It’s easy to fall in love with the flavors of Mexican cuisine! These modern takes on Mexican favorites will have you saying, “¡olé! Enjoy the best authentic Mexican recipes (and some really great Mexican-inspired dishes) to pay homage to all the delicious Mexican recipes we find ourselves coming back to, time and time again. Spice up your Cinco de Mayo celebration with these 39 recipes based on classic Mexican dishes. Everyone will love these Cinco de Mayo recipes, from tacos to margaritas and everything in between! These not-so-typical Mexican recipes will liven up your festivities every day of the week! If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo party or just looking for ideas for taco night, we have all the best Mexican-inspired meal, appetizer, and drink recipes for you!
Steak Picado with Pickled Onions is a Mexican beef recipe that offers a warm, hearty meal with a touch of spice. Customize the seasoning to your preference, and enjoy this delicious dish with your family and friends.
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Street Corn Nachos
These elote Mexican street corn nachos offer a delicious twist to the classic Mexican nachos recipe, featuring a zesty cheese sauce and unique toppings that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Once you try them, you’ll surely agree that the combination of elote and nacho chips is an unbeatable culinary delight.
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Arroz Con Leche
With its creamy texture and unique flavor profile, Mexican rice pudding stands out among the many variations of this beloved dessert. Whether served warm or chilled, arroz con leche is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth and leave you feeling content.
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Looking for a refreshing Cinco de Mayo or summer cocktail that’s easy to make and perfect for sharing? Try this mouth-watering watermelon paloma with tequila, citrus, and fresh watermelon juice! With its tangy and sweet flavors, it’s the perfect drink to sip on a hot day and unwind with friends.
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Easy Pork Carnitas
This crispy pork carnitas recipe is a versatile and tasty dish that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Whether you prefer it in tacos, burrito bowls, or even stuffed into a baked potato, the slow-cooked pulled pork flavored with lime and orange juice is sure to please.
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Chile Mango Mexican Candy Shots
These chile mango Mexican candy shots are perfect for spicing up any gathering, whether it’s a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration or a casual night in with friends. The combination of chamoy and chile-lime tajín creates a uniquely delicious and memorable drink experience.
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Chicken, Avocado, and Corn Burritos
These Chicken, Avocado, and Corn Burritos are topped with feta sauce and make for a fresh and flavorful weeknight dinner that’s incredibly quick and easy! This burrito recipe is a unique twist on traditional Mexican burritos, incorporating eclectic ingredients like juicy chicken, creamy avocado, sweet corn, and tangy feta sauce.
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Mexican Bunuelos with Piloncillo Syrup
Mexican Bunuelos are a deliciously sweet and crunchy treat that can be ready in just 35 minutes. They are coated in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a 5-ingredient piloncillo syrup, making them the perfect dessert for any occasion.
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Looking for a great treat idea for your Cinco de Mayo party? Check out this fun and simple Sombrero Cookie recipe that’s perfect for kids and adults alike! Celebrate the holiday with the cutest and easiest little dessert you could ever make.
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Shrimp Ceviche with Avocado
If you’re a seafood lover, you have to give Mexican shrimp ceviche a try. With its fresh ingredients and tangy flavors, it’s a dish that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds.
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This chunky guacamole recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that can be customized to suit your taste preferences. Made with avocados, tomatoes, green onions, chilies, lime juice, and cilantro, it is a perfect addition to any meal.
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Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa
Make your own fresh tomatillo red chili salsa with this easy copycat Chipotle recipe that’s perfect as a snack or appetizer with chips or crackers, and goes great with steak, chicken, or any south of the border inspired meal.
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Mexican street corn, also known as elote, is a popular corn on the cob dish served with lime juice, chili lime powder, herbs, and cheese in Mexico. This simple recipe is perfect as a side dish with any grilled protein, and the smoky flavor of the corn adds a delicious touch.
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5 Layer Bean Dip
This Mexican layered dip with ground beef is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that can be enjoyed on any occasion. Its layers of pinto beans, ground beef, tequila lime sour cream, pico de gallo, and cheese make it a flavorful and satisfying treat.
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Honeydew Melon Margarita
Looking for a new Cinco de Mayor or summer cocktail recipe? This honeydew melon margarita is fresh, sweet, and totally delicious – perfect for sipping on hot days! Learn how to make it with our easy recipe.
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Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers
If you’re looking for a flavorful Mexican inspired dish, try making Air Fryer Fiesta Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Seasoned with cumin, salt, pepper, and margarita mix, the chicken is stuffed inside poblanos and topped with pico de gallo, sour cream, and cotija cheese, creating a delicious blend of flavors.
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Mexican Chocolate Cake
Add a kick to your dessert with this delicious homemade Mexican Chocolate Cake! The cake is moist and rich in flavor with a hint of spice from the cinnamon and cayenne pepper, topped with creamy cinnamon buttercream for the perfect finish.
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Spicy Sausage Chilaquiles with Eggs
This recipe for spicy sausage chilaquiles with eggs is a flavorful and easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for brunch or breakfast for dinner, featuring homemade corn tortilla chips and red chile sauce. While traditionally served with eggs, chilaquiles at their heart are fried corn tortillas simmered in green or red salsa, and can be enjoyed with or without eggs.
