30 + Easy Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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?

More than 30 recipes for Cinco De Mayo, featuring appetizers and mains, such as chicken enchiladas, Chile con queso, as well as Mexican desserts and cocktails


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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.

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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:

  • corn,
  • beans,
  • tomatoes and tomatillos,
  • avocados,
  • chilies.

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.

Chile con Queso dip in a blue bowl with tortilla chip.
Easy, flavorful and spicy cheese dip with chili. Perfect for dipping tortilla chips, nachos or raw veggies. You can serve it on the side as appetizer with your favorite snacks.
Refried beans is a traditional Mexican dish with mashed pinto beans.
Avocado salsa in black bowl
This avocado salsa is a spicy and creamy topping for tacos and other Mexican food.
Crispy little tacos with flavorful pork filling can be served as appetizers of as a main Mexican dish.
Tacos al pastor with avocado and lime
Easy, smoky and saucy appetizers.
Dipping chips in Chile Relleno casserole
Fresh chile rellenos casserole features layers of spicy chile peppers and cheese, topped with egg batter.
Chele de Arbol Salsa in gray bowl
Chile De Arbol Salsa made with chiles de arbol, guajillos & tomatillo. Perfect to serve with tacos!
Huevos Rancheros served on the baking sheet
Flavorful Breakfast Tostadas.
Corn on a hob served on the wooden board
Mexico inspired grilled corn, made with lime juice. Great for BBQ dinner party.
Tomatillo and tomato salad on the white plate
Fresh Tomato and Tomatillo Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing is a perfect side.
mexican street corn salad with grilled corn,chopped cilantro and cotija
Delicious Mexican corn salad!
Tortilla chips served on the black plate
Learn how to make air fryer Tortilla Chips with 5 Flavour Options!
Chicken quesadilla served on the wide plate
Easy party food for a crowd.
Light and flaky crust with spicy shredded pork filling.

Main Mexican meals and soups

Enchiladas, chicken soups and casseroles are great Cinco de Mayo recipes to choose!

Mexican tortilla soup is easy, spicy and colorful comfy food you need to make this season! This delicious and really hot Mexican chicken soup with crunchy tortilla and creamy avocado on top will warm you and fill you up.
Mexican tortilla soup is easy, spicy and colorful comfy food you need to make this season! This delicious and really hot Mexican chicken soup with crunchy tortilla and creamy avocado on top will warm you and fill you up.
Chicken enchiladas with parsley on top
Chicken enchiladas is one of easy dinners to make straight ahead. If you wonder what to make for dinner, look no further. This is one of the best chicken recipes to serve!
Taco soup served in the white cup
Taco soup is cozy and comforting soup with ground beef and and beans.
Sopa de lima served with lime
Sopa de Lima is a comforting chicken and lime soup from Yucatan state in Mexico.
Taco casserole dish
Beef taco casserole is a crunchy and sweet dinner idea that kids will love, too.
vegetarian Mexican casserole
Healthy Vegetarian Mexican casserole with rice and beans that can be made ahead and frozen.
Barbacoa Pork with avocado and lime
Tender and juicy braised pork that will melt in you mouth.
Pork and beans served with rice
Mexican dish with shredded pork and black beans.
Pork on the wooden board
Marinated skirt stake with vegetables that can be made ahead of time.
Two plates with stuffed chile relleno served with rice
Chile Relleno stuffed with ground beef and cheese. Perfect to serve with rice!
A white dish with chicken pozole verde
Flavorful and spicy comforting dish with chicken and peppers.
Mexican red rice in a white bowl
Mexican red rice is vegan and gluten-free, but has a lot of flavor. Perfect side dish for Cinco de Mayo!

Easy Mexican Desserts

Easy Mexican recipes for a sweet ending of Cinco de Mayo celebration.

A piece of cake with strawberries
Easy Mexican no bake dessert made with vanilla wafers, condensed milk, lime and strawberries.
Rice pudding desserts in glass
Easy and creamy riced pudding with vanilla and cinnamon.
A piece of Tres leches cake on a black plate
Delicious cake with 3 types of milk.
Strawberry and cream dessert in a glass
Quick traditional Mexican dessert with strawberries and cream.

Mexican Drinks & Cocktails

Find perfect sips for Cinco de Mayo!

Citrus margarita in glasses
Fresh Citrus Margarita is a fun sipper for Cinco de Mayo.
Agua Fresca drinks
Refreshing non-alcoholic drink that is popular in Mexico and Central America.
Chispas Margarita drink in a glass
Refreshing tequila drinks will be great for Cinco de Mayo celebration.
White drinks with cinnamon in glasses
Creamy non-alcoholic Mexican drink, made with cinnamon and rice.

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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Easy Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo, inccluding appetizers, dips, main dishes, desserts and cocktails


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