20 Festive Cinco de Mayo Recipes
From the best-ever guac to amazing margs, these recipes round out your ultimate Cinco de Mayo party spread
It's impossible to imagine a Mexican fiesta that wouldn't have guacamole on the menu. This recipe is the best version of the classic dip we've ever had. Serve with your favorite toritlla chips.
Recipe: Gabriel’s Guacamole
Sure, you can buy store-bought salsa for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. But if you have a little extra time to spare, making your own fresh salsa is easy and yields far deeper flavor.
Recipe: Roasted Tomato and Three-Chile Salsa
Making a tomatillo-based green salsa rounds out your festive Cinco de Mayo party table.
Recipe: Classic Salsa Verde
Why use one type of meat when you can use two? The combo results in extra-savory flavor.
Recipe: Chorizo-Beef Nachos
Add some spice to your Cinco de Mayo party menu with these delicious mini tostadas that get their smoky flavor from a chipotle-enriched sauce.
Recipe: Chicken Tinga Tostaditas
These finger-food tacos pair perfectly with a Mexican lager, such as Negra Modelo.
Recipe: Street-Snack Tacos Verdes
The classic Mexican sandwich gets the party food treatment in this four-bite version.
Recipe: Chile and Lime Steak Tortas
This baked version of the typically fried dish makes for a lightened-up Cinco de Mayo party appetizer.
Recipe: Poblano and Nopales Chimichangas
The classic fish taco is better than ever served with a crisp cabbage-cilantro slaw and an an addictive chipotle tartar sauce.
Recipe: Baja Fried-Fish Tacos
Juicy, tender, crisp-edged pork carnitas are cooked to mouth-watering perfection in this time-saving version.
Recipe: Tacos de Carnitas
For a relatively healthy Cinco de Mayo recipe, look no further than these crisp tostadas.
Recipe: Halibut Tostadas with Yogurt-Lime Sauce
These enchiladas are a surefire crowd-pleaser. As an online reader commented, the recipe is “FUH-lawless.”
Recipe: Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
A Cinco de Mayo party without margaritas? No way! Our version has a festive, fruity finish.
Recipe: Sunset Margarita
For this Cinco de Mayo cocktail, we put a colorful twist on the classic tequila sunrise, with plum-flavored prickly pear syrup in place of grenadine.
Recipe: Tequila Sunset
Add a spicy element to your cocktail offerings with this zesty libation flavored with a shake of hot sauce and chile salt around the rim.
Recipe: Sangrita de Toro
Smoky mezcal pairs with fresh herbs for a unique party cocktail.
Recipe: Thyme for Mezcal
Three types of melon combine deliciously in this refreshing non-alcoholic drink.
Recipe: Melon Agua Fresca
Boozy popsicles? A no-brainer for a gorwn-up Cinco de Mayo fiesta.
Recipe: Margarita "Poptails"
These buy-and-serve sundaes take only five minutes to prep (and probably even less to devour).
Recipe: Cajeta Ice Cream Sundaes
This ever-popular Mexican dessert is a delicious ending to your Cinco de Mayo party meal.
Recipe: Tres Leches Cake with Raspberries