Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

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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!

Cinco de mayo party ideas

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.

CHORIZO TACOS:

Spicy chorizo with corn and roasted onion and avocado salsa.

Tacos de chorizo

SHREDDED BEEF AND CHIPOTLE TACOS:

Delicious shredded beef cooked in spices and served in a corn tortilla.

Shredded beef tacos deshebrada

TACOS AL PASTOR:

Pork cooked to perfection in a special blend of spices and served with pineapple, cilantro, onion, lime, and salsa. My son’s favorite!

Tacos al pastor

CHORIZO POTATO BITES WITH SALSA VERDE :

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.

Potato baskets with salsa - Canastas de papa con salsa de aguacate

GREEN POZOLE WITH CHICKEN:

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.

Pozole verde de pollo - mamalatinatips.com

RED POZOLE:

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).

Plato de pozole rojo - mamalatinatips.com

NACHO STYLE QUESADILLAS:

A combination of two popular home dishes, quesadillas and nachos. Serve with chiles in vinegar and guacamole.

Nacho quesadillas (Quesadillas al estilo nachos)

MOLLETES:

Simple, but, oh, so satisfying.

Molletes - mamalatinatips.com

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.

SALSA VERDE or GREEN SALSA:

Make in minutes with tomatillos, onion, chiles, cilantro and more.

salsa verde - mamalatinatips.com

CHUNKY RED SALSA:

Tomatoes, onion, and dried chile with cilantro and salt.

Salsa roja martajada con cuchara - mamalatinatips.com

AVOCADO SALSA:

Not to be confused with guacamole, a combination of salsa verde and guacamole. A staple in our home. Irresistible.

Salsa de Aguacate

PICO DE GALLO:

Traditionally referred to as salsa in the United States, Pico de Gallo is a fresh combination of tomatoes, onions, serrano chiles and more.

pico de gallo - mamalatinatips.com

CHORIZO NACHOS A LA MEXICANA:

Need we say more?

nachos de chorizo a la mexicana en platón

GUACAMOLE:

My family’s traditional recipe. Your guests will beg for more.

Guacamole tradicional by MamaLatinaTips.com

MANGO SALSA:

Sweet, sour, and spicy all at once. Light and fresh.

Receta de salsa de mango - mamalatinatips.com

Bebidas

Some of our favorite traditional beverages work perfectly for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.

LIME AGUA FRESCA RECIPE:

This is a family favorite. My secret is to use the lime rind. Try it!

Agua Fresca de Limón

PINEAPPLE COCONUT AGUA FRESCA:

This recipe reminds me of the agua fresca I enjoyed at the ice cream shop in my hometown.

Pineapple coconut agua fresca by mamalatinatips.com

WATERMELON COOLER:

A refreshing beverage made with watermelon and lime.

Agua de Sandía Watermelon Cooler Mama Latina Tips

JAMAICA AGUA FRESCA:

A classic. Deep, refreshing, sweet, and colorful.

Agua de jamaica by mamalatinatips.com

STRAWBERRY HORCHATA:

A refreshing variation of a traditional rice-based beverage. Delicious!

Horchata de Fresa

DESSERTS

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.

THREE MILK CAKE:

The Mexican classic you’ve heard about. It’s very easy. Try it!

Rebanada de pastel de tres leches

TRADITIONAL MEXICAN CHEESECAKE:

My recipe has a much lighter consistency than the cheesecake you may be used to. Serve with fruit and whipped cream.

Pay de Queso - mamalatinatips.com

BLUEBERRY LEMON FLAN:

I love lemon and blueberries together!

Lemon Blueberry Flan

STRAWBERRY FLAN:

Another delicious variation of the popular Mexican flan.

Strawberry flan by mamalatinatips.com

SPICY LIME GRANITA:

Cool, refreshing, and spicy!

raspado de limón con chile

STRAWBERRY GINGER SORBET:

The ginger gives this sorbet a little kick! I love it and so do my boys!

nieve de fresa y jengibre

MILK GELATIN:

Gelatin is practically the national dessert in Mexico. Simple to make, sweet and smooth. Serve with fruit and rompope. A family tradition!

Gelatina de leche

PEACH AND MILK GELATIN:

Very popular in my family. Beautiful and delicious.

gelatina de durazno

TROPICAL GRANITA:

Easy and fast to make at home. Try it!

Raspado de Frutas Tropicales - mamalatinatips.com

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 


18 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas”

  1. Mexican food is the bomb and I make it to a point to have some every Cinco de Mayo! 🙂 Those nacho-style quesadillas look so good!

  2. Salsa verde is my favorite thing ever. I like how you suggest authentic foods, because unfortunately I feel like people use the holiday as an excuse to drink.

  3. Who wouldn’t want to prepare a yummy spread to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? I think these are all amazing! Love all the recipes and I can’t wait to try a couple of them!

  4. Great meals. I just made pasole and have less kids now so we are it for a week. I think I’m going to try those carne asade tacos

  5. Man, that food looks really good! I’m in Europe for Cinco de Mayo, so I can’t get my hands on some good Mexican food, but once I am back Stateside, I’ll stuff my face!

  6. We always have Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo. I know it’ not a real holiday – but it’s such a great opportunity to celebrate an amazing country and culture. Those nacho inspired quesadillas sound amazing!

  7. I love Mexican food. I dont even need Cinco de Mayo for these recipes and ideas so many good these to try thanks for the list!

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