I love these recipes for Cinco de Mayo and could feast on each one of them all day and night — special holiday or not! I’m hoping you’ll feel the same way.
What does Cinco de Mayo celebrate?
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is very often thought of as Mexico’s Independence Day, but it’s not. Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16th.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates a victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It’s not widely celebrated in Mexico — in the United States however, the commercialization of the holiday has taken off and is mostly about food.
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Top Cinco de Mayo recipes . . .
Roasted Tomato Poblano Salsa
The smoky flavor and fresh ingredients in this salsa make it superb for chips, tacos, burritos, or to top meats, chicken and fish. And after all, you can’t really celebrate Cinco de Mayo without salsa! Right?
Puerco Con Salsa Verde
With succulent pieces of juicy pork, coated with a fresh, spicy Salsa Verde recipe, this popular Mexican dish, Puerco Con Salsa Verde, will have you licking your plate clean.
Roasted Poblano Guacamole Recipe
Hands down, my favorite guacamole of all time! It’s fresh and smoky all at once.
Pepper Jack Turkey-Pickled Onion Lettuce Tacos
These bundles of lettuce are packed with superb spicy, savory flavors, and are perfect for a lighter meal to go alongside the salsa and guacamole!
Tomatillo Shrimp Ceviche
This is the perfect starter for your Cinco de Mayo festivities this weekend! It’s fresh, light, and packed with delicious Latin flavors!
Mexican Chocolate Crème Brûlée
Mexican Chocolate Crème Brûlée is a fabulous Cinco de Mayo dessert. Every rich, chocolatey bite is subtly spiced with cinnamon, and the creamy texture is over the top! Whether you serve this for the holiday, or any day, it’s sure to make you happy.
Mexican Chocolate Spice Cookies
Mexican Chocolate Spice Cookies are little bites of melted chocolate, a subtle kick of heat, and a whole lot of sweetness. Delicious for Cinco de Mayo, or any day!
Blackened Fish Tacos
These soft tacos have a flavor combination that explodes with deliciousness. They’re spicy, cool, soft, crunchy, hearty and a touch sweet — all at once. You simply won’t be able to get enough.
Marinated Achiote Chicken
This beautiful, Marinated Achiote Chicken Recipe, also called Pollo Pibil, is juicy, succulent, and full of rich, deep Mexican flavors.
The Best Vegetarian Enchiladas
These are the Best Vegetarian Enchiladas Ever! Not only because of the delicious produce packed into the warm tortillas, but also because of the method in which the vegetables are cooked, and a secret, unexpected ingredient.
Mango Avocado Chipotle Salsa
Beautiful and crazy delicious, easy and versatile, it’s wonderful in so many different recipes and it will brighten up your summer barbecue or dinner party.
More Cinco de Mayo recipes:
- Pickled Tomato-Pulled Pork Tacos
- Halibut Blood Orange Ceviche Tacos
- Chopped Mexican Salad with Pepitas