13 Delicious Cinco De Mayo Recipes

April 28, 2019 (Updated: April 29, 2019) By Aneesha |

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Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner. Here are 13 quick & easy Cinco De Mayo recipes that will add tons of Mexican flavor to your party! They are great make-aheads & perfect for potlucks & parties.

A collection of cinco de mayo recipes including carnitas, guacamole, salsa, mexican rice, beans and more

Like with any celebration, Cinco De Mayo is an opportunity to get together with family and friends, and enjoy some amazing Mexican food and delicious margaritas!

What is Cinco De Mayo

In case you’re wondering what it is, Cinco de Mayo means ‘5th of May’ in Spanish, and it is pronounced as Seenkoh-de-Maayo. 

It is the annual celebration to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.

Quick & Easy Cinco De Mayo Party Recipes

If you’re hosting a party, or going to attend one, I have put together this collection of quick and easy Cinco De Mayo recipes that will add tons of flavor to your party! They’re super easy to make, can be made ahead and are great for potlucks and get togethers.

A lot of these recipes are made in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, and I plan to add some more stove-top, oven-cooked, and, even some ‘no-cook’ recipes to this list going forward, so be sure to bookmark it! So, let’s get this party started!

Instant Pot Carnitas

Carnitas, is Mexican spiced pulled pork that is cooked with citrus and spices till it is fall-apart tender. It is then shredded and broiled in the oven, or in a skillet, so the sugars caramelize and give it an amazing crust. Each bite of this shredded pork is a perfect balance of juicy-tender and golden-crisp!

Four corn tortillas filled with crispy carnitas, garnished with onions and cilantro
Instant Pot Carnitas
Instant Pot Carnitas, an easy dump & start pressure cooker recipe for juicy and flavorful Mexican pulled pork. It goes great on tacos, burritos, nachos, salad bowls and with Mexican rice and beans.
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Super Easy Guacamole Recipe

All you need for this salty, tangy and refreshing dip is ripe avocados and a handful of fresh ingredients. A little bit of chopping, a little bit of mashing and a whole lot of dipping! Enjoy it with tortilla chips or alongside your favorite Mexican food.

A bowl of fresg guacamole with blue corn chips served around
Easy Guacamole Recipe
This is the easiest and tastiest Guacamole recipe ever! It’s quick, fresh and simply delicious! This healthy avocado dip comes together in less than ten minutes and can be used in a variety of ways.  
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Restaurant-Style Homemade Salsa

When I said this is the easiest salsa you’ll ever make, I wasn’t kidding! All you need to make this zesty salsa is mini pearl tomatoes, onion chunks, a clove of garlic (or two), cilantro, a lime, salt and cumin.

Dipping a corn chip in a bowl of homemade salsa
Homemade Salsa
A 5-minute recipe for a delicious restaurant-style homemade salsa. Tomatoes, onion, garlic and cilantro are pulsed together in a blender and seasoned with lime, salt and cumin to make the easiest and tastiest salsa ever!
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Mexican Rice (Tex-Mex Style)

In my take on this easy recipe, I combine simple ingredients and make the most delicious Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice.

Colorful mexican rice served in a grey bowl with a lime green napkin
Mexican Rice – Instant Pot | Stove (Tex-Mex Style)
Soft, fluffy and full of flavor, this easy pressure cooker or stove-top recipe for restaurant-style Mexican Rice will become your go-to side dish for Tex-Mex Night!
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Creamy Black Beans

This simple recipe for instant pot black beans goes with every Tex-Mex entree. Since beans are naturally vegan and gluten-free, this recipe makes for a great potluck dish for summer parties and barbecues.

Black beans in a grey bowl, garnished with cilantro and cotija cheese
Creamy Black Beans in Instant Pot
Easy Instant Pot recipe for restaurant-style black beans! These creamy & delicious black beans are a perfect side for tacos, enchiladas, burritos, or any Mexican inspired meal. 
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3-Ingredient Salsa Chicken Tacos

I call this “the easiest recipe ever”. Pressure cook the chicken in your favorite salsa, along with some taco seasoning.  Shred the chicken and serve it on tacos or sliders! Done!

