13 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes


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!

Savory and sweet treats for Cinco de Mayo
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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!

How to Make Mexican Chicken Nachos
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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!

How to Make Crock-Pot Shredded Pork Tacos
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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.

How to Make Seven Layer Taco Dip
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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.

How to Make Avocado Dip
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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.

How to Make Hatch Green Chile Enchiladas from Scratch
Shaina Olmanson
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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!

How to Make Roasted Squash and Portobello Mushroom Quesadillas
Yvette Marquez
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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!

How to Make Tres Leches Cupcakes
Jennifer Farley
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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!

How to Make Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with IPA Avocado Cream and Beer Corn Tortillas
Jackie Dodd
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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!

How to Make Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes with Cilantro Lime Crema
Sala Kannan
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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!

How to Make Individual Chip Dip Cups for Cinco de Mayo
Hailey Denenberg
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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!

How to Make Spicy Cadillac with Egg
Martin Baek
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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.

How to Make Cookie Maracas
Tonia Larson
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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!

How to Make Tres Leches Cake
Thalia Ho
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