Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Rule #202: When Cinco de Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday, you know it’s going to be a great fiesta!

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, I thought I’d round up some great recipe ideas to get your culinary juices flowing! So, bust out the margaritas because we are ready to celebrate with some of the yummiest food around!


Best Margaritas | You can’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo without a proper margarita, mis amigos. This is Jon Boy’s tried-and-true recipe. We call them Jon-a-Ritas around these parts, but feel free to give them your own tequila-loving name.

Best Margaritas

Side Dishes

Mexican Street Corn | One of my favorite Mexican dishes has to be this elote (corn on the cob) dish! Mexican Street Corn is all about the flavors of Mexico: sweet corn on the cob, zippy cilantro, and salty Cotija cheese with a splash of lime make this such a fresh, yummy side for your Cinco de Mayo fiesta!

Mexican Street Corn

Easy Peasy Mexican Rice | This was a staple my Daddy-O made for us when we were growing up. It takes no time at all, and is a great side for your Cinco de Mayo feast!

Easy Mexican Rice

Mexican Cauliflower Rice | If you’re wanting a low carb side dish option, this Mexican Cauliflower Rice is just the ticket! It’s very easy to make and full of flavor.

Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Mexican Veggie Medley | Another healthy-ish, low carb side dish option is this Mexican Veggie Medley. It’s got squash, tomaters, and of course, a little cheese! It’s perfect to pair alongside some hearty enchiladas or tacos.

Mexican Veggie Medley

Taco Bell Beans | If you’re needing some legumes in your life, these beans are for you! They’re flavored with Taco Bell sauce and taste just like the yummy goodness from the ole TB itself! Skip the drive thru and make this batch of deliciousness.

Taco Bell Beans

Main Dishes

Creamy Green Chile Enchiladas | I think the star of the show for our Cinco de Mayo will be these amazing enchiladas my Daddy-O came up with. Every time we have them, I have a great food memory of him doodling around the kitchen with his little giggle (hayuck – just like Goofy).

creamy green chile chicken enchiladas

Red Chile Enchiladas | If you’re more a fan of red chile versus green, these Red Chile Enchiladas are the menu choice for you! I traditionally make these the day after Thanksgiving with leftover turkey (family tradition from my Aunt and Uncle), but you can use shredded chicken instead.

Komer Red Chile Turkey Enchiladas

Red Chile Pork Enchiladas | This traditional recipe was given to me by one of my favorite coworkers when I was teaching. I begged and begged and begged her for the recipe until she finally gave in. All the work is absolutely worth it!

Red Chile Pork Enchiladas

Mexican Pork | I made this dish way back in the day (10 years ago alreadygasp!) when Jon Boy and I were dating. This Mexican Pork takes just a few ingredients and can be thrown together really quickly. What it lacks in effort it makes up for in flavor!

mexican pork

Margarita Fish Tacos | Cinco de Mayo falls on Taco Tuesday this year! These Margarita Fish Tacos are light, easy to make, and will satisfy every taco-loving bone in your body!

Margarita Fish Tacos

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Beef Tacos | If you’re wanting to siesta instead of fiesta on Taco Tuesday, this is your recipe. We love, love, love these easy, zesty beef tacos when we’re at the beach or having a busy day. The slow cooker (I named mine Willie Nelson – we have a special bond) will do all the work for you!

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Beef Tacos

I have a lot of amazing blogging friends who have some delicious recipes that are perfect for Cinco de Mayo! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites here:

Sweet Tea and Thyme’s Carne Asada

AllerGeneFriendly’s Slow Cooker Quinoa Enchilada Bowl

Simply Lakita’s Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Fox and Briar’s Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork Tacos

The Sofrito Project’s Tacos al Pastor

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