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Cinco de Mayo Menu – 65 Mexican Recipe Ideas!

Cinco de Mayo Menu – 65 Mexican Recipe Ideas!

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

Sliced Carne Asada Steak

Carne Asada 

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. 

Three Carne Asada tacos topped with cilantro and onions on a white plate. Served with lime slices and cilantro.

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 on a baking sheet surrounded by bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.

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 in a black cast iron skillet with a corona, bowl of salsa and slices of lime next to it.

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. 

Three carne asada street tacos with lime and cilantro.

Street Tacos

Looking for taco recipes to serve this Cinco de Mayo? Authentic Mexican street tacos are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo menu! Serve them with carne asada or pollo asado to impress your guests.

Mexican Beef Stew in a white bowl surrounded by tortillas and pickled red onions.

Birria

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.

Four birria tacos on parchment paper with consome

Birria Tacos

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by noshing on Tacos de Birria. Shredded birria is tucked into a soft corn tortilla and topped with your favorite taco toppings. It’s one of our favorite taco recipes. 

Bowl of Birria Ramen with a ramen egg on top.

Birria Ramen

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.

Speckled plate of grilled pollo asado chicken.

Pollo Asado

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.

Three pollo Asado Tacos on a white plate with chipotle sauce next to them.

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 Pork carnitas in a white serving bowl topped with lime slices.

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.

Mexican cuisine - Slow Cooker Carnitas

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.

Chicken Fajitas with bell peppers and onions in a black cast iron pan

Chicken Fajitas

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 Fajitas and onions and peppers in a black cast iron pan

Steak Fajitas

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. 

Chili Verde

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. 

Air FRyer Shrimp tacos on cutting board.

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 on a white plate

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.

Chicken Enchilada - Mexican cuisine

Chicken Enchiladas

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.

Grilled Flank Steak Tacos

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 in a white bowl.

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 on a wooden plate next to a small white bowl of salsa.

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 in a white bowl surrounded by chips, a napkin and cilantro.

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!

Two white bowls filled with Caldo de Queso Soup. Cilantro, black pepper, lime wedges and cubed cheese are next to the bowls.

Caldo de Queso

Caldo de Queso is a hearty Mexican soup loaded with soft potatoes, salty queso fresco, flavorful broth and healthy vegetables. 

Close up of a Mulitas topped with guacamole and salsa.Mulitas

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

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.

Close up of queso with ground beef on the top.

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.

Close up of mini taco bowl.

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 in a white bowl topped with cheese, jalapenos and cilanto.

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. 

Refried beans - bowl

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 with a side of salsa and vegetables

Homemade Flour Tortillas 

This lard-free homemade flour tortilla recipe tastes just like the real thing, without the added fat. 

Two ears of corn on a white plate accompanied by cilantro and lime wedge.

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.

Three clear bowls of various uncooked beans with an instant pot in the background.

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

Clean bowl full of 4 ingredient guacamole. 3 empty small clear bowls and lime slices are next to the guacamole.

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.

Salsa - Mexican cuisine - homemade

Restaurant Style Salsa

Serve restaurant style salsa this Cinco de Mayo with this homemade salsa recipe using canned Rotel, onions, jalapeno, garlic and cilantro.

White bowl of Smoked Salsa with Tortilla Chips.

Smoked Salsa

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 in a white bowl surrounded by the individual ingredients.

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 in a clear mason jar surrounded by dried hibiscus flowers and lime wedges.

Chamoy Sauce

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!

Pickled Peppers

Pickled Peppers

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.

Close up picture of Pickled sweet Peppers in a clear mason jar. The jar is surrounded by fresh banana peppers, a white napkin and a small wood cutting board.

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 in a glass mason jar flanked by a bowl of cut red onions in a white bowl

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.

Close up of Tomatillo Salsa in a stone bowl/

Tomatillo Salsa

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!

Pineapple Salsa in a brown bowl.

Pineapple Salsa

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 with chips and limes around the bowl

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. 

Mexican Drinks

MIchelada Recipe

Michelada

Just say “no” to clamato is our motto. This perfect Michelada recipe is loaded with just the classics: beer, lime juice and hot sauce.

Overhead shot of two glassed with diced mango garnish on a white marble platter.

Mango Michelada

Here’s a fun and fruity twist on the Michelada. Introducing the Mango Michelada, made with only 3 ingredients. 

Margarita Mix and Classic Margarita Recipe

Mexican Margarita

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.

3 moscow mules in copper cups with lime and jalapeno.

Mexican Mule

Mexican Mule is a play on the Moscow Mule. It’s bubbly, slightly spicy and vibrant. Oh, and loaded with tequila.

3 Corona Sunset drinks next to oranges and lime.

Corona Sunrise

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.

4 beer cocktails, garnished with whole strawberries, are on a round white marble tray.

Beermosa

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.

Short glass filled with paloma cocktail, citrus slices and straws.

Paloma Recipe

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!

Watermelon Margarita with jalapeno and lime slices

Watermelon Margarita

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 being picked up.

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.

3 glasses of Triple Citrus Margarita and citrus slices.

Triple Citrus Margarita

This citrus blender margarita recipe is refreshing, easy to make and bursting with fresh citrus flavor.

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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. 

Two cups of sangria swirl topped with citrus wedges.

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 with a strawberry on top.

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!

Cut piece of Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

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!

Multiple Mango Popsicles and Diced mangos

Mango Popsicles

These gorgeous mango paletas are full of fresh tropical mango flavor. They have just three ingredients and are super simple to make.

Stacked Margarita Bars

Margarita Bars

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!

Arroz Con Leche in a clear plastic glass.

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.

Rumchata Cupcakes on a white serving platter.

Rumchata Cupcakes

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.

Stack of Mexican Churros

Mexican Churros 

Cinnamon, sugar, and fried dough. Enought said.

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