Get the party started with your favorite Mexican grub! Here are 65 Mexican Recipes to add to your Cinco de Mayo menu this year! From Carne Asada Recipes and Birria Recipes to margarita recipes and Mexican dessert recipes, we gotcha covered!
Cinco de Mayo Dinner Ideas
The best carne asada recipe online! This San Diego-Style Authentic Carne Asada recipe is exactly what you’ll find at San Diego taquerias. Juicy steak bathed in citrus juices and Mexican spices.
Carne Asada Tacos
Take your carne asada to the next level by stuffing diced steak into soft corn tortillas topped with your favorite taco toppings.
Carne Asada Nachos
Add some crunch to your life with carne asada nachos. Steak nachos are loaded up with tortilla chips, carne asada, melted cheese, guacamole and salsa.
Carne Asada Fries
Whip up a batch of carne asada fries, exactly how they make them in San Diego taco shops! Crispy french fries are topped with carne asada, shredded cheese, guacamole and sour cream.
Make a batch of this easy Birria recipe to feed a crowd or have some serious leftovers. This Birria de Res is made with a combination of savory beef (and/or lamb) and can be made on the stovetop, oven or Instant Pot.
Ramen + Aromatic Beef = Birria Ramen! Change up your Cinco de Mayo menu this year by making Birria Ramen. Don’t forget to add a few iconic ramen toppings, like pickled peppers, picked red onions and ramen eggs.
Go bold and flavorful with pollo asado chicken! Pollo asado is one of the most flavor-forward Mexican chicken recipes. Chicken is marinaded in a mix of citrus juices, achiote powder, coriander, paprika, Mexican oregano, garlic and more.
Pollo Asado Tacos
Amp up your Cinco de Mayo celebration with pollo asado tacos. Just grill, stuff and eat! Be prepared to serve seconds to your guests.
Instant Pot Carnitas
Make melt-in-your-mouth instant pot pork carnitas less than 90 minutes, including the time it takes the Instant Pot to come to pressure. Serve the crispy carnitas over rice or stuffed inside a tortilla.
Slow Cooker Carnitas
Prefer the low and slow route? Make flavorful Mexican pulled pork in your Crockpot. This fan favorite stays ready and warm in the slow cooker during the Cinco de Mayo party, so it’s a hands off Mexican recipe to serve.
Serve up chicken fajitas for a quick an inexpensive dinner idea. Skillet chicken fajitas are also highly adaptable to dietary needs, which is a bonus when serving guests with dietary restrictions.
Steak, onions and bell peppers are coated in a zesty fajita marinade to create these easy Skillet Steak Fajitas. This one-pot Mexican dish is is perfect for those eating low carb, paleo or gluten free.
Mexican Chili Verde
Bust out your instant pot to whip up a batch of Mexican Chili Verde. This green chili verde can be made with tender chunks of chicken or pork. The flavorful broth of Mexican chilies really wows the crowd.
Shrimp Tacos in the Air Fryer
Full of flavor and ready in mere minutes, this Air Fryer Shrimp Tacos recipe is going to be your new favorite method for making shrimp tacos!
Camarones a la Diabla
Camarones a la Diabla combines plump, tender, skillet-seared shrimp with a rich, fiery sauce made from dried chiles. Vary the type and amount of chili to get exactly the heat level that’s right for you.
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas are the perfect pairing with your favorite Margarita Recipes! The Mexican spices in the chicken enchiladas pair nicely with lime and tequila.
Flank Steak Tacos
Our Flank Steak Tacos Recipe actually came from an old school Weight Watchers magazine ages ago! 10 years later, it’s still on our Cinco de Mayo menu. It’s that good.
Mexican Rice Bowls with Shrimp
This Mexican Rice Bowls recipe is topped with garlic sautéed shrimp, avocado, beans, and a homemade sour cream cilantro lime dressing! It’s ready in under 30 minutes!
Cinco de Mayo Appetizer Ideas
Air Fryer Tortilla Chips
Once you make homemade tortilla chips in the air fryer you won’t want to make them any other way. The air fryer leaves you with extra crispy chips made with only 3 ingredients and 10 minutes!
Refried Bean dip
Nothing beats digging into creamy Mexican Refried Bean Dip! Creamy beans are perked up with flavorful toppings and taco seasoning. This makes a great start to any party!
Caldo de Queso
Caldo de Queso is a hearty Mexican soup loaded with soft potatoes, salty queso fresco, flavorful broth and healthy vegetables.
Next to birria, mulitas are the king of Mexican food trucks right now. A mix between a soft taco and quesadilla, Mulitas will quickly become a fan favorite.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Whip up a batch of Air Fryer Tortilla Chips and dig into this Mexican Shrimp Cocktail! Make it spicy and bold or keep it mild. We’ve served this numerous times for Cinco de Mayo to rave reviews.
Ground Beef Queso
Choriqueso is our favorite queso style. Mexican pork chorizo is added to pools of melted and creamy Oaxaca queso cheese. This queso recipe is ready for you to dip in in only 40 minutes.
Mini Taco Bowls
Mini Taco Bowl Bites are the perfect party food on Cinco de Mayo due to the minimal prep work and assembly required.
Mexican Side Dish Ideas
Instant Pot Refried Beans
Instant Pot Refried Beans don’t require you to soak the beans beforehand cutting down the time it takes from start to finish.
Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Restaurant Style Refried Beans you can make in the slow cooker. This slow cooker refried beans recipe has tons of spices with little effort.
Homemade Flour Tortillas
This lard-free homemade flour tortilla recipe tastes just like the real thing, without the added fat.
