Whether you are enjoying your margaritas frozen or on the rocks this Cinco de Mayo, you will need some fiesta-worthy snacks to enjoy alongside your drinks.
From snacks for a crowd — like guacamole, spicy queso, and fresh salsas — to proper meals, like this chilaquiles dish with lots of Mexican flavor and easy burritos, we have the recipes you need to throw a proper Cinco de Mayo party this year.
Let’s celebrate the anniversary of the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla the only way we know how — with friends, family, and plenty of chile peppers to bring the heat.
Skip the crowded bars and restaurants, fire up the grill, and let the soothing sound of the blender humming put you in the mood for Mexican classics this holiday.
Michael Harlan Turkell
This simple side dish of zucchini cooked with garlic, tomato, and scallion, topped with queso blanco cheese, is a delicious accompaniment to just about any Mexican-inspired meal. I put my own spin on it with a zippy Cilantro-Cotija Pesto. — Aarón Sanchez
Lisa G Cooks
Sometimes when that fast food craving hits, all you want is to hit the drive-thru. Instead, lighten up and make this version of a fast food Taco Bell favorite at home! This recipe has a homemade fajita seasoning and spicy Mexican rice that will make you forget all about the drive-thru. — Lisa G. Cooks
Serve this salsa as an appetizer, with your favorite grilled meats, or enjoy it as a spicy side salad. — Hannah Hoskins
Don't be fooled — even though it's frozen, this dessert packs some heat. Serve à la mode to mellow out the fire. If you can't find Mexican chocolate (such as Ibarra), adding equal parts cinnamon and cayenne pepper to regular baking chocolate is a good substitute. — Will Budiaman
This heavenly steak is the kind of treat you’d get in tacos at the little stands in Mexican markets, tucked into warm tortillas and topped with spicy salsa. I love the beefy flavor, the chew, and the low price of skirt steak, but you can use any type of steak you’d like. If it’s a thick cut, just sear it in a hot pan, then finish it in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F. — Roberto Santibañez
Whole Foods Market
These Mexican-style grilled steak sandwiches are a great weeknight or cookout party option. Flat iron is a super-flavorful cut from the shoulder; it’s quite lean, so cook it no further than medium-rare to ensure that it’s tender and juicy. — Whole Foods Market
The traditional from-scratch way to make tortillas is to buy field corn, soak it in slaked lime, wash it thoroughly, and then grind it by hand into fresh masa. In an effort to make this recipe accessible to everyone, I’ve called for masa harina. It will yield tortillas that are vastly superior to grocery store tortillas for relatively little work. Masa harina is a flour made from dried masa. You can sometimes buy fresh masa made the traditional way from Latin American grocery stores. — Vanessa Barrington
Spicy, sweet, and tangy these pork tacos pair perfectly with a frozen margarita for Cinco de Mayo.
Marinate whatever fish is freshest in a spiced fruit juice marinade for a delicious, flavorful fish tacos topped with a crunchy radish salsa.
This recipe for quail cooked in a sous vide machine uses all the classic flavors and ingredients found in traditional Mexican cookery, but in a highly refined way.
Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro
This tostada is all about fresh ingredients and good-quality tuna. Pile diced ahi tuna, guacamole, crema, and radishes on top of a crisp corn chip, and add a slice of jalapeño to make it extra spicy.
“This kind of Mexican barbecue isn’t smoky. It tastes more steamed because the meat is cooked in a pit in the ground,” says chef Kevin Gillespie of barbacoa-style cooking. Here he mimics that traditional technique by wrapping the pork in tinfoil with spices and hot peppers before baking in the oven until fork tender.
This spicy chili highlights the flavors of a steak enchilada, all the way down to using flour tortillas to make the tortilla chips served with the chili. — Debbie Reid
This lamb barbacoa taco is made with homemade chile poblano corn tortillas that give it an extra kick of flavor.
Make a meal that takes little to no time to make at all: chicken fajitas. This chicken fajita recipe is loaded with chicken, cheese, and spices. — Milagros Cruz
Go all out with your nachos this year and serve this ultimate version. You’ll find the ground beef mixture is good enough to use in your favorite chili, but you won’t be able to resist it spread on a crunchy chip and topped with oozing cheese, either. — Dean Corbett