60 Cinco de Mayo recipes to try

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Cinco de Mayo is here and on Taco Tuesday at. And while you may prefer to be at a Mexican restaurant, drinking margaritas with friends, you can still celebrate the holidays in quarantine. Whip up some cocktails, make some tacos and homemade guac, and set for a virtual happy hour! (No, it’s not exactly the same, but we all do what we can in these uncertain times.)

From fajitas to nachos to avocado mousse, we have all of them Cinco de Mayo recipes you need to get things started. Get ready for a (socially distant) party! And for more recipe ideas, sign up for our newsletter to get daily recipes and food news in your inbox.

guacamole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Tacos, tortilla chips, quesadillas – there are any number of Mexican foods made better with guacamole. You can’t go wrong with this recipe that uses garlic and chopped onion for extra fresh flavor.

Get our recipe for Guacamole.

Steak nachos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You don’t have to go to a bar to get a delicious plate of nachos. They are super easy to collect at home – and you don’t have to share them with anyone if you don’t want to.

Get our recipe for Steak Nachos.

Jalapeno cheeseburger
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Why should burgers not be part of your Cinco de Mayo festivities? This spicy burger recipe competes with everything you order at a restaurant minus the wait.

Get our recipe for Jalapeño Cheeseburgers.

Chipotle shrimp quesadilla
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Seafood doesn’t always go together, but the combination works in this out-of-the-box quesadilla recipe. And with fresh pepper slices, onions and garlic, this is a meal you can feel good about eating.

Get our recipe for Chipotle Shrimp Quesadilla.

Breakfast tacos with bacon and spinach
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These breakfast tacos are delicious at any time of the day, or for a May 6 breakfast after a night filled with margaritas. Use these remaining tortillas for good use and keep the taco party going!

Get our recipe for breakfast tacos with bacon and spinach.

Healthy breakfast burritos
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

No need to wait for your next brunch outing to enjoy a delicious breakfast burrito. Filled with eggs and cheese, this burrito will keep you going all day long.

Get our recipe for a breakfast burrito.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

Low calorie enchiladas in chickens
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

With just six ingredients, this enchilada recipe is perfect even for novice chefs. Trust us, your family doesn’t know how easy these were to gather.

Get our recipe for Chicken Mole Enchiladas.

Low calorie nachos with chicken and black beans
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Not sure what to do with the leftovers from that grocery store rotisserie chicken? Use the meat for good use in this nacho recipe. It has all the delicious flavor you would expect from a Mexican dish, and besides – eating nachos is just fun.

Get our recipe for Chicken and Black Bean Nachos.

Healthy chicken burrito
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Yes, you can get thanks from Chipotle. But we promise this burrito recipe is just as good. With fresh onions and peppers along with cumin and lime juice, this recipe blasts flavor.

Get our recipe for Chicken Fajita Burritos.

Serious gluten-free chili
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Turkey chili is a delicious meal on its own, but it is also a good side dish for a quesadilla or a dipping sauce for tortilla chips. Top it with grated cheese to make this chili even more decadent.

Get our recipe for Turkey Chili.

Low calorie chicken fajitas
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

You don’t have to choke fajitas in sour cream and cheese for them to be delicious. With taco seasoning and chipotle peppers, the flavors of the meat and vegetables will shine on their own. And these fajitas pair perfectly with our guacamole recipe.

Get our recipe for Chicken Fajitas.

Healthy crockpot chili
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

If you are not using your slow cooker to make taco ingredients, use it for this chili recipe instead. You can’t go wrong with the classic comfort food.

Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Chili.

Chicken tacos with alssalsa verde
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Rotisserie chickens are the gift that keeps on giving, especially if you get the extra large rotisserie chickens from Costco. Use the meat for good use in this light taco recipe.

Get our recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Tacos.

Low calorie eggs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another brunch staple that is just as delicious for dinner. Huevos Rancheros is a Mexican staple that everyone should try at least once.

Get our recipe for Huevos Rancheros.

Healthy grilled Mexican steak salad
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Stuck in a salad crust? Live up with this flavorful steak salad recipe. It reminds you how versatile salads can be!

Get our recipe for grilled Mexican beef salad.

Swimming 7-layer dip
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Of course, chips and dips are something you would traditionally associate with parties, not quarantine. But hey, now you get this beautiful dip all to yourself.

Get our recipe for the 7-layer Dip.

Healthy crispy quesadillas with guacamole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Another vegetarian-friendly option, these quesadillas show how flavorful Mexican food can be, even without meat. Furthermore, you get a healthy dose of vegetables like mushrooms and pepper.

Get our recipe for crispy quesadillas with guacamole.

Vegetarian grilled Mexican style corn
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Grilled street corn may measure summer memories. And while we’re sitting inside now, you can recreate some of that magic with this recipe.

Get our Mexican style recipe.

Healthy palette
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Cool off with a refreshing dessert! Your Cinco de Mayo meal program doesn’t have to stop with margaritas and tacos – these treats are also worth a try.

