76+ Amazing Cinco de Mayo Recipes (Drinks, Dips, & Appetizers)

These Cinco de Mayo recipes need to be on your menu this May 5th. All the best drinks, dips, and appetizers, including margaritas and lots of chips and dip. These Tex-Mex recipes are my favorite Cinco de Mayo food, hands down!

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays of the year! It might just be an excuse to eat tacos and drink margaritas, but…isn’t that what all holidays should be about?!

I’m a huge fan of Mexican food, so Cinco de Mayo food tends to be my absolute favorite. Tacos, burritos, chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, chips and queso…I think you get the point! And none of it is complete without a few margaritas.

I’ll definitely be whipping out all the best Cinco de Mayo recipes this May 5th, and basically eating my weight in chips and dip. Bring it on!

Start preparing your Cinco de Mayo menu with these amazing Cinco de Mayo recipes!

cod fish tacos laid out on a cutting board

a bowl of guacamole

Cinco de Mayo Food Essential Ingredients List

I think one of my favorite things about Mexican food is the simple ingredients. Somehow, every ingredient used in this cuisine is just SO good. You can use them in any combination, any form, and it turns into something DELICIOUS. So stock up on all the essentials, because these items are basically in every recipe you’ll be making.

  • CHEESE
  • Beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Ground Beef
  • Rice
  • Avocado
  • Chips
  • Salsa
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Sour Cream

beef enchiladas in a baking dish

Cinco de Mayo Food FAQ

What food is served at Cinco de Mayo?

Since this day is actually a Mexican holiday, it only makes sense that we would eat ALL the Mexican and Tex Mex foods. Tacos, burritos, chips, dips, it’s all welcome here. It’s an excuse to fill up on cheese, and beans, and guacamole, and I LOVE it.

What do you drink for Cinco de Mayo?

It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without MARGARITAS. I’m pretty sure they’re the official drink of the holiday, so don’t be caught without some good margarita recipes to share with friends.

You can keep it classic with this Pitcher Margaritas recipe, or go for frozen margaritas. You can find all my favorite margarita recipes below, or you can check out our Margaritas Guide for even more options!

Ultimate Margaritas Guide

This guide includes how to make a margarita, 30 of the best margarita recipes to try, plus everything you need to know to make great margaritas every time!

Of course you could make some other cocktails if you don’t like margaritas. Maybe some Peach Frosé for something fun, a Pink Summer Shandy, or this Cherry Limemade (with or without vodka).

How many avocados do Americans eat on Cinco de Mayo?

This one is just an interesting little fact to share with you all.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo REQUIRES plenty of guacamole (it’s mandatory), which (of course) means AVOCADOS. According to this Forbes article, Americans consume 81 MILLION POUNDS of avocados on Cinco de Mayo…that’s a pretty crazy number! But I must say, I’m not surprised. I mean, you need A LOT of guacamole to balance out the margaritas, right?

guacamole in a margarita glass

salad in a taco bowl

76 Amazing Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Queso, Salsa, and Dips for Cinco de Mayo

The tacos and the rest of the food are great, but I’m really only interested in the dips. Give me ALL the queso, salsa, guacamole, etc. I’m constantly dipping, and I know everyone else is too, so make sure you’ve got plenty of dips and plenty of chips!

Queso, Salsa, and Dips for Cinco de Mayo

Every Cinco de Mayo celebration needs LOTS of dips for all the chips. These are the best queso, salsa, and dips for the occasion.
Food Processor Guacamole Recipe (EASY Guacamole)

Food Processor Guacamole Recipe (EASY Guacamole)

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Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe (Salsa Fresca)

Homemade Pico de Gallo Recipe (Salsa Fresca)

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Chicken Enchilada Dip (VIDEO)

Chicken Enchilada Dip (VIDEO)

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Healthy Queso (Skinny Cheese Dip Recipe)

Healthy Queso (Skinny Cheese Dip Recipe)

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Mexican Street Corn Dip Recipe (Hot Corn Dip)

Mexican Street Corn Dip Recipe (Hot Corn Dip)

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Blender Salsa Recipe - Easy Homemade Salsa

Blender Salsa Recipe - Easy Homemade Salsa

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White Queso Dip Recipe (EASY QUESO BLANCO)

White Queso Dip Recipe (EASY QUESO BLANCO)

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Best Guacamole Recipe Ever! (Simple Guacamole Recipe)

Best Guacamole Recipe Ever! (Simple Guacamole Recipe)

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Layered Bean Dip Recipe (Guacamole Bean Dip)

