Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these easy Mexican recipes! Each recipe is a time-tested favorite, perfect for parties, potlucks and gatherings of all sizes.
BEST CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES
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WHAT IS CINCO DE MAYO?
As you get ready to celebrate May 5th, you might still be wondering what Cinco de Mayo is all about. Why is there a celebration? This date commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, during the Franco-Mexican War.
It’s interesting to note that most Mexican states, including Jalisco and Nayarit, don’t celebrate this event at all. Life goes on as normal without any festivities. For example, if walking through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on May 5, there would be no indication that this day is special at all in any way.
WHY DO AMERICANS CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO?
In areas of the U.S. with large Hispanic communities, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into something very special. It’s become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture featuring colorful food, drinks, and parties!
Cinco De Mayo Recipes
Our collection of Cinco de Mayo recipes are quick and east to make. These yummy Mexican appetizers and entrees are as beautiful as they are tasty!
This cheesy Rotel Bean Dip is a scrumptious easy appetizer for festive Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Topped with melted cheese it's hard to resist! You can keep this dip warm in a crockpot, and your guests can sprinkle on colorful toppings when they get ready to enjoy it. Time-wise and cost-wise this recipe is a real winner!
Authentic Mexican guacamole is an essential appetizer for Cinco de Mayo and any festive gathering! It's quick and easy to make, and super flavorful. Serve this Mexican recipe with restaurant-style tortilla chips. This is the most popular guacamole recipe on Pinterest!
Pineapple shrimp skewers are perfect for feeding a crowd! Get ready to fire up the grill on Cinco de Mayo and for summer backyard gatherings! Experience the festive flavors of Mexico. You can make this recipe either mild or spicy. Skewer veggies/fruit separately from the shrimp, or together on the same kabob.
These 15-minute Chicken Tostadas are easy and quick to assemble! Great as appetizers or a main entree. Short-cuts include using pre-made rotisserie chicken from your local market, and pre-shredded lettuce and cheese. Enjoy this Mexican favorite on Cinco de Mayo or any day of the week!
Margarita Fruit Dip is an exciting adult appetizer your party guests will gobble up in no time flat! Skewer your favorite fruits on small kabobs, or slice up apples and pears for dipping. Consider doubling or tripling this recipe for large groups.
Get the party started with these delightful wonton taco cups! These easy appetizers are colorful, flavorful and delicious! You can substitute the ground beef for ground chicken, or double the recipe and make both types. Be sure to add these to your Cinco de Mayo menu. There's nothing that says "fiesta" better than these adorable mini tacos!
Mexican chicken and rice is a flavorful entree or side dish your whole family will love! With a few basic ingredients you can pull this recipe together. Garnish the finished dish with a sprinkling of halved cherry tomatoes, cilantro and sliced black olives. Yum, yum!
This scrumptious seven layer dip is a party favorite! Layered with tasty black beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and colorful veggies, this authentic Mexican dip is a must-have offering at any Cinco de Mayo fiesta! This recipe is also perfect for making individual 7-layer dip servings in small paper cups, short and stout drink cups, or clear-glass dessert cups.
Do you love Chipotle cilantro lime rice? This copycat version is absolutely delicious! Not only is it quick and easy to make, it's very versatile. Enjoy it as a side dish to tacos, enchiladas, shrimp kabobs, and more. Use it in burritos, burrito bowls, and chimichangas!
Put this festive Tex-Mex guacamole together in a snap! Use ripe avocados, chopped onion and canned tomatoes. Squeeze the top with lime. Sprinkle in salt and pepper. Don't wait for Cinco de Mayo to enjoy this fabulous Mexican staple. Get this guacamole recipe right here!
Enjoy spicy grilled lime shrimp with wedges of fresh lime and creamy avocado dipping sauce! This flavorful Mexican recipe is quick and easy to assemble. Round out your Cinco de Mayo menu with cilantro lime rice and black beans. Offer guacamole in a lava rock molcajete surrounded by restaurant-style blue corn chips.
Add color and flavor to your party with this fabulous Fiesta Taco Dip! if desired, add a sprinkling of Tajin. Serve this yummy dip with an abundance of corn chips and radishes. When it comes to easy Cinco de Mayo recipes, this one's a favorite!
Yummy cheese quesadillas are a quick easy appetizers perfect for kids and adults! Condiments served on the side include guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and black olives. TIME SAVING TIPS: Use store-bought flour or corn tortillas, and pre-shredded Mexican cheese.
This flour tortilla recipe has been passed down through four generations! Enjoy them for breakfast with bacon and eggs, use them to make a chorizo burrito. They're a Mexican staple, especially when serving a protein like chicken or meat, or with rice and beans. This is Grandma Mercie's time-honored recipe for flour tortillas.
EXPERT TIPS FOR A MEXICAN FIESTA
MONEY SAVING IDEAS: Select Mexican recipes that use many of the same ingredients. This will not only save prep time, but money as well! Garnish your Cinco de Mayo recipes with leftover herbs and veggies from recipe making: strands of cilantro, wedges of lime, strands of purple onion, etc.
INEXPENSIVE MEXICAN DECOR: Save tin cans from Mexican products with their labels on. Buy a few mini cacti that are flowering on top and plant them in the cans. Fill small serving bowls or clear glass bowls with a mix of lemons and limes. These are fun, festive, beautiful ways to decorate tabletops for a Cinco de Mayo party.
MEXICAN TACO TRUCK OFFERINGS: Elevate the festive atmosphere by offering 5-6 different types of bottled hot sauces. In little plastic containers with a white plastic spoon, serve taco truck condiments like red and green salsa, cilantro, onions, jalapenos, and lime slices. Serve appetizers and tacos in little paper boats or in red plastic baskets with checkered paper liners.