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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. 

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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: 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!


1. Beef Barbacoa

Barbacoa tacos with lime, onion, cotija cheese.
Photo Credit: Garnish and Glaze

Beef Barbacoa is tender, flavorful, and so easy to make in the slow cooker! Use it to fill everything from tacos to burritos, quesadillas, salads.

2. Cajeta Empanadas

Two caramel empanadas opened on a plate.
Photo Credit: Flavor Mosaic

This Mexican Cajeta Empanadas recipe, or empanadas de cajeta, is easy to make and so tasty!

3. Carne Asada Tacos

Top your carne asada tacos with cilantro and onion.

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. 

4. Chunky Salsa

Chunky salsa in a serving bowl with a spoon scooping it.

Skip going to the store, and make chunky salsa with cilantro and avocado at home instead. Ours is made with fresh ingredients and on the table in 20 minutes!

5. Chili Con Carne

A single serving of chili con carne topped with jalapeños.

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.

6. Easy Elotes

Elotes in a baking dish topped with cilantro.
Photo Credit: Southern and Modern

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!

7. Fried Ice Cream

Fried ice cream on a plate with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and topped with a cherry.
Photo Credit: House of Nash

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!

8. Homemade Tacos with Ground Beef

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Homemade Tacos with ground beef are easy to make and perfect for feeding a crowd. While we prefer authenticity around here, this recipe strays from authentic Mexican tacos to bring you the American taco nights of my childhood.

9. Homemade Refried Beans

Refried beans in a yellow serving bowl.
Photo Credit: Oh Sweet Culture Shock

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.

10. Instant Pot Beef Machaca

Beef machaca on a plate with cheese, pico de gallo, and cilantro in the background.
Photo Credit: Eating in an Instant

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.

11. Instant Pot Pozole Rojo

A single serving of pozole rojo garnished with fresh cilantro and red onion.

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. 

12. Mango Agua Fresca

A glass of mango agua fresca garnished with mint.
Photo Credit: Art of Natural Living

Fruity and refreshing, Mango Agua Fresca is a summer beverage that’s perfect with meals or for snacking.

13. 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. 

14. Mexican Charcuterie Board

A Mexican charcuterie board with taquitos, tacos, elote, guacamole, and other treats.
Photo Credit: Play Party Plan

A Mexican charcuterie board is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! Buy or make your favorite Mexican recipes, display them on a board with a little fiesta-inspired flair, and let everyone grab their favorite!

15. Mexican Flan

Perfect flan displayed on a cake stand.
Photo Credit: Mama Maggies Kitchen

Flan is a silky vanilla custard topped with a yummy caramel sauce. It’s a very popular dessert that’s creamy, rich, and decadent.

16. Vegan Mexican Rice

Vegan Mexican rice in a serving dish garnished with lime wedges.

Toasted rice cooks with tomato puree, chicken stock, jalapeños, and garlic for a highly concentrated and flavorful side dish called Vegan Mexican Rice.

17. Instant Pot Carnitas

Garnish our Instant Pot Carnitas with onion and cilantro.

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.

18. Tacos De Adobada

Tacos on a taco stand and topped with avocado and hot sauce with toppings in the background.
Photo Credit: Hilda’s Kitchen Blog

Tacos de adobada features pork marinated in roasted chili salsa, vinegar, and a surprise ingredient (shawarma seasoning).



Sunday 1st of May 2022

Yum! I want to try everything!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 12th of June 2022

I feel the same way!