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25+ Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Let’s taco ’bout a fiesta! This Cinco de Mayo recipe round-up features over two dozen Mexican-inspired mains, sides, soups, salads, pasta, beverages, and more, packed with vibrant flavors and fun twists on the classics. Get ready to whip up a delicious celebration your family and friends won’t forget.

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Food on Tortillas

It’s just not a Cinco de Mayo celebration without your favorite ingredients showcased on some kind of flour-based foundation. Discover my favorite tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and more!

Loaded Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos

Three vegetarian guacamole tacos lined up on a baking sheet.
Guac Attack! These Loaded Vegetarian Guacamole Tacos are overflowing with creamy guac, black beans, sweet corn, and fire-roasted peppers. Flavor so good, it should be illegal (but it totally is. Vegan & dairy-free, even)!
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Super Stacked Quesadilla Pie

A slice of quesadilla pie on a wooden cutting board.
The only thing better than a quesadilla is a cheesy quesadilla piled high with your favorite fillings. This Super Stacked Quesadilla Pie is a five-layer wonder of cheese, veggies, guacamole, and beans. Perfect for dinner with a side of chips.
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Grilled Surf ‘n Turf Party Nachos with Avocado Cotija Sauce

Overhead shot of Grilled Surf n Turf Nachos on a cast iron griddle.
Nachos fit for a party! These crowd-pleasing Grilled Surf 'n Turf Nachos cover all the flavor bases, with lots of savory steak and succulent shrimp, topped with lots of cheese and a flavor-charged guacamole salsa. And they're grilled outdoors for extra party fun.
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Sweet Potato Nachos with Creamy Guacamole Salsa

Forget boring chips – Sweet Potato Nachos are the ultimate vegetarian party starter! Crispy-tender sweet potatoes, zesty corn, peppers, melty cotija, and a crave-worthy guacamole salsa…it's a flavor explosion! Plus, easy sheet pan magic means less mess, more fiesta!
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Vegetarian Mexican Pizza

Skip the takeout! This veggie-loaded Mexican Pizza is bursting with flavor and ready in 30 minutes flat. Think refried black bean "salsa sauce," melty cheese, and all your favorite toppings. Weeknight dinner win!
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Soups

In the U.S., we might not immediately think sopa when planning a Cinco de Mayo menu, but I’m hoping you’ll change your mind after browsing some of my favorite Mexican- and Tex-Mex-inspired soups!

Mexican Street Corn Soup

This Mexican Street Corn Soup captures all the creamy, cheesy, smoky magic of the classic street food. Fresh summer corn, spices, and a touch of crema = pure comfort in every spoonful. If you love corn chowder, you'll love the kicked up flavors in this soup!
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Taco Soup

Overhead view of Taco Soup in a black bowl.
Spice up your Taco Tuesday with this easy one-pot Taco Soup! Imagine all those craveable taco flavors – but with the cozy, comforting vibes of your favorite soup. Weeknight dinner just got way more exciting!
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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Overhead view of Chicken Tortilla Soup in a light gray mug.
This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup delivers all the rich, satisfying flavor you crave, but with way less weeknight hassle. Think tender chicken, zesty spices, and a creamy, cheesy finish. It's a cozy classic made easy!
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Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

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Warm up with a fiesta in a bowl! This Chicken Enchilada Soup is packed with tender chicken, melty cheese, and all the zesty flavors of your favorite enchiladas. Stovetop or slow cooker – you choose the fiesta route!
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Salads & Bowls

Classic Mexican cuisine ingredients make incredible salads and rice and grain bowls. Whether you’re opting for something hearty, or light and greens-based, I hope you’ll find a delicious temptation in this Cinco de Mayo collection.

Spicy Shrimp with Sweet and Zesty Mango Salsa Cinco De Mayo Bowls

Angled view of a Spicy Shrimp Cinco de Mayo Bowl.
Kick off summer with a fiesta in a bowl! Spicy Shrimp & Zesty Mango Salsa make these Cinco de Mayo Bowls burst with fresh, vibrant flavors.
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Mango Avocado Taquitos Salad Bowl

Side view of a mango avocado salad topped with taquitos.
This Mango Avocado Taquitos Salad Bowl is a fiesta of flavors and textures. Think crunchy taquitos, creamy avocado, sweet mango, and a zesty cilantro lime vinaigrette. It's so fresh and vibrant, you'll forget you're eating your greens!
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Fish Taco Bowls

Angled side view of a Fish Taco Bowl.
Switch up your Taco Tuesday go-to with a yummy Fish Taco Bowl. All of your favorite fish taco flavors in a hearty bowl!
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Beef Fajita Salad with Creamy Salsa Dressing

Ingredients for beef fajita salad spread out on a board.
A summer flavor explosion in a bowl! This Beef Fajita Salad is bursting with juicy steak, crisp veggies, and a creamy Tex-Mex salsa dressing. It's a light but satisfying way to celebrate the season's best ingredients.
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Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bowls

Angled view of a large Chicken Enchilada Bowl.
Enchilada night just got easy! These Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Bowls are all your favorite Mexican flavors in one cozy dish. Whip them up with leftovers in a flash, or make 'em fresh — either way, it's pure comfort food.
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Pasta

For this girl’s tastes, there’s nothing quite like the fusion of carby pasta with Mexican-inspired ingredients. Celebrate this fusion May 5th holiday with some pasta that’s ready for a fiesta!