Get our recipe for Mexican Paleta.

low calorie tortilla soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The perfect appetizer for a meal with tacos or quesadillas, tortilla soup can do no wrong.

Get our recipe for Tortilla Soup.

Paleo pork green chile
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken and beef need not be the stars of the Cinco de Mayo show – Mexican pork recipes are just as plentiful and delicious. You wow your family with this pork chile verde.

Get our recipe for Pork Chile Verde.

Healthy chicken and red chile enchiladas
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

These enchiladas look – and taste – like something you order at a restaurant. Serve them with chips and cheese for the perfect meal at home.

Get our recipe for Red Chile Chicken Enchiladas.

Healthy Mexican hot dogs
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

It’s barbecue season, so why not try something different this Cinco de Mayo? These Mexican-style hot dogs are a fun way to enjoy the classic outdoor food.

Get our recipe for Mexican hot dogs.

pickled red onion in a light brown ceramic bowl
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The perfect addition to tacos or a Mexican salad, pickled onions is something that every home cook should have in their arsenal.

Get our recipe for pickled onions.

pickled jalapeños in toast
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If you like a little more heat, add some pickled jalapeños to the mix as well. Making them at home will taste better than buying the jarred kind.

Get our recipe for pickled Jalapeños.

Bowl of sauce
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Top your burrito bowls with it. Deep tortilla chips in it. Scatter some on top of a quesadilla. When it comes to Mexican food, there is unlimited use for Pico de Gallo, which is why you should always have a good recipe for it.

Get our recipe for Pico De Gallo.

Cuban tomato and black bean soup
Jason Donnelly

Another delicious slow cooker recipe, this tomato and black bean soup is a vegetarian delight. Top it with cream fraiche and cheese!

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Cuban Tomato and Black Bean Soup.

green chile pork soup and bread
Jason Donnelly

Pork and green chilies are a match made in heaven and they meet perfectly in this soup recipe.

Get our recipe for Green Chile Pork Soup.

black bean and sweet potato tacos
Jason Donnelly

You don’t need meat to have a delicious taco recipe! With all the flavors of black beans and sweet potatoes, you won’t even miss the chicken or beef you’ll find in other taco recipes.

Get our recipe for Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taco.

Mexican quinoa and chicken salad on wooden cutting board with bowl of salsa
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Prefer salad bowls over tacos? You will love this quinoa and chicken salad recipe. We promise it’s better than the cereal bowls in your favorite salad chain.

Get our recipe for Mexican quinoa and chicken salad.

a pan of taco pasta with spoon, cotija cheese and slices of avocado
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Want to switch things off from the traditional tacos? Instead, try the taco pasta! This recipe uses the beef from beef and traditional taco seasoning, but in a paste rather than in tacos. Don’t knock it until you try it!

Get our recipe for Taco Pasta.

Mexican chocolate smoothie bowl with raspberries and chopped chocolate
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Start (or end) your day on a sweet note with this Mexican chocolate smoothie dish. It definitely beats traditional strawberry-banana smoothies!

Get our recipe for Mexican Chocolate Smoothie Bowl.

Waterbury Publications, Inc.

It’s easier than you would think to make ice cream at home. And if you’ve never thought of adding avocado to your ice cream, this recipe is a good place to start.

Get our recipe for Avocado ice cream.

Homemade taco seasoning mixed together in a bowl.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Whether you make these pork carnitas tacos or use ground beef, you will want some delicious taco seasoning available. Sure, you can buy a package in the store, but it’s almost as easy to mix it yourself. With seven spices along with salt and pepper, this taco seasoning will kick every dish up a notch.

Get our recipe for Taco seasoning.

Close up of shrimp tacos
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Prefer seafood rather than beef and chicken? This shrimp taco recipe was made for you. Paired with a margarita, it’s the perfect way to welcome the start of summer.

Get our recipe for Shrimp Tacos.

Chicken red pepper taco recipe on a plate
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Chicken gets a big boost in this taco recipe thanks to the flavors of roasted red pepper and taco seasoning. This recipe is a great candidate for inclusion in your regular Taco Tuesday rotation.

Get our recipe for chicken tacos with roasted red peppers.

Four barrels of pork carnitas on a plate
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Now turn up your slow cooker and you’ll have delicious tacos ready to go as dinner rolls around. With fresh flavors from oranges, pickled onions and coriander, these tacos will give a kick to any meal.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas tacos.

chicken fajitas recipe for a plate dinner
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

You don’t need a million pots and pans to make a tasty meal. A sheet of pan is all you need for these tasty fajitas.

Get our recipe for Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas.

Three tacos on a plate
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Not sure how to cook tilapia? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! The whole family will love this easy recipe for fish tacos.

Get our recipe for fishmonger with Tilapia and Avocado.

breakfast tacos recipe for a plate
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Yes, bacon may have a place in your Cinco de Mayo spread. These breakfast tacos have scrambled eggs and cheese – it would be almost criminal not to add bacon to this range.

