Updated on May 2, 2022
We collected some of the best and easy Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo. You can use some of these ideas like appetizers for your Mexican parties, delicious mains for dinner, easy desserts and refreshing cocktails.
Mexican cuisine is incredibly flavorful, colorful and addictive! Mexican food and restaurants are popular around the world. But you are because you want to prepare delicious food at home, right?
We love to explore this complex and spicy cuisine. It is never boring and always delicious. Of course the amount of heat can vary. But if you are cooking at home, you can adjust spices to your preferences.
What is Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican Army’s victory over significantly outnumbered and well-equipped French Empire military forces at the battle of Puebla in 1862.
Cinco de Mayo is celebrated annually on the 5th of May. Don’t confuse it with Mexico’s Independence day, which is celebrated in September.
Honouring this event is actually more popular in United States than in Mexico thanks to beer and wine advertising campaigns.
Mexico commemorates the victory with military parade and battle reenactments. The city of Puebla organizes festival of local cuisine and art.
Of course this celebration has emphasis on Mexican food, because it has an important role in Mexican culture and traditions.
Ingredients for Easy Mexican Recipes
5 most popular Mexican cuisine staples are:
- tomatoes and tomatillos,
Other staples that are native to the land are chia, sweet potato and squash, amaranth, cocoa, turkey.
75 % of agave plant species are grown in Mexico. They are used to make syrup, Mexican spirits such as tequila, mezcal and sotol. It is also used in cooking.
Other staples that had a strong influence on Mexican cuisine after Spanish settlement include dairy products and meats, rice and various vegetables and fruits.
By the way, check our post about 5 Health Benefits of Avocado: Facts, Tips, Recipes.
Let’s choose some complex and flavorful recipes with thousand years of history for Cinco de Mayo celebration. These easy Mexican recipes are tested and developed for modern times, brought by us and our friends food bloggers.
Mexican appetizers, dips, snacks and salads
Mexican cuisine is truly rich with snack and appetizer options. Try different tacos, taquitos. Serve with variety of condiments like salsa or guacamole recipes for Cinco de Mayo.
Main Mexican meals and soups
Enchiladas, chicken soups and casseroles are great Cinco de Mayo recipes to choose!
Easy Mexican Desserts
Easy Mexican recipes for a sweet ending of Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Mexican Drinks & Cocktails
Find perfect sips for Cinco de Mayo!
What are your favorite easy Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo? Hope you will enjoy flavorful and spicy Mexican food!
Let us know in the comments below, what your favorite Mexican food is!
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Great roundup. Thanks for sharing.
So many fantastic ideas! We are going to have to enjoy Mexican food all week long!
What a great roundup of Cinco de Mayo recipes! I’m ready to party!