Sous Vide Corn on the Cob
Sous Vide Corn on the Cob loaded up with your favorite Mexican flavors: butter, fresh lime juice and cilantro. The best summer produce on a plate.
Instant Pot Pinto Beans
This Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe doesn’t require a soak so you can make creamy beans in the Instant Pot in no time!
Cinco de Mayo Condiments and Salsa
4 Ingredient Guacamole
4-ingredient Guacamole. No onions. No tomatoes. Just say “no” to fillers that mask the creamy avocado flavor you love. Once you make guacamole with these 4 ingredients, you’ll never make it any other way.
Restaurant Style Salsa
Serve restaurant style salsa this Cinco de Mayo with this homemade salsa recipe using canned Rotel, onions, jalapeno, garlic and cilantro.
Take your salsa game to the next level by smoking the tomatoes and vegetables before processing. The infusion of smoke flavor will impress your guests.
Pico de Gallo
This 5-ingredient Pico de Gallo recipe is loaded with all your favorite Mexican flavors: tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, cilantro and lime juice. Use it to top your air fryer tortilla chips or tacos.
Mango Pico de Gallo
Traditional pico de gallo is loaded with juicy mangos, red onions, jalapeño peppers, cilantro and lime juice to make a perfect tropical salsa. Serve it alongside traditional pico de gallo.
Chamoy sauce is an extremely popular Mexican condiment made from dehydrated fruit, including apricots and hibiscus. Serve next to slices of fresh fruit or add to the rim of your favorite Mexican cocktail recipes!
Quick and easy pickled peppers make a killer addition to almost all Mexican recipes. From tacos to sandwiches to quesadillas, pickled peppers are the perfect topping.
Pickled Banana Peppers
Add some flavor and zing to your Mexican recipes by throwing on some Pickled Banana Peppers. These bad boys are ready in only 20 minutes.
Pickled Red Onions
We always keep a jar of Pickled Red Onions in our fridge. 4-ingredients is all you need to make a batch of flavorful pickled onions.
This Tomatillo Salsa Recipe is fresh, vibrant and beyond easy to make! It’s the perfect dip or topping for tacos, fajitas or burrito bowls, and it’s ready in 10 minutes!
This easy pineapple salsa recipe has everything you look for in a party appetizer! It’s fresh, super delicious, sweet, savory and spicy at the same time. It’s also vegan and gluten free.
Mango Habanero Salsa
This fresh and vibrant mango habanero salsa packs a spicy kick! The sweetness of a fresh juicy mango, herbaceous cilantro and onions, kissed with habanero is absolutely delicious.
Just say “no” to clamato is our motto. This perfect Michelada recipe is loaded with just the classics: beer, lime juice and hot sauce.
Here’s a fun and fruity twist on the Michelada. Introducing the Mango Michelada, made with only 3 ingredients.
Hate ready-made margarita mix you buy off the shelf. We do also. It tastes fake and really doesn’t replicate the tangy, sweet and sour flavor of real lime juice. Use our fresh Mexican Margarita mix instead.
Mexican Mule is a play on the Moscow Mule. It’s bubbly, slightly spicy and vibrant. Oh, and loaded with tequila.
The Corona Sunrise is an easy and refreshing cocktail made with Corona beer, vodka, grenadine and citrus. This is a Tik Tok favorite for good reason.
Serve this crowd favorite to get the Cinco de Mayo party started! Beer and orange juice combine to create an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo menu addition.
Made with fresh grapefruit juice, grapefruit soda, lime, and tequila, this Mexican Paloma Cocktail is refreshing and citrusy, without being overly sweet. It’s a great drink to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!
Beat the heat this summer with an easy-to-make spicy watermelon margarita. This watermelon-infused tequila drink is cool, refreshing and intoxicating.
Spicy Pineapple Margarita
This mouthwatering (and irresistible) Spicy Pineapple Margarita is the perfect summer sipper. Mix one or several of these refreshing tropical cocktails at your next fiesta.
Triple Citrus Margarita
This citrus blender margarita recipe is refreshing, easy to make and bursting with fresh citrus flavor.
Raspberry and Citrus Mezcal Cocktail
Smoky, slightly sweet and a bit tart, this refreshing mezcal cocktail is muddled with fresh raspberries and mint and garnished with a Tajin rim.
Sangria Swirl Margarita
Welcome to the world of wine based margaritas. A classic Margarita is blended with red wine sangria to make this stunning cocktail.
Mexican Dessert Recipes
Tres Leches Cake
Tres Leches Cake – Also known as Three Milk Cake, this classic Mexican dessert is a sponge cake that is drenched in three types of milk, and topped with a generous layer of homemade whipped cream!
Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
Chocolate Tres Leches Cake – A chocolate version of the classic Mexican dessert. Also known as Three Milk Cake, this chocolate sponge cake is drenched in three types of chocolate flavored milk, and topped with a layer of homemade chocolate whipped cream!
These gorgeous mango paletas are full of fresh tropical mango flavor. They have just three ingredients and are super simple to make.
These bars are the perfect dessert to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! A buttery shortbread crust made with a filling of lime, orange juice and of course a little tequila!
Mexican Rice Pudding
This Mexican Rice Pudding (Arroz con Leche) is ultra creamy and infused with vanilla and hints of cinnamon. Enjoy this simple dessert hot or cold.
Looking for an amazing dessert that is super delicious and easy to make? Wait until you try this recipe for Rumchata cupcakes. Make sure to take a few shots of the Rumchata before making for good measure.
Cinnamon, sugar, and fried dough. Enought said.