Whether you’re looking for Mexican dinner ideas for a Cinco De Mayo party or just want Mexican food ideas for Taco Tuesday, this collection of recipes has it all. Need Cinco De Mayo drinks and cocktails? We’ve got ’em. Mexican snacks and appetizers and dips? They’re here. Want recipes for classic and reinvented Mexican sopas or classic Cinco De Mayo recipes for tacos, burritos, quesadillas and tostadas? Look no further. And leave room for the traditional Mexican desserts. Pour over this roundup of amazing Cinco De Mayo food and drink recipes to choose your favorites.
Cinco De Mayo (literally the fifth of May) commemorates the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over the French army at the Battle of Puebla.
Many Americans assume that this marks a Mexican Independence Day, but in fact, Cinco De Mayo simply marks a battle win and is considered a relatively minor Mexican holiday.
Americans, however, are ever ready for a party. Consequently even a tribute to a minor anniversary is a good excuse to gather our favorite Mexican food ideas for parties big and small.
This collection of Cinco De Mayo food and drink recipes includes everything from Mexican appetizers dips, and ceviches to Cinco De Mayo drinks and cocktails, Mexican dinner ideas and your favorite Mexican desserts.
Rev up your appetite for a fiesta with these incredible Mexican food ideas for Cinco De Mayo parties, Taco Tuesdays or anytime you’re feeling hungry.
17 Inspired Mexican Appetizers
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Mexican Dips, Sauces and Ceviches
Whet your appetite for a larger Mexican dinner with these tasty dips, ceviches and salsas. These simple Mexican appetizers make great snacks or light meals and they wash down easily with a cold cerveza or other icy drinks.
We have spent many weekends sipping cold margaritas and snacking on this healthy, spicy Mexican bean dip. It uses fresh veggies and canned black beans plus the secret ingredient: a can of Ro-Tel, with fresh lime, jalapeno and cilantro.
This Roasted Poblano Corn dip is creamy, cheesy, and so satisfying. Loaded with plenty of flavorful roasted poblano peppers, sweet corn, onions, and tons of cheese, this baked Mexican appetizer is always a hit.
A perfect Mexican appetizer or light dinner idea for summer, this Classic Fish Ceviche Recipe is made with cubes of fresh snapper and halibut cooked in lime juice and mixed with shallots, chili peppers, bell pepper, and fresh cilantro. Serve with chips, fresh tortillas, avocado, or plantain, and enjoy with friends and family all summer long!
You can make this restaurant-style Tequila Queso Fundido at home for a decadent and indulgent cheese dip with a hint of tequila. This Mexican queso dip pairs perfectly with fresh tortilla chips and a margarita!
For more of a tropical vibe, dip into this fresh, lively pineapple mango salsa (or use it as a topping for grilled chicken, pork or seafood). It's sweet wtih a little heat and perfect with crunchy, salty corn torilla chips.
Hands down, this is our favorite salsa verde recipe! It uses charred tomatillos, poblanos and jalapenos with white onion, lime and cilantro. This classic Mexican salsa is very snackable with tortilla chips and it's awesome over tacos, quesadillas and grilled meats and seafood.
Shrimp Ceviche is the best light and delicious summer appetizer! Succulent shrimp, marinated in fresh citrus juice with fresh veggies and avocado. Serve with crispy tortilla chips or plaintain chips for a tasty Cinco De Mayo appetizer.
We first tried this creamy Mexican dip on vacation and have been recreating and enjoying it ever since. Use this creamy avocado and tomatillo salsa as a Cinco De Mayo appetizer or as a topping for tacos and burritos or grilled meats and seafood.
Classic Pico De Gallo is a thing of beauty. The key is juicy ripe tomatoes, spicy jalapenos peppers, fresh white onion, herbal cilantro and a kick of fresh lime juice and zest. It's simple and delicious. Enjoy on its own with crunchy tortilla chips or top your favorite Mexican dishes with this traditional Mexican condiment.
