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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Here is our tried-and-true Cinco de Mayo collection. Every recipe here is easy, can be prepared ahead of time, and a hit with any crowd. And truthfully, we love these dishes all year round.

Cinco de Mayo collection of recipes
From breakfast to dinner, we’ve got everything you need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

Main Dishes

Starting with the main course, here are the most succulent, savory Mexican style dishes to eat and enjoy. All of them can be prepared ahead of time, which means less time in the kitchen and more time with your favorite people.

Appetizers & Sides

No party is complete without plenty of appetizers and side dishes to choose from. We had a really, really hard time choosing which recipes to spotlight here, but these are the ones that made the cut.

  • A Bowl of Spanish Rice
    Best Easy Mexican Rice

    This easy Mexican style rice is abundantly flavorful, yet surprisingly healthy. It pairs well with any of the main dishes above.

  • Bowl of Mexican Corn Salad
    Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)

    This humble dish is the surprising side that always disappears fast. People can’t get enough of the big, bold flavors in this.

  • 7 - Layer Mexican Dip
    7-Layer Mexican Dip

    This is everyone’s favorite thing to dip their chips into, and this particular recipe is both easy and a total winner.

  • Guacamole with diced tomatoes and lime slices with tortilla chips
    The Best Guacamole Recipe

    It’s hard to believe something this healthy and delicious is so simple. Bonus tips for keeping guacamole fresh!

  • Overhead shot of homemade pico de gallo with lime wedges and tortilla chips.
    Best Pico De Gallo Recipe

    Pico de Gallo is the classically simple, fresh tomato salsa that’s made with only a few ingredients and tastes amazing over tacos, burritos, enchiladas, salads, and…chips!

  • Closeup shot of a a person is dipping a tortilla into a bowl of salsa.
    Blender Salsa (Restaurant Style)

    Now you don’t have to leave your house for mouthwatering Restaurant Style Salsa. This fresh tasting salsa is easily made your blender at home; be sure to have plenty of chips on hand

  • Nacho Queso Dip with Sliced Onions
    Homemade Nacho Queso Dip

    This blows away any store-bought cheese dips. No processed anything here. Just real, natural ingredients that taste unbelievably delicious! A surprise ingredient keeps this dip smooth and velvety for days.


No Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete with a really good margarita recipe to share. Here are our favorite warm weather favorites to enjoy all summer long.

  • Big Batch Pineapple Margartias 0
    Big Batch Pineapple Margaritas Recipe

    This Big Batch Pineapple Margaritas Recipe can be easily made ahead of time. Sit back and enjoy the party, without worrying about the cocktails. These margaritas are a crowd pleaser every time!

  • Strawberry Margaritas with Lime
    5-Minute Strawberry Margaritas

    These Strawberry Margaritas are made with ripe, fresh strawberries and a few simple ingredients. It comes together in a jiffy for a party-perfect drink!

  • A close-up of a glass filled with a lemonade margarita, garnished with lemon slices, ice, and a sugared rim.
    3-Ingredient Lemonade Margaritas

    If you’re looking for a quick cocktail you can shake up in a jiffy, look no further. These crowd-pleasing Lemonade Margaritas have you reaching for just 3 ingredients!

  • watermelon margaritas in glasses with watermelon slices
    Watermelon Margaritas

    These Watermelon Margaritas are easy, refreshing, and mouthwatering! Perfect for all your summer gatherings or just for sipping on the porch.

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