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Cinco de Mayo recipes for every occasion

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

Everyone celebrate!

It’s easy to please just about everyone on Cinco de Mayo. Just take a look at these SheKnows recipes, perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Everyone celebrate!

Perfect for those who know how to party

If you’re ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your friends, you’ll want to think about these recipes that pair perfectly with cervezas, margaritas and sparkling water (for the DD).

Thick and chunky guacamole recipe

You’ll want to lay it on thick after you take a taste of this smooth and delicious dip. So good, you can slather it on just about anything you can get your hands on, from tacos, to chips to fajitas. Hide the spoons!

Yields 4 cups


  • 4 medium, ripe avocados, peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 medium (1 cup) onions, chopped
  • 2 medium (1 cup) tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeños


  1. Put the avocado in a medium-sized bowl and mash with a fork until creamy but with some texture.
  2. Add the cilantro, onions, tomatoes, chilies, lime juice, salt and jalapeños, and stir to combine.
  3. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for one hour before serving.

Margarita fruit salad recipe

Olé! The details are in the dressing of this tasty fruit salad. You probably won’t have leftovers since the dressing tastes just like a margarita. Yum!

Serves 6-8


For the tequila orange liqueur dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 3 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • Juice of 1 lime, approximately 2 tablespoons

For the fruit salad:

  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 4 oranges, peeled, sectioned, and cut in small pieces
  • 1 small honeydew melon, rind and seeds removed, and cut in small pieces
  • 1 small cantaloupe melon, rind and seeds removed and cut in small pieces


  1. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients and chill until you're ready to toss your salad.
  2. As the dressing is chilling, prepare your fruit and place it in a large serving bowl.
  3. When you’re ready to serve it, toss it with the dressing.

Try these Cinco de Mayo party treats >>

Brie and mango quesadilla recipe

This appetizer has “beach” written all over it! Stuffed with fresh ingredients, this is easy to make and perfect for the party crowd, whether your guests are enjoying sangria or sipping a cerveza!

Yields 16-20


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 mango, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound sliced Brie cheese
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • Cumin to taste
  • Avocado and cilantro as garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Layer the mango, red onion and Brie on half of one side of each tortilla. Fold over tortilla.
  2. Saute until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown. Sprinkle the outside of the tortilla with cumin while it’s browning.
  3. Garnish with avocado slices and cilantro. Cut into four to six slices. Serve warm.

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could celebrate Cinco de Mayo more than once a year? Enjoy this season!

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