Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

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For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means they have a pretty darn good excuse to enjoy Mexican food and probably a few too many margaritas. We love Mexican food! So we rounded up our best Cinco de Mayo recipes from our Mexican recipe collection to help you celebrate!

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is actually the celebration of the courage of the Mexican people during a battle in the city of Puebla, Mexico (100 miles east of Mexico City). This battle occurred on May 5th, 1862, naturally called “the Battle of Puebla.” During this battle, about 4,500 Mexican soldiers defeated the Mexican traitors and a French army of 6,500.

Cinco de Mayo is often a misunderstood holiday. Many think this day is the celebration of Mexican independence, but that happened 50 years before the Battle of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated on a larger scale here in the United States than in Mexico.

Regardless of the real reason this holiday came to be, Cinco de Mayo translates into a celebration of Mexican culture, food, music, and beverage.

Cinco De Mayo Recipes

From appetizers and soups to main courses, let us help you plan your fiesta with these Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas. Have fun exploring some of our best Mexican recipes!


Appetizers

Guacamole with cilantro and mountain view
Guacamole
Served smooth or chunky, this guacamole gets flavor from cumin and a little bit of heat from cayenne pepper. Flavorful, clean, and healthy!
Check out this recipe
prepared guacamole in mortar bowl
Stuffed poblano peppers
Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Stuffed poblano peppers are stuffed with sweet pops of heat, sauteed onions, jalapenos, black beans, sweet corn, chunky salsa and cheese.
Check out this recipe
stuffed poblano peppers on sheet pan
vegetarian nachos on a plate with lime slices
Vegetarian Nachos
These vegetarian nachos can be made with tortilla chips covered in cheeses, black beans and any meatless toppings you choose. A quick, easy meatless meal!
Check out this recipe
These vegetarian nachos can be made with tortilla chips covered in cheeses, black beans and any meatless toppings you choose. A quick, easy meatless meal! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Soups & Chili

chicken enchilada chili served in bowl with spoon and napkin
Chicken Enchilada Chili
Create a meal that tastes just like you slow-cooked it all day with this chicken enchilada chili. This hearty and flavorful dish comes together quickly!
Check out this recipe
chicken enchilada chili in a bowl
crock-pot Mexican chicken soup in bowl with mountain view
Crock-Pot Mexican Chicken Soup
Inspired by Ina Garten, this Mexican chicken soup is made in the crock-pot. This soup is filled with chicken, vegetables, and Mexican flavors you’ll love!
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Inspired by Ina Garten, this Mexican chicken soup is made in the crock-pot. This soup is filled with chicken, vegetables, and Mexican flavors you'll love! | TheMountainKitchen.com
bowl of black bean soup with mountain view
Healthy Crock-Pot Black Bean Soup
This healthy crock-pot black bean soup is packed with hearty plant-based protein, veggie, and spice and oh so easy to make. It practically makes itself!
Check out this recipe
healthy crock-pot black bean soup
poblano corn chowder in bowl with lime slice
Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder
This creamy and mildly spiced roasted poblano corn chowder with poblano chili peppers comes alive when splashed with fresh lime juice just before eating.
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This creamy and mildly spiced roasted poblano corn chowder with poblano chili peppers comes alive when splashed with fresh lime juice just before eating. | TheMountainKitchen.com
steaming spoonful of white bean and pork chili
White Bean and Pork Chili
Rich pork, mild chiles and gooey cheese come together in a rich broth with fresh lime to make White Bean and Pork Chili. An easy weeknight dinner recipe!
Check out this recipe
white bean and pork chili

