Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Throw a fiesta with these flavorful recipes perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect recipe for guacamole, salsa, margaritas, tacos, or enchiladas we have something in our collection of Cinco de Mayo Recipes to please everyone. While these recipes are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, we know once you bookmark these top-rated Tex-Mex hits they’ll become year-round favorites. Some of our recipes kick up the heat, so feel free to adjust spice and ingredients to suit your tastes. If you’re looking to keep your Cinco de Mayo party low-key, just whip up a batch of our Woodshed Margaritas, fire up the grill for our bacon-wrapped Party Poppers, and set out our homemade guacamole and chips. We guarantee your guests will love your entertaining style—and definitely come back for seconds!
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Serve these Southwest Chicken Tortillas with sliced avocados and extra salsa on the side. We used corn tortillas, but feel free to use flour if you prefer. Feel free to add any toppings you like. You really can't go wrong with this family-favorite.
Chicken-and-Black Bean Chimichangas
Upgrade your burritos by crisping them in a skillet.
Recipe: Party Poppers
This quick and easy appetizer, with just a few ingredients and even fewer steps, will make entertaining easy without the hassle of fussing over the oven all day and night. For those who like it hot, swap mini sweet peppers for spicy jalapeños.
Steak Tacos with Charred Salsa
Recipe: Steak Tacos with Charred Salsa
The Southwestern flavors bring Tex-Mex flare to the table. Try this fresh serving idea: Assemble and serve tortillas in parchment paper-lined cups.
Grilled Mexican Corn Salad
Recipe: Grilled Mexican Corn Salad
This recipe is an off-the-cob play on a popular Mexican street dish.
White Peach Sangria Pops
Recipe: White Peach Sangria Pops
Boozy popsicles made with white peaches, raspberries, and kiwi fruit are the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day.
Recipe: Mexican Stew
Classic posole, a delicious slow-simmered Mexican pork stew often reserved for special occasions, is typically a time-consuming labor of love. But this one gives you all the comfort and flavor of the old-world version made in your slow cooker.
Recipe: Woodshed Margarita
This backyard cocktail gets its smoky flavor from cedar-infused tequila.
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
This Tex-Mex one-dish meal is a family-friendly favorite. It's an easy make-ahead meal that can be frozen for up to one month. Think about these enchiladas when time is tight.
Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Pudding Cake
A scoop of vanilla ice cream is an ideal mate for this warm, gooey spiced chocolate cake.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe: Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
This fresh, colorful swap for creamy shrimp dip was inspired by reader Carolyn Coleman.
Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
Recipe: Creamy Tex-Mex Cornbread Bake
Use ground turkey and low-fat soup and milk to lighten up this hearty casserole.
Pink Cadillac Margaritas
Recipe: Pink Cadillac Margaritas
Mix up several batches of Pink Cadillac Margaritas 3 to 4 hours before the party starts, and chill in decorative bottles or pitchers, ready to shake and serve when guests arrive.
Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Store-bought rotisserie chicken shortcuts the cook time, while white ale adds spice, body, and flavor.
Serve this easy Guacamole recipe at room temperature with crispy tortilla chips. It’s also a terrific sandwich spread and topping for grilled meats.
Recipe: Mexican Sangría
If you order sangría below the border, you may be surprised to find it's not laden with chunks of fruit and lacks the extra liqueur kick usually expected from Spanish sangría. Mexican Sangría is light and refreshing, like a grown-up wine cooler.
Mexican Tomato Soup
Recipe: Mexican Tomato Soup
Charring the tomatoes creates a wonderfully smoky, flavorful soup. Adjust the amount of red pepper to your desired level of heat.
Carolina Peach Sangria
Recipe: Carolina Peach Sangria
Peaches put a Southern twist on this classic sparkling cocktail. Make the sangria the day before to allow the flavors to blend. Garnish with fresh mint.
Recipe: Grilled Salsa
What's a party without salsa? Make yours one to remember.
Suadero Tacos with Serrano-Cilantro Salsa
This delicious flank steak recipe for Suadero Tacos with Serrano-Cilantro Salsa is inspired by street tacos found on food trucks.
Pepper Jelly Margaritas
Recipe: Pepper Jelly Margaritas
As the name implies, these unique drinks are mixed with green pepper jelly. Make this Southern-style margarita your signature cocktail at your next get-together.
Grilled Spicy Cilantro Chicken
Recipe: Grilled Spicy Cilantro Chicken
This chicken dish—ready in 35 minutes—gets its kick from cilantro, jalapeño peppers, and black pepper.
Baked Tex-Mex Red Pepper Cheese Dip
Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
Use this creamy sauce to dress up store-bought fried chicken or as a salad dressing or dip for wings. Adjust the heat by adding more or less jalapeño. We like to double up on the tortillas, taco-truck style, for any of these tacos.
Recipe: Hibiscus-Mint Margaritas
Flowery hibiscus and cooling mint add a flavorful kick to this margarita.
Mexican Chocolate Ice-Cream Pie
Recipe: Mexican Chocolate Ice-Cream Pie
A crisp, over-the-rim graham cracker crust spiked with ground cinnamon and red pepper adds a spicy cowboy kick to this showstopping pie. Make and freeze it up to one month ahead.
Recipe: Cast-Iron Salsa
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
Recipe: Cava Sangria
Cava Sangria is refreshing but not too sweet. Fresh strawberries add a signature twist to the sparkling cocktail. Garnish with fresh sugar cane sticks, available at ethnic and specialty food stores.
Spicy Queso Dip
Recipe: Spicy Queso Dip
We love the spiciness of this queso, but if you like a milder dip, prepare it with a regular pasteurized cheese product.
Cilantro Flank Steak
Recipe: Cilantro Flank Steak
Fresh cilantro gives great flavor to this flank steak. You won't need much else besides cilantro, garlic, and seasoning making this an easy but delicious weeknight meal.
Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Recipe: Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Club soda, fresh whole strawberries, and frozen daiquiri mix set these margarita spritzers apart. Serve on sultry summer days and enjoy the fizzy sweetness of these colorful cocktails.
Pork Tenderloin Wraps with Grilled Corn Salsa
Look for fresh salsa in the refrigerated area of the produce section at most supermarkets, or use your favorite jarred variety.
Classic Margaritas on the Rocks
Recipe: Classic Margaritas on the Rocks
These are potent, yet amazingly smooth-tasting when you use good-quality tequila and orange liqueur and thoroughly shake the mixture with ice before pouring over ice cubes to serve.
Recipe: Southwest Salsa
Forget the jar and treat your guests to the freshness of home-blended salsa. This recipe has small kick, but you can double the jalapeños and red pepper, if desired.
Black Bean Cakes with Avocado-Corn Salsa
Avocado-Corn Salsa gives this meatless meal a fresh spin. You'll love the flavor combination of the hearty black bean cake and the light flavors of the salsa.
Recipe: Fresh Salsa
Serve this delicious salsa with chips to munch on before—and during—the main meal.
Watermelon Margarita Pops
Recipe: Watermelon Margarita Pops
You can serve these pops with a side of sea salt for sprinkling on top, but be careful! You'll have to slurp it up before the ice melts.