Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for Fifth of May which is an annual celebration that began in California in 1863. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an array of delicious recipe, dishes and drinks and have lots of fun with family and friends.
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's victory over the French Empire on May 5, 1862. This victory represented a boost of morale for Mexicans who were fighting a larger French force. This is not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day. Within Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla where the unlikely victory occurred. However, for many Mexicans, this day is like any other. It's not considered a bank holiday, thus offices, banks and stores are all open.
In the US, however, Cinco de Mayo is believed to have a deeper significance of Mexican culture and heritage. Today, you will see many celebrations with parties, parades, mariachi music, folk dancing and traditional foods. the biggest festivities are held in LA, Chicago and Houston.
Want to celebrate Cinco de May as well? Here are some of the recipes we recommend making, including a few delicious cocktails that everyone is going to love. Don't worry, we put together only easy to make Mexican dishes.
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Cinco de Mayo Dishes
Here are all the Cinco de Mayo recipes we recommend making for your celebration. These are super easy recipes that satisfy everyone. They are delicious, simple and vegan. We recommend setting up a buffet with various dishes so everyone can indulge in a variety of Mexican dishes. So exciting and yum!
Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo BBQ? Then make these super easy corn ribs. Make sure to cut the cobs with a very sharp knife. If you don't want to BBQ them, don't worry, you can bake these in the oven.
One of my favourite salads which I think is not only delicious but healthy and satisfying too. You might be wondering how come that a Caesar salad made it to the Mexican dish list. Well as it turns out, Caesar salad is actually Mexican.
One of my favourite new salads, the Cantaloupe Salad is refreshing, easy to make and perfect for any party. I often make it for breakfast or for when I need a summer lunch. I love the taste and you already know that fruit and veg combined are so healthy for you. It's ideal for skin complexion too.
Want to serve something delicious and fun with crackers on the side? Then you will want to make this super easy Jalapeno Jelly. It's sweet and spicy and it works so well on its own on crusty bread, for example. You can place it on the table, and it will be eaten so fast, guaranteed!
Mango and habanero combined are a match made in heaven. The juicy mango with its sweetness really complements the spicy habanero pepper. You can make it mild or super spicy so you can have adult and kid versions as well. It's super refreshing and you'll adore it.
An easy snack that everyone loves: black beans and avocado combined. Full of protein and super healthy, it will give everyone the energy they need to continue the celebrations. You can serve it for breakfast too, it's really delicious and nutritious.
If you want to dip your nachos into a cheesy sauce, I've got just the thing for you. It's ideal for Cinco de Mayo and honestly, nobody can even tell this is vegan. It's so delicious and perfect, it always goes so fast during a dinner party. We serve it all the time and everyone is in love.
No Cinco de Mayo happens without tacos, right? If you haven't tried pumpkin tacos, then it's time to get right on this! Super easy to make recipe that's delicious and filling. Besides, you can make it with soft or hard shell tacos, whichever you prefer.
This is a go-to classic for us, whether we fancy it for lunch, dinner or for when we host a party. This is an instant crowd-pleaser, and now that we've discovered an amazing vegan sour cream, this dish became simply irresistible.
Cinco de Mayo Drinks
No celebration is complete without an array of incredible cocktails. And what screams Cinco de mayo better than incredible margaritas? I've got three different margaritas for you to make and try. Which one is your favourite?
You can always start with a classic margarita which is simple, timeless and tasty. If you are new to making margaritas, you should probably always start with this.
Passionfruit Margarita is definitely a twist to the classic, but oh so delicious. This is ideal for people who want a slightly sweeter cocktail but still with a zingy after taste.
Finally, my favourite ever margarita, the smoky spicy margarita which, in my opinion, is flawless. It does require a few more ingredients than the classic but the result is so good. If you love smoky and spicy together, this is your drink.
That's it! You now have all the best possible Cinco de Mayo recipes to create an amazing celebration that everyone will remember you for. Let us know in the comments below which dishes you picked and how much fun you had. Happy Cino de Mayo!