These are some of the best Cinco De Mayo Recipes to help you celebrate the holiday, from appetizers and drinks to entrees and desserts.
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your menu for the celebration. I’ve compiled a fun recipe roundup of drinks, appetizers, entrees, and desserts to feed all ages and appetites.
Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or celebrating solo, these are our favorite recipes to bring Mexican flavor home.
What is Cinco De Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday held on the 5th of May every year. It celebrates the date that the Mexican army won the Battle of Puebla in 162 agains the French Empire.
The holiday is celebrated with colorful and musical parades, dancing, reenactments, and of course, food!
When is Cinco de Mayo?
The words “Cinco de Mayo” translate to “5th of May” in English. This holiday is celebrated on May 5th every year.
What to Make for Cinco de Mayo
Below are our favorite festive and easy Cinco de Mayo recipes to celebrate this year! The recipes are Americanized versions of Mexican recipes that my family has come to love over the recipes. I’m sure your family will too!
BEST CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES
These are the best recipes to serve for Cinco De Mayo this year, from appetizers to drinks to entrees and desserts. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Make refreshing frozen strawberry margaritas with fresh berries, orange juice, and lime juice alcoholic or virgin.
This cheesy and crispy Mexican Pizza is one of our most popular recipes and perfect for all ages at your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
This classic recipe is an old stand-by for a reason. It’s easy, satisfying, and full of flavor.
Homemade carne asada tacos are marinated in a spicy chipotle sauce and grilled quickly for juicy medium-rare steak tacos.
Cheesy stuffed shells with black olives and a just-spicy-enough tomato sauce make an easy and crowd-pleasing dish.
These cheesy chicken taquitos always go in minutes. They have a spicy, cheesy inside and a crispy baked tortilla outside.
Chicken and black beans make a satisfying taco filling in this kid-friendly recipe.
Fill fluffy masa pockets with tender green chili pork in this homemade tamale recipe.
INSTANT POT PORK TAMALES RECIPE
This Instant Pot Tamales recipe is the easiest way to achieve fluffy and savory homemade pork tamales.
PRESSURE COOKER SHREDDED BEEF ENCHILADAS
Featuring pressure cooker shredded beef, these enchiladas are then wrapped in a soft flour tortilla, covered in a not-too-spicy sauce and Mexican cheese, and baked in an oven until golden brown and gooey.
Make sweet and savory pork barbacoa-style to enjoy on its own or on top of a crunchy green salad.
SWEET PORK TOSTADAS (CAFE RIO STYLE)
Instant Pot Sweet Pork Tostadas go beyond conventional with crispy tortillas topped with shredded Café Rio–style pork, refried beans, cheese and guacamole—and any other of your favorite toppings.
This meaty and flavorful Thick Chile Recipe is baked in the oven for a satisfying casserole with tomatoes, beans, ground beef and sausage.
Top juicy burger patties with melty queso dip and chunky avocado salsa.
Turn the tamale flavors you love into a one-pot pie fit to feed a crowd.
INSTANT POT CHILI VERDE
This tender and juicy chili verde is good enough to eat on its own or fill soft or hard-shell tacos for a hand-held meal.
PRESSURE COOKER MEXICAN GREEN RICE
Make fast and flavorful herby green rice in an Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker: the perfect side dish recipe for Cinco De Mayo.
EASY INSTANT POT SPANISH RICE
Shortcut Spanish Rice in the Instant Pot is a cheap, flavor-packed side dish made with just five ingredients.
MEXICAN QUESO FUNDIDO RECIPE (SPICY CHORIZO DIP!)
This Mexican queso dip recipe uses just five ingredients.
HOW TO MAKE SALSA FROM SCRATCH
Learn how to make authentic Mexican salsa at home with some helpful tips I learned while in Mexico.
Crispy southwestern-style egg rolls are a great hand-held appetizer for any get-together.Get the Recipe
Bacon makes everything better, especially a pop of spicy chicken-filled jalapeño peppers.
Add a bit of zest to the dessert spread with this classic Key Lime Pie that has a tropical twist from mango.
The flavors you love in a Strawberry Margarita in a fun to eat mini dessert.
A crisp cinnamon-sugar shell filled with a light and airy cinnamon whipped cream. If you’re a churro lover, you’ll love these baked not fried Churro cream puffs.
These soft and chewy churro cookies are packed with cinnamon sugar flavor and topped with a fluffy homemade buttercream frosting.
These are the churros dreams are made of. Once you start making homemade churros you’ll start finding excuses to keep making them. Such a fun treat!
More Cinco de Mayo recipes you might like:
Cinco de Mayo Roundup, Chef in Training
70 Cinco de Mayo Mexican Recipes, Foodie Crush
Twenty-Five Healthy Mexican Food Dinners for Cinco de Mayo, Kalyn’s Kitchen
50 Cinco de Mayo Recipes, Julie’s Eats and Treats