Top 20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Check out our Reader Favorite Top 20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

These ideas will help you build a party menu that will keep your guests coming back for more . . . and even more.

Check out our Reader Favorite Top 20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes!  These ideas will help you build a party menu that will keep your guests coming back for more . . . and even more.

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Are you planning to host a Cinco de Mayo party this weekend?

Every year Kevin and I say we should do this, and then May 5th sneaks up on us and of course we haven’t made any party plans.

It doesn’t help that this time around I’ve been sick for the past week, so it is definitely no surprise that yet again, there are no party hosting plans for us.

It’s a bummer because I always love a plate of tacos, enchiladas, guacamole, and more!

And it is always fun to host a party – I can only imagine how much fun hosting a Cinco de Mayo Party would be. 

So, like I do every year, I’m currently vowing that NEXT YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT!

These Top 20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes are not only some of my very favorite recipes that I’ve posted here on Good Life Eats, but they also happen to be some of the most popular recipes on the blog.

So, if you are a little more organized that me and are planning to have a fun party this weekend – or maybe you’re just looking for some menu ideas for dinner – I’ve got plenty of recipe ideas for you here.

Looking for something not listed here? Be sure to check out the Recipe Index. 

I’ve got plenty of Appetizer Recipes,  Side Dish Recipes, and Mexican Main Dish Recipes for you to choose from.

You might also want to check out my 7 Tips to Up Your Taco Tuesday Game for some fun ideas to mix up the classic taco for your Cinco de Mayo Menu.

I think it’s safe to say we’re all fans of Mexican food in this house!

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Top 20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

You'll find everything you need here for your perfect Cinco de Mayo Party Menu. The recipes are ordered as follows: drinks, appetizers, sides, main dishes, dessert. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free ideas here, too!

Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca

Strawberry Lime Agua Fresca is a great, fresh and fruity summertime drink! If you’re not already familiar with it, agua fresca is Spanish for “fresh waters” and is most often a blend of fruit, sugar and water, served over ice. While agua fresca can be endlessly customized with your favorite fruits, herbs, and even edible flowers, our family fave is this simple combination of strawberry and lime.

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Pineapple Limeade Cooler

This Pineapple Limeade Cooler is so refreshing on a hot day and tastes great with your favorite taco recipe!

If you prefer an adult beverage version, the pineapple limeade cooler pairs well with tequila or vodka as a spirit choice.

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Mango Raspberry Sangria

This Mango Raspberry Sangria made with Rosé wine is perfect for spring and summer!

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Queso Blanco with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes

Queso Blanco with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes with tortilla chips is a perfect appetizer to enjoy during your Cinco de Mayo party.

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Easy Roasted Salsa Verde

This easy roasted salsa verde takes just a few minutes to prep once you've roasted the veggies. It is perfect for homemade green enchilada sauce, smothered burritos, or simply as a green salsa to serve with chips.

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Restaurant Style Salsa

This Easy Restaurant Style Salsa is so good and so easy to make! Serve it alongside the Roasted Salsa Verde with plenty of tortilla chips for red and green salsa choices. Make extra of both salsas, because these make a great gift to send home with guests packaged in glass jars.

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Deconstructed Guacamole

This deconstructed guacamole is also perfect for snacking with chips, or for adding on top of tacos, fajitas, grilled meats or a Mexican salad. And it is great for entertaining!

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Mango Salsa with Grilled Corn and Blistered Red Peppers

In this recipe for Mango Salsa with Grilled Corn and Blistered Red Peppers, juicy mango pairs well with grilled corn and blistered red bell peppers for a sweet and savory summertime salsa. You'll like it on a taco, carnitas, or just scooped up with a big chip.

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Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw

This Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw is  a tasty side dish to accompany any Mexican inspired meal. Pre-packaged shredded broccoli, carrots, red cabbage are tossed with jalapeño, lime, red onion, and red bell pepper for a refreshing side salad.

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Cilantro Lime Kale Slaw

Kale, purple cabbage, carrot, and red bell pepper are tossed with a jalapeño lime vinaigrette for a healthy Mexican inspired Cilantro Lime Kale Slaw.

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Roasted Poblano Cilantro Quinoa

I like to think of this Roasted Poblano Cilantro Quinoa as a healthier alternative to cilantro rice. It is a great side dish for any Mexican meal but also works well as the base of a main dish.

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Easy Baked Wonton Chicken Taquitos

You’ll be amazed at how easy these Baked Wonton Chicken Taquitos are. They’re perfect for a quick and tasty weeknight meal or for an appetizer as part of a Cinco de Mayo Celebration.

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Shredded Tex-Mex Crock-Pot Chicken

Crock Pot Mexican Chicken is the perfect shredded chicken recipe for your next Mexican recipe. Packed with flavor and super tender thanks to hours in the crock pot, this recipe is sure to please! I always use this chicken as the filling for my chicken enchilada recipes. It freezes well and is worth making an extra large batch!

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Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Chile Gravy Enchilada Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Chile Gravy Enchilada Sauce is a classic Tex-Mex dish from my childhood. Corn tortillas are stuffed with shredded chicken and smothered in a rich, chile gravy sauce before baked up to perfection with a gooey cheese topping.

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Chicken, Black Bean, and Spinach Enchiladas with Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce

Corn tortillas are filled with tender, shredded chicken, black beans, and fresh spinach. Then, smothered in two contrasting sauces for one amazing Chicken Enchilada recipe.

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Vegetarian Fajitas with Portabella Mushroom

Switch up your traditional fajita recipe for a meatless version using nutrient-rich portabella mushrooms.

Your Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo celebration won't be missing out when it comes to these Vegetarian Fajitas because they come packed with flavor!

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Chicken Tacos with Grilled Corn Tomato Salsa

Try a fun summer take on tacos with this recipe for Chicken Tacos with Grilled Corn Tomato Salsa. Chicken is flavored with a tasty Chipotle Lime Marinade and then grilled. Instead of traditional salsa, fresh, sweet summer corn is grilled until charred and combined with tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, and cilantro.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

These Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos are a quick and easy vegetarian option for any Taco Tuesday Night or Cinco de Mayo Menu!

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Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos

These Shredded Beef, Black Bean and Quinoa Stuffed Poblanos are a healthier take on Chile Rellanos.

The poblanos are roasted instead of friend, and they are stuffed with a mixture of Mexican shredded beef, quinoa, black beans, and corn.

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No Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake with Fruit Salsa

These Individual No Bake Mango Lime Cheesecakes are an easy summertime dessert that provides a fun new take on cheesecake. There is just a little hint of savory and spicy with salsa that pairs really well with the sweet, creaminess of the No Bake Mango Lime Cheesecake.

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