34 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Recipes

It’s that time of the year again – the time when it’s 100% acceptable to eat guacamole all day long and have a margarita with lunch! Cinco de Mayo is in a few short days and I’ve rounded up the most epic collection of Cinco De Mayo Recipes ever!

Cinco de Mayo, which literally means the Fifth of May in Spanish, is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico, to commemorate when the Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. While more widely celebrated in the US than in Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican culture. These celebrations originally started right here in my home of California and have been observed annually since 1863. If you’ve ever been in Los Angeles for cinco de Mayo, you know it’s celebrated all over the county! So if you’re planning on cooking a feast to celebrate later this week, here are my fav recipes inspired by Mexico! 

Nacho Bar / Cinco de Mayo recipes on www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

From drinks to snacks to the main course, there’s a little something for everyone in this Cinco de Mayo recipes round-up!!

Let’s start with drinks, seeing as how that’s how my parties generally start:

Drinks!! The most important way to start a party if you ask me! These margarita recipes are exactly what you want to kick off the fiesta!

The perfect Skinny Margarita – trust me, you’ll never need another recipe ever again.

Watermelon Agua Fresca
Rhubarb Margarita
Stone Fruit Sangria
Sunburnt Margaritas

Appetizers + Snacks! You know I’m never one to turn down an appetizer. It’s just the right way to live and these recipes can do no wrong.

My all time FAVORITE guacamole EVER, pinkie promise you’ll be obsessed.

The Best Guacamole EVER invented from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Fiesta Fries – I mean, who doesn’t love a french fry?!

Beef Queso Dip – literally a game changer. 

Beef Queso Dip (The Greatest Queso EVER) from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Cumin and Charred Corn Guacamole is what my dreams are made of. 

Tomatillo Salsa – you’ll need this on a weekly basis from here on out! 

Tomatillo Salsa from www.whatsgabycooking.com

Queso Fundido

Poblano Corn Cheese Dip

Poblano Corn Cheese Dip from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Roasted Chili Pepper Guacamole

Roasted Chili Pepper Guacamole from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Salads – we need a little something healthy right? Just a smidge!

Taco Salad

Taco Salad from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Avocado and Chicken Fajita Cobb Salad

Mexican Corn and Quinoa Salad

Let’s move into something a little more substantial – the main course recipes! You’ll find everything here you could ever want!

Southwestern Lasagna

Quinoa Taco Bowls


Chicken Enchiladas Verde. OMG these are everything.

Chicken Enchiladas Verde from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Grilled Fish Tacos

Carnitas and Guacamole Pizza! 

Carnitas and Guacamole Pizza from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Tinga Tacos / Cinco de Mayo recipes on www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Chipotle Salmon Tacos

Carnitas Tacos

Chipotle Flank Steak!

Chipotle Flank Steak with Corn Salsa from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Carnitas Skillet Nachos  

Sweetpotato Nachos

Carne Asada Fries

Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos

Skillet Chipotle Enchilada Bake

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

Nacho Loaded Potato Skins from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guac

Grilled Flank Steak with Salsa Verde

Have at it! Happy Cinco

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  1. LisaR @ Who Stole My Baby?

    Wow, that’s quite the spread. I’ve been craving some good summer flavors since it’s still snowing where I live. These look great 🙂

  2. Marie @ Little Kitchie

    I was planning on making the corn and quinoa salad for Cinco! That will, by the way, be my THIRD time making that in like a week and a half. I’m obsessed!!!

  3. Jamie

    That couscous taco salad sounds wonderful! I love any excuse to throw a themed fiesta!

  4. Monika

    I want to come to your Cinco de Mayo party! Everything looks like it is my favorite.

  5. Kevin @ Closet Cooking

    That looks like the makings of a tasty Cinco de Mayo celebration!

  6. Bree {Skinny Mommy}

    What a great round up! And so fun to see recipes from your cookbook on other websites.

  7. Aida Mollenkamp

    Yay, I’ll take two Sunburnt Margaritas, please!

  8. Heather Christo

    oh yeah!!! I am standing in a puddle of drool as I write this. Those freaking nachos have my name all over them right now!

  9. Marian (Sweetopia)

    Wowsa!! All your recipes look amazing… in that drop dead gorgeous kind of way!!

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  11. Kate

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!!! Thanks for all the yummy food and drink ideas!

  12. Jeannine

    YES! Best Cinco de Mayo recipes I’ve seen and plan on using all summer long. I’m pretty much obsessed with avocados after BTP. So loved meeting you!

    • Gaby

      THANK YOU!! And yes – so great to meet you too Jeannine 🙂 Looking forward to working with you more and making some awesome stuff happen with ONE!

  13. Monika

    Thanks for this round up!! I can’t wait for the weekend!!

  14. Marina @ A Dancer’s Live-It

    Amazing roundup!! My birthday is on Cinco de Mayo so I’m DEFINITELY making some of these recipes! 🙂

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  16. Amanda

    I suppose it would be overkill to make every single one of these. They all look so good I don’t know how I could decide which recipe to try. Mexican food is my favorite.

  17. Monika

    Everything looks amazing. I am down for doing a couple of these over the weekend!

  18. Maria from almostproperly.com

    Aaah, Tacos!! Probably still my favorite food. Your guacamole recipe is a mainstay in our house and I am so excited to try about 10 of these taco recipes! Maybe they will make summer arrive more quickly??

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    Looking for recipe you made on the kitchen today 5/4. Help!