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Top 15 Cinco de Mayo Food Ideas

Buñuelos Recipe

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Cinco de Mayo (the Fifth of May) is a traditional Mexican holiday created to commemorate the unlikely 1862 victory of the Mexican army over French adversaries at the Battle of Puebla. Since the Franco-Mexican War, people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border have celebrated Mexican resiliency through hosting Cinco de Mayo parties featuring traditional and not-so-traditional Cinco de Mayo food. Our collection of Cinco de Mayo food ideas features Mexican cuisine favorites and Cinco de Mayo recipes inspired by Mexican traditions and cultures. From appetizers to desserts, the following list of Cinco de Mayo food options will help you plan your Cinco de Mayo party menu!

1. Green Creamy Guacamole

Green Creamy Guacamole

You can't have a Cinco de Mayo party without guacamole! This easy guacamole is the perfect appetizer because it only takes 15 minutes to make and yields 12 servings.

2. Fresh Salsa Recipe with Tomatoes

Fresh Salsa with Tomatoes

Similarly, no Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without some salsa! This sensible salsa recipe can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours before serving.

3. Fresh Corn & Avocado Salsa

Fresh Corn & Avocado Salsa

Combine the main ingredient of salsa with that of guacamole and you get delicious avocado salsa. This corn, tomato and avocado salsa recipe is ready for dipping in just 10 minutes. Don't forget the tortilla chips!

4. Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

Supplement your scoopable starters with Shrimp Ceviche. This Latin American-inspired seafood recipe features cooked shrimp and can be prepared in advance.

5. No-Fuss Chiles Rellenos Skillet

No-Fuss Chiles Rellenos Skillet

Roast some poblano chiles to make this delicious stuffed peppers side dish. You can also include some rice or corn tortillas on your menu to pair with this veggie dish.

6. Cheesy Chicken Tostadas

Cheesy Chicken Tostadas

Try these terrific tostadas if you're a fan of tacos and other great Mexican-style dishes. Guests will definitely enjoy these tostadas topped with chicken, cheese, salsa, and more flavors.

7. Black Bean Tamales with Mole

Serve some delicious tamales next to the tostadas to add unique Latin American flavors to your Cinco de Mayo food menu. You can use prepared masa dough for these tamales or make your own with masa harina, broth, lard and sour cream.

8. Grilled Nopales Huaraches

Grilled Nopales Huaraches

Go for genuine Mexican flavors and taste with this Nopales huaraches recipe. Ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes, this dish features edible cactus paddles and tomatillos (Mexican husk tomatoes).

9. Grilled Beef Mole

Grilled Beef Mole

Steak, tortillas and mole sauce: what more could you want? This easy-to-make beef mole recipe yields delicious Cinco de Mayo food in under 20 minutes.

10. Quick Carrot-Chicken Mole

Quick Carrot-Chicken Mole

For guests who prefer chicken over beef, this Mexican mole recipe will do the trick. With peanuts, peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate, garlic, chile pepper powder and more, this chicken mole recipe is a wondrous take on a Mexican classic.

11. Chicken Flautas

Chicken Flautas

On the topic of chicken, we think you and your Cinco de Mayo party guests will love these Chicken Flautas. Topped with cheese, shredded cabbage (or lettuce) and salsa, these Chicken Flautas are delicious!

12. Cream Cheese Flan Recipe

It's dessert time with our fantastic flan recipe! See this five-ingredient flan recipe in action when you visit our Cream Cheese Flan Recipe page.

13. Chocolate Tres Leches Cake

Along with flan, another popular Mexican dessert is tres leches cake. Watch our cooking video to see how to create a chocolate twist on traditional tres leches recipes. You can use this Chocolate Tres Leches Cake recipe to make Cinco de Mayo cupcakes or cake.

14. Mexican Buñuelos Recipe

Buñuelos Recipe

Buñuelos take a little longer to prepare than some of our easier Mexican-inspired dessert recipes, but the wait is definitely worth it with this recipe! Served with caramel and chocolate sauces and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, these Mexican buñuelos are amazing!

15. Chocolate-Dipped Churros

Chocolate-Dipped Churros

Churros are not classic Mexican desserts, but they are super popular in the United States and other countries. Because of their popularity, ending your Cinco de Mayo party with these chocolate-y churros will make you the most popular party host around!

For more Mexican-inspired Cinco de Mayo food ideas, check out our recipes for tamales, enchiladas and empanadas. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

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