One of the biggest pre-summer celebrations that everyone loves to participate in is Cinco de Mayo. Since everyone loves Cinco de Mayo food, check out these tasty Cinco do Mayo recipes. Although we love to have our fun with the 5th of May, we need to remember that this day actually celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French army and Napoleon the III at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
Fun fact, not all of Mexico actually fully celebrates Cinco de Mayo, but the city of Puebla has festivals, parades, and they even shut places down to really get down and party. It should be noted that this is not Mexican Independence Day (which is September 16), but rather a monumental day remembering the day that the forces in Mexico were not going to permit a monarch from taking over the land.
You may have your own ways of celebrating or you may have never really celebrated it! Either way, you can throw an all-day fiesta with a lip-smacking variety of delicious food and drinks from south of the border. From salsa and tacos to margaritas, you and all your amigos can enjoy all of these recipes in a flavorful Mexico-inspired spread.
Go ahead and go loco this Cinco de Mayo while creating everyone’s favorite Mexican Cinco do Mayo food. Whether you’re throwing a Cinco de Mayo-inspired party or wanting to throw down some serious Mexican homestyle cooking for a meal, you will love these Mexican food favorites. Feliz Cinco de Mayo todos!
Cinco de Mayo Recipes
A party ain’t a party til the drinks come out! Dust off your blender and get ready to make some margaritas, because what is a Cinco de Mayo celebration without one? Make sure you have salt, sugar, tequila, and lime – then you will be good to go! Mmm.. I can taste the freshly blended strawberry margs already!
Frozen Strawberry Mango Margaritas with a Spiced Sugar Rim – This is super sweet and totally refreshing….and you won’t want to have just one.
Frozen Watermelon Margarita – Does this not sound like the most refreshing drink you will ever have?!
Corona Sunrise – Not quite a marg, but it still is a tequila-infused cocktail so either way it is going to be amazing.
Michelada – Think of this as like a Mexican-style Bloody Mary – yum!
With these tasty appies, your Cinco de Mayo party will turn into a delicious fiesta. Be sure to whip up enough to feed a whole army because these won’t last for long! You know I had to give a shout out to my Tex-Mex fans out there and drop a recipe that I’m sure they all know and love. BTW these app snacks are perfect when you don’t want to do dishes later.
Tex Mex Sweet Pepper Poppers – Everyone is going to be POPPIN’ these into their mouths and I can’t blame them!
Shrimp Ceviche Stuffed Avocados – I think the BEST part about these (except for you know, EVERYTHING else) is that the avocado is the dish. No dishes to clean up!!
Mexican Chicken Flatbread – This is a more healthy alternative for your friends. I mean, you don’t want them stuffed before the main course, do ya?!
Guacamole Shrimp Wonton Cups – Soooo how am I not supposed to eat a dozen little cups that are filled with two of my favorite things, hmm?
It’s not a Cinco de Mayo celebration without tacos! I mean, who doesn’t love tacos? (If you don’t, we are not friends. Just kidding, but I am judging you 🙂 Whether you are a die-hard carnivore or a loyal vegetarian, there’s a taco for both you and all your amigos. Maybe you will have a little of each – that is the fun of tacos! You will love these Cinco do Mayo recipes!
Tacos al Pastor – Tacos al Pastor plus some pineapple salsa roja? Ooooh, better make plenty because they can be addicting!
Cajun Fish Tacos – A mix of two different styles for one awesome taco. You can’t tell me this doesn’t sound like paradise.
Carnitas Tacos – Chipotle has nothing on your perfect carnitas – just remember that slow and steady wins the taco race!
Chickpea Grilled Zucchini Tacos – If there was one word to describe this particular taco, it would definitely be FIESTA!
Salsas and Dips
Salsa, dips, and guacamole are essential components of any successful Cinco de Mayo party. Make sure you have tortilla chips galore and lots of different bowls ready for some dipping. These are some of my favorites that have the perfect flavors for a Cinco de Mayo party. Whether you make it from scratch or buy it in a jar, don’t forget to have lots!
Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa – Love sweet and spicy? Let’s have both then! Your guests are going to be begging for this recipe!
Avocado Hummus and Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Verde – This is like if guac, hummus, and salsa had the most yummy love child ever.
Seriously the Best Guacamole in the World – TRULY. TAKE MY WORD!
Mexican Street Corn Dip – If you are big on texture and are a street corn lover, you are going to need to make a gallon of this.
Make traditional Mexican drinks colder and more refreshing by turning them into popsicles. Not to mention, it makes adult-friendly drinks into a more childhood classic, so you can just feel the joy from that time while you are enjoying them! Popsicles are just flat out fun! It is the perfect way to top off a fabulous Cinco de Mayo menu.
Cucumber Honeydew Margarita Popsicle – The only thing that would make this better is lounging in a chair with someone fanning and misting you.
Watermelon Margarita Poptails – Are you a fan of sweet cocktails? This fan-favorite are sure to liven any Cinco de Mayo fiesta!
Tequila Lime Boozy Pops – A classic turned into a fun, adult treat! Be careful, it might be too easy to have one after the other!
Strawberry Mojito Popsicles – Start popsicle season off right with these beauties! You won’t want to share.
There you have it, everyone! Bella’s secret Cinco de Mayo guide so that you can throw the most perfect party or impress anyone with some awesome, authentic Mexican-inspired dishes. So many great Cinco do Mayo recipes!
Be sure to have a fun time, drink responsibly, and enjoy as many tacos as humanly possible. If you need me, I will be swimming in a pool filled with guacamole with a frosty margarita in hand! What is your favourite of these Cinco do Mayo recipes?