40+ Food & Drink Recipes for Cinco de Mayo Fun!

May 1, 2013
A festive collection of 40+ scrumptious food & drink recipes for Cinco de Mayo fun!  Or hey, enjoy these tasty recipes ANY day of the year.
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Oh, baby, with all the jalapenos and spice flying around in these tasty dishes, it's getting hot in here!

There is never a shortage of jalapeno peppers in our house.  They're a staple -- much like flour, sugar, and milk it seems.  Though I have to admit, I didn't really realize how much of my cooking is inspired by Mexican and spicy flavors until I pulled together this collection of Cinco de Mayo food and drink recipes.  We sure do love our spicy and Mexican-inspired food.

If you love it too, here are 40+ fabulous recipes for some Cinco de Mayo fun.  Click on the hyperlinked title of each dish to get the recipe.  Enjoy!


Snacks & Dips:


Love jalapeno poppers?  Filled with a tasty combination of sharp cheddar, cream cheese, and flavorful spices, these Baked Jalapeno Poppers pack a wonderfully delicious spicy punch without the fat or mess of frying.

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2. Cheesy Taco Tortilla Roll-Ups
Loaded with a creamy, cheesy ground beef taco filling that's oh so tasty, Cheesy Taco Tortilla Roll-Ups deliver up great flavor, offer make-ahead convenience, and are easy to make, too.  What more could you ask for in a tasty little bite?  They're just perfect for Cinco de Mayo nibbles and snacking.

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Creamy, delicious, and super simple to make, this dip is a crowd-pleasing family-favorite.  It's perfect for just about anytime - from Cinco de Mayo, to game day, to party time fun.  Or, it's so easy to make you won't mind whipping some up for just a random Tuesday night!

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4. Easy Restaurant-Style Salsa

This salsa whips up in no-time flat with the aid of a food processor or blender.  It's a family favorite, for sure!  With just a few simple ingredients and a few whirls in a blender or food processor, you've got yourself  a batch of tasty & easy restaurant-style salsa in minutes.
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5. Jalapeno-Lime Deviled Eggs
These Jalapeno-Lime Deviled Eggs aren't your mamma's deviled eggs!  Packed full of chopped fresh jalapeno, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and lime zest, Jalapeno-Lime Deviled Eggs deliver up a zippy little spicy-yet-refreshing flavor punch.


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6. Pico de Gallo
This is our at-home version of a restaurant favorite.  With just some chopping of fresh ingredients, it's super easy to make.  And believe me, it's so flavorful it'll be gone in a flash!

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7. Creamy Bacon Guacamole Dip
Give guacamole a tasty new twist ... by changing it up into Creamy Bacon Guacamole Dip!  Bacon adds such wonderful flavor to this Cinco de Mayo favorite.


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8. Creamy Bacon Guacamole Potato Bites
Tender roasted baby potatoes are topped with bacon-laced guacamole to create these fun & festive creamy Bacon Guacamole Potato Bites ~ just perfect for Cinco de Mayo, game day, or party time snacking!


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9. Black Bean Salsa
A colorful and tasty salsa that gets it's zing from fresh jalapenos and red wine vinegar ... great as a simple salsa, salad, or side.

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10. Grape Salsa
Grab your grapes and mix up this totally tasty and unique Grape Salsa.  It's wonderful with good ol' tortilla chips, and spooned over grilled chicken or fish.  Not to mention with it's purple and green colors, it's quite pretty too.


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11. Roasted Corn, Black Bean, & Mango Salsa
This stuff is just sooooo good.  The sweetness of the mango and roasted corn pairs so well with the smoky spicy-ness of chipotle peppers.  Enjoy this one with chips, as a salad, or spooned over chicken or fish dishes.  It's dee-lish.

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Goodness, this is such a great dip.  Using canned Mexicorn makes baking this up so easy, and gives the dip amazing flavor.  It's always the hit of the party!

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Main Dishes & Sides:


13. Tamale Pie Casserole
Spicy ground beef or ground turkey and vegetable filling, topped with a thick-and-delicious layer of golden cornbread.  Tamale Pie Casserole is a delicious dinner dish that's just perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration, or everyday dinner.

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Replace tortillas for noodles & swap salsa for sauce to create Spicy Tortilla Lasagna, a delicious alternative to traditional lasagna.  Such an easy dinner recipe idea!  It's a go-to recipe in our house ... and the ingredients can so easily be changed up to suit personal preference.

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Family taco night just got a little easier!  Instead of stuffing those taco shells, whip up this Layered Taco Salad instead.  It's just perfect for lower-fuss taco night prep, or for whipping up a tasty salad for a crowd.

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Add some spice to dinner with Cheesy Fiesta Corn Casserole!  Ready for the oven in just 10 minutes, this easy creamy corn goodness adds just the right kick to any meal.  And it truly couldn't be any easier to prepare.

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With their chicken & cheese filling seasoned simply for just the right flavor "oomph" and moistness, these are our family-favorite enchiladas.  Make a pan for your Cindo de Mayo feast, and one to freeze for later!

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Is Homemade Enchilada Sauce worth the effort?  Yes, it absolutely is!   With just a few pantry staples and a handful of spices, you can have amazingly flavorful homemade enchilada sauce done in about 20 minutes.

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There's no need to buy that grocery store packet. -- Make your own taco seasoning instead!  Taco seasoning is super easy to make, using a handful of spices you most likely have in your pantry.  Plus, making your own gives you flexibility to control the seasoning's spice and heat.



Loaded with cheese and slathered with a creamy green chilies sauce, Chicken-&-Spinach Enchiladas are a great make-ahead, freezer-friendly dish to feed a crowd.