Layered Bean Dip Recipe (Guacamole Bean Dip)

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Beer Cheese Dip Recipe (Only 4 Ingredients)

Beer Cheese Dip Recipe (Only 4 Ingredients)

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Mexican Street Corn Salsa Recipe

Mexican Street Corn Salsa Recipe

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Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Dip

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Dip

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Cowboy Dip Queso (Loaded Velveeta Queso Dip)

Cowboy Dip Queso (Loaded Velveeta Queso Dip)

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Vegan Queso (Dairy Free Queso Recipe)

Vegan Queso (Dairy Free Queso Recipe)

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Tequila Lime Flaming Cheese Dip

Tequila Lime Flaming Cheese Dip

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Queso Fundido with Chorizo (Crock Pot Queso Recipe)

Queso Fundido with Chorizo (Crock Pot Queso Recipe)

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Hot 7 Layer Dip Skillet

Hot 7 Layer Dip Skillet

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Spicy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Dip

Spicy Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Dip

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Fried Chili Cheese Dip Skillet

Fried Chili Cheese Dip Skillet

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Margarita Guacamole Dip Recipe (Tequila Guacamole)

Margarita Guacamole Dip Recipe (Tequila Guacamole)

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5 Minute Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

5 Minute Homemade Nacho Cheese Sauce Recipe

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Black Bean & Corn Mexican Dip Recipe (Fresh Fiesta Dip)

Black Bean & Corn Mexican Dip Recipe (Fresh Fiesta Dip)

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Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

Easy Mango Salsa Recipe

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Skinny Mexican Street Corn

Skinny Mexican Street Corn

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Cinco de Mayo Margarita Recipes

The only way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is with a margarita in hand! Wash down all the chips and dip with a delicious marg. Whether you prefer a classic margarita, something spicy, or a frozen marg, you’ll find the perfect recipe here.

Cinco de Mayo Margaritas

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Best Margarita Recipe (Perfect Margarita Pitcher Recipe)

Best Margarita Recipe (Perfect Margarita Pitcher Recipe)

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Roasted Tomato Margaritas Recipe

Roasted Tomato Margaritas Recipe

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Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Frozen Watermelon Margarita Recipe

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Broiled Grapefruit Margarita

Broiled Grapefruit Margarita

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Skinny Peach Frozen Margarita Recipe

Skinny Peach Frozen Margarita Recipe

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Sparkling Strawberry Margarita Punch

Sparkling Strawberry Margarita Punch

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White Wine Margaritas

White Wine Margaritas

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Blackberry Margaritas (Spicy Margarita Recipe)

Blackberry Margaritas (Spicy Margarita Recipe)

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Super Easy Chili Mango Margaritas w/ non-alcoholic option

Super Easy Chili Mango Margaritas w/ non-alcoholic option

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Cherry Limeade Margaritas

Cherry Limeade Margaritas

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Skinny Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita

Skinny Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita

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Skinny Margarita Recipe - Classic Margarita Recipe

Skinny Margarita Recipe - Classic Margarita Recipe

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Spicy Cucumber Margarita Recipe {Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita}

Spicy Cucumber Margarita Recipe {Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita}

Cucumber Jalapeno Margaritas are the perfect mix of fresh and fun. This Spicy Cucumber Margarita recipe has the best flavor!

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Tex Mex Dishes

Whether you’re throwing a party or just cooking a Mexican-inspired meal for your family on May 5th, you’re going to need something more substantial than just chips and dip in order to fill everyone up. Make tacos, enchiladas, Tex-Mex casseroles, anything filled with cheese basically. These recipes are perfect for a Cinco de Mayo dinner!

Tex Mex Dishes for Cinco de Mayo

Make sure everyone gets plenty to eat with these easy Mexican dishes.
Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe (Easy, Spicy, Perfect)

Baked Chicken Tacos Recipe (Easy, Spicy, Perfect)

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Skillet Chipotle Shrimp (Easy Spicy Shrimp Recipe)

Skillet Chipotle Shrimp (Easy Spicy Shrimp Recipe)

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Healthy Baked Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas (FOR TWO!)

Healthy Baked Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas (FOR TWO!)

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Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

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Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa

Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Chicken Tacos with Mango Salsa

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(SUPER EASY) Chicken Nacho Casserole

(SUPER EASY) Chicken Nacho Casserole

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Chicken Enchilada Skillet Pie

Chicken Enchilada Skillet Pie

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Chicken Fajitas Recipe: Queso Smothered Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas Recipe: Queso Smothered Chicken Fajitas

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Buffalo Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos Recipe

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Stuffed Peppers Recipe (Cheesy Enchilada Stuffed Peppers)

Stuffed Peppers Recipe (Cheesy Enchilada Stuffed Peppers)

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (Healthy Crockpot Tortilla Soup)

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup (Healthy Crockpot Tortilla Soup)

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Chicken Quesadilla Recipe for a Crowd (Sheet Pan Chicken Quesadillas!)

