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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Updated on February 9, 2015

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Delicious Food

It's so much fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and I love to make fun party food for the celebration. I've chosen the best Mexican recipes for Cinco de Mayo that are simply fresh and delicious. Enjoy these mouth-watering south-of-the-border recipe ideas for your own fabulous party menu.

Get your fiesta started with appetizer treats and the best margaritas. Then celebrate with classic recipes such as Spicy Guacamole and Cheesy Mexican Lasagna. With these easy Cinco de Mayo recipes, you'll be able to relax and enjoy the fun and celebration.

Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) commemorates Mexico's victory over France during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Though it is observed in Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated mainly in the United States with Mexican food, beverages and music.

Easy Guacamole


Guacamole is one of my favorite Mexican dishes and for chips and dip. This is a fun recipe to "play with" to add you own twist!

Serving Size

Serves: 6

Make guacamole the authentic way - with a mortar and pestle.

RSVP Authentic Mexican Molcajete
RSVP Authentic Mexican Molcajete

Perfect for making guacamole and salsas. Made of volcanic stone. Easy clean-up with salt and water.



  • 4 large ripe avocados
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 2 limes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbls snipped cilantro
  • 1 small tomato
  • salt


  1. Slice avocados and remove pits.
  2. Scoop out flesh and mash in a large bowl.
  3. Mince jalapeno.
  4. Mix in jalapeno, juice of limes, garlic and cilantro.
  5. Cut tomato in half and remove seeds.
  6. Chop fine and add to avocado mix.
  7. Add salt to taste.
  8. Serve with tortilla chips.
5 stars from 1 rating of Spicy Guacamole

Cheesy Mexican Lasagna - * Make up to a day ahead and bake before serving.


Serving Size

Serves: 8

Rachael Ray Stoneware 9-Inch by 13-Inch Rectangular Lasagna Lover Pan, Red
Rachael Ray Stoneware 9-Inch by 13-Inch Rectangular Lasagna Lover Pan, Red

I love the curved shape of this lasagna pan which can go from the oven and then to looking so pretty on the dinner table. Safe for oven, freezer and dishwasher. The red is so colorful and vibrant, but there are many other colors to choose from.



  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 4 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 12 tortillas
  • sour cream optional
  • green onions optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Grease a 13 x 9 in casserole dish.
  3. In a large skillet brown ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks.
  4. Add water, taco seasoning and garlic powder.
  5. Arrange 4 tortillas in the bottom of baking dish.
  6. Top with 1/2 ground beef.
  7. Mix sour cream, salsa and chili powder.
  8. Spread 1/2 over beef.
  9. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
  10. Repeat layer and top with remaining tortillas and 1 cup cheese.
  11. Bake 45-50 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
  12. Let sit for about 15 minutes before slicing.
  13. Garnish with sour cream and sliced green onions, if desired.

Dessert: Learn How To Make Churros for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is all about having fun.

Use brightly colored serveware and linens.

Place vibrant flowers in small vases.

Ask your guests to dress for the occasion.

Play festive music!

Traditional Lime Margaritas


Serving Size

Serves: 4


  • 4 oz tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec or orange liqueur
  • 4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Ice
  • lime wedge
  • coarse salt


  1. Rub the rim of each glass with lime wedge, dip in salt.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in shaker or blender.
  3. Pour into glasses.

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      What a great recipe. Of course I love all your recipes!

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      I have made the Mexican Lasagna and I love it! Great lens! I have one also on Cinco De Mayo all about how we celebrated the day each year as it was my Dad's Birthday. He passed away in 2001 and we don't do the dinner anymore.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I like Mexican food. Mexican lasagna sounds tasty. : )

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      All of these Cinco de Mayo Recipes sound great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      This year my daughter's doing a 5k Cinco de Mayo run, so I guess the margaritas and spicy food will have to wait until that's over with!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Love these recipes. Although I make guacamole, I have not made one as traditional as this. Will have to try this.