31 Cinco de Mayo Recipes You Can Make at Home
Strawberry Margarita Cheesecake Minis
Complete your Cinco de Mayo menu with a tray of mini margarita cheesecakes. A salty-sweet pretzel crust is a perfect base for a creamy lime filling and fresh strawberry topper. Make them up to a day before serving.
Corn Salad with Queso Fresco
This vegetarian Cinco de Mayo recipe is filled with the fresh flavors of sweet corn, red pepper, and cilantro. Want to spice things up? Toss in a chopped fresh jalapeño pepper.
This fun dessert goes totally outside the glass. Dress up box cake mix with fresh lime, tequila, and triple sec. A dash of salt in the frosting echoes the flavors of a classic margarita.
Flank Steak Fajita Burritos
Queso Verde Dip
Nothing beats a big bowl of homemade queso. Whip up a big batch of everyone's favorite dip and serve it along side plenty of crunchy tortilla chips. This version gets spice from green chiles.
Slow Cooker Taco Salad
Mini Mexican Tortas
Strawberry Sangria Ice Pops
Cap off your Cinco de Mayo menu with a tray of these boozy fruit pops. Use your favorite white wine in this easy make-ahead dessert. Serve them over ice for a cool snack that lasts.
Rhubarb Agua Fresca
Baja Fish Tacos
Upgrade the Cali classic with a light mayo-free slaw and our homemade pineapple salsa. We like to serve these up on warm corn tortillas but flour ones are great, too.
Pineapple Margarita Mocktail
Tres Leches Strawberry Shortcake
Fiesta-Ready Churro Bar
This take on the Mexican dessert is all about the toppers. Upgrade delicious glazes like birthday cake, chocolate, and orange with sprinkles, chopped nuts, and crushed cookies.
Slow-Cooked Beef Pozole
Turn to your slow cooker for this easy Cinco de Mayo recipe. Hearty ingredients like flank steak, hominy, and cabbage make this Mexican soup the perfect one-dish dinner. A trio of fresh toppers keeps it light.
Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole
All your favorites are here: beans, sour cream, avocado, and cheese. We've taken them up a notch with fresh carrots and edamame. Serve up each slice with a generous sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
Grilled Chicken-Finger Fajitas with Peppers and Onions
Spoon Bread-Stuffed Poblanos
Need a vegetarian Cinco de Mayo recipe? These stuffed peppers are sure to please! Stuff mild poblano peppers with a cornmeal spoon bread and top the baked casserole with roasted corn and blue cheese.
Fresh Taco Salad
This fresh taco salad is the perfect way to customize your menu. Leave off the cheese and swap in fresh lime for the dressing, and you've got a healthy vegan meal that's full of flavor.
Sweet Corn Soup with Toasted Corn Guacamole
We're all about the toasted corn topper on this creamy Cinco de Mayo soup. Be sure to use crumbled queso fresco cheese, which gives the dish authentic flavor.
Over margaritas? Whip up a big batch of sweet strawberry sangria. A homemade berry syrup ensures each sip of this cocktail is filled with flavor. Just before serving, top with sparkling water and fresh orange slices.
Pork Carnitas Tacos with Cherry-Chipotle Salsa
These flavorful pork carnitas cook low and slow. Once they're done, shred the meat and serve it up taco-style in warm flour tortillas. A homemade cherry and cilantro takes each bite over the top.
Smoky Pineapple Guacamole
Chips and dip are a classic. Give your bowl of homemade guacamole a festive twist by adding sweet and smoky grilled pineapple.
Canela Bunuelos with Anise Syrup
Donut-lovers will be licking their fingers clean after these delicious bunuelos. These dough rectangles are fried, sprinkled with plenty of powdered sugar, and dipped in anise syrup.
Huachibolas (Jam and Cream Cheese Rolls)
Cream cheese and raspberry jam star in this make-ahead Cinco de Mayo dessert. Prep the rolls ahead and bake them just before serving, so they come out warm, soft, and sweet.
Burnt-Orange Añejo Sour
This tequila cocktail is a mash-up between a tangy margarita and a whiskey sour. Featuring a flavorful trio of Añejo tequila, orange liqueur, and vermouth, each drink is finished with a caramelized orange slice and blood orange soda.
Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars
This easy Cinco de Mayo dessert starts with purchased biscuit dough so you can spend less time in the kitchen. The filling is a delicious mix of cream cheese, brown sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest.
Agua Fresca Mocktails
Although Cinco de Mayo is often associated with margaritas, there are plenty of great Mexican drink options that aren't alcoholic. Agua fresca is simple to make, combining various fruits, vegetables, and even herbs to flavor water.
Gem Lettuce Salad with Chamoy Dressing
This side dish salad is a stunner. While colorful watermelon radishes and fresh mango add color and flavor, it's the sweet and savory dressing that's the real star. Inspired by Chamoy, a fruity Mexican hot sauce, the vinaigrette is made with a blend of apricot, lime juice, and chiles.