Cinco de Mayo Recipes

A Collection of Delicious Recipes for Your Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this awesome collection of delicious Mexican recipes that you can enjoy on this festive day. This collection includes appetizers, main dishes, and desserts so that you can experience a full course of delightful Mexican food.

cochinitas pibil tacos, a pork street tacos recipe
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Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, and we all know what that means! No, it’s not Mexican Independence day, but it does make for a great excuse to indulge in some delicious Mexican food!

I happen to have a great collection of easy and delicious Instant Pot recipes perfect for the occasion!

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For those of you that are wondering, Cinco de Mayo is the date in 1862 when the Mexican army defeated the French in the Battle of Puebla. It is a minor holiday in Mexico, but any excuse for good food right?

Without further ado, here are my suggestions for your Cinco De Mayo celebration!

Cinco de Mayo Dinner Recipes

Let’s start with the main course!

Cochinita Pibil

Nothing could be more perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration than some authentic Mexican tacos! Cochinita Pibil tacos are packed full of flavor and will be a perfect addition to your party. If you’re making Cochinita, make sure you also make the Red Onion Habanero Salsa below!

cochinita pibil instant pot pork tacos
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Carnitas

Carnitas are probably my personal favorite when it comes to tacos! This is my hubby’s recipe and it is perfection! It also couldn’t be easier! Throw it all in the Instant Pot and you’re set!

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas
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Salsa Chicken Tacos

Can’t go wrong with Salsa Chicken Tacos! These super easy tacos are delicious, quick, and can be loaded up with all your favorite toppings. Perfect for everyone in the family!

salsa chicken tacos
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Taco Soup

If you need a last minute option, then this Taco Soup is perfect! So tasty and incredibly easy. Your friends and family will love it!

instant pot taco soup served for dinner
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Taco Pasta

Another perfect last minute choice is this delicious Taco Pasta. It’ll be ready in no time and the flavor is amazing!

easy taco pasta casserole made in the instant pot
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Salpicon

If you’re looking for a healthier option for Cinco de Mayo, then give this Salpicon a try. Very flavorful, yet light and fresh. You can serve it with rice or on tortillas for tacos.

salpicon is a minced beef recipe that can be made quickly in the instant pot
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Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

A few extras never hurt!

Red Onion Habanero Salsa

This Red Onion Habanero Salsa is so so good! Perfect for topping all your tacos! You especially need to make this if you’re making Cochinita Pibil. They go hand in hand!

habanero salsa served along side mexican tacos with cochinita pibil
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Party Dips

These three easy dip recipes will keep your guests busy before the food comes out. These are not Instant Pot dips, but a couple of them are made easier by the Instant Pot. These are all my mom’s recipes and they are family favorites!

best party dip recipes
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Cinco de Mayo Desserts

And now for the best part! Dessert!

Arroz con Leche

Arroz con Leche is the perfect ending for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. This sweet indulgence is so easy to make in the Instant Pot. You definitely don’t want to miss this recipe.

an easy to make mexican arroz con leche recipe made in the instant pot
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Flan

Why stop at one dessert when you can have 2? This creamy and rich flan is easy to make and it will leave your guests raving, guaranteed!

how to make leche flan smooth
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Dulce de Leche

Finally, you can serve some cut up fruit dipped in Dulce de Leche.

It’s fruit, so it’s healthy right?

Or, you can ditch healthy, and serve some ice cream topped with this sweet perfection. Dulce de Leche is a breeze in the Instant Pot. Definitely an easy choice for a delicious dessert.

Wonderful Dulce de Leche made in the Instant Pot
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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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  • Tom Meeker says:

    Hello to my friend Valerie,

    These Cinco de Mayo recipes look so good and tasty, looking at the pictures makes me want to take a bite of my iPhone screen! I think this weekend will be the perfect time to try my big hand style construction of one of my favorite ethnic food groups.

    You have a real talent which I for one, appreciate you taking your time and doing this for your Blog followers. These beautiful pictures of your food creations are more than enough to get “foodies” like me fired up to follow your lead. I need to set my alarm (on a Saturday, yet?!) to get up early ready to hit the farmers market in the morning! After the hunt for the fresh local veggies I will hit my favorite grocery store meat market to buy a variety of meats. Thank you for these recipes, Valerie.

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, as always, Tom! I appreciate it. I hope you were able to enjoy some of these recipes for Cinco de Mayo! Of course, they can be enjoyed year round as well! Thanks for stopping by!