20+ Delicious Cinco De Mayo Recipes

May 2, 2020 By Aneesha |

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Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner. Here are 20+ quick & easy Mexican inspired Cinco De Mayo recipes that will add a ton of flavor to your meal! These recipes can be made-ahead and are perfect for potlucks, parties or even a cozy celebration at home.

An image grid with six Mexican flavored recipes including salsa, tacos, burrito and beans

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.

Many 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!

Dips & Condiments

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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A bowl with tomato salsa with onion, cilantro and lime
Pico De Gallo Recipe
Easy ten minute recipe for a fresh, irresistible and authentic Pico De Gallo! Also known as Salsa Fresca, this chunky salsa from Mexico is made with just six ingredients – fresh tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and salt.
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Fresh mango salsa garnished with lime and cilantro
Mango Salsa Recipe
Light, refreshing and colorful, this Mango Salsa compliments your favorite protein and is perfect for dipping. This easy to customize 10-minute recipe is a delicious combination of sweet mangoes, crunchy peppers and onions, and zesty lime juice.
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creamy salad dressing recipe in small white bowl
Avocado Salad Dressing
This creamy Avocado Salad Dressing recipe with cilantro and fresh-squeezed lime juice can be blended together in 5 minutes and drizzled over a ton of things including your favorite greens!
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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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Main Meals

easy chicken fajitas recipe on parchment lined sheet pan
Easy Chicken Fajitas – Sheet Pan & Air Fryer
An easy Chicken Fajitas recipe that's super flavorful and bursting with Mexican seasoning is quickly prepared in the oven (sheet pan) or air fryer in under 25 minutes.
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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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vegetarian rice and beans wrapped in tortilla on black plate
Bean Burrito | Burrito Bowl
This Bean Burrito recipe is a Mexican-inspired vegetarian meal that can easily be transformed into a Burrito Bowl and quickly cooks in the Instant Pot.
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chicken fajita pasta in black bowl
Chicken Fajita Pasta in Instant Pot
This Chicken Fajita Pasta is an easy, Mexican spiced chicken pasta recipe ready in under 30 minutes in one-pot – the Instant Pot, of course!
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Cut up black bean quesadillas served on a cutting board
Black Bean Quesadillas | Stove, Oven & Air Fryer
Crispy quesadillas filled with Mexican spiced black beans, peppers, onion, corn and lots of cheese! How's that for a delicious and filling 'One-Pan' meal in 30 minutes! This easy recipe for Black Bean Quesadillas is perfect for weeknights, game day parties, and makes a delightful school lunch.
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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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Quinoa burrito bowl with sliced avocado
Mexican Quinoa in Instant Pot
Healthy, filling and so easy to make, this Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa is a delicious one-pot meal. Quinoa, beans, corn and peppers cooked in Tex-Mex style in just 30-minutes. This vegan and gluten-free dish is perfect for school lunches, picnics and potlucks too.
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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!


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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