There are so many Mexican inspired recipes in this collection to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style. From easy and delicious salsas, to tacos, enchiladas, Margaritas, and so much more. You can throw the best Cinco de Mayo fiesta or just celebrate with the family.
What Is Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo (meaning May 5th) is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the victory of Mexican army over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican war. Although it is not a big or even a national holiday in Mexico, it is widely celebrated in many parts of United States.
Celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the United States began the following year after the victory as a solidarity to the Mexican victory. By the mid 1900s, this holiday gained popularity and spread across the country. In the US, this holiday became a celebration of Mexican heritage and a way to promote cultural awareness.
In the US, celebrations of this colorful holiday feature parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing, and of course, traditional foods! Lot’s and lots of food from tacos, tamales, enchiladas, tequila cocktails, and so much more.
Mexican Recipes for Cinco De Mayo
I’m sure many would agree that the best part of any celebration is the food! Mexican food is very popular across the United States and all for a good reason, it’s incredibly delicious!
Although most dishes we are familiar with are not considered 100% authentic, they are closely inspired by the Mexican cuisine. Much like with foods from all other cultures in the United States, Mexican food here has transformed through the years and adopted to the ingredients we have available.
So let’s gather the family and friends to celebrate with our favorite recipes for Carne Asada tacos, a spread of salsas, and don’t forger the Margaritas!
The Best of Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Just like any good party, you need a good variety of appetizers. Enjoy with nice spread of salsas, guacamole, and cheesy dips! Don’t forget to get a few extra bags of chips too.
You can make your fiesta a complete success just by serving appetizers. Most of these salsa, queso dips, and guacamole recipes only take a few minutest to prepare too.
Cinco De Mayo Appetizer Recipes
A few key ingredients like fire roasted tomatoes, seasoning, fresh cilantro, and lime juice blend together to make an incredibly mouthwatering restaurant style salsa.
Salsa Verde is packed with green tomatillos, onion, jalapeño peppers, cilantro, and so much more! It’s a wonderful alternative to the classic red tomato salsa.
Juicy, sweet mangoes, spicy jalapeno peppers, red onion, lime juice, a little honey, cayenne, and cilantro make this tropical salsa a staple in summer cooking.
A little bit spicy and a little bit sweet, this easy to make Pineapple Salsa really has it all: sweet pineapple and bell peppers, spicy jalapenos, fresh cilantro and lime juice, and more!
Corn salsa is such a fun take on the classic, refreshing chip dip. This salsa features red onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, garlic, lime, cilantro, and seasonings for more flavor.
This guacamole recipe features fresh avocados mashed and loaded with tomatoes, red onions, lime juice, and jalapenos. It’s also flavored with fresh herbs and spices, which takes this recipe to a new level of delicious.
Crispy cups made out of wonton wrappers, quickly baked in mini muffin pan, and filled with homemade guacamole and crumbled Cotija cheese.
Queso Blanco Dip with Chorizo
This zesty and smooth Queso Blanco made with sautéed chorizo sausage, peppers, and onions. One bowl wont’ be enough!
Homemade White Queso Dip
White Queso Dip is smooth, flavorful, made with real cheese and vegetables. No Valveeta here!
Ultimate Hot Bean Dip
This fantastic refried bean dip is made with cream cheese, vegetables, Monterrey Jack cheese, sour cream, and spices.
Creamy Beef Taco Dip
Creamy, cheesy, delicious hot beef taco dip made with ground beef, veggies, cheese, and some more cheese.
These Chorizo Nachos are made with spicy chorizo sausage and a combination of corn, beans, jalapenos and tomatoes. Finally, nachos are baked with lots of cheese and topped with creamy avocado.
Hot 7 Layer Dip
This is not your ordinary 7 Layer Dip! It’s made in a skillet, served hot and made with lots of beef, veggies and cheese.
Don’t forget tacos! You can’t have a Cinco de Mayo celebration without tacos. Serve your favorite beef, chicken, or seafood taco all day long.
Carne Asada Tacos
Delicious Carne Asada Tacos filled with steak marinated in an easy, flavorful marinade and topped with homemade Pico de Gallo and cilantro vinaigrette.
Blackened Fish Tacos
These tacos are packed with juicy, flaky blackened fish, crunchy slaw, and sweet mango salsa.
Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos
Fantastic, light shrimp tacos made in simply and in about 30 minutes. These tacos are made with shrimp, spicy tequila-lime marinade and green veggies.
Chipotle Chili Crispy Shrimp Tacos
Delicious spicy tacos made with juicy, crispy shrimp, red cabbage slaw, and creamy chipotle chili sauce.
Sweet and Spicy Tequila Chicken Tacos
Amazing tacos made with sweet and spicy tequila chicken. This chicken is marinated overnight in a delicious sweet and spicy tequila marinade and then, this marinade is reduced to create a fantastic sauce for the tacos.
Guacamole Shrimp Tacos
Crispy taco shells are packed with tasty seared shrimp, fresh guacamole, and crunchy vegetables.