This healthy palmito ceviche is made using hearts of palm—the perfect seafood substitute! Tossed with fresh lime juice, this Mexican appetizer is refreshing and zesty! It's perfect to snack on with chips or serve it as a healthy main dish for everyone to enjoy!
This zesty, light ceviche recipe uses very fresh snapper with sweet, tangy pineapple, cilantro, jalapenos and plenty of lime juice to "cook" the fish. This is one of our favorite healthy Mexican appetizers.
18 Quenching Mexican Drinks and Cocktails
Inspired Sips for Cinco De Mayo
It's not Cinco De Mayo without a libation or two This collection of Mexican drinks includes non alcoholic mocktails as well as full strength cocktails. Cut loose and enjoy your Cinco de Mayo party with these drink ideas.
Blushing pink hibiscus margaritas are a festive and fun way to toast this Mexican holiday. With a Cointreau a squeeze of lime and hibiscus simple syrup, this is a very sippable Cinco De Mayo cocktail recipe.
A delicious spin on Mexican Hot Cocoa, this iced Mexican Mocha is the perfect blend of coffee, cream, and that warming spice mixture. We love the look of this Cinco de Mayo drink and it's non alcoholic too!
For a bubbly, tropical vibe, dive into this light and lively passion fruit mojito, made with fresh muddled mint and passion fruit simple syrup. It's a supremely sippable Mexican inspired cocktail for Cinco De Mayo.
Frosty blender drinks like this Key Lime Colada aren't a typical Mexican cocktail, but the flavors are like a tropical party in a glass. Made with Coco Lopez and a tart hit of tiny key limes this frozen drink deserves a spot on our Cinco De Mayo cocktail list.
Here's a tangy tropical pineapple mojito with fresh lime and muddled mint. The chile lime rim is irresistible too. Cheers to you, Mexico!
9 Traditional Mexican Sopas (Soups)
Classic and Modern soups for Mexican dinners
These classic and not so traditional Mexican soup recipes make a great starter before dinner or can be a great meal on their own. From cool, creamy and light to heartier Mexican sopas, these appetizer and dinner ideas are crowd pleasers.
Cool and light, this vegan cucumber soup gets its frothy, creamy texture from silken tofu. We love the garnish of pico de gallo to add a little color and heat.
15 Favorite Cinco De Mayo Tacos
Taco Ideas For Mexican Dinners
When you think of Mexican dinner ideas for Cinco De Mayo parties, tacos are the first thing that comes to mind. Here's a bevy of traditional taco recipes as well as a few modern twists. These are seriously good eats.
Quesabirria tacos have been all the rage for at food trucks across LA and California, but you don't have to stand in line to get these rich beef birria tacos. Make them yourself with this classic beef birria recipe, then dip corn tortillas into the sauce for the classicred taco look. Fill the shells with tender beef and griddle them until crispy with melted Oaxaca cheese and a fresh squeeze of lime.
Cochinita pibil is a traditional Yucatan smoked pork with Mayan roots. Make this classic Mexican recipe on your grill, smoker or even in a Dutch oven, for some of the most succulent pork taco you have ever had.
Grass fed beef is the key to these Tacos Carne Asada. They're marinated and grilled to perfection, then sliced and served with your favorite toppings like queso fresco, avocado, pickled pink onions and lime juice. This is a Mexican dinner idea that just screams "fiesta"!
Tinga is a slow braised, richly spiced Mexican stew that makes the best tacos for Cinco De Mayo. This taco filling includes pork shoulder, tomatoes and peppers with chunks of potato and onion. We like it because it makes a big batch of pork tinga filling to feed a crowd as they celebrate May 5th.
On the lighter side, these chicken soft tacos skip the traditional cumin and pepper for a bright, tangy garlic and lime glaze. These soft tacos are best with griddled flour tortillas. Top the with your favorite salsa verde and sprinkled queso fresco for a flavor bomb you'll crave.
In this Instant Pot Chicken Tinga we loved the combination of chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs and a touch of Chipotle Chile Pepper. And this Mexican dinner idea can be served in a variety of ways.