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Easy, cheesy hamburger and macaroni comfort food your family will love, all with the convenience of one-pot cooking.  This Tex-Mex favorite is a great family-friendly choice for your Cinco de Mayo main dish.

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Chock full of cumin-spiced saffron rice, black beans, prepared salsa, and Pepper Jack cheese, these Southwestern Stuffed Poblano Peppers are a spicy little flavor party in your mouth.

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23. Sweet-&-Spicy Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa
This pork tenderloin, marinated in a mixture of brown sugar and spice, is a go-to dish at our house.  It pairs just beautifully with fresh mango salsa.  But it's also darn great on it's own if you're not in a mango kinda mood.

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For a quick side dish Cinco de Mayo, whip up a pan of these Seasoned Black Beans ~ loaded with flavor, packing a good dose of heat, and on the table in under 15 minutes.

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Mixed up with your favorite chunky salsa, these Spicy Salsa Muffins are one quick, easy, and tasty side ~ just perfect with any Tex-Mex dinner dish.

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Not your average grilled cheese sandwich.  Roasted fresh jalapenos kick up the heat in this delicious Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese.  It's a perfect creamy, cheesy sandwich for any jalapeno popper lover!  And these can be made with roasted fresh jalapeno peppers, or a "cheater method that's faster but just as tasty.

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Until I made these grilled cheese sandwiches, I had no idea sharp cheddar cheese and guacamole were such a wonderful flavor combination!  This truly is one surprisingly delicious sandwich that's just perfect a quick and easy Cinco de Mayo meal.

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Desserts:

Take one ultra tender vanilla sponge cake, soak it with a sweet mixture of three milks, top it with a simple whipped cream frosting, and you've got yourself one totally fabulous amazingly delicious Tres Leches Cake.  Tres Leches literally means "three milks," and it's this three-milk syrup that provides the cake's namesake and makes it distinct.  And believe me, that three-milk syrup makes this cake distinctly delicious, too.

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The perfect combination of crunchy-on-the-outside and cool-and-creamy on the inside, you can whip up this classic Mexican restaurant treat right at home.

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30. Margarita Cupcakes
Want a Margarita sweet treat to top off that Cinco de Mayo meal?  How about Margarita cupcakes!  Hint-of-lime cupcakes topped with a scrumptious Margarita buttercream are oh-so-yum.

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And Don't Forget the Drinks!:

Classic red-wine sangria is just perfect for Cinco de Mayo and summer sippin'.

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Prefer white wine over red (like me)?  This lighter White Sangria will be right up your alley!

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Red wine and brandy combine with fresh lemon, lime, and orange to deliver up this refreshing and delicious Triple Citrus Sangria.  We love this one even more than the classic.

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Fresh Strawberry Sangria made with white or rose wine is total spring and summer refreshment!  It's such a fabulous way to enjoy those beautiful fresh strawberries in one fabulous Cinco de Mayo drink.

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35. Virgin White Sangria
Looking for a special beverage treat for your little ones?  Give Virgin White Sangria a try!  It's a tasty, beautiful, no-alcohol version of sangria perfect to make those kiddos feel extra special.  And hey, the grown-ups will love it, too.

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Ah, there's not much I love more than a good Margarita on the rocks ... with the key word there being GOOD!  Margaritas, if not made well, can certainly be a disappointment.  But this Top Shelf Margarita, actually crafted with "middle class" tequilas to not break your bank, most certainly will NOT disappoint.

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Champagne Margaritas combine the wonderful flavors of champagne and margaritas in one fun cocktail ~ perfect for adding a unique fun twist to your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Is it a Margarita?  Is it a Jell-o shot?  Is it cake??  It's all three!  Yes, with Margarita Cake-n-Jello Shots, combine Margaritas, cake, and a Jell-o shot all into one fun-and-festive little party bite.

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Follow these simple steps on how to make Mojitos and you'll be whipping up the best darn Cinco de Mayo cocktails in town!  With its refreshingly well-balanced combination of ingredients, everyone will be asking you for your Mojitos recipe.  Whether you're willing to share your secrets? ... Now, that's up to you.

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Ditch the margaritas, and enjoy a refreshing Coconut Mojito for your Cinco de Mayo ... or any day ... sipping.  Such a delicious combination of fresh mint, lime, & coconut!

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Don't waste that watermelon juice that collects when you cut up a whole melon ... Use it to whip up an easy Watermelon Mojito instead!  It's certainly a tasty way to enjoy some Cinco de Mayo fun.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone.  Enjoy!


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11 comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing my fudge!

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    1. You're so welcome, Lisa. It looks scrumptious!

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  2. Wow! What a list! Now I'm hungry!!!!

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  3. You just made my menu easy for my October Thirsty Girls........ I was planning on cooking Mexican, now it is in one easy place to reference. You do know that your roots are from the south west.....guess all that hot food I ate made an impression on you :)!

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    1. I guess my south west origin DID make an impression on my taste buds! Glad I could help you out with your October party planning ... though keep in mind that our favorite top-shelf margarita recipe isn't in this list. :-)

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  4. What a lot of wonderful foods and such to have for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you are hungry for these foods. Thank you!

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  5. Wow! Well, I have to say that I got sucked in by the salsa picture but then scrolling through the rest I started to get really hungry! All of this stuff looks amazing! :) Great round up for Cinco de Mayo. Thanks Tracey.

    Krista @joyfulhealthyeats

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  6. It is my great pleasure to visit your website and to enjoy your excellent post here. I like that very much.

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  7. Those foods are so delicious but the certainly are not going to help with my skin tightening quest.

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