Spicy Salmon Tacos
Juicy, flaky salmon is rubbed with a mixture of spices and Chipotles in adobo sauce and baked. Tacos are simply assembled with some crunchy lettuce, avocados, salmon, and then topped with chipotle pepper cream sauce.
Pulled Pork Tacos with Tropical Slaw
Tender, juicy pulled pork tacos that are just bursting with flavor. These tacos are made with sweet and spicy pulled pork and crisp, sweetened tropical slaw.
If you’re planning a sit-down dinner, may I suggest enchiladas?! Chicken, beef, and even seafood enchiladas a always a huge hit at my house. But don’t stop there, there are many more Mexican recipe ideas below.
Cinco De Mayo Dinner Recipes
Enchilada Sauce Recipe
This homemade Enchilada Sauce recipe is so flavorful, it will take your enchiladas to a new level of deliciousness.
These enchiladas are made with ground beef and vegetable mixture rolled in flour tortillas and baked with homemade enchilada sauce and cheese.
Beef Enchiladas Verde
These amazing Beef Enchiladas Verde are made with ground beef, tomatillos, jalapeno peppers, and cheese and baked in creamy tomatillo sauce.
Flavorful, juicy chicken breast meat cooked with homemade enchilada sauce and all rolled together into a soft, flour tortilla with extra sauce and cheese.
Enchiladas Verdes are so full of flavor made with chicken, cheese, and a delicious salsa verde sauce.
Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole
Amazing rice casserole packed with the best flavors of beef enchiladas. This flavorful casserole is made with ground beef and bell pepper mixture, spices, homemade enchilada sauce, and topped with lots of cheese.
Spicy Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas
Cheesy seafood enchiladas packed with large shrimp, jalapenos, onions, tomatoes and all baked in spicy, creamy sauce.
Steak Enchiladas with Jalapeño Cilantro Cream Sauce
Steak Enchiladas made with thinly sliced steak, sautéed with onions and peppers, and topped with delicious jalapeno cilantro cream sauce and lots of cheese!
Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas
Creamy, cheesy, spicy enchiladas loaded with veggies, cheese, and sauce. These delicious vegetable enchiladas are made with mojo marinade and packed into tortillas with lot’s of Monterrey Jack cheese.
Roasted Poblano and Chicken Enchiladas
Delicious chicken enchiladas made with roasted poblano peppers, veggies, Pepper Jack cheese, and baked in creamy sauce.
This fluffy long gain rice is browned with a little oil fist and then cooked in a tomato flavored broth with tomatoes, onions, and garlic. It's a perfect compliment for tacos, enchiladas, and so much more!
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Juicy, tender, shredded chicken cooked in the crock pot with fresh mix of salsa vegetables like tomatoes, onions, peppers, herbs, and spices.
Baked Salmon with Avocado Salsa
So much flavor comes from the salmon in a generous seasoning coat and paired perfectly with avocado salsa.
Avocado Corn Salad
This simple salad features corn on the cob that can be simply cooked in a pot or on the grill. What makes this corn salad extra special is a generous addition of avocado.
Mexican Street Corn Salad
This delicious Mexican Street Corn Salad is made with grilled corn, grilled poblano peppers, queso fresco, fresh herbs, and more.
Chili Lime Roasted Chicken
Wonderful roasted chicken dinner and it’s so easy to make! Chicken breast marinated in chili-lime marinade and roasted to juicy perfection!
Avocado Salmon Rice Bowl
Beautiful honey, lime, and cilantro flavors come together is this tasty salmon rice bowl. Slightly sweet cilantro lime rice topped with juicy salmon roasted in honey, lime, cilantro glaze and fresh cilantro avocado.
What kinds of fiesta would it be without Margaritas! Classic, fruity, and even spicy Margaritas will make your party a blast.
Cinco De Mayo Margaritas
Margarita is a wonderful classic cocktail that satisfies sweet, sour, and salty flavor cravings at once. It’s a simple mixture of homemade margarita mix, tequila, and orange liqueur.
The best Margarita Mix will give you the best margaritas. Learn how to make your own margarita mix in a few minutes with a handful of simple ingredients.
Watermelon Frozen Margaritas
These tasty Watermelon Lime Frozen Margaritas are simply made with only 3 ingredients. As long as watermelon is frozen ahead of time, it will take just a few minutes to blend and serve.
Mango Pineapple Frozen Margarita
This Mango Pineapple Frozen Margarita is made with fresh mango fruit, pineapple juice, tequila, and a splash of grenadine to make it pretty.
This Margarita combines gold tequila with tangy and slightly sweet pomegranate and cranberry juices and a touch of orange liqueur.
White Peach Margarita
Delicious way to relax and refresh after a long, hot summer day. Smooth margarita on the rocks made with fresh peach puree.
Orange Jalapeno Margarita
The sweetness from fresh squeezed orange juice is mixed with spicy bite of jalapeno and topped off with tequila. It’s a simple margarita recipe but so tasty!
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