Main Courses

Steak and Refried Bean Enchilada on plate with mountain view
Steak and Refried Bean Enchiladas
Steak and Refried Bean Enchiladas are flour tortillas filled with refried beans, steak, and cheese, then rolled, topped with enchilada sauce and cheese.
Check out this recipe
Steak and Refried Bean Enchilada on plate with mountain view
grilled chicken fajitas on plate with tortilla and lime slices
Grilled Chicken Fajitas
These delicious grilled chicken fajitas are a breeze to make with grilled chicken thighs with Mexican spices served with grilled vegetables on a tortilla.
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These delicious grilled chicken fajitas are a breeze to make with grilled chicken thighs with Mexican spices served with grilled vegetables on a tortilla. | TheMountainKitchen.com
pork carnitas with margaritas and mountain view
Oven-Roasted Pork Carnitas With Orange Cabbage Slaw
Oven-Roasted carnitas a Mexican dish of braised pork in a broth, then shredded and cooked until crispy. Serve in tacos, burritos or nachos!
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Pork Carnitas are cooked slowly in s rich flavorful broth before putting it into the oven to become crispy and caramelized. The deeply flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth oven-roasted pork carnitas are perfect for filling tacos, burritos or placing on top of nachos with a crunchy, refreshing orange cabbage slaw. | TheMountainKitchen.com
homemade cheese and bean enchiladas
Cheese and Bean Enchiladas
These homemade cheese and bean enchiladas are filled with beans and cheese then smothered in a robust enchilada sauce made from scratch.
Check out this recipe
homemade cheese and bean enchiladas
refried bean and cheese quesadillas on plate
Refried Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
These refried bean and cheese quesadillas, are filled with refried beans, and cheese and can be made with unlimited vegetarian filling and toppings. 
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These refried bean and cheese quesadillas, filled with refried beans, roasted poblano peppers and cheese and can be made with unlimited vegetarian toppings. | TheMountainKitchen.com
Mexican deviled chicken in serving dish
Mexican Deviled Chicken | Pollo a la Diabla
Mexican deviled chicken is an authentic taste of Mexico! Tender, juicy seared chicken smothered in a smoky, spicy tomato-based sauce. It’s so easy to make!
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Mexican deviled chicken is an authentic taste of Mexico! Tender, juicy seared chicken smothered in a smoky, spicy tomato based sauce. It's so easy to make!
authentic chiles rellenos on plate with mountain view
Authentic Chiles Rellenos
Authentic Chiles Rellenos is a classic Mexican dish made of chiles, stuffed with cheese, fried in egg batter until golden brown, and served in tomato sauce.
Check out this recipe
Authentic Chiles Rellenos on plate ready to eat

From the Grill & Smoker

carne asada cooking on grill
Carne Asada
Carne asada can be served as a quick and easy weeknight meal from the grill as a main dish or as an ingredient in tacos, fajitas and burritos!
Check out this recipe
carne asada cooking on grill
Applewood Smoked Pork Carnitas with Spicy Cabbage Slaw, shredded smoky bits of incredibly flavorful pork on top of a warm tortilla with spicy cabbage slaw. | TheMountainKitchen.com
Applewood Smoked Pork Carnitas with Spicy Cabbage Slaw
Applewood smoked pork carnitas are made of shredded bits of flavorful smoky pork served on top of a warm tortilla with spicy cabbage slaw.
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Applewood Smoked Pork Carnitas with Spicy Cabbage served on a tortilla

Side Dishes

Christina’s Refried Beans {Crock-Pot “Refried” Beans
These traditional refried beans are even better than restaurant style beans. They are creamy, smoky and seasoned perfectly. A great Mexican side dish!
Check out this recipe
refried beans in bowl
grilled corn black bean salad served on black plate
Grilled Corn Black Bean Salad
Simple ingredients with tons of flavor, Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad is a fiesta in a bowl, with corn, beans, tomatoes, avocado, and lime dressing.
Check out this recipe
grilled corn black bean salad in bowl
homemade flour tortillas on plate
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Tender, fresh and fluffy these homemade flour tortillas use simple ingredients and have easy-to-follow instructions. Try some tonight!
Check out this recipe
homemade flour tortillas on plate
stirring enchilada sauce
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
This homemade enchilada sauce made of dried New Mexico chilies has bold, beautiful flavors and it’s so good, you’ll never buy canned enchilada sauce again.
Check out this recipe
enchilada sauce in a pot
Mexican rice in bowl
Mexican Rice
Restaurant-style Mexican rice can easily be made at home. It is a flavorful accompaniment to any of your homemade Mexican dishes. Delicious!
Check out this recipe
Mexican Rice

Drinks

dangerously good margaritas
Dangerously Good Margaritas
This dangerously good margaritas recipe makes one of the best Margaritas I have ever had and is too good not to share again. Bartender, get ready!
Check out this recipe
dangerously good margaritas

Cinco De Mayo is the perfect excuse to get together and enjoy their delicious cuisine with family and friends! Which one of these recipes are you going to make? We love hearing from you. Comment below!

Happy Cinco de Mayo Friends!

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