10 Cinco de Mayo Recipe Ideas

Cinco de Mayo is a popular holiday commonly celebrated by feasting on Mexican-inspired dishes and enjoying a few margaritas.  Despite its popularity in the United States, many people don’t know why they are celebrating on this day. What is Cinco de Mayo anyway?

Cinco de Mayo, translated to “the Fifth of May,” is a Mexican holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862.  On this day, the Mexicans made a valiant stand in the city of Puebla against a much larger and better trained French army and, against all logic, won.  The French army regrouped and ended up taking Mexico City, but the excitement of the unlikely victory over the French army in Puebla always remained and is celebrated every May fifth.

Cinco de Mayo has often been referred to as the “Mexican St. Patrick’s Day” because it is a time to celebrate by enjoying wonderful Mexican food and drink.  If you’re hosting a Cinco de Mayo party this year, the key to a great party is having colorful decorations, good Mexican music (such as a Mariachi band), and delicious food.

Here are 10 Mexican-inspired dishes we’ve enjoyed at our house that would be perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party. There are a few splurges and some healthier options, as well!  Enjoy and have fun!

1. ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

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2. MARGARITA LIME CHICKEN

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3. CROCK POT CHICKEN ENCHILADAS – ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

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4. BARBECUE CHICKEN BURRITOS 

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5. CHICKEN FAJITA DIP

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6. HOMEMADE GUACAMOLE + MIKE’S BEAN NACHO RECIPE

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7. LETTUCE-WRAPPED SEAFOOD FAJITAS

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8. SIZZLIN’ SWEET POTATO FRIES

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9. ORANGE-KISSED MARGARITA

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10. SLIPPERY BANANA

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Hope you find a recipe you enjoy.  Let me know what you tried and your favorite recipe.  Have a festive Cinco de Mayo!!!!

Until next time…

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