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Cinco De Mayo Recipes

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

WHAT IS CINCO DE MAYO?

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.

HOW TO CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO (RESPECTFULLY)

  • Educate: Learn about Mexican history and share the real story about Cinco De Mayo.
  • Support: 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: 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!

CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES

01 | Beef Barbacoa

Barbacoa tacos with lime, onion, cotija cheese.
Image and Recipe by Garnish and Glaze
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!
Beef Barbacoa

02 | Cajeta Empanadas

Two caramel empanadas opened on a plate.
Image and Recipe by Flavor Mosaic
Cajeta Empanadas
This Mexican Cajeta Empanadas recipe, or empanadas de cajeta, is easy to make and simply the best recipe out there!
Cajeta Empanadas

3. Carne Asada Tacos

Top your carne asada tacos with cilantro and onion.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
Carne Asada Tacos
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 carne asada tacos you’ll crave. 
Carne Asada Tacos

4. Chunky Salsa with Cilantro and Avocado

Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
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. 
Chunky Salsa with Cilantro and Avocado

5. Chili Con Carne

A single serving of chili con carne topped with jalapeños.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
Chili Con Carne
Warm up with a heaping bowl of this savory, southwest-style chili con carne. Our chili con carne recipe is our 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.
Chili Con Carne

6. Easy Elotes

Elotes in a baking dish topped with cilantro.
Image and Recipe by Southern and Modern
Easy Elotes
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!
Easy Elotes

7. Fried Ice Cream

Fried ice cream on a plate with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and topped with a cherry.
Image and Recipe by House of Nash
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!
Fried Ice Cream

8. Ground Beef Tacos

Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
Ground Beef Tacos
Ground beef, onions, and tomatoes combine with homemade taco seasoning to make the perfect weeknight Ground Beef Tacos.
Ground Beef Tacos

9. Homemade Refried Beans

Refried beans in a yellow serving bowl.
Image and Recipe by Oh Sweet Culture Shock
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.
Homemade Refried Beans

10. Instant Pot Beef Machaca

Beef machaca on a plate with cheese, pico de gallo, and cilantro in the background.
Image and Recipe by Eating in an Instant
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.
Instant Pot Beef Machaca

11. Instant Pot Pozole Rojo

A single serving of pozole rojo garnished with fresh cilantro and red onion.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
Instant Pot Pozole Rojo
Authentic Instant Pot 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. 
Instant Pot Pozole Rojo

12. Mango Agua Fresca

A glass of mango agua fresca garnished with mint.
Image and Recipe by Art of Natural Living
Mango Agua Fresca
Fruity and refreshing, Mango Agua Fresca is a summer beverage that’s perfect with meals or for snacking.
Mango Agua Fresca

13. Mango Salsa Recipe

Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
Mango Salsa Recipe
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. 
Mango Salsa Recipe

14. Mexican Charcuterie Board

A Mexican charcuterie board with taquitos, tacos, elote, guacamole, and other treats.
Image and Recipe by Play Party Plan
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!
Mexican Charcuterie Board

15. Mexican Flan

Perfect flan displayed on a cake stand.
Image and Recipe by Mama Maggies Kitchen
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.
Mexican Flan

16. Vegan Mexican Rice

Vegan Mexican rice in a serving dish garnished with lime wedges.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
Vegan Mexican Rice
Toasted rice cooks with tomato puree, chicken stock, jalapeños, and garlic for a highly concentrated and flavorful side dish called Vegan Mexican Rice.
Vegan Mexican Rice

17. Instant Pot Carnitas

Garnish our Instant Pot Carnitas with onion and cilantro.
Image and Recipe by Jamil Ghar
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 Instant Pot Carnitas in the comfort of your own home.
Instant Pot Carnitas

18. Tacos De Adobada

Tacos on a taco stand and topped with avocado and hot sauce with toppings in the background.
Image and Recipe by Hilda’s Kitchen Blog
Tacos De Adobada
Tacos de adobada features pork marinated in roasted chili salsa, vinegar, and a surprise ingredient (shawarma seasoning).
Tacos De Adobada

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Inger

Sunday 1st of May 2022

Yum! I want to try everything!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I feel the same way!