11 recipes for the ultimate Cinco de Mayo party

Planning for a party can be stressful. That’s why we came up with a variety of recipes that are easy to whip up and serve for a large crowd.

Spend your Cinco de Mayo eating and being merry with friends instead of fretting over what to make. Here are 11 recipes that are sure to please any crowd.

  • 1. Deep Fried Tequila

    Deep Fried Tequila


    This recipe calls for soaking cubes of angel food cake in tequila, frying them in oil, and finishing them off with a sprinkle of lime and white powdered sugar. The result is a taste like funnel cake with that tequila tang.

    Recipe: Deep Fried Tequila

  • 2. Smothered Mexican Chicken

    Smothered Mexican Chicken

    This super easy smothered Mexican chicken from takes minutes to throw together and bakes up in 35 minutes.

    Recipe: Smothered Mexican Chicken

  • 3. Jalapeño Popper Dip

    Jalapeño Popper Dip’s Jalapeño Popper Dip is creamy, cheesy and has just the perfect amount of kick. It's the perfect recipe for any party.

    Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Dip

  • 4. Grilled Fish Tacos

    Grilled Fish Tacos

    This fish recipe from is really mild and has a great smoky flavor from the rub; pair that with cabbage that’s a little salty, creamy avocado, tart pickled vegetables, a dash of hot sauce and cool sour cream and you have a seriously amazing taste buds dance party.

    Recipe: Grilled Fish Tacos

  • 5. Tofu Mango Black Bean Salsa

    Tofu Mango Black Bean Salsa

    House Foods

    Who says party food can't be healthy and delicious? Here's a protein packed dip that's perfect for any occasion and is vegan/vegetarian friendly too.

    Recipe: Tofu Mango Black Bean Salsa

  • 6. Taco Dip

    Taco Dip

    Brown Eyed Baker

    No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without taco dip. This recipe from has a simple base of lettuce, tomato and cheese but you can add things like black beans, corn, green chilies to dress it up.

    Recipe: Taco Dip

  • 7. Margarita Cupcakes

    Margarita Cupcakes

    These cupcakes from are buttery and moist. The frosting is velvety and buttery (more butter!). And there is a prevalent lime/tequila taste throughout. They are a Cinco de Mayo dream. If you like margaritas (or just boozy cupcakes), you will fall in love with these babies.

    Recipe: Margarita Cupcakes

  • 8. Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas

    Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas

    A Kitchen Addiction

    There's nothing bland about this recipe from A Kitchen Addiction. The jalapenos and green pepper add just the right amount of spice, while the ranch dressing and cheeses add the perfect bit of creaminess.

    Recipe: Buffalo Chicken and Black Bean Quesadillas

  • 9. Fresh Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

    Fresh Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

    A Kitchen Addiction

    Simple sides like this pasta salad from A Kitchen Addiction pair perfectly with your favorite grilled meat and pack a lot of flavor without a lot of work. It can be served warm or cold and makes for a handy recipe to have on hand when you’re invited to a last minute party or extra guests show up at the last minute.

    Recipe: Fresh Corn and Tomato Pasta Salad

  • 10. Mexican-Style Loaded Baked Potatoes

    Mexican-Style Loaded Baked Potatoes

    A Kitchen Addiction

    This recipe from A Kitchen Addiction is easy and flexible. Plus, you can make the meat filling while the potatoes are baking and can have a hearty dish on the table in no time!

    Recipe: Mexican-Style Loaded Baked Potatoes

  • 11. Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

    Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

    Kristina Kubik

    These cookies are a way to take a tropical Mexican vacation home with you. Finish your Cinco de Mayo meal with something light and sweet.

    Recipe: Margarita Lime Buttercream Sandwich Cookies