A plate of shredded salsa chicken tacos garnished with onion and cilantro
3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Tacos
If there was ever a contest for the “Easiest Chicken Taco Recipe Ever”, this recipe for 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco seasoning and a jar of salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas!  YUM!
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Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos

The crunch and sweet-spicy flavor of peppers and onions takes this taco to another level of flavor-town, making it perfect for a party! You don’t even need any condiments with Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos, it’s that tasty!

Instant Pot Pulled Chicken Fajita shredded and served on a toasted corn tortilla
Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos in Instant Pot
This is the Quickest Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos recipe ever! Juicy and fall-apart tender chicken seasoned with Mexican chili powder, paprika and cumin, soaked in sweet and tangy salsa and folded in a fire grilled corn tortilla.  Now that’s a party in your mouth!  
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Veggie Black Bean Burger

Jazz up your party and make these delicious and yum veggie bean burgers. The bean patties can be made ahead of time and you can let your guests build their burgers to taste. Arrange some toppings like guacamole, salsa, pepper jack or jalapeños cheese slices, picked jalapeños, Sriracha mayo and chopped cilantro!

Juicy, spicy veggie bean burger on a plate
Veggie Burger | Black Bean Burger
How about a delicious veggie bean burger with a golden brown bean-patty sandwiched between butter-toasted buns, smothered in sweet and spicy Sriracha-mayo sauce! 
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Vegetarian Taco Pasta

Not authentic Mexican, but this recipe combines two popular favorites, Mexican food and pasta. This recipe is always a hit with kids. The key ingredients in this easy taco pasta are salsa, taco seasoning, canned black beans, frozen or canned corn, and of course, pasta.

Two bowls of Vegetarian Cheesy Taco Pasta
Taco Pasta – Instant Pot & Stovetop (Vegetarian)
This cheesy, spicy and yum Vegetarian Taco Pasta is the best of both worlds.  It’s good old hearty pasta dressed up in spicy and zesty taco seasoning. Here’s an easy 30-minute Instant Pot and Stovetop recipe for this weeknight family favorite. Enjoy!
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Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Real easy to make and a big party pleaser. Don’t forget to keep ‘extra’ tortilla chips ready for this! My kids’ favorite topping on this soup is a dollop of sour cream, and I love shredded Mexican blend cheese on it, just before serving!

Instant pot chicken tortilla soup served with tortilla chips and lime wedges
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
This dump and start Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is hands down the easiest comfort food recipe ever. Tender chicken, fire roasted tomatoes, creamy beans and sweet corn come together in this earthy and zesty recipe. Enjoy this gluten-free Tex-Mex delight from scratch, in under 30 minutes!
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Desserts for Cinco De Mayo

Arroz Con Leche (Spanish rice pudding)

Arroz Con Leche, literally translates to ‘Rice (Arroz) with Milk (Leche)’. Try this dump and start pressure cooker recipe for this evergreen and so satisfying dessert.

Arroz-Con-Leche-Instant pot, Garam Masala Kitchen

With the Instant Pot, making rice pudding for a party is a breeze. Simply pour all the ingredients in the pot, set the porridge mode, and go enjoy a margarita! The end result is a creamy, rich and smooth dessert that everyone loves.

Instant Pot Flan 

This Flan recipe is a keeper! It’s by my friend, Valerie, from One Happy Housewife. It is rich, creamy, silky and looks like something I want to dive right into 🙂 Thanks for letting me add your recipe here Valerie!

Instant Pot Flan

Dulce De Leche (Cajeta)

This popular hispanic caramel syrup, known as Cajeta in Mexico is great for dipping and spreading on toast, cookies, churros and ice-cream!

Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Recipe
Instant Pot Dulce De Leche Caramel
A dump and start pressure cooker recipe for Dulce de Leche, a rich and velvety smooth one-ingredient caramel sauce that is great for dipping and topping.
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I really hope you enjoy these recipes that have been on repeat in my home for several of our Cinco De Mayo get-togethers over the years! Enjoy!

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Aneesha holding a glass of white wine Hi, I'm Aneesha, a foodie by birth and the mind, body and soul behind Spice Cravings. Here I share quick, easy & healthy Indian & global recipes that are low in effort and big on taste! A recipe doesn't make it on the blog unless it is tested multiple times and gets a thumbs-up from my taster-in-chief, my husband, and my teen-chefs, my twin girls!

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