35+ Mexican Recipes PERFECT for Cinco de Mayo!

These Cinco de Mayo recipes will have you prepared for a festive holiday! 35+ Mexican food recipes including appetizers, tacos and margaritas.

Cinco de Mayo, is a yearly holiday on May 5th, which celebrates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. Today, people celebrate this special day with all kinds of delicious Mexican dishes.

Below are some of the best Mexican-inspired recipes that you may or may not have tried.

These recipes are all super delicious, easy to make, and perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

PS – Don’t forget about these 25+ Cinco de Mayo desserts too!

The BEST Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Chips, Dips & Appetizers

Bowl of chipotle salsa in serving tray with chips and limes.
This 5-Minute Chipotle Salsa comes together easily with the help of your blender.
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Extreme close up of tortilla chips in air fryer basket.
These 3-ingredient Air Fryer Tortilla Chips are quick and easy to make, super crunchy, and light. They’re perfect for dunking in salsa, guacamole, hummus, and more!
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SIDE VIEW OF ENCHILADA DIP IN LARGE SKILLET.
Take your snacking to the next level with this Cheesy Enchilada Dip. Beans are layered with ground beef and enchilada sauce, and topped with lots of melty cheese, green onions and a dollop of sour cream.
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Bowl of guacamole on tray with chips.
This fresh and vibrant Guacamole recipe is so easy! Mix it up in minutes for a creamy dip, a delicious topping for nachos, or to serve on Taco Tuesday.
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Hand dipping spoon into bowl of pico de gallo.
This fresh, easy Pico de Gallo recipe is a classic Mexican salsa made from tomatoes, onions, lime, chiles, and cilantro. It’s a delicious snack to enjoy with chips or as a topping on tacos, eggs, and burrito bowls!
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Baked tortilla chips on baking sheet.
These Baked Tortilla Chips are made using store-bought corn tortillas. Just cut them into wedges, season them with Mexican spices, spray with oil and bake for a perfectly crispy, dippable chip!
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Bowl of mango salsa in serving bowl next to tortilla chips.
This sweet Mango Salsa has tons of flavor and flair! The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious with tortilla chips or on fish tacos.
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Overhead shot of octopus ceviche in large grey bowl next to lime slices and tortillas.
Octopus Ceviche (aka ceviche de pulpo) combines tender octopus with tangy lime juice, red onions, cilantro and chiles for a light and refreshing appetizer. Serve it with tortillas or chips and enjoy! 
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Blistered shishito peppers served on a black plate with lemon wedges.
These Blistered Shishito Peppers are the perfect finger food. They’re so easy to make too. Lightly seasoned and slightly smoky, you’ll find that most are mild… one out of every ten might surprise you. 
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Overhead shot of mexican meatballs in skillet topped with sour cream, limes and radishes.
Mexican Meatballs – or Albondigas – simmer in enchilada sauce and are topped with sour cream, radishes & cilantro. Serve them taco-style in tortillas or as an appetizer with toothpicks. 
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Overhead shot of corn queso dip in skillet.
Corn Queso Dip is the perfect dip for your next Mexican fiesta or tailgating party. It’s deliciously rich & creamy with a hint of spice and delicious corn flavor. 
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Soups

Start off your meal with one of these tasty Mexican soups!

Bowl of Mexican Corn Soup garnished with cliantro, chile powder and lime wedges.
This Mexican Corn Soup recipe has all the flavors of Mexican street corn in soup form. This creamy corn soup is flavored with chile powder, poblano peppers and cotija cheese.
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Overhead close up of bowl of slow cooker chicken tortilla soup in bowl with toppings.
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup can be made easy with your crockpot. Just add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and go! Serve it up with crispy tortilla chips, avocado, sour cream & cheddar cheese. 
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Side Dishes

These Mexican-inspired side dishes will help complete your meal!

Overhead shot of Mexican street corn salad in serving bowl.
Mexican Street Corn Salad with Couscous puts a fun twist on elotes. Smoky grilled corn, a creamy cumin-lime dressing, and pearl couscous combine to create this delicious salad.
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Overhead shot of Mexican rice in white bowl topped with lime wedges.
Inspired by the flavors of the classic Mexican restaurant side dish, this Instant Pot Mexican Rice is perfect with enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, and more. It’s a foolproof recipe made entirely in your pressure cooker!
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Black beans in white bowl with spoon.
These Slow Cooker Black Beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! No soaking required. Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls.
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Overhead close up of bowl of roasted carrots.
I’m serving up these Oven Roasted Carrots elote style. Similar to how you’d dress grilled street corn, these delicious tender carrots are topped with lime, crumbled cheese, jalapenos and cilantro. So crazy good! 
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Bowl of cooked pinto beans flecked with cilantro.
Instant Pot pinto beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls, these beans can be ready in under an hour with no soaking required.
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Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Vinegar Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayonnaise. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
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Overhead shot of refried beans in blue bowl topped with crumbled cotija, tomatoes and jalapenos.
Instant Pot Refried Beans require no presoaking. Plus, they're virtually fat free and can be made vegetarian or vegan with some simple swaps. 
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Overhead shot of quick pickled onions in mason jar.
Quick Pickled Red Onions are so easy to make at home. With just 5-minutes you can have your red onions pickling. Let them cool to room temperature before using and then you can store them in the fridge for up to two weeks! 
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Cocktails

Choose one of these amazing Mexican cocktail recipes to celebrate with.

