Cinco de Mayo Dinner Recipes

Break out the tequila, it’s Cinco de Mayo time! These Cinco de Mayo Dinner Recipes are going to make your party memorable…even with a few tequila shots.

We all love our tacos, but Cinco de Mayo recipes can be so much more! We’ve included our favorites here and we hope you try them! Wash them down with a Tequila Rosé Spritzer or this Tequila Limeade

Cinco de mayo dinner recipes

There’s so many reasons to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The warm weather finally being here, good drinks and hanging with friends and of course the food.

For one you have to have a good amount of food to soak up all those delicious cocktails you’re drinking and for two – well, no party is complete without the star main course.

I’m all about having lots of appetizers for dinner or one main meal with apps before hand but whatever way you do it in my opinion anyway, you’ve got to have a theme. Like I’m not serving burgers on Cinco de Mayo. Or pasta on St. Patrick’s Day…you get what I mean.

If it’s a holiday stick to the theme people. Here’s plenty of ideas to get you started!


Homemade Taco Meat

Homemade Ground Beef Taco Recipe | The Best Homemade Taco Meat

Let’s start with the basics here! Homemade beef taco meat is something that we make on the regular at our house. We make it with beef, turkey and even ground chicken! It’s the perfect base for tacos but also so many other recipes!

Chicken Fajita Rice

Chicken Fajita Rice in a bowl with limes and beer

Not only is this dinner easy, but the flavors are out of this world good! Perfect with beer or margaritas.

Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Taquitos

These Honey Mustard Pulled Pork Taquitos are baked, not fried!

Our won twist on a taquito, since our boys are obsessed with anything honey mustard we had to give these a try! The slow cooker does most of the work so these are definitely party worthy!

Beefy Taco Soup

beefy taco soup in a green bowl with a colorful napkin

Who says soup can’t be a party? This taco soup recipe definitely is! Serve with lots of tortilla chips for scooping up the soup!

Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Cheesy Mexican Stuffed Peppers are a stuffed pepper recipe with a tex-mex twist

This stuffed pepper recipe has black beans, peppers and tomatoes to give it that Tex-Mex feel. Of course we covered these peppers with tons of cheese before baking!

Fiesta Steak Marinade

Flank steak on a platter with Fiesta Steak Marinade

This steak marinade is awesome ob flank steak and skirt steak, tri-tip and even London broil. The thinner cuts of beef will absorb the marinade better, so we tend to stick with those but use what you have! The key is to let your steak marinate over night for the best flavor.

Taco Egg Rolls with Avocado Cream Sauce

taco egg rolls with sauce

Taco egg rolls? Yep, we combined two of our favorite cuisines and made some epic party food. The avocado cream sauce is cray addicting and you’ll be using it on just about everything.

Fiesta Taco Casserole

fiesta taco casserole on a black plate with cilantro

When you need food for a crowd, this taco casserole will do the trick! Layers of seasoned beef, chilis, beans and olives baked with a thick layer of cheddar cheese on top. Dig in and grab yourself a big scoop, cheese pull pictures required.

Beefy Taco Zucchini Boats

Beefy Taco Zucchini Boats are a zucchini recipe stuffed with beef and cheese

We can make Cinco de Mayo dinner healthy, too! Load up these zucchini boats with our homemade taco meat and a few extras, cover with cheese and bake until the zucchini is tender and oh so delicious!


Turkey Taco Meatloaf

This Turkey Taco Meatloaf is the most flavorful meatloaf you'll ever have!

Meatloaf on taco night? We’ve combined our favorite taco flavors into this juicy, turkey meatloaf recipe that’s totally acceptable for your Cinco de Mayo party!

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken in a taco with avocado

This slow cooker chicken recipe is so juicy and flavorful, from just a few simple ingredients! Also a really healthy dinner recipe if you want to keep things on the lighter side!

Trashcan Frito Nachos

Once you make these Trashcan Frito Nachos you'll never make nachos the same way again!

These Frito nachos are so much fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Pile them up layer after layer and watch them disappear!


Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas

These Slow Cooker Crispy Chicken Carnitas are perfect for a healthy dinner!

Another great slow cooker recipe for a crowd. These are approved by both kids and adults!

Naked Sheet Pan Tacos

Naked Sheet Pan Tacos have all the fun and flavor of taco night without the carbs!

If anyone is watching their carbs, these sheet pan tacos are for you! We’re leaving out the shell here but still keeping all the delicious taco flavor!

Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Enchiladas

Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Enchiladas are a low carb enchilada recipe with a chicken filling

Low carb dinner recipes can be part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration too! These zucchini enchiladas are so tasty, our boys love them too so there’s never any complaints!

Fish Tacos with Watercress Sauce

Fish Tacos with Tomato Salsa and Fresh Watercress Sauce are not only delicious but super healthy too!

There’s something here for everyone – even fish. Fish tacos are one of my favorite ways to eat fish (one of the only way to be honest) and these are no exception. Yep, my boys eat these too…hand my kids a taco and they don’t really care what’s inside!

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

This Chopped Chicken Taco Salad is a fun family style dinner!

And for those of you who just want a salad, you can still have it for a party! All the best parts of tex-mex food in one bowl with a crazy delicious salsa dressing. Can’t go wrong with this one!

Spicy Mexican Pizzas

Spicy Mexican Pizzas on a board

You could do a top your own Mexican pizza bar with this recipe. Set out all different kinds of toppings and let your guests make their own!

Chicken Enchilada Meatballs

Chicken Enchilada meatballs with mozzarella cheese

These meatballs are made with rushed tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs to really drive home that Tex-Mex flavor! Serve these cheesy, beef meatballs as is or in tacos or sub rolls!

Pan Fried Beef Tacos

Pan Fried Beef tacos with guacamole

Just in case you need a little extra crunch with your taco…pan fry it! These are almost like a cousin of the quesadilla since they use a tortilla instead of a taco shell. Try it. You’ll love it.

Shredded Pork Taco Bowls

Shredded Pork Taco Bowls with cheese and a lime squeeze

Taco bowls are EPIC party food. I love getting all the different types of fillings and toppings set out so everyone can get what they like. And hopefully try some new types of things they might not have had before!

Chicken Sheet Pan Nachos

chicken sheet pan nachos on a tray

Who doesn’t love nachos? These nachos are perfect for a party, they taste awesome and they feed a crowd. Throw the sheet pan down on the table and dinner is done!

Loaded Taco Pie

This Loaded Taco Pie is going to be a hit at the dinner table!

Beefy, cheesy taco pie. I like making this dinner all the time because everyone loves it and it’s so easy to make. Grab a pie crust from the store and you’re on your way!

Nacho Chicken Wings

Nacho chicken wings with salsa

Most parties IMO should have some wings. Even for Cinco de Mayo. So let’s combine a couple of classics here and get the wings on the table!

Slow Cooker Turkey Mole Tacos

Three Slow Cooker Turkey mole tacos stacked on a black plate

The flavor in these tacos is so interesting, they are some of my new favorites! I think these are going to be my go to for this years Cinco de Mayo party!

I hope this Cinco de Mayo Dinner Recipes list leaves you guys with a few ideas to get the party started this year – just don’t gorget the drinks!

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