you can eat these fresh and addictive vegan fish tacos?
First Tex-Mex dishes
Try these authentic Mexican recipes and Tex-Mex specialties for dinner on Cinco de Mayo!
Jalapeno Popper Chicken – This cheesy dish is low carb and keto! Or it can be served over rice for a great meal!
“Lazy Enchilada” – Made with frozen taquitos to save time!
I also miss tex-mex enchiladas – The best comfort food! I also miss the ground beef enchiladas in classic red sauce.
Crispy Chicken Flute – Perfect for dipping or serving rice for a complete meal!
baked chicken patty – This Chicken Tortilla Casserole is perfect for busy weeknights and a great make ahead recipe!
Beef Enchilada Casserole – This easy beef enchilada casserole is so tasty and an easy weeknight dinner for your family.
I also miss the enchiladas with red chili sauce – This easy enchilada recipe is perfect for picky eaters and a crowd pleaser.
Shrimp and Chorizo Burrito Bowls – The unique combination of chorizo, peppers, tomatoes, and shrimp over cilantro lime rice brings so many Mexican flavors to one amazing dish!
nacho fryer – Use your air fryer to prepare this easy and delicious nachos recipe.
Bacon and Chicken Ranch Taquitos – Crispy on the outside and bursting with flavor on the inside, these Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos are one of my favorite Mexican recipes!
mexican pizza – Get your favorite taco bell pizza from home with my Mexican pizza recipe!
“El Gigante: Mexican ham pie – The name means giant… and you can see why! If you are looking for an amazing Cinco de Mayo sandwich to share, this recipe is a great option!
Stewed Beef Stew – This robust Mexican beef stew is a comforting classic perfect for a cold May day.
keto nachos – You only need ten minutes to prepare these tasty keto nachos.
BBQ Pork Tacos – These delicious taquitos have an interesting Texan twist in my BBQ Pork Taquitos recipe.
Ketogenic Taco Bowl – These low carb bowls are a tasty and delicious way to enjoy Cinco de Mayo while following a low carb diet!
Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas – This simple pork carnitas recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare some delicious pork carnitas.
Tex Mex Stuffed Peppers – If you’re looking for a healthy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you’ll love these stuffed peppers!
Easy toasts with shrimp and avocado – These tostadas are a delicious Mexican dish with fresh ingredients that you will love!
Chicken Burrito Bread – This unique dish is quick and easy to prepare! Making it the perfect option for an easy Cinco de Mayo meal.
Soups and side dishes
Make it a complete meal with these delicious sides, from Mexican rice to chicken tortilla soup!
Easy Mexican Rice – This authentic Spanish rice is perfect for any Mexican side dish. The recipe has been in my husband’s family for years!
corn on the cob – This sweet and salty corn salad is delicious and you can make it at home!
Deconstructed Southwestern Chicken Keto Soup Bowl – Enjoy a delicious low carb meal perfect for Cinco de Mayo with this tasty soup recipe!
vegan mexican rice – Mexican rice is so easy to make and this vegan Mexican rice is no exception!
Low Calorie Chicken Tortilla Soup – In just ten minutes you can make this delicious and tasty low calorie chicken tortilla!
shrimp ceviche – This Mexican-inspired shrimp ceviche is the perfect no-bake recipe to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo.
taco seasoning – Make your own homemade dressing for tacos, enchiladas and more with this easy recipe.
Cinco de Mayo sweets
End the holidays with something sweet!
Key lime pie cupcake – All the flavors of the classic cake, in cake form! Topped with a graham cracker crumble.
key lime pie – Pudding is injected into the cake to make it even more moist and flavorful!
Cactus Pretzel Sticks – These cute cactus pretzel sticks are a lovely way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
margarita cupcakes – A sweet take on a classic margarita, these cupcakes have all the delicious flavors of a margarita packed into one cupcake!
Icebox Margarita Cheesecake Bar – Finish off your Cinco de Mayo celebration with these delicious cheesecake bars!
Gluten Free Churros Cupcakes – If you love the taste of churros, you’ll love this yummy gluten free churro cupcakes recipe!
classic churros – These churros are so simple to make and so delicious!
Popsicle Icicles – These fruity popsicles only require four ingredients and are perfect for anyone enjoying the warm weather this Cinco de Mayo.
keto churro – A guilt-free version of the cinnamon sugar treat!
What are your favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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