14 Fun and Festive Recipes for Cinco de Mayo


This weekend, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fun and easy feast. There’s no such thing as too much Mexican food. Ole!

  1. guacamole

    Roasted Garlic Guacamole

    While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of the unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser!

  2. chicken tacos

    Chicken Tacos

    Who doesn't love tacos? These are my kids’ all-time favorite. They’re healthier than traditional beef tacos, and just as good, if not better. Bonus: they're quick and easy to make.

  3. mexican rice

    Mexican Rice Pilaf

    This dish is not really authentic. True Mexican rice is more complicated and time-consuming to make — but my kids claim it tastes just like the rice served at their favorite Mexican restaurant.

  4. salsa

    Roasted Tomato Salsa

    Unlike most salsas, which are raw, the vegetables in this recipe are roasted — intensifying the flavor of the tomatoes, mellowing the onions and garlic, and adding a light touch of smokiness. Warning: It’s utterly addictive.

  5. stacked beef enchilada casserole

    Stacked Beef Enchiladas (AKA Mexican Lasagna)

    With layers of corn tortillas, spicy ground beef, roasted tomato salsa, and cheese, this hearty casserole is a cross between traditional rolled enchiladas and lasagna — yet easier to make than both.

  6. salad

    Black Bean & Corn Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette

    This is one of those make-ahead salads that everyone loves. Whether you serve it as a side dish with grilled chicken or steak or as a dip with tortilla chips (highly recommend!), the bowl is always empty and the plates are always full.

  7. chicken enchiladas

    Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Sauce

    My whole family loves these enchiladas. They’re filled with smoky shredded chicken and cheddar cheese and topped with a tangy tomatillo sauce. You can make the sauce and filling ahead of time, then assemble and bake for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

  8. black bean dip

    Black Bean Dip

    This recipe was inspired by a black bean dip I had at a restaurant in Costa Rica that was better than any other black bean dip I’d ever tried. Given — it won’t win a beauty contest, but it’s so flavorful, healthy and easy to make, you won’t care.

  9. Tequila Lime Chicken

    Grilled Tequila Lime Chicken

    Also known as Margarita Chicken, this is one of those dishes that just screams fun. The marinade — a combination of tequila, lime, garlic and spices — is loaded with bright South-of-the-Border flavor.

  10. tortilla soup

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Inspired by the delicious chicken tortilla soup served at Tommy Bahama Café, this silky purée of vegetables, corn tortillas, chicken broth and spices is hearty enough to serve as a meal.

  11. salsa verde

    Roasted Salsa Verde

    This salsa verde is tangy, fiery, chunky, smoky -- and 100% good enough to eat with a spoon.

  12. mexican wedding cookies

    Coconut-Lime Mexican Wedding Cookies

    Also known as Snowballs, Butter Balls or Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies are crisp, shortbread-like cookies made from ground nuts, flour, butter and sugar. This version is flavored with lime, pecans and ground coconut.

  13. tres leches cake

    Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Glaze

    Popular in Latin America, Tres Leches Cake is a light and fluffy cake soaked with a mixture of three milks: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream. In this version, rum is added to the soaking liquid and a simple rum-spiked dulce de leche glaze covers the cake.

  14. margaritas


    A proper celebration needs a libation. Citrusy and slightly sweet, these margaritas are a refined version of the syrupy, fake-tasting margaritas served at many bars and restaurants.

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