Mexican Pasta Bake

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I'll admit, this dish took even me by surprise when I first pulled it out of the oven. The combination of flavors and textures was amazing. This Mexican Pasta Bake is a mish-mash of zesty flavors — chorizo, veggies, and a creamy red sauce topped with melty cheese — and comforting pasta. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!
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Tex Mex Tortellini

Overhead view of a bowl of Tex-Mex Tortellini.
Craving a cozy, carby, cheesy, flavor bomb? This Tex-Mex Tortellini is your weeknight hero! Pillowy tortellini, bold Tex-Mex spices, and a creamy, melty sauce … it's comfort food with an epic kick. Get ready to fall in love!
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Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Pasta Shells

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Move over lasagna! Enchilada Stuffed Shells are the ultimate cheesy, veggie-loaded flavor mashup of Italian- and Mexican-inspired cuisines. Think big shells stuffed with black beans, spices, and a zesty enchilada sauce. It's a vegetarian fiesta in every bite!
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Sides

Every taco or burrito needs a good side or two. Here are a few deliciosas, Mexican-inspired suggestions.

Instant Pot Refried Black Beans

Refried black beans, made in the Instant Pot, finishing up in a cast iron skillet.
These Instant Pot Refried Black Beans are surprisingly easy, incredibly flavorful, and way healthier than store-bought. Creamy, crave-worthy, and perfect for so many dishes — you'll never go back to canned!
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Cilantro Lime Rice

This zesty Cilantro Lime Rice is bursting with bright, fresh flavor and ridiculously easy to make. Perfect for tacos, bowls, stews, and more – it's your new go-to side dish!
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Spicy Green Rice

Spicy Green Rice on a dark gray plate.
This Spicy Green Rice in a beautifully flavored sauce is rice leveled up – herby, zesty, and just the right amount of heat. Serve over rice, tacos, stir-fries … or eat it straight from the spoon!
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Grilled Chile Cheese Rellenos

Cheesy rellenos on the grill!
Spice up your grill game! These smoky Grilled Chile Cheese Rellenos are packed with authentic Mexican flavors – roasted poblanos, melty cheese, and all the fixings. It's a taste sensation!
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Appetizers & Condiments

It’s not a proper party without Cinco de Mayo-themed appetizers. Also discover delicious condiments that will complement your main dishes.

Triple Layer Guacamole Creamy Cotija and Confetti Salsa Party Dip

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This Triple Layer Guacamole Dip is the ultimate fiesta in a bowl! Creamy guac, zesty salsa, and a cheesy surprise layer — it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
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Vegan Queso Stuffed Mini Peppers

Overhead view of vegan queso stuffed mini peppers arranged on a white, round serving board.
These Vegan Queso Stuffed Mini Peppers are the ultimate party snack, bursting with creamy, spicy nacho cheese flavor. They're so good, nobody will believe they're vegan! Perfect for your next cookout.
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Wickedly Good Fish Taco Sauce

This Wickedly Good Fish Taco Sauce is creamy, tangy, and perfectly spiced. It takes your tacos to the next level in under 5 minutes! Plus, it's a killer veggie dip. It's a fish taco game changer, that you'll also want to drizzle on everything.

Refrigerator Pickled Jalapenos

Two jars of refrigerator pickled jalapenos.
Spice up your snacking! These Refrigerated Pickled Jalapeños are ridiculously easy to make – no canning required! Zesty, crunchy, and perfect for topping everything from nachos to chili!
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Beverages

Be sure to wash down all that delicious food with some refreshing drinks!

New Year’s Margarita

New Year's Margarita
My family-favorite New Year's Margarita is the go-to libation for all of our parties. This easy-to-make and deliciously fruity and frosty concoction is crafted to add an extra sparkle to your festivities.
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Super Fresh DIY Margarita Mix

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Ditch the store-bought mixes! This homemade Super Fresh Margarita Mix is a breeze to make with fresh lime juice, a touch of sweetness, and that classic margarita zing. Perfect for whipping up a crowd-pleasing pitcher.
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Refreshing, Nourishing Vitamin Water

Level up your healthy hydration habit with delicious Homemade Fruit-Infused Vitamin Water. It's a burst of natural flavor, packed with fruity goodness. Say goodbye to sugary drinks – this is healthy refreshment you'll actually crave!
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I hope these festive recipes help you create a delicious and memorable Cinco de Mayo celebration! If you try any of the dishes, I’d love to hear how they turned out! Tag @soupaddict on social. ¡Olé!

Karen xo