13 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo, meaning the 5th of May, commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the larger and more heavily armed French forces during the Battle of the Puebla in 1862. Take part in the festivities with a spread of some (or all!) of these mouthwatering recipes. From classic staples, like tacos and nachos, to exciting new favorites, this list is sure to make your fiesta a success!

Related: Read on to start planning your fiesta!

Savory and sweet treats for Cinco de Mayo
Savory and sweet treats for Cinco de Mayo (Image: Demand Media)

Chicken Nachos

The convenience in preparing and eating these nachos make them a fun, easy, go-to appetizer or meal. Crunchy, cheesy, spicy, and hearty -- nachos are always a crowd pleaser! Jazz them up by topping it off with some buttery guacamole!

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How to Make Mexican Chicken Nachos
How to Make Mexican Chicken Nachos (Image: Kate Van Vleck/Demand Media)

Crock-Pot Shredded Pork Tacos

Throwing a party can be stressful! Cut out the stress and minimize your time in the cocina by making these crock-pot shredded pork tacos. Incredibly savory and oh-so-satisfying, these tender pork tacos are a guaranteed hit!

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How to Make Crock-Pot Shredded Pork Tacos
How to Make Crock-Pot Shredded Pork Tacos (Image: Kate Van Vleck/Demand Media)

Seven Layer Taco Dip

Can't decide between nachos and tacos? Why choose? Enjoy the best of both worlds by making this seven layer taco dip instead! Hordes of hungry guests will crowd around this dip so you'd better make two.

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How to Make Seven Layer Taco Dip
How to Make Seven Layer Taco Dip (Image: Anne Foster Coleman/Demand Media)

Avocado Dip

Otherwise known as good ol' guacamole, this dip is truly versatile so be sure to make a lot of it. Simply eat it on a tortilla chip, or go bold and add a dollop to everything else! Why not? Guacamole makes everything better.

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How to Make Avocado Dip
How to Make Avocado Dip (Image: Jessie Cowan/Demand Media)

Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas

Feeling bold? The explosive flavors from these Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas will have everyone begging for more. Best of all, this 50-minute recipe will have your guests thinking you spent all day in the kitchen.

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How to Make Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas from Scratch
How to Make Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas from Scratch (Image: Shaina Olmanson)

Roasted Squash and Portobello Mushroom Quesadillas

Ah, squash and mushrooms -- a classic combination! This pairing is good no matter what, but throw it into a tortilla and add some cheese and you'll be sure nobody leaves your fiesta hungry. Comfort food at its easiest!

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How to Make Roasted Squash and Portobello Mushroom Quesadillas
How to Make Roasted Squash and Portobello Mushroom Quesadillas (Image: Yvette Marquez)

Tres Leches Cupcakes

Joyful and traditional, these tres leches cupcakes are sure to delight both old and young. Three types of milk beautifully moisten the cake to ensure a heavenly, creamy bite of happiness. Plus, this recipe helps guide you on how to make them as rich or light as you please!

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How to Make Tres Leches Cupcakes
How to Make Tres Leches Cupcakes (Image: Jennifer Farley)

Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with IPA Avocado Cream and Beer Corn Tortillas

Any good Cinco de Mayo party is sure to have lots and lots of beer. Blow everyone away by cooking with it three ways too! You can have tacos and beer, and beer in your tacos. Sigh... life is good!

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How to Make Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with IPA Avocado Cream and Beer Corn Tortillas
How to Make Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with IPA Avocado Cream and Beer Corn Tortillas (Image: Jackie Dodd)

Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes with Cilantro Lime Crema

Nobody said you have to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a food coma. For a lighter option, try these Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes. Don't be deceived -- these little cakes pack a lot of complexity in one bite! Bold, savory, and spicy, with a hint of sweetness, your guests won't stop at just one!

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How to Make Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes with Cilantro Lime Crema
How to Make Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes with Cilantro Lime Crema (Image: Sala Kannan)

Chip Dip for Cinco de Mayo

From tacos to cupcakes, individually portioned party foods are simply fun and convenient. Get your party started with these Mexican flag-themed chip dip cups! They're delicious and a breeze to make, and even serve as festive decorations for your serving table!

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How to Make Individual Chip Dip Cups for Cinco de Mayo
How to Make Individual Chip Dip Cups for Cinco de Mayo (Image: Hailey Denenberg)

Fiesta-Ready Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Need a margarita recipe? Don't look any further! Here are 13 mouthwatering margarita recipes that are sure to please. From classic lime to margarita jello shots, you'll surely find one to suit your crowd. We've even included a separate list of 5 virgin margarita recipes!

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How to Make Spicy Cadillac with Egg
How to Make Spicy Cadillac with Egg (Image: Martin Baek)

Cookie Maracas

Throw polite manners out the window and let your guests play with their food! Shake up your Cinco de Mayo fiesta with these Cookie Maracas. You can't go wrong with the buttery, light fluff of a crispy rice treat with a surprise of classic American chocolate, and the satisfying saltiness and crunch of a pretzel.

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How to Make Cookie Maracas
How to Make Cookie Maracas (Image: Tonia Larson)

Tres Leches Cake

Timeless, decadent, and elegant are the only words to describe this gorgeous dessert. Charm your guests and leave a lasting impression with this classic tres leches cake recipe!

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How to Make Tres Leches Cake
How to Make Tres Leches Cake (Image: Thalia Ho)

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