You'll love these delicious, flaky mahi mahi seared in blackening seasonings and butter on corn tortillas. Don't forget the tangy, homemade slaw. Top with sour cream, baja sauce, avocado, cilantro, lime, jalapeno slices, you name it. A tasty Mexican dinner any night of the week.
One of our favorite Mexican dinner recipes are seafood tacos and these simple but flavorful shrimp tacos are DEE-LICIOUS. They come together very quickly and won't last long at your Cinco De Mayo party.
Unlike most fish tacos that are fried, these crispy beauties are baked in a hot oven (or use your air fryer). The flavorful crema, crunchy cabbage and fresh cilantro really amp up the flavor for this Mexican dinner.
Black Bean Tacos with a sweet, tangy Mango Salsa is a hearty, yin/yan everyone loves. These cumin spiked beauties are richly seasoned and topped with avocado, cilantro and queso fresco. You won't miss the meat here. Best served on grilled flour tortillas with a squeeze of lime.
Want a different Mexican vibe for your Cinco De Mayo dinner? Why not try enchiladas, chalupas, quesadillas or flautas? These savory recipes will please your whole family and they go great with an icy cerveza or margarita!
Birria Quesadilla is an amazing Mexican recipe of shredded beef seasoned with smoked dried peppers and cheese in a tortilla. A spicy and delicious chuck roast recipe for an appetizer, game day, or main course.
This cheesy ground beef quesadilla is packed with flavor and it’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Serve it with guacamole and tomato salsa for a savory, can't get enough Mexican inspired dinner idea.
Crunchy Shrimp Tostadas combine crunchy tostada shells with layers of homemade refried beans, mashed avocado, and grilled shrimp. This Tex-Mex recipe is both easy to make and utterly delicious and it's got a party food vibe that's perfect for Cinco De Mayo celebrations.
Learn how to make healthier nachos with these black bean sweet potato nachos! Instead of chips, this recipe uses slices of cooked potatoes as the base that are topped with homemade salsa, creamy avocado, and melted cheese.
Learn how to make tamales with a small batch recipe, the perfect size for an Instant Pot. Don't be intimidated! This recipe is made easier by using chicken and you don't need to use lard. Perfect for small Mexican dinners at home.
These potato and adobo tamales are the perfect big batch cooking project to get the whole family involved, and it's a great food idea for Cinco De Mayo parties. Make it even quicker by steaming in an electric pressure cooker (tips included).
These chalupas don't look like what you get at Taco Bell -- that's because they're the real deal chalupa from Puebla, Mexico. They're topped with classic salsa verde or your favorite red salsa. Instead of being loaded with toppings, traditional chalupas are more sparingly garnished, but every bit as crave-worthy.
These braised pork enchiladas have creamy white beans and a spicy green chile sauce. Filled with melty cheeses and topped with crema, diced tomato and fresh cilantro, this enchilada casserole is meant for Cinco De Mayo gatherings.
These easy, quick, 5 ingredient black bean quesadillas make a tasty lunch and dinner. Flavorful on the inside and crispy on the outside your whole family will love this.
14 Classic Mexican Dessert Recipes
Mexican Desserts for Cinco De Mayo
Leave room for some sweet foods and desserts at the end of your Cinco De Mayo party. With a blend of traditional, classic Mexican desserts and inspired Cinco De Mayo themed recipes, there's something for everyone here.
Arroz con Leche (or Mexican Rice Pudding) is a delicious Mexican dessert made from simple ingredients including rice, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. It can be served hot or cold and is guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth.
This gorgeous vegan tres leches cake consists of a light fluffy sponge soaked in sweet milk syrup, topped with coconut whipped cream and fresh berries. This version is based on coconut and oat milk and is eggless and dairy-free.
Buñuelos are a type of crispy Mexican fritter sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Each one is light, airy, and just the right amount of sweet. Often served during the holidays, they're fun to make with family and friends!