The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Menu Planner

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Cinco de Mayo is on Monday, and you know what that means: It's time to fiesta! Aside from Southern food, Mexican food is my favorite cuisine, so naturally Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. I'm not typically one to post a roundup for every holiday and occasion. However, I have so many Mexican-inspired recipes here that I just love so much, and I want to help you plan the ultimate menu for the holiday. So whether you are throwing a big blowout or just enjoying some Mexican food at home, I've got you covered.


Start with some booze

Cinco de Mayo drinks


Frozen Mango Margaritas
Sangria Slushies
Blackberry-Thyme Margaritas
Classic Margaritas (Confections of a Foodie Bride)


Next, pick your salsa, cheese dip and/or guacamole

 Cinco de Mayo dips

Rustic Roasted Salsa
Crab & Shrimp Campechana (Mexican crab and shrimp cocktail)
Tomatillo Salsa
Baked Tex-Mex Pimento Cheese Dip—this is my party staple, no matter what the occasion!
Restaurant Style Queso
Bacon-Chipotle Guacamole
Peach Salsa


Now on to the main event!

Cinco de Mayo entrees

The Best-Ever Chicken Enchiladas
Tequila-Braised Short Rib Enchiladas
Corn Risotto-Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango Salsa
Baked Burritos with Creamy Poblano Sauce
Classic Ground Beef Tacos
Beer-Battered Fish Tacos
Spicy Cilantro-Grilled Chicken
Chipotle-Grilled Pork Tacos
Chipotle Bean Burritos
Chorizo, Potato, and Mushroom Tacos
Mexican-Style Steak Sandwiches
Foil-Baked Fish with Black Beans and Corn
Bean and Cheese Burritos
Vegetable Enchiladas
Baked Chicken Taquitos


Add a few sides...

Cinco de Mayo sides

Avocado, Strawberry, and Mango Salad
Cheesy Creamed Corn
Guacamole Salad
Cilantro-Lime Rice
Mexican Cherry Tomato Salad
Mexican Corn Salad
Fresh Watermelon Slices
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Refried Beans


And now for dessert

Cinco de Mayo desserts

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes
Gooey Cinnamon Squares
Texas Pecan Pie Bars
Aztec "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream

Here are a few sample menus that I put together. I think would be fabulously festive for the holiday, whether you are planning a big blowout or a quiet dinner at home. So plan one of these and then invite me over, por favor!

Cinco de Mayo boozy sample menu

Menu #1. Bring on the Booze!

Mango Margaritas

Tequila-Infused Queso Fundido

Tequila-Braised Short Rib Enchiladas

Fresh Watermelon Slices (I won't judge if you soak them in tequila)

Mexican Grilled Corn Salad

Margarita Popsicles (Confections of a Foodie Bride)

Cinco de Mayo taco sample menu

Menu #2. Taco Extravaganza!

Summer Margaritas (recipe coming soon!)

Rustic Roasted Salsa

Tomatillo Salsa

Restaurant-Style Queso Dip

Potato, Mushroom and Chorizo Tacos

Classic Ground Beef Tacos

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Mexican-Style Cherry Tomato Salad

Cinco de Mayo veggie sample menu

All Veggies for Vegetarians

Sangria Slushies

Baked Tex-Mex Pimento Cheese Dip

Vegetable Enchiladas

Cheesy Creamed Corn

Fresh Watermelon Slices

Gooey Cinnamon Squares

Cinco de Mayo classic sample menu

>Classic Mexican Fare

Classic Margaritas

Chicken Enchiladas

Cilantro-Lime Rice

Refried Beans (Elly Says Opa)

Churros (Annie's Eats)

Cinco de Mayo healthy sample menu

A Light and Healthy Celebration

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Spicy Cilantro-Grilled Chicken

Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salad

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Fresh Watermelon Slices

Cinco de Mayo With a Twist sample menu

Think Outside the Box: Mexican Food with a Twist

Blackberry-Thyme Margaritas

Crab & Shrimp Campechana

Corn Risotto-Stuffed Poblanos

Guacamole Salad

Aztec "Hot" Chocolate Ice Cream

I hope you found this menu planner helpful, and be sure to check back throughout the week—I have a few more Cinco de Mayo recipes to share!

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