Chicken Quesadilla Recipe for a Crowd (Sheet Pan Chicken Quesadillas!)

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Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

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Cod Fish Tacos Recipe (Margarita Fish Tacos)

Cod Fish Tacos Recipe (Margarita Fish Tacos)

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Enchilada Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Enchilada Stuffed Pepper Casserole

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Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder Recipe

Mexican Cheesy Chicken Chowder Recipe

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Sangria Pork Carnitas Recipe (Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas)

Sangria Pork Carnitas Recipe (Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas)

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Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebee's Copycat Recipe)

Fiesta Lime Chicken (Applebee's Copycat Recipe)

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Baked Mexican Mac and Cheese

Baked Mexican Mac and Cheese

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Shredded Beef Enchiladas Supreme (Best Beef Enchilada Recipe)

Shredded Beef Enchiladas Supreme (Best Beef Enchilada Recipe)

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Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken)

Chicken con Queso (Skillet Queso Chicken)

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Enchilada Stuffed Chicken Skillet (Inside-Out Chicken Enchiladas)

Enchilada Stuffed Chicken Skillet (Inside-Out Chicken Enchiladas)

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One Pot Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi

One Pot Cilantro Lime Shrimp Scampi

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Chicken and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Chicken and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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Frito Pie Casserole Recipe

Frito Pie Casserole Recipe

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Cinco de Mayo Appetizers & Snacks

Every party needs some awesome appetizers and snacks. These Cinco de Mayo recipes are some of my favorite. Nachos, taquitos, Mexican corn…all the best apps!

Best Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

Add a few other appetizers into the mix along with chips and dip for the perfect Cinco de Mayo party!
Avocado Egg Rolls (Guacamole Egg Roll Recipe)

Avocado Egg Rolls (Guacamole Egg Roll Recipe)

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Taquitos Recipe with Cheese, Beans, and Green Chiles (Homemade Taquitos)

Taquitos Recipe with Cheese, Beans, and Green Chiles (Homemade Taquitos)

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Tequila Lime Tortilla Chips Recipe (Homemade Tortilla Chips)

Tequila Lime Tortilla Chips Recipe (Homemade Tortilla Chips)

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Mexican Corn on the Cob (Mexican Grilled Corn)

Mexican Corn on the Cob (Mexican Grilled Corn)

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Avocado Fries (Baked Fried Avocado Fries Recipe)

Avocado Fries (Baked Fried Avocado Fries Recipe)

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Chicken Nachos Recipe (Tequila Lime Baked Chicken Nachos)

Chicken Nachos Recipe (Tequila Lime Baked Chicken Nachos)

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Mexican Rice Recipe (Cheesy & Easy Mexican Rice)

Mexican Rice Recipe (Cheesy & Easy Mexican Rice)

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Easy Foil Packet Nachos (BEST Nachos Recipe)

Easy Foil Packet Nachos (BEST Nachos Recipe)

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Hummus Fajita Black Bean Veggie Sliders (Mini Black Bean Burgers)

Hummus Fajita Black Bean Veggie Sliders (Mini Black Bean Burgers)

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Skillet Steak Fajita Nachos

Skillet Steak Fajita Nachos

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Homemade Tortilla Chips with Garlic Parmesan (Baked Tortilla Chips)

Homemade Tortilla Chips with Garlic Parmesan (Baked Tortilla Chips)

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Mini Fried Taco Pizza Pockets

Mini Fried Taco Pizza Pockets

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Mexican Pinwheels (Southwest Cream Cheese & Sausage Pinwheels)

Mexican Pinwheels (Southwest Cream Cheese & Sausage Pinwheels)

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Cheeseburger Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Cheeseburger Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

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Easy Churros Recipe with Chocolate Sauce (Gluten Free Churros!)

Easy Churros Recipe with Chocolate Sauce (Gluten Free Churros!)

Churros are one of the best treats ever, and this easy churros recipe means you can make them at home any time you want. Better yet, they’re gluten free!

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corn on the cob topped with cheese

Get your Cinco de Mayo food ready, because May 5th is almost here! Tacos, chips, salsa, margaritas, check! I’m so excited for this holiday. I hope you all enjoy yourselves with all this delicious food!

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