Planning your next Cinco de Mayo celebration? Once you have the decorations, music and invitations, all that’s left to do is plan a Mexican menu with delicious food. From cocktails to desserts, here are some of our favorite Mexican recipes and dishes that will make your Cinco de Mayo delicious.
Crispy white fish is fried in light beer batter (with Mexican beer, of course) and wrapped in warm corn tortillas. Serve them garnished with shredded cabbage, fresh cilantro and creamy chipotle sauce. A squeeze of fresh lime makes this the perfect fish taco.
Artichoke lovers will love this take on traditional Mexican chorizo street tacos. They also have a wonderful Mexican chorizo with diced onions and fresh cilantro. But they are topped with crispy pieces of artichokes. Hum and hum.
These Mini Green Chicken and Poblano Enchilada Taco Boats are super easy to whip up and make great appetizers for your Cinco de Mayo party. Her enchiladas were turned into finger food. Try to eat just one.
If you’re going to a party, you definitely need a great cocktail. And for Cinco de Mayo, a margarita is a must. Keep it spicy with this jalapeño margarita recipe made with jalapeño simple syrup for temperature control.
This steak taco recipe doesn’t get any more authentic. You really need to get on a plane and go to Mexico. Wrap them in warm tortillas and serve with salsa and a guacamole bar.
These little baked jalapeños are delicious and take less than 20 minutes to bake. This is the perfect appetizer for our jalapeño margarita.
For an appetizer or a lighter meal, try these tuna tostadas made with avocado, black beans, diced tomatoes, cilantro, and plenty of fresh lime juice.
Be sure to serve this sangria to keep the party going. Perfect for large crowds, this recipe is a great way to use up inexpensive red wine. Add a splash of brandy, tripe and fresh lime and orange juices, then garnish with fresh fruit such as apples, grapes and strawberries.
A snack commonly sold along the streets and markets in Mexico is fried corn on the cob, slathered with butter or mayonnaise and generously topped with crumbled cheese, chili powder, and lime juice. Fire up the grill or roast the corn in the oven, then set up a mounting bar so your guests can dress up the corn however they like.
Who doesn’t love a burrito? These burritos keep things simple by using grilled chicken seasoned with Mexican spices and then wrapped in a warm tortilla with Mexican cheeses, black beans, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and rice. Wrap up extra and freeze for a quick midweek lunch or dinner.
Start your Cinco de Mayo morning with this delicious chili recipe. Like breakfast nachos, chili starts with tortilla chips smothered in salsa verde, cheese and ham and topped with eggs for a hearty meal you’ll want again and again.
A delicious way to eat pulled pork, these Tacos de Carnitas are easy to make and will be gone in no time. Just make sure there is plenty of fresh lime and hot sauce.
There’s nothing more hearty than a spicy tortilla soup, and this soup is the perfect start to your Mexican holiday. It’s spicy with lots of fresh flavors that will have your guests asking for more.
Shrimp tacos are always a crowd pleaser, and you’ll wow your guests with this recipe. These tacos are a little sweet from the seasoned BBQ sauce and a little spicy from the chipotle crema. A nice cold Mexican beer is the only thing that will make them better.
After eating all that spicy Mexican food, you definitely need something sweet. This super cool butterscotch cake with a light caramel sauce is the perfect way to end the holiday. For individual servings with a beautiful presentation, divide them into pieces or simply bake them in a baking dish and cut them into squares for an easy dessert.
We can all use a one pot recipe. And this one is really versatile too. After cooking up some heat, use this delicious slow cooker Green Chili Chicken to make tacos, burritos and bowls, top nachos, or serve with eggs for breakfast! Try this easy recipe once for Cinco de Mayo and it will become a regular at your dinner party.
Made with just a few ingredients, these Stuffed Jalapenos make a great appetizer for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. This recipe calls for roasting the jalapeños in the oven, but try grilling them instead for a smoky flavor. This recipe calls for pork sausage, but you can also use chorizo, Mexican ground beef, or steak, or substitute your favorite plant-based option.
This salsa is by no means traditional. But Cinco de Mayo (May 5) happens in the spring when strawberries are in season. And if you love strawberries as much as we do, you’ll fall in love. It goes great with tortilla chips and guacamole, and with tacos or grilled pork, chicken, or fish.
A crowd favorite, fajitas are not only super easy to throw together and packed with flavor, but they’re also rock-solid when served in a pan on the table. For a complete feast, don’t forget to offer guests warm tortillas, black beans, rice, salsa and guacamole.
Eating something spicy always requires something a little (or a lot) sweet to follow. But if you also like your dessert to combine sweetness with a touch of heat, these Dark Chocolate Chili Mug Cakes will give you the best of both worlds. Cayenne powder will give them a hint of heat, but try using a pinch of ground ancho or guajillo chili powder instead for an authentic Mexican flavor.