Check out our Reader Favorite Top Cinco de Mayo Recipes! These ideas will help you build a Cinco de Mayo menu that will keep everyone’s appetite satisfied. You’ll find all the ideas you need for your Cinco de Mayo menu planning, whether you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo Party, or just planning to make a Mexican themed meal at home.
Originally when I wrote this post I had 20 Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas for you, but I edited it this year to include a few more suggestions.
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.
With all the current events going on we aren’t exactly planning and social events in the near future, 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!
But, while we can’t have a party with friends this year, we can still make a fun Mexican themed dinner menu to enjoy at home with the kids!
What to Make for a Cinco de Mayo Party
These 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 (like me) you’re trying to make the best of the situation and still do something fun with your family – or maybe you’re just looking for some menu ideas for dinner – I’ve got plenty of great Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas for you here.
You'll find everything you need here for your perfect Cinco de Mayo 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 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. Agua Fresca is a great alcohol-free special drink to serve on Cinco de Mayo. Kids will love this one!
This Pineapple Limeade Cooler is so refreshing on a hot day and tastes great with your favorite taco recipe for a Cinco de Mayo celebration! If you prefer an adult beverage version, the pineapple limeade cooler pairs well with tequila or vodka as a spirit choice.
This Mango Raspberry Sangria made with Rosé wine is perfect for spring and summer and a super fun drink to serve with a Mexican feast for Cinco de Mayo! You can always mix this up with whatever fruits that you have on hand if you don't have mangoes or raspberries. No fresh fruits available? Frozen would work fine, too.
It seems like everyone loves a good, hot and cheesy queso dip with chips. I know I certainly do! Queso Blanco with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes with tortilla chips is a perfect appetizer to enjoy during your Cinco de Mayo party.
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.
Chips and salsa are a great easy Cinco de Mayo appetizer option. And, homemade salsas are a fun way to customize your taco bar.
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.
In this strawberry mango salsa, the juicy strawberries and mangos pair really well with the heat of the jalapeño, hint of lime, onion and cilantro. This fruit salsa is so good served with cinnamon chips for scooping. It also tastes great served with Tres Leches Cake, cheesecake, or vanilla ice cream if you're looking for a special dessert idea.
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.
Cilantro Lime Broccoli Slaw is also great served in a tortilla piled over your taco meat and will make a great addition to any Cinco de Mayo taco bar.
Kale, purple cabbage, carrot, and red bell pepper are tossed with a jalapeño lime vinaigrette for a healthy Mexican inspired Cilantro Lime Kale Slaw. I love to serve this as a side salad or as a slaw to pile on to my tacos.
I like to think of this Roasted Poblano Cilantro Quinoa as a healthier alternative to cilantro rice. It has so much flavor and is a great side dish for any Mexican meal but also works well as the base of a main dish, like a taco bowl.
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.
Change them up with different filling options - I have plenty of ideas in the post - and use different salsas for a variety of flavors. We love to serve these taquitos with plenty of guacamole for dipping.
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!
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.
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.
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.