Easy Cinco de Mayo Menu ideas that everyone will love! Choose from the best Cinco de Mayo appetizers, salads, sides, mains and of course, drinks to design your Cinco de Mayo menu!
Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican celebration of victory over the French, but on the lighter side of this holiday, it is also the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite Mexican eats.
Truly, as though we need any excuse to eat Mexican food, am I right?
The Best Cinco de Mayo Recipes
I’d be lying if I said we don’t enjoy Mexican all year round! After all, these are some of the easiest, most flavorful recipes around… but an extra reason to celebrate means friends and family can join in the fun!
After years of creating easy, delicious recipes to share, I’ve had so many requests to combine holiday menu ideas into one convenient place. It makes it so much easier to share a variety of recipes that fit into the category you’re searching for!
This Cinco de Mayo menu is designed with a few calorie splurges, with lots of rich cheesy dips and festive entrees your family will love!
I’ve yet to try making tres leches cakes, but thinking about tackling it this year!
This list of Mexican-inspired recipes is organized by category: Cinco de Mayo appetizers, mains, Cinco de Mayo drinks and even a few desserts. You’ll simply click the name of one you’re interested in and head directly to that specific printable recipe post!
Lighter Mexican Inspired Ideas
With keto and calorie friendly eats, Cinco de Mayo drinks, and more, there’s truly something for everyone in this line-up!
This menu is anything but boring even if you’re watching your calorie intake or sticking with a lifestyle like Keto or Whole 30.
In lieu of fried ice cream, try the fresh lime sorbet linked at the bottom of this post!
From a skinny margarita for a Cinco de Mayo cocktail, to a zesty light and healthy grilled chicken, this menu has it all, covering everyone on your guest list with a variety of fresh and healthy ideas.
Let’s Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana!
Popular Mexican Flavors
There are a few items that will help with your grocery lists because we use them in so many of these recipes. Add any of these herbs, spices, etc, and your fiesta will be delicious regardless of what you choose to serve!
Onions – red or yellow
Tortillas – corn or flour
Cotija cheese, crumbled
Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper
Let’s kick it off with Cinco de Mayo Appetizers, shall we?
Salsa guacamole is a fresh, vibrant mix of salsa verde and traditional guacamole. It’s a zesty avocado salsa recipe that you’ve got to taste to believe… if you love salsa, and you love guac, you’ve got to try this incredible avocado sauce!
Looking for an easy appetizer that can be made in a flash? These Guacamole Bites are just the ticket. Gluten free and FULL of zesty flavor, these Guacamole Cups are cute to serve and a total crowd-pleaser.
Mix it up with Watermelon Salsa! This fruit salsa recipe is bright and colorful. It embraces the fresh flavors of summer blending watermelon with bell peppers, jalapeño, cilantro and lime. It’s perfect for dipping or for topping tacos, salads and more!
This is a classic Mexican Layer Dip that is seasoned to perfection! An updated and flavorful 7 Layer Taco Dip, your friends and family will be clamoring for more. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, game days and beyond, this Layered Taco Dip is the ultimate party food!
Velveeta Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer for any event! Velveeta Dip is made with Velveeta cheese, fresh cream, and fresh vegetables including diced tomatoes, poblano and jalapeño peppers, onion, cilantro, and lime.
An Easy Avocado Salsa recipe to spice up your salad, taco toppings, chicken or that famous toast! With just 4 ingredients and a few tips and tricks on avocados, this will become the best avocado salsa to pair with just about anything. Serve it at your next party or Cinco De Mayo celebration for a healthy pop of green color!
Give your salad a kick with this easy and delicious Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette recipe! This Cilantro Lime Dressing is the perfect Southwest Taco Salad Dressing. It is made with fresh cilantro, olive oil, and jalapeno and easily blended in the food processor. Add it to simple mixed greens, wraps, burrito bowls, as a marinade for chicken, and more!
This homemade taco seasoning recipe is a pantry must have! Easy to make and store, this spice mix will add flavor to your Mexican meals. Use with steak, ground beef, chicken or even fish to add an authentic Mexican taste to your tacos.
This Taco Salad is loaded with fresh lettuce, juicy chicken, tomatoes, fresh shredded cheese, red peppers and optional cilantro and red onion for a light but flavorful effortless lunch or easy weeknight dinner.
These easy soft Chicken Tacos are perfect for an easy weeknight meal and they are packed full of flavor. The chicken is perfectly juicy and it hardly takes any time to prep! Top the tacos with all of your favorite toppings for a meal that the whole family will love! These tacos are made with a handful of ingredients and come together so easily!
Amazing marinated Carne Asada Tacos that are full of flavor and always a crowd pleaser whether you’re serving them for taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo! Steak Tacos are easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and made in less than 30 minutes hands on time.
The best Ground Beef Taco Recipe is classic, delicious and super easy. This easy taco recipe can be made in less than 10 minutes with a few simple ingredients, meaning you can get dinner on the table fast! The bonus – it’s incredibly flavorful and low in calories, too!
This chorizo taco recipe is a must for your Taco Tuesdays and Cinco de Mayo. So quick and easy to make, these tacos are topped with pineapple salsa and a cilantro lime crema for a delicious sweet and spicy taco.
This homemade margarita mix really is the best! It’s so simple and easy to make and with just two ingredients, all you need to do is add tequila! Make up a batch of the BEST margarita mix for easy to make cocktails for Cinco de Mayo and summer parties.
This Mojito Recipe (we call it a Mojito Receta for a little Spanish twist!) is the ultimate refreshing summer cocktail. It’s an EASY Mojito Recipe that features the vibrant flavor and fragrance of fresh squeezed limes and mint, balanced with rum, soda and sugar.
A refreshing Watermelon Mojito recipe with fresh watermelon juice and simple syrup muddled with mint for an incredible easy summer cocktail.
The Ultimate Fiesta-Inspired Dessert
While fried ice cream is always considered a classic Mexican-American dessert option, don't forget about cheesecakes, churros, flan and so much more. Several of these options fit within those flavor profiles, so you've got to try these fun ideas!
Okay, okay... these aren't exactly Mexican... but the name is definitely Spanish-inspired! Get the delicious buttery oatmeal texture with gooey caramel of a carmelita bar wrapped into carmelita cookies! You can make a huge batch in just 20 minutes and they are a hit with everyone who tries them!
Sweet bursts of cool citrus and rich buttery flavor in these key lime cookies make them such a fun surprise! Love key lime pie? I bet you’ll love these little key lime tea cookies, too! They are the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and beyond!
Lemon Ice Cream is a rich, creamy taste of spring. Make this refreshing no-churn Lemon Ice Cream Recipe for a memorable sweet and tart treat you’ll love- you can make this with lime juice, too, for a fresh zesty spin!
These gooey Cheesecake Cookies (with caramel) are everything you need in your life. It’s just like a caramel cheesecake in bite-size pieces! Keep reading for the must have Caramel Cheesecake Cookies Recipe you’ll make again and again!
This Quick Caramel Cream Cheese Bread is so good you’ll wish you had it every day. The ultimate cheesecake bread recipe is easier than you might think. It’s perfect for breakfast, get togethers and of course, dessert!
Easy no bake cheesecake recipe that gives you a fresh bakery taste in minutes. With just a few ingredients, this no bake cheesecake is too good to pass up. Perfect to make individual cheesecakes or one larger one and finish with your favorite toppings.
What’s on your Cinco de Mayo menu this year? Do you gravitate towards tried and true classics, or do you like to try something new? I’d love to hear from you!
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