Happy Cinco De Mayo Recipes

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
For many Americans, Cinco de Mayo means enjoying Mexican food and probably a few margaritas.

But Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5 in Spanish, is probably one of the most misunderstood Mexican holidays.

Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day.

Mexican independence is celebrated on September 16th.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.

In fact, the holiday had its origin more than 50 years after the date associated with the country’s independence.

Here are some great Mexican/American-style recipes we have made through the years in celebration of Cinco De Mayo our family enjoys.

a collage of Mexican American recipes for Cinco De Mayo

Staples in Mexico

The staples of Mexican cuisine are typically corn and beans.

Corn, traditionally Mexico's staple grain, is eaten fresh, on the cob, and as a component of a number of dishes.

Most corn, however, is used to make masa, a dough for tamales, tortillas, and many other corn-based foods.

Squash and peppers also play important roles in Mexican cuisine.

Tulum Ruins

We have cruised to Mexico a few times and even flew there on vacation to see the beautiful country, ruins, and history.

It's very beautiful in some tourist areas, then run down and poor in others.

The history and artifacts are fabulous.

The first time I visited Tulum was just a few years ago when the area was very touristy and crowded.

Your best chance at exploring the site without having to fight your way through the masses is to be there right before opening time.

The Tulum ruins are accessible to visitors from 8 am - 5 pm every day, and even before 8 am you can usually expect a huge amount of tourists waiting for the site to open.

If you get there earlier you should have a good hour before the caravan of tour buses arrive.

Happy Cinco De Mayo Recipes this is Cabo st Lucas

Spice and Foods

The most important and frequently used spices in Mexican cuisine are chili powder, cumin, oregano, cilantro, epazote, cinnamon, and cocoa. Chipotle, a smoke-dried jalapeño chili, is also common in Mexican cuisine.

Many Mexican dishes also contain garlic and onions.

Next, to corn, rice is the most common grain in Mexican cuisine.

The initial introduction of rice to Spain was from North Africa in the 4th Century led to the Spanish introduction of rice into Mexico at the port of Veracruz in the 1520s.

This created one of the earliest instances of the world's greatest fusion cuisines.

You may also just like to try some easy Mexican American casseroles we love Chicken Chiles Rellenos or our Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas two of the easiest casseroles on the planet when you're in a hurry and want to partake in a Cinco De Mayo Celebration.

This is rice and peppers with tomatoes

Mom's Spanish Rice

Shrimp Quesadilla

Chili Rellenos recipe

Chili Rellenos

strawberry blenderita recipe

Strawberry Blenderita

bean dip

Bean Dip

this is how to make a white peach Sangria for Cinco De Mayo

White Peach Tea

Beef Enchiladas

This is how to make flour tortilla taco bowls then filled with salad

Taco Bowl

lasagna mexican style with beans and cheese

Mexican Lasagna

from scratch tortilla recipe


this is a fish taco

Fish Taco

Grilled Mexican Corn

these are a recipe for how to make churros


margarita cheesecake

Margarita Cheesecake

Old World Chili

this is a freezer marinade to make Mexican Chicken recipes

Freezer Mexican Chicken Marinade

Tortilla Casserole

this is how to make a fruit tart

Mexican Fruit Tart or Tartlets

This is a bowl of easy taco soup and how to make it with olives and avocado garnishings

Easy Taco Soup

these are how to make Mexican chicken wings with salsa

Mexican Cornmeal Wings

these are air fried tacos

Air Fried Tacos

this is chili over pasta and melted cheese

Mexican Chili Pasta

This is how to make a homemade blueberry flan with condensed milk and so easy

Blueberry Flan

this is a deep fried piece of fish in a taco

Fish Taco's With Chili Lime Sauce

Churro French Toast

Southwest Bean Filling

Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas

Cinco De Mayo Recipes Pin for later

this is a pin for later recipe roundup for Cinco De Mayo on May 5th celebrations


  1. We're having a Cinco de Mayo fiesta in a week, and all these recipes would fit right in! Looks so delicious!

  2. Wow I am certainly spoiled for choice here. Don't know where to start! (:

  3. There are so many delicious recipes here and so many combinations to make a fabulous meal. I can't wait to try!

  4. These all look so amazing! Can't wait for Cinco de Mayo!

  5. Such a great compilation of Mexican recipes! There is something for everyone! I absolutely love the look of churros and Mexican Cornmeal Wings, yum! :)

  6. I've learned so much about Cinco de Mayo from your post! And sooo many great recipes too.

  7. Jacqueline DebonoMay 3, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Wow you have so many delicious looking Mexican recipes here. I like the sound of Mexican lasagna. I have to check that out!

  8. Loved reading this post! I also loved all the recipes you shared. Thank you can't wait to try them all!

  9. You have certainly given a lot of options here my friend! Super inspiring to read through all these!! (:

  10. What a great list of delicious Mexican recipes. My husband is a Mexican food addict and I need all the recipes that I can get that are 'tried and true'! Thanks Claudia. Please stay safe and healthy!


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