Get our recipe for eggs and bacon breakfast tacos.

sweet potato and chorizo ​​taco recipe
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Balance the heat of the chorizo ​​with freshly cooked sweet potato. You add more fiber to your meal and the flavor pairing is an unexpected winner.

Get our recipe for Sweet Potato and Spicy Chorizo ​​Taco.

beef taco recipe
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Sometimes you just want a traditional standby and there is nothing wrong with that! This is where beef tacos come in. Simple and satisfying, they are the perfect addition to any Cinco de Mayo spread.

Get our beef recipe.

Steak taco with pico de gallo on a green plate.
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

If steak is not a regular part of your Taco Tuesday party, why not add it to the rotation? Paired with fresh pico de gallo, steak is a must for any taco spread.

Get our recipe for Steak Tacos.

Crock pot of chicken tacos in a salad and tortilla
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Slow cooker for victory! These Crock-Pot chicken tacos are so easy to assemble, which means you can focus on getting the rest of your Cinco de Mayo spread in order.

Get our recipe for Crock-pot Chicken Tacos.

Crock pot vegetarian chili recipe with cheese and cornbread for the table
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

If your quarantine man is a vegetarian, replace your beef chili recipe for this plant-based version instead. It pairs well with tortilla chips or cereal, and you don’t even want to miss the meat.

Get our recipe for Vegetarian Chili.

dip in salsa with a tortilla chip
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

When it comes to Cinco de Mayo, don’t forget the basics, like guacamole and salsa. Use this lightweight salsa recipe to fill your burritos and to dip tortilla chips.

Get our recipe for Salsa.

breakfast burrito cut in half on a plate ready to eat
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

How picture perfect is this breakfast burrito? Filled with eggs and soy chorizo, this recipe is an easy way to keep Cinco de Mayo festivities going all week.

Get our recipe for a breakfast burrito.

Paleo bacon chile burger
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

We said it before and we’ll say it again: Burgers can get a place in your Cinco de Mayo spread! This one, topped with guacamole and salsa, couldn’t be more festive.

Get our recipe for Bacon-Chile Burgers with Guacamole and Salsa.

keto avocado soup in bowl of spoon
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

If you’ve never had chilled avocado soup, try this recipe. Packed with flavors like cumin and chili powder, it will convert even bubbly hats into cold soup.

Get our recipe for Avocado Soup.

whole 30 burrito bowl of guacamole on top
Posie Brien / Eat This, Don’t It!

You don’t have to go to Chipotle to get a tasty burrito dish. The best part of this recipe? It doesn’t cost you $ 2 to add guacamole on top.

Get our recipe for Beef Burrito Bowls.

whole30 lime avocado mousse
Posie Brien / Eat This, Don’t It!

Not for avocado ice cream? There are still several ways to add the humble avocado to your dessert recipes. Once you’ve tried this lime avocado mousse, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it before.

Get our recipe for Lime Avocado Mousse.

holding steak fajita filling with pliers from an instant pot
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Once you’ve made these steak fajitas at home, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to recreate this classic restaurant dish.

Get our recipe for Steak Fajitas.

spoon holding chili from a bowl
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

Top your baked potatoes with it. Serve it with cornbread. Or, in the case of Cinco de Mayo, use it as a side dish for the perfect Mexican dinner. But you enjoy chili, this recipe is a bookmark for.

Get our recipe for Chili.

nacho cauli bowls
Lauren Volo / Eat This, Don’t It!

Yes, cauliflower can be part of Cinco de Mayo! You won’t even miss the chips.

Get our recipe for Nacho Cauliflower Tostadas.

white chicken chili in two bowls with coriander
Kiersten Hickman / Eat This, Don’t It!

If you want to switch things off from the traditional tomato-based chili, try a white chicken chili instead.

Get our recipe for White Chicken Chili.

flour omelet
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If you really want to take things to the next level with tacos at home and quesadillas, try making your own corn or flour tortillas. For flour tortillas, all you need is flour and shortening or butter; For corn tortillas, you need masa masa, water and salt.

Get our recipe for homemade tortillas.

Avocado margarita

Yes, you can enjoy avocado right in your margarita! This recipe brings together all the summer flavors you could wish for, complete with a delicious chili salt edge.

Get our recipe for an Avocado Pineapple Margarita.

whole 30 taco bowl
Posie Brien / Eat This, Don’t It!

Not in traditional tacos? Switch things up with a taco bowl instead. This recipe uses coconut cauliflower rice and mango salsa for an unexpected dose of fresh flavor.

Get our recipe for Fish Taco Bowls.

Paleo serves tuna taco
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Served tuna and pickled onions meet in this recipe for a flavor combination that blows you away. If you’ve never had a tuna taco before, be ready to be amazed.

Download our recipe for spicy tuna and avocado-fish tacos.

We couldn’t finish this recipe roundup without the most classic Cinco de Mayo option of all! This simple margarita recipe fits well with just about any food on this list.

Get our recipe for Classic Margaritas.

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