Cinco de Mayo Food Ideas

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico's victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, a popular misconception. Independence Day in Mexico (Día de la Independencia) is commemorated on September 16.

Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily observed in the state of Puebla. 

Easy Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Chunky Avocado Salsa

This chunky avocado salsa comes together in minutes, it’s perfect for a last-minute appetizer with chips, or on a Carne Asada Burrito. Get the recipe here.

Tacos Dorados

Crispy-shell tacos have long existed in Mexico under the name of Tacos Dorados or “golden tacos.” Soft corn tortillas are filled with seasoned meat, folded in half, and then deep-fried. Get the recipe here.

Pico de Gallo is a delicious combination of chopped tomato, onion, cilantro, fresh serranos, salt, and lime juice, great as a party appetizer, snack with chips, or pile on your favorite enchiladas, nachos, tacos, and more! Get the recipe here.

More delicious salsa recipes

Mexican Street Corn Nachos

All of the flavors of Mexican-style street corn in nacho form with grilled or charred corn, cheese, cilantro, cayenne, and lime juice along with the nachos and creamy sauce. Get the recipe here.

Queso Fundido with Chorizo

Queso fundido, which you might know as queso flameado, is a bubbling dish of melted white cheese, such as Monterey Jack or Oaxaca. You just throw some cheese, jalapeños, and cooked chorizo into a skillet, pop into the oven for a few minutes and you have an oozing, satisfying snack. Get the recipe here.

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog consists of a hot dog that is wrapped in bacon and grilled, served on a bolillo-style hot dog bun, and topped with pinto beans, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of additional condiments, often including mayonnaise, mustard, and jalapeño salsa. Get the recipe here.

Easy Mexican Sangria Recipe

Mexican sangria is similar to the fruit and wine of Spanish sangria, but it has a higher alcohol content. The high alcohol content makes this drink a great pairing with spicy food, like hot salsa. Get the recipe here.


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