This collection of Mexican Cinco de Mayo foods will help you put together a festive, fun, and delicious menu to celebrate!
Is it even a party if there isn’t food?! That’s the best part! Get ready to excite your taste buds with delicious dishes celebrating Mexican heritage.
Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration on May 5. That day commemorates the Mexican military victory of the Battle of Puebla over the French Empire in 1862. Here in the United States, it’s a day to celebrate Mexican culture. The celebration is complete with Mexican cuisine!
This list of delicious Mexican-inspired recipes will help you put together a fabulous Cinco de Mayo menu. Make sure to bookmark this post because these dishes are perfect for any fiesta!
With everything from salsas, to appetizers, main courses, desserts, as well as drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), it’s easy to put together an entire spread. There’s something here for everyone.
Mix up a margarita, grab a chair, and stay a while!
Cinco de Mayo Drinks
Margaritas are the obvious choice when you’re looking for the perfect Cinco de Mayo drink! But a classic margarita is just the tip of the iceberg.
They come in just about any fruity flavor imaginable. For the ultimate refreshment, try a frozen margarita. Or try a virgin margarita for a non-alcoholic option.
Additionally, Cinco de Mayo drinks don’t stop at margaritas!
Salsas are perfect for a snack, appetizer, or topping your favorite tacos or rice bowl. Mexican salsas in particular are packed with the flavor and nutrition of fresh ingredients. Grab a corn chip or a spoon and dig in!
Cheesy dips, crunchy chips, and fresh ceviche! Mexican appetizers feature bold flavors and a variety of textures to keep it interesting as well as delicious.
Cinco de Mayo Side Dishes
Rice and beans are staples in Mexican and Latin American cuisine. And for good reason! It’s because they’re hearty, nutrient-dense, and delicious! Any of these sides dishes would be a beautiful addition to a Cinco de Mayo menu.
Salads for Cinco de Mayo
One of the best things about Mexican cuisine is how colorful it is. This is especially true of salads! What better way to eat the rainbow, right?!
You can integrate these salads into any Cinco de Mayo spread. Additionally, quite a few of them are satisfying as a stand-alone meal.
Latin American and Mexican Dinners
With Mexican and Latin American classics like enchiladas, tostadas, and picadillo, you will love cooking your way through this list! But don’t wait until Cinco de Mayo to cook these dinners. A lot of them are freezer-friendly. Because of this, these dishes are perfect for meal prep!
Taco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
Bookmark this post for Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo, or anytime you’re craving tacos! The beauty of tacos is how quick and easy they are to make. If you set up a taco bar with a variety of toppings, dinner is done!
Cinco de Mayo Desserts
Let’s talk dessert! Tres leches cake, Mexican paletas, sweet tamales, churros, spiced Mexican chocolate, and fried ice cream to start. And the list goes on! These desserts are the perfect ending for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. They’re sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!