10 Festive Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Just because Cinco de Mayo may be over doesn’t mean you can’t live like it isn’t! Cinco de Mayo is the one day every year you can drink as much tequila and eat as much chips/salsa/queso/guacamole as you want without anybody passing judgement. Luckilyy for me, all of the previously mentioned foods are in my top favorite snacks list. In my opinion, every cocktail should be made with tequila and chips and dip should have its own food group on the pyramid. In honor of Cinco de Mayo we’re serving up ten delicious, healthy, and festive recipes for chips and dip, tacos, quesadillas, and drinks to help you celebrate this wonderful occasion. Check out our top ten favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes:

Fish Tacos With Pineapple Guacamole (via Yummy Mummy Kitchen)

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These light and satisfying fresh fish tacos are flaky, flavorful, and totally delicious. Topped with pineapple guacamole, these tacos are perfect to help kick off your Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Sweet Potato Nachos (via Skinny Taste)


This healthy alternative to traditional nachos tastes amazing and is super easy to make. These nachos are made with baked sweet potato wedges topped with your favorite nacho toppings like cheese, peppers, olives, cilantro, and beans. Feel free to add other unique ingredients like shredded chicken, rice, tomatoes, or grilled onions.

Avocado Feta Salsa (via Garnish With Lemon)


No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without a variety of salsas. This homemade salsa is tomato based, packed with flavor from ingredients like avocado, feta cheese, garlic, red onion, and parsley. Perfect on top of grilled chicken, tacos, or simple tortilla chips, this salsa is a zesty twist on classic salsa.

Burrito Bowl With Chipotle Sauce (via The Garden Grazer)

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Burrito bowls are the perfect hybrid of a burrito and a salad. They don’t have the tortilla shell like a burrito but are far more satisfying than a salad. This burrito bowl is rice piled with black beans, corn, peppers, lettuce, and tomato topped with a creamy chipotle sauce. You can add pulled pork, steak, chicken, or shrimp to this meal for added protein.

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas (via Brunch Time Baker)

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This spicy twist on tradition quesadillas is perfectly satisfying and surprisingly healthy. Made with shredded chicken, buffalo wing sauce, ranch dressing, cheese and sour cream, these quesadillas are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Looking to save a few calories? Use a yogurt based ranch dressing, low-fat cheese, and low-fat sour cream or Greek yogurt. You won’t mix the extra calories and they taste just as great!

Braised Short Rib Tacos (via SImply Delicious)

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These savory tacos literally fall apart in your mouth. Braised short ribs topped with ‘quick pickled’ red onion, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole is a combination you’ll have to experience to understand. Add jalepenos and sliced grilled pineapple for a sweet and spicy twist to this dish.

Chocolate Fruit Tacos (via She Knows)


This fruity festive dessert is perfect for Cinco de Mayo. Chocolate tortillas filled with fresh fruit and topped with whipped cream is a delicious and healthy dessert everyone will enjoy. You can add a drizzle of chocolate or caramel if you’d like and feel free to get creative with the fruit combinations you choose!

Strawberry Chocolate Nachos (via Our Best Bites)


Perfect for dessert or as a snack, these strawberry chocolate nachos are healthy, easy to make, and delicious. The tortilla chips are sprinkles with cinnamon sugar and topped with fresh berries. You could use Nutella instead of (or in addition to) melted dark chocolate for a sweet, nutty flavor. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!

Tequila Mint Limeade (via New South Food Co.)

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This light and refreshing Cinco de Mayo-inspired cocktail is made with tequila, fresh limes, mint, and simple syrup. It is delicious and perfect to enjoy on any summer afternoon. For a cool twist, add a little ginger and some fresh orange slices.

Papaya Mango Margarita (via The Seaside Baker)

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Cinco de Mayo is not complete until you whip up a batch of frozen margaritas. These papaya mango margaritas are sweet and refreshing. If you close your eyes you can imagine yourself sitting on a beach sipping these tropical cocktails.

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Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?



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