30 Cinco de Mayo Foods


Cinco de Mayo Foods

Since we love Mexican food and culture, here is a round-up of some delicious Cinco de Mayo Foods featuring authentic Mexican and healthy Mexican-inspired recipes. 

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.  It is not Mexican Independence Day, it is actually 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.

While much of Mexican food has become Americanized with loads of gooey cheese and refried beans, traditional Mexican food is steeped in history from the native Aztecs and Mayans to the Spanish settlers.  The dominant theme is fresh ingredients that can be harvested from the land, including corn, beans, chile peppers, avocados, mango, native pork, beef, and fresh seafood along the coastal regions.    

Mexican food is full of flavor and can be moderately spicy depending on the chiles used. 

Cinco De Mayo Appetizers and Sides

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with fresh guacamole, pico, mango salsa, some taquitos and more! 


Perfect Guacamole

Pico de Gallo Recipe

Mango Avocado Salsa

Elotes Recipe  – Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Grilled Mexican Street Corn Salad Recipe

Easy Baked Taquitos

Hatch Green Chile Queso Dip

Baked Hatch Chile Breakfast Taquitos With Salsa Verde

Bay Scallop Ceviche – While Ceviche is Peruvian in origin, it is popular in coastal regions of Mexico where fresh seafood is readily available. 


Taco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

While the origin of tacos can be debated amongst the central American countries, we believe they originated in Mexico and will celebrate Taco Tuesday every week with a different taco flavor each week.    From traditional beef tacos to healthier chicken tacos, fish tacos and even vegan cauliflower tacos – we can’t get enough!  Check out our 12 favorite taco recipes below. 


Sirloin Carne Asada Tacos

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Beef Birria and Birria Tacos

Grilled Shrimp Tacos With Creamy Avocado Dressing

Beer Battered Baja Fish Tacos

Spicy Cod Fish Tacos With Jalapeno Lime Slaw

Chipotle Grilled Fish Tacos

Cheesy Turkey Taco Skillet

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos With Lime Green Chile Crema

Grilled Swordfish Tacos With Mango Avocado Salsa

Grilled Chicken Tacos With Pineapple Salsa

Grilled Salmon Tacos With Poblano, Corn and Chili Lime Butter

Enchiladas, Beef and Carnitas Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Mexican enchiladas are a historic and important part of Mexican culture. The practice of rolling tortillas around fish or other food actually dates back to the Aztecs! And the name enchilada comes from the Spanish word enchilar which means, “to season with chili.”


Pork Carnitas Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Carnitas

Mexican Shredded Beef (and Burritos)

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Chipotle Burrito Bowl With Beef Barbacoa

Skillet Enchiladas

Vegetarian Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

Healthy Mexican Soup Recipes


Crockpot Posole Recipe

Mexican Chicken Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Mexican Rockfish Stew

Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

The history of a margarita is hotly contested.  Some believe margaritas originated in Mexico, while others believe they originated in Texas and even in California.  Margarita in Spanish means Daisy, so there is a belief that the drink may have been named after a pretty girl named Margarita. What is known for certain is that tequila and mezcal, the primary liquors in margaritas absolutely originated from Mexico, which is why margaritas are believed to have originated there as well. 

Whoever invented the margarita, we are forever grateful as the drink of tequila, agave, and lime juice holds a special place in our appreciation of everything Mexican. 


The Best Watermelon Margarita

Mango Margarita

Apple Cider Margarita

Mexican Desserts

Traditional Mexican desserts include churros, Banuelos, Mexican wedding cookies, tres leches cake, flan (from a Spanish influence), and paletas.  Paletas are popsicles made of pulp and juice of local fruits. 


Mango Popsicles

Strawberry Kiwi Popsicles


Tres Leches Cake



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