New Recipe: The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Menu Guide

Find the easiest Cinco de Mayo Menu ideas that everyone will love! Choose from the best Cinco de Mayo appetizers, salads, sides, mains and of course, drinks to design your Cinco menu!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration that everyone can enjoy, and what better way to celebrate than with some delicioso food and drink?

A white plate with three hard shell beef tacos topped with cheese.

Originally published April 24, 2020 and updated April 27, 2021 with fresh content and photos.

Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican celebration of victory over the French, but on the lighter side of this holiday, it is also the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite Mexican eats.

Truly, as though we need any excuse to eat Mexican food, am I right?

The Best Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I’d be lying if I said we don’t enjoy Mexican all year long! After all, these are some of the easiest, most flavorful recipes around… but an extra reason to celebrate means friends and family can join in the fun!

After years of creating easy, delicious recipes to share, I’ve had so many requests to combine holiday menu ideas into one convenient place. It makes it so much easier to share a variety of recipes that fit into the category you’re searching for!

We’ve now got an incredible Thanksgiving dinner guide, a round-up of 125 incredible Easter recipes, the best New Year’s Eve recipes, even a Fourth of July recipe guide! 

A hand reaching into a bowl of white queso with a tortilla chip, topped with pico de gallo

This Cinco de Mayo menu is designed with a few calorie splurges, with lots of rich cheesy dips and festive entrees your family will love!

I’ve yet to try making tres leches cakes, but thinking about tackling it this year!

This list of Mexican-inspired recipes is organized by category: Cinco de Mayo appetizers, mains, Cinco de Mayo drinks and even a few desserts. You’ll simply click the name of one you’re interested in and head directly to that specific printable recipe post! 

White surface with a bowl of cilantro crema with a few cilantro leaves on top.

Lighter Mexican Inspired Ideas

With keto and calorie friendly eats, Cinco de Mayo drinks, and more, there’s truly something for everyone in this line-up!

This menu is anything but boring even if you’re watching your calorie intake or sticking with a lifestyle like Keto or Whole 30.

In lieu of fried ice cream, try the fresh lime sorbet linked at the bottom of this post! 

From a skinny margarita for a Cinco de Mayo cocktail, to a zesty light and healthy grilled chicken, this menu has it all, covering everyone on your guest list with a variety of fresh and healthy ideas.

Host a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

In a few simple steps you’ll have a party that will leave everyone talking!

A white surface with a bottle of tequila, a sprig of mint and a margarita in a clear glass.

Let’s Fiesta Like There’s No Mañana!

There are a few items that will help with your grocery lists because we use them in so many of these recipes. Add any of these herbs, toppings, etc, and your fiesta will be delicious regardless of what you choose to serve! 

  • Cilantro
  • Romaine lettuce (for a taco topping or salad)
  • Green onions
  • Limes
  • Avocados
  • Onions – red or yellow
  • Bell peppers
  • Tomatoes (for Pico de Gallo of course)
  • Refried beans
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Fresh corn
  • Tortillas – corn or flour
  • Taco shells
  • Cotija cheese, crumbled
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cumin
A sheet pan full of delicious chicken nachos for a cinco de mayo menu item

Let’s kick it off with Cinco de Mayo Appetizers, shall we? 

Cinco de Mayo Appetizers and Sides

Easy Mexican inspired Cinco de Mayo appetizers that are always crowd pleasers!

Cinco de Mayo Sauces, Dressings and Spices

Cinco de Mayo Cocktails

Refreshing Mexican cocktails made with rum and tequila.

The Ultimate Fiesta-Inspired Dessert

While fried ice cream is always considered a classic Mexican-American dessert option, don’t forget about cheesecakes, churros topped with cinnamon sugar, flan and so much more.

Several of these options fit within those flavor profiles, so you’ve got to try these fun ideas!

What’s on your Cinco de Mayo menu this year? Do you gravitate towards tried and true classics, or do you like to try something new? I’d love to hear from you!

If you try any of these easy recipes, please be sure to come back and use the five star rating system and leave a comment- it not only helps me, but other readers as well! 

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