8 Cinco De Mayo Recipes For Any Kind Of Party

The best recipes for a Cinco De Mayo party with friends and family, from bite-sized tacos to restaurant style burritos and everything in between.


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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner – which means you’re probably in need of dinner ideas for your fiesta! Every good party deserves a delicious spread of food, so to help you out we’ve compiled our best recipes for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with friends and family. From restaurant style wet burritos to finger foods and family-style dishes, these 8 Mexican inspired recipes bring the flavor to any party.

A homemade chicken burrito ranchero plated for dinner

1. Chicken Burritos Ranchero

Burritos are hands-down one of the best foods for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. Stuffed with a savory filling of rice, beans, chicken, and cheese and drenched in a spicy homemade ranchero sauce, these restaurant style burritos are the perfect indulgent Mexican dinner! Serve them with a side of chips, salsa, and guac – and a margarita – for an unforgettable fiesta.

Chicken Burritos Ranchero
4 burritos
40 minutes
343 kcal
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A serving platter of tiny tacos with a trio of dips

2. Tiny Tacos With Spicy Dipping Trio

If you’re looking for a Cinco de Mayo appetizer that’s both delicious and adorable, these fun-size tiny tacos fit the bill! A simple filling of chicken, beans, and cheese and a festive trio of dips – jalapeno avocado aioli, habanero hot sauce, and spicy queso – make these the perfect dippable finger food for a party.

Tiny Tacos With Spicy Dipping Trio
50 tiny tacos
1 hour 20 minutes
73 kcal
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Loaded sheet pan nachos with chicken, guac, beans, cheese, and tomatoes

3. Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

It’s not a party without nachos, and it’s definitely not Cinco de Mayo without these loaded sheet pan nachos! Topped with beans, jalapeno nacho cheese, shredded chicken, tomato, jalapeno, guacamole, and cilantro, these nachos are the ultimate crowd-pleaser (and will be gobbled up in seconds). You can serve them as an appetizer, side dish, or main course – because nachos are totally a perfectly acceptable lunch or dinner.

Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos
4 people
25 minutes
792 kcal
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Three chicken tinga tostadas on a serving tray

4. Chicken Tinga Tostadas

We love serving these tostadas as a build-your-own dinner, which makes them perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with all your friends and family! All you have to do is prepare the individual components, then it’s up to each individual to assemble their own tostada at the table. Low-effort cooking and a fun, interactive dinner even kids will love? This recipe is a win-win in our book.

Chicken Tinga Tostada Recipe
6 tostadas
15 minutes
203 kcal
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A wet burrito with green sauce and carnitas on a plate with rice and beans

5. Restaurant Style Pork Carnitas Burrito

If you’re cooking to impress, make a big batch of these pork carnitas burritos with spicy verde sauce this Cinco de Mayo. This recipe takes a little prep work, but it’s so worth the effort! It tastes just like a juicy, tender carnitas burrito from your favorite Mexican restaurant, complete with salsa verde and crumbled queso fresco on top. Bonus: you can easily scale this recipe to feed any size party crowd!

Restaurant Style Pork Carnitas Burrito
3 burritos
30 minutes
578 kcal
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Nachos topped with cheese and fresh produce in a cast iron skillet

6. Cast Iron Skillet Nachos

For a lazy yet tasty crowd-pleasing appetizer, try these vegetarian cast iron skillet nachos. They’re fresh, fun, and so ridiculously easy to make – perfect if you’re short on time and need to throw together a quick dish before the party starts.

Cast Iron Skillet Nachos
2 people
13 minutes
352 kcal
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Grilled carne asada steak topped with cilantro-lime crema and queso fresco

7. Carne Asada With Rice & Beans

A simple and elegant dish, this carne asada recipe will impress your guests with its zesty flavor! Topped with silky avocado lime crema and served with rice and beans, this dish is surprisingly easy to prepare and scale for a dinner party – no matter how many guests you’ll be feeding. Just make sure to plan ahead so you have plenty of time to marinate the steak.

Carne Asada with Rice and Beans
2 servings
6 hours 30 minutes
1087 kcal
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Sweet potato black bean enchiladas in a serving dish

8. Vegetarian Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas

There are plenty of vegetarian recipes out there for Cinco de Mayo, too, and this one’s a winner if you’re a fan of sweet potatoes. It’s spicy, saucy, and can be served family-style at the dinner table to feed a crowd! Pair it with all the fixings – guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, you name it – and you’ll have a fiesta to remember.

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
14 enchiladas
1 hour 25 minutes
290 kcal
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For even more delicious Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas, check out all our Mexican recipes here.

What are your favorite foods to eat on Cinco de Mayo? Let us know in the comments!

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