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Cinco de Mayo recipes and menu ideas

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

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Cinco de Mayo is a festive day celebrating the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. To commemorate this historical event, Cinco de Mayo parties are held in parts of Mexico and the United States. Use some of our best Mexican recipes to throw your own Cinco de Mayo party, featuring a menu worth celebrating.
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Cinco de Mayo is a festive day celebrating the Mexican army's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. To commemorate this historical event, Cinco de Mayo parties are held in parts of Mexico and the United States.

Festivities include music, dancing and, most importantly, food. Use some of our best Mexican recipes to throw your own Cinco de Mayo party, featuring a mouthwatering menu worth celebrating.

Serve a family-style meal

Regardless of your heritage, sitting down to a filling, family-style Mexican meal is a flavorful way to celebrate the food and holiday of a proud culture. You can serve family-style Mexican recipes such as chorizo soft tacos, black bean and sweet potato enchiladas, steak fajitas or vegetable quesadillas. If you're a fan of fusion food, you'll love this Thai green curry chicken burrito with coconut milk, ginger and cilantro.

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Healthy Mexican recipes

Every cuisine has dishes that are considered indulgent, and Mexican food has its share of dishes that are high in carbs, fat and calories. However, there are also healthy Mexican dishes and healthy ways to prepare traditional Mexican fare. If serving a small crowd, consider recipes such as tofu burritos, chicken tortilla soup and tostada bowl salad. If you're celebrating solo, take a bite of these squash and goat cheese tostadas or throw together a cilantro lime rice burrito bowl with corn and avocado.

Create your own Cinco de Mayo menu

Mexican entrees

Entrees

Here are some creative, mouthwatering Mexican entrees to consider for your Cinco de Mayo celebration:

Appetizers

Appetizers

If you're throwing a party, try some of these Mexican appetizer recipes, sure to please a crowd:

Mexican drinks

Drinks

Stir up the fun with a few of these Cinco de Mayo drink ideas:

Mexican inspired desserts

Desserts

Lastly, don't forget the dessert:

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