58 Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Since people all over the US and some parts of Mexico are gearing up for Cinco de Mayo fiestas, I thought I’d share 58 Mexican recipes to get the party started. Because I now live in Mexico it will be very interesting for me to see how the real locals in Playa observe the holiday — that’s if at all. I’ll report back if we end up attending a fiesta at the city’s main square.

Cinnamon Sugar Chips by @SpicieFoodie

If you like historical movies and would like to know what the holiday is really about (it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day), I highly suggest you watch “Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla” on Netflix.


Guacamole Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #avocado

Salsa, Appetizers & Snacks
Charred Habanero-Garlic and Cilantro Salsa
Watermelon Feta Salsa with Fresh Horseradish, Euro-Mexican Fusion
Pico de Gallo Salsa
Pepinos Con Chile y Limon Or Cucumbers with Chile and Lime 
Palomitas con Salsa or Popcorn with Hot Sauce

Shrimp Tostadas Topped with Chipotle, Tomato & Cinnamon Salsa Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #tostadas #shrimp #chipotle #salsa

Fish & Seafood
Chipotle, Honey and Sour Orange Salmon
Shrimp Tostadas Topped with Chipotle, Tomato & Cinnamon Salsa
Shrimp Tacos Spicied with Toasted Guajillo Peppers
Caribbean Yellowtail Snapper: Cooked with coconut oil, serrano peppers, garlic and served with corn tortillas
Grilled Fish Tostadas
My First Fish Tacos
Camarones Al Mojo de Ajo or Mexican Garlic Shrimp

Chicken Stuffed Enfrijoladas Recipe by SpicieFoodie | #chicken #enfrijoladas #mexican #authentic #cincodemayo #beans #recipes

Poultry and Meats
Chicken Breasts in Jalapeño and Orange Sauce
Chicken and Swiss Chard Tacos
Enfrijoladas de Pollo or Chicken Enfrijoladas
Red Chicken Pozole
Hubby’s Enchilada Style Chimichangas (Tex-Mex Recipe)
Tostadas de Tinga or Chicken Tinga Tostadas
Roasted Turkey in Tomato-Chipotle Sauce

Pork (or Chicken) Tacos Cooked in Ancho Chile and Chile de Arbol Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Mexican #pork #chili #peppers #spicy #dinner

Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper
Pork (or Chicken) Tacos Cooked in Ancho Chile and Chile de Arbol
Chorizo Stuffed Potatoes (Gluten Free Version)
Tortas de Milanesa or Pork Cutlet Sandwiches
Pork Tacos In Red Indian Chile Sauce
Cochinita Pibil: The Easy Way
Chorizo Stuffed Chiles, No Ordinary Chile Relleno

Tortas de milanesa or pork cutlet sandwiches by @SpicieFoodie | #tortas #pork #milanese

Pork with Green Chiles (Part Mexican Part Czech, CzechXican)
Tacos Al Pastor, The Best Tacos In The World!
Taquitos: The taste of home
Mexican Chorizo and Potato Tacos
Homemade Mexican Chorizo
Bistec en Salsa Roja (Steak in Red Salsa)

Potato and Poblano Pepper Tacos by @SpicieFoodie | #tacos #tacotuesday #potato #poblanopeppers #mexican #vegetarian #vegan

Vegetarian & Vegan
Spinach Quesadillas
Potato and Poblano Pepper Tacos
Jalapeno Spiced Mexican Zucchini and Corn Topped with a Fried Egg
Ejotes con Huevos or Mexican Green Beans with Eggs
Bean Burritos: Simple, Fast and Easy
Portobello Mushroom and Cubanelle Pepper Tacos

Frijoles de Olla: How To Make A Pot of Mexican Beans by @SpicieFoodie | #beans #mexican #cookingbasics

Sides and Accompaniments
Refried Beans
Corn Tortillas from Scratch
Corn Tortillas Made with Yellow Corn Flour
Flour Tortilla
How To Make Gorditas and Sopes with Yellow Corn Flour
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Queso Fresco
Calabacitas con Maiz or Mexican Zucchini with Corn
Arroz ala Mexicana: Mexican Style Rice
Zanahorias en Escabeche or Mexican Spicy Pickled Carrots

Frijoles Refritos: Mexican Refried Beans by @SpicieFoodie | #beans #mexican #cookingbasics #refriedbeans

Pineapple and Chia Smoothie
Micheladas: Mexican Beer Cocktails
Agua de Sandia – Mexican Watermelon Water

Pineapple and Chia Smoothie Recipe by @SpicieFoodie | #Mexican #smoothie #pineapple #chiaseeds #chia #vegan

Desserts and Sweets
Three King’s Bread (Traditionally a Christmas  bread but fantastic year round)
Mexican Cajeta (aka Dulce de Leche)
Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips
Black Sesame Polvorones
Pastel de Chocolate Mexicano or Mexican Chocolate Cake

Palomitas con Salsa or Popcorn with Hot Sauce: Mexican snack

I hope at least one of these recipes peaks your interest and makes it into your bellies. ¡Buen provecho! and have a great weekend!




  1. says

    Wow, nice compilation. I’ve never really been a big proponent of celebrating Cinco de Mayo here in Washington state (unfortunately it’s mostly bad margaritas and fratboys doing shots in sombreros and the like) but I’ll check some of these out for another occasion!

  2. says

    I’m not sure where to begin. I’ve already made the Enfrijoladas de Pollo and they were delicious! I have a bag of flour tortillas in the fridge that either need to be frozen or used so I think the tortilla chips will be the next one to try. What a great list Nancy! Thanks!

  3. Eha says

    Thank you so much for this fabulous list of recipes! This post is a ‘keeper’ and I’ll slowly ‘work’ my way thru!!! Was also glad to get the link to the history of the 5th of May Celebrations . . . am somewhat surprised it seems to be so popular in the US. Remember Victoria [of Flavors] doing some posts on it last year . . . daresay she is still showing her group the beauties of Morocco this year . . .

  4. says

    Love all he recipe inspiration for Cinco De Mayo celebrations. I have to get some done to celebrate the day on my blog as well. Thank you so much for giving me a shout out on your blog. :) Yay!!

  5. says

    Oh wow – this is a fantastic collection – and not just for May 5th! I never get tired of new combinations of foods, cooked with Mexican inspiration. So many beautiful flavors. Thanks!

  6. says

    Super amazed by your collection of recipes! Wow! Each and every single one has piqued my interest! :P
    And I must watch that Cinco de Mayo film just because I love watching any movie that relates to the history of Mexico!

  7. says

    What an amazing assortment of dishes, Nancy! Hard to decide what to make. 5 de mayo snuck up on me this year, and it’s TODAY. I’ve got a pile of nice, ripe avocados just waiting for this inspiration. Thanks!

  8. says

    This is a great reference for next year as well as every time I want Mexican food. There is so much more than tacos to experience!


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