Hibiscus margarita in salt rimmed glass garnished with grapefruit wedge on white serving tray.
This Hibiscus Margarita recipe is a fun twist on a traditional margarita. Made with an easy homemade hibiscus tea concentrate, grapefruit juice and tequila. The ingredients are simple, but the taste is amazing!
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Overhead shot of prepared margarita.
This Grapefruit Habanero Margarita is the perfect spicy cocktail for sipping on summer days!
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Side view close up of elderflower margarita.
St. Germain Margaritas can be made with just three ingredients – tequila, elderflower liqueur and lime juice. They're a delicious St. Germain cocktail that you'll love having in your arsenal.
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Side view of grilled pineapple margarita garnished with grilled pineapple and jalapeno.
This Grilled Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky. Caramelized grilled pineapple & a splash of vanilla make it extra delicious.
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This Mango Michelada is a Mexican beer cocktail that’s sweet and spicy and perfect for summer sipping! | platingsandpairings.com
This Mango Michelada is a Mexican beer cocktail that’s sweet and spicy and perfect for summer sipping!
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Tacos

Choose one of the tasty taco recipes to enjoy. And don’t forget about these 9+ tasty taco sauces and the best taco side dishes!

Mexican Street Corn Tacos arranged on grey plate next to bowl of corn.
These Mexican Street Corn Chicken Tacos put a fun twist on elotes or grilled Mexican corn on the cob that’s slathered in a tangy cream sauce and sprinkled with chili powder. Plus, they come together in just 20 minutes! 
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Sweet potato tacos arranged on plate next to small bowls of topping ingredients.
Sweet Potato Tacos topped with a zesty chipotle crema, are the best plant based way to enjoy taco night!
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Cauliflower tacos arranged on grey plate next to bowl of crema.
Cauliflower Tacos, made with tasty cilantro lime crema, are the perfect tasty healthy alternative.
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Taco Quinoa & Turkey Lettuce Wraps make a hearty, healthy, protein packed meal that’s amazingly delicious and quick and easy to prepare. They’re perfect for meal prep too.
These Taco Quinoa & Turkey Lettuce Wraps make a hearty, healthy, protein packed meal that’s amazingly delicious and quick and easy to prepare. They’re perfect for meal prep too.
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Zucchini taco boats on baking tray after cooking.
Taco Zucchini Boats are filled with taco seasoned turkey and topped with melted cheese and your favorite toppings. A low-carb, keto friendly way to enjoy taco night. You won’t miss the tortilla!
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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Street Tacos on Platter next to chips and salsa
The BEST Instant Pot Pork Carnitas are easy to make at home with your electric pressure cooker. A quick pop under the broiler at the end ensures that the carnitas get nice and crispy!
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Overhead shot of salsa chicken in lettuce cups arranged in grey serving tray.
This Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is an EASY recipe made with just 5-ingredients! Use it as a filling for Chicken Tacos or Chicken Taco Lettuce Wraps.
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Main Dishes

Here are the best entrees to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo!

Overhead shot of stuffed poblanos arranged in baking dish drizzled with lime crema.
Stuffed Poblano Peppers loaded with a mixture of beef & rice and topped with a zesty lime-crema. This healthy recipe will be on your table in 30 minutes.
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Tortilla chip crusted chicken cutlets arranged on plate topped with queso, tomatoes and red onion.
Crispy Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken with Queso Sauce is an easy delicious dinner that will be on your table in 30 minutes! It’s crispy, cheesy and so delicious!
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Overhead shot of fish taco bowl next to small bowls of mango salsa and avocado.
These Fish Taco Bowls with Mango Salsa & Avocado Cream Sauce make a quick and healthy weeknight dinner that’s ready in under 30-minutes!
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Desserts

Check out these 25+ Cinco de Mayo desserts too!

How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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Bowl of Mexican Corn Soup garnished with cliantro, chile powder and lime wedges.

35+ Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

These Cinco de Mayo recipes will have you prepared for a festive holiday! 35+ Mexican food recipes including appetizers, tacos + margaritas. Try this Mexican Corn Soup. It has all the flavors of Mexican street corn in soup form.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion (finely chopped (1½ cups))
  • 1 rib celery (finely chopped (½ cup))
  • 1 medium poblano pepper (seeded, stemmed, and finely chopped (½ cup))
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon chile powder (plus more for topping)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 medium yukon gold potatoes (about 1lb., peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces)
  • 2 12-ounce bags frozen corn (or about 6 cups fresh shucked corn)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ cups crumbled cotija cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • Kosher salt and pepper (to taste)
  • ¼ cups cilantro (minced, plus more to garnish)
  • ½ cups Mexican crema or sour cream
  • Lime wedges (for serving)

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion, celery, poblano, and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 7-8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, chile powder, and oregano, and saute for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
  • Add the chicken stock, and potatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the corn, cream and sugar. Cook for five minutes, until warmed through.
  • Transfer 1½ cups of the soup to a blender and purée until smooth. Stir the puréed soup back into the pot of remaining soup.
  • Add cotija cheese, cilantro, and lime juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Serve garnished with additional cilantro, cotija, chile powder and crema. Serve with lime wedges.
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Equipment

Large Pot
Knife

Nutrition

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1349IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 1mg

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