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This post was updated on May 1, 2018.
If you’re reading this from Mexico, you might be asking, “What’s so important about celebrating Cinco de Mayo?” Well, I’m here to tell you, it’s a big day in the United States. For years in the US, it’s been a day of fiestas and festivals, where Mexican’s share their culture and delicious foods with each other and their neighbors. Nowadays, even non-Mexicans throw parties to celebrate!
If you live in the United States, or anywhere else for that matter, and plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the rest of us, which I hope you do, I have some delicious ideas for great foods, beverages and desserts to make your job easier:
Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas
Mexican Party Foods
If you’re looking for great bite-sized appetizers, tacos, molletes and quesadillas all work great. If you’re hungry for something more substantial, try my pozole, you won’t regret it. Click on the title of each plate below to see its recipe.
Spicy chorizo with corn and roasted onion and avocado salsa.
Delicious shredded beef cooked in spices and served in a corn tortilla.
Pork cooked to perfection in a special blend of spices and served with pineapple, cilantro, onion, lime, and salsa. My son’s favorite!
These little baskets are made with slices of potato and filled with a combination of potato and chorizo. Top them with green or avocado salsa.
A light pozole, slightly spicy and brimming with flavor. You can make it spicier by adding more chiles. The broth gets its groove from tomatillos, serrano chiles and cilantro. Serve with tostadas (baked tortillas) and a cornucopia of traditional fixings.
Classic Pozole consists of a broth made from pork and a dried red chile we call “seco.” You can find it in the Hispanic section or chile section of your supermarket. Serve with lettuce, onion, radish, lime juice, and tostadas (baked tortillas).
A combination of two popular home dishes, quesadillas and nachos. Serve with chiles in vinegar and guacamole.
Simple, but, oh, so satisfying.
Snacks and Salsas
Make sure to spread out bowls of delicious salsas, nachos and guacamole on all your tables so your guests can get at them easily. Don’t forget your chips.
Make in minutes with tomatillos, onion, chiles, cilantro and more.
Tomatoes, onion, and dried chile with cilantro and salt.
Not to be confused with guacamole, a combination of salsa verde and guacamole. A staple in our home. Irresistible.
Traditionally referred to as salsa in the United States, Pico de Gallo is a fresh combination of tomatoes, onions, serrano chiles and more.
Need we say more?
My family’s traditional recipe. Your guests will beg for more.
Sweet, sour, and spicy all at once. Light and fresh.
Some of our favorite traditional beverages work perfectly for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.
This is a family favorite. My secret is to use the lime rind. Try it!
This recipe reminds me of the agua fresca I enjoyed at the ice cream shop in my hometown.
A refreshing beverage made with watermelon and lime.
A classic. Deep, refreshing, sweet, and colorful.
A refreshing variation of a traditional rice-based beverage. Delicious!
Tres Leches Cake is our favorite, but flan, gelatin, and pie aren’t far behind. I recommend preparing desserts one or two days before to save time and to guarantee they are well chilled before serving.
The Mexican classic you’ve heard about. It’s very easy. Try it!
My recipe has a much lighter consistency than the cheesecake you may be used to. Serve with fruit and whipped cream.
I love lemon and blueberries together!
Another delicious variation of the popular Mexican flan.
Cool, refreshing, and spicy!
The ginger gives this sorbet a little kick! I love it and so do my boys!
Gelatin is practically the national dessert in Mexico. Simple to make, sweet and smooth. Serve with fruit and rompope. A family tradition!
Very popular in my family. Beautiful and delicious.
Easy and fast to make at home. Try it!
Happy Cinco de Mayo!