Cinco de Mayo Recipes: We’re celebrating Mexican Independence day with these easy, simple, fresh Cinco de Mayo recipes. May 5th just might be the most delicious day of the year!
In this post, you will find beautiful, delicious, and easy Cinco de Mayo recipes. Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesdays, or just looking for scrumptious Mexican food ideas.
What is Cinco de Mayo?
“Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.”
While often confused with Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is also known as Battle of Puebla Day.
“While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.”
Bob’s Red Mill, a favorite source for all things healthy, put together a list of essential ingredients found in Mexican Food.
When planning Cinco de Mayo recipes, be sure to include some of these.
From frijoles charros (“cowboy beans”) to authentic refried beans made from pinto beans and seasoned black beans, beans are an important part of Mexican cuisine.
From cheesy rice with tomatoes, garlic, and onion to a simple side dish served alongside your chicken taquitos, rice is a staple in traditional Mexican cooking.
Guacamole is one of the shining stars in Mexican food, and that sliced avocados can be added to just about anything, from a simple bean dish to a topping for tostadas.
Tortillas and Mexican cuisine go hand in hand, and there’s nothing quite like the flavor and texture of tortillas when you make them homemade. The excellent news is that they couldn’t be easier! This recipe for Homemade Tortillas calls for just three ingredients— Golden Masa Harina Corn Flour or Gluten-Free Golden Masa Harina, sea salt, and hot water.
Cilantro is a quintessential herb of Mexican cooking. With its vibrant green color and its fresh taste, cilantro is used in everything from guacamoles to salads.
Limes can be found in almost every meal or beverage when you’re eating Mexican food. Whether it’s salsas, margaritas or tacos, nothing makes flavors soar like a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
Cheesy quesadillas, gooey enchiladas and everything from the cotija in our salads to the queso fresco on our street corn—our love for cheese knows no end.
From salsas to sauces, tomatoes are as crucial to Mexican cooking as just about any other ingredient. You can use them to top your tacos or to create a sweet and spicy homemade salsa.
Whether it’s the grilled Mexican corn on the cob called elotes or a corn-based salsa, corn has long been a part of Mexico’s agriculture.
"Freshly made corn tortilla chips, called totopos in Spanish, are best for preparing chilaquiles or nachos, and also to dip in guacamole, queso con carne, a great salsa or use in any dish that calls for chips."
Cinco de Mayo almost required shredded chicken! And this Easy Mexican Shredded Chicken is made with three simple ingredients. And there are three easy ways to cook it. Read more for a host of ideas on how to use this savory main ingredient.
“You see, it’s all about a little make your own nacho bar. There are multiple essentials when it comes time for such an epic occasion…. Tortilla Chips, shredded cheese, cheese sauce, black beans, pickled jalapeños, green onions, pico, more shredded cheese, carnitas, guacamole, limes… the works! It all needs to laid out, arranged in cute little bowls and then turned into nachos!”
“This fresh, zesty guac is loaded with avocados, tomato, red onion, jalapenos and plenty of fresh lime juice. If you’re feeling adventurous (or just plain feisty), try adding a shot of tequila to the mix, too.”
“I take my guacamole very seriously. It has to be the perfect mixture of smooth and chunky. Seasoned just the right amount. If it’s lacking on salt that’s a major bummed. AND…. here’s the secret. You need a mix of lemon and lime juice in the guacamole. Boom. Game over. Add to that the perfect amount of finely chopped red onions, freshly chopped chives and salt and pepper and a hint of spice and you’re set. You’ll be on your way to the best guacamole your kitchen has ever seen! Promise!”
If you love Mexican food, likely Mexican Rice is a staple. Along with beans, corn, tortillas, and guacamole! This Mexican Rice is a standby favorite, with easy ingredients, convenient and simple in the Instant Pot -- and hands down, one of my favorite Mexican Rice recipes... ever!
“Where did this elaborate dish originate, even if we can’t pin down an exact original recipe? Historians believe that this artisanal dish was created 200 years ago by nuns in Puebla, Mexico, as a patriotic dish for Viceroy Agustin de Iturbide. Since then, the dish has continued to be a classic. It boasts the colors of the Mexican flag and thus is prepared every September when the chiles poblanos are their greenest, the pomegranates a ripe juicy red and the walnuts freshly plucked from the trees, just in time for independence day celebrations.”
“Deconstructed nachos were the inspiration behind this fun pizza. Made with chili-spiced black-bean puree, tomatoes, olives, shredded lettuce and low-fat Jack cheese on a whole-wheat crust, the pie also gets a little low-fat sour cream (that nacho staple) on top.”
“To create this Southwestern-inspired dish, Melissa Rubel Jacobson tosses shrimp with chipotle chile powder (made from dried, smoked jalapeños), grills them, then layers them on top of crunchy fried corn tortillas and crisp, citrusy slaw.”
“Serve these Southwest Chicken Tortillas with sliced avocados and extra salsa on the side. We used corn tortillas, but feel free to use flour if you prefer. Feel free to add any toppings you like. You really can’t go wrong with this family-favorite.”
“Classic posole, a delicious slow-simmered Mexican pork stew often reserved for special occasions, is typically a time-consuming labor of love. But this one gives you all the comfort and flavor of the old-world version made in your slow cooker.”