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. 

Carne Asada Steak
Carne Asada Recipe
Up close shot of grilled flank steak sliced to make carne asada recipes.
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 Tacos
Carne Asada Tacos recipe
Three Carne Asada tacos topped with cilantro and onions on a white plate. Served with lime slices and cilantro.
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 Nachos
Carne Asada Nachos Recipe
Carne Asada nachos on a baking sheet surrounded by bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.
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. 

Carne Asada Fries
Carne Asada Fries Recipe
Carne Asada Fries in a black cast iron skillet with a corona, bowl of salsa and slices of lime next to it.
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 Street Tacos with Carne Asada
Mexican Street Tacos made with carne asada steak.
carne asada street tacos next to lime and cilantro.
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.

Birria
Birria Recipe
Close up of Birria in a white bowl topping with onions, pickled jalapenos and cilantro.
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. 

Birria Tacos
Birria Tacos Recipe
Four birria tacos on parchment paper supporting what to serve with tacos guide.
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.

Birria Ramen
Birria Ramen Recipe
Close up of birria ramen with a ramen egg sitting on top.
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.

Pollo Asado
Pollo Asado Recipe
Speckled plate of grilled pollo asado chicken.
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. 

Pollo Asado Tacos
Grilled pollo asado is stuffed into a corn tortilla and topped with your favorite chicken taco toppings to deliver a delicious and authentic Mexican pollo asado taco.
Three pollo Asado Tacos on a white plate with chipotle sauce next to them.
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.

Instant Pot Carnitas
Instant Pot Carnitas Recipe
Pork carnitas in a white serving bowl topped with lime slices.
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.

Slow Cooker Carnitas
Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe
Mexican cuisine - Slow Cooker Carnitas
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.

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

steak Fajitas
steak Fajitas Recipe
Steak Fajitas and onions and peppers in a black cast iron pan
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. 

Mexican Chili Verde
Mexican Chili Verde Recipe
Mexican chili verde in a white bowl.
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! 

Shrimp Tacos in the Air Fryer
Shrimp Tacos in the Air Fryer

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.

Camarones a la Diabla
Camarones a la Diabla Recipe
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.

Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
Chicken enchiladas topped with sour cream and cilantro.
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.

Flank Steak Tacos
Flank Steak Tacos Recipe
3 Steak Tacos on a cutting board.