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A Complete Guide: 20 Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Is it even a Cinco De Mayo celebration without a delicious spread of colorful dishes? Create the menu of your dreams with these Mexican-inspired Cinco De Mayo recipes for any get-together or gathering you may have. 


Cinco De Mayo is that time of year Americans celebrate all things Mexico!! The history behind the date commemorates the First Battle of Puebla- a battle between Mexico and France. Yet, the celebration of Cinco De Mayo is not as widespread in Mexico as it is here in the U.S. Nevertheless, let the party continue and do so with mouthwatering Cinco De Mayo recipes and time spent learning about the history and culture of Mexico.


  • Educate Yourself: Learn about Mexican history and share the real story about Cinco De Mayo.
  • Support Mexican-Owned Businesses: As you celebrate, put your money into the pockets of those you’re celebrating- whether it’s a grocery store, Mexican restaurant, clothing store, or artisan shop!
  • Eat the Food: And for this, we’ve got you covered! Jamil Ghar teamed up with a few other bloggers to bring you 20 Cinco De Mayo Recipes to try this year!
1. Beef Barbacoa
Beef barbacoa is tender, flavorful, and so easy to make in the slow cooker! Use this delicious meat in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, and more!
Visit Garnish and Glaze
2. Cajeta (Caramel) Empanadas
This Mexican Cajeta Empanadas recipe, or empanadas de cajeta, is easy to make and simply the best recipe out there!
Visit Flavor Mosaic
3. Carne Asada Street Taco
Tender and juicy carne asada steak is marinated and then grilled to perfection. Fill a warm corn tortilla with steak and garnish with cilantro and onion to make street tacos you’ll crave. 
Visit Jamil Ghar
4. Chunky Salsa with Cilantro and Avocado
Skip going to the store and make chunky salsa with cilantro and avocado at home. It’s made with only fresh ingredients and ready and on your table in 20 minutes. 
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5. Chili Con Carne
Warm up with a heaping bowl of this savory, southwest-style chili con carne. Our chili con carne recipe is my take on an old classic with hearty beef chuck, black beans (gasp! I know), and a satisfying combination of Arbol, guajillo, and chipotle en adobo.
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A single serving of chili con carne topped with jalapeños.
6. Easy Elotes aka Mexican Street Corn
Easy Elotes come together very quickly for a perfect potluck dish. These are a crowd-pleaser! Make sure to make more than you expect, these go quick!
Visit Southern & Modern
7. Fried Ice Cream
Skip the deep fryer with this easy Mexican Fried Ice Cream. Creamy vanilla ice cream is coated in a buttery, crunchy cinnamon cornflake shell with a secret ingredient for even more texture and flavor. The chocolate and caramel syrup, whipped cream, and maraschino cherry are the perfect finish to this fun and simple dessert!
Visit House of Nash
8. Ground Beef Tacos
Ground beef, onions, and tomatoes combine with homemade taco seasoning to make the perfect weeknight Ground Beef Tacos.
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A serving tray of ground beef taco with a complete taco bar.
9. Hatch Chile Enchiladas
Hatch Chile Enchiladas are a delicious and easy dish made with spicy green chiles, refried beans, and plenty of cheese. Add some optional garnishes for extra flavor. 
Visit Southern & Modern
10. Homemade Refried Beans
This easy refried beans recipe is a must have whenever you are having Mexican food! Forget the weird smelling canned refried beans from the store and start making your homemade version in a few simple steps.
Visit Oh Sweet Culture Shock
11. Huevos Rancheros
Huevos Rancheros is a classic Mexican breakfast that will leave you more than satisfied. Crisp corn tortillas, topped with a bed of black beans, a fried egg, homemade ranchero sauce, and delicious toppings. This recipe is a savory breakfast dream!
Visit House of Nash
12. Instant Pot Beef Machaca
Instant Pot Beef Machaca is the best filling for tacos, burritos, and nachos! This easy recipe turns chuck roast into the most flavorful shredded beef.
Visit Eating in an Instant
13. Instant Pot Pozole Rojo
Authentic Pozole Rojo is a rich stew comprised of tender pork, hominy, and a savory broth made using a variety of chilis. Pile your bowl high with fresh toppings like radishes, cilantro, cabbage, onions, and Mexican oregano. 
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A single serving of pozole rojo garnished with fresh cilantro, onion, cabbage, and radish.
14. Mango Agua Fresca
Fruity and refreshing, Mango Agua Fresca is a summer beverage that’s perfect with meals or for snacking.
Visit Art of Natural Living
15. Mango Salsa
Sweet, spicy, and easy to make- Use our fresh Mango Salsa recipe with tortilla chips or top chicken, fish, tacos, and salad. It’s so good you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. 
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16. Mexican Charcuterie Board
This Mexican charcuterie board is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de May! Buy or make your favorite Mexican recipes, display them on a board with a little fiesta inspired flair, and let everyone grab their favorite!
Visit Play Party Plan
17. Mexican Flan
Flan is a silky vanilla custard topped with a yummy caramel sauce. It's a very popular dessert that's creamy, rich, and decadent.
Visit Mama Maggie’s Kitchen
18. Mexican Rice
Toasted rice cooks with tomato puree, chicken stock, jalapeños, and garlic for a highly concentrated and flavorful side dish.
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Mexican rice in a serving dish garnished with lime wedges.
19. Instant Pot Carnitas
Fill a warm corn tortilla with our deliciously flavored pork shoulder and top it with fresh cilantro and red onion for restaurant-style carnitas street tacos in the comfort of your own home.
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Garnish our Instant Pot Carnitas with onion and cilantro.
20. Tacos De Adobada
Tacos de adobada features pork marinated in roasted chili salsa, vinegar, and a surprise ingredient (shawarma seasoning).
Visit Hildas Kitchen Blog



Sunday 1st of May 2022

Yum! I want to try everything!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I feel the same way!