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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!