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Experience the latest sensation in Mexican street food by trying out this Birria Tacos recipe which involves tender, juicy beef and lamb, topped with cheese and pan-fried to a crisp before adding cilantro and onions. Elevate your Taco Tuesday with more unique and delicious taco recipes to explore!
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Layered Taco Pie
Get ready for a new twist on your taco night with this Mexican casserole that delivers all the authentic flavors and textures of your favorite soft taco in a layered pie form! Made with deliciously-spiced ground beef, gooey cheese, and flour tortillas, this irresistible dish is baked in one go, making it perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
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Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Cooking a chicken enchilada casserole slowly allows the flavors to meld together for a more delicious dish. This easy recipe with chicken breasts and staple ingredients is perfect for a slow cooker or crock pot.
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Crispy Turkey Tacos
A delicious alternative to beef tacos would be these crispy turkey tacos which are bursting with flavour. This turkey taco recipe is a quick and easy dinner idea that you will love.
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Lime Pineapple Agua Fresca
When water isn’t enough to quench your thirst, try this refreshing pineapple agua fresca – a perfect summer beverage. Check out our easy recipe for a non-alcoholic refresher!
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Loaded Taco Dip
This slow cooker taco dip is the perfect party appetizer, loaded with Mexican-inspired flavors and easy to prepare. Let the slow cooker do the work while you focus on other dishes or entertaining your guests.
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If you’re looking for a refreshing and unique beverage to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, give Mexican horchata a try. Whether you choose to buy it or make it yourself, this traditional drink is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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Elote Street Corn Kale Salad
This Mexican inspired Elote Street Corn Kale Salad is a delicious and refreshing salad inspired by the flavors of street corn. With a mix of colorful and textured ingredients, and a spicy yogurt lime dressing, this salad is sure to be a hit at your next meal.
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Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas
Sheet pan shrimp fajitas are sizzling hot from the oven with succulent shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and a side of Roasted Jalapeño Crema. Throw everything on a sheet pan, whip up a simple homemade sauce, and you will have a tasty meal in less than 30 minutes!
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Mexican Street Corn Fries
Mexican street corn fries are inspired by one of my favorite foods – Elotes! These fries have a delicious crema with lime juice, topped with cotija cheese, and cilantro. It’s a recipe that you will LOVE!
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Instant Pot Refried Beans
Learn how to make homemade refried beans in your Instant Pot in a fraction of the time it takes on the stove or in a slow cooker. So much easier and more flavorful! Mash them up for the best refried beans you can ask for! So versatile and can be used in a ton of other recipes!
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Smoked Queso Dip
Looking for a crowd-pleasing dip for your next gathering? Look no further than this Smoked Queso Dip recipe! Loaded with ground beef, cheese, and flavorful seasonings, this dip is sure to be a hit.
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Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos
Consider making Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia Baja Fish Nachos for a delicious and easy dinner tonight. This seafood nachos recipe is versatile and perfect for game day or any occasion. Customize the toppings to your liking, and enjoy a flavorful meal.
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Passion Fruit Lime Margarita
Looking for a refreshing summer cocktail recipe? Look no further than this easy passion fruit lime margarita! With its delicious fruit flavors and simple preparation, it’s the perfect drink for entertaining or simply sipping on a hot day.
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Spicy Corn and Jalapeño Cheese Dip
With its addictive taste and easy crockpot preparation, spicy corn and jalapeño cheese dip is the ultimate appetizer for any gathering. Whether you prefer it mild or with an extra kick of spice, this Mexican inspired dip is a delicious and satisfying snack to enjoy with chips.
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Steak Nachos with Tomatillo Serrano Salsa
For fans of the Tex-Mex classic, these Seared Steak Nachos are a delicious snack that can be paired with homemade salsa or pico de gallo. Topped with juicy steak and a variety of chilies, including a tomatillo serrano salsa, these Mexican steak nachos are sure to satisfy your cravings.
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Zesty Kiwi Jalapeño Margarita
Looking for a delicious and eye-catching cocktail? Try this kiwi jalapeno margarita recipe with a chili-rimmed glass! It’s the perfect combination of spice and zest, and sure to impress your guests. If you love tequila and are looking for a fruity twist, this is the cocktail for you!
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Grilled Flank Steak Tacos
Looking for a delicious and easy summer taco recipe? Try making Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Tacos using the best flank steak marinade (aka carne asada marinade) for a winning dish every time. Slice a couple of pounds of flank steak, grill to perfection, and enjoy a mouthwatering meal that’s perfect for taco Tuesdays or any day of the week.
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Salsa Fresca Chicken
Looking for a flavorful and low-carb dinner idea that requires minimal effort? Look no further than slow cooker salsa fresca chicken, a mouthwatering dish that combines tender chicken breasts with fresh salsa and spices for a perfect burst of flavor in every bite.
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Strawberry Paloma with Fresh Grapefruit
If you love strawberries, you have to try this delicious strawberry paloma recipe! Made with tequila, fresh strawberries, grapefruit, honey, and ginger beer, it’s a refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for summer. Give our easy recipe a try and see for yourself why it’s a fan favorite!
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White Bean Green Chile Chicken Soup
If you’re looking for a quick and easy Mexican inspired soup, try making White Bean Green Chile Chicken Soup with chicken, white beans, and green chilies. With just a handful of ingredients, this flavorful soup can be ready in half an hour and is sure to please. Some call it chile verde chicken soup, but everyone agrees that it’s delicious!
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