28 Festive Mexican-Inspired Party Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo just days away, you might be entertaining thoughts of hosting a fabulous party, but looking for something more than tacos, chips, and salsa? If so, I’ve got just the inspiration you need! My 28 Festive Mexican-Inspired Party Recipes includes fresh and fun beverages (both with and without alcohol), appetizers, mains, sides, and a couple of cool and refreshing desserts. You won’t want to miss a single one!

👩🏻‍🍳 Tamara Talks – About Mexican Food

Having spent all but 5 of my 57 years in border states, and currently living ON the border, Mexican culture has always been a part of my life. I would like to take a moment to dispel the notion that Mexican food is not healthy.

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you know that much of my focus as a food blogger is on Mexican/Latin American flavors, and the cuisine is rich, varied, and can be very healthy. I feel the need to address a few raised eyebrows, too. I occasionally post recipes for cocktails, and I certainly enjoy them.  😀 “All things in moderation” is the motto at Andersen casa. We occasionally eat bacon and desserts too…  😉

In curating this collection, I went through 203 recipe links submitted by my food blogging colleagues… whew! I knew I needed to edit. I received dozens of amazing tacos recipes which I opted to save for another post, and opted to bring you recipes for a party menu – festive beverages, appetizers, mains, sides, and two frozen and fabulous desserts. It’s time to get planning your Cinco de Mayo party!

🍹 Cinco de Mayo Party Beverages

Start your festive Cinco de Mayo party off with a cocktail or a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage!

Party Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Drinks

🍤 Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

Serve one of these fabulous Mexican-inspired appetizers to get the party started! You’ll find finger foods and dips. Check it out!

Party Appetizers

🍛 The Main Event (Main Dishes)

Your Cinco de Mayo party main dish need not be complicated! Simple, healthy, flavorful food is best… Take a look at these simple but flavorful mains that will leave you free to entertain your guests!

Cinco de Mayo Mains

🌶 Cinco de Mayo Sides

Every awesome main dish needs a good side (or two)! Consider a couple of these flavorful and healthy sides!

Cinco de Mayo Sides

🍰 Cinco de Mayo Desserts!

Last (but not least) dessert… DRUMROLL! Hey, it’s a celebration, and a dessert is in order!

Cinco de Mayo Desserts

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  1. Tamara, you know how to build a beautiful lineup of dishes. I just bookmarked a dozen recipes to try. What a complement that you chose my Mexican Street Corn Salad with Spicy Shrimp to include here. Thank you! I wish I could have you over for dinner to make it for you myself. You bring those Exotic Tropical Margaritas, okay? 😉

    1. Thanks Marissa! That Mexican Street Corn Salad with Spicy Shrimp is calling my name 🙂 I’d love to bring the margaritas!

  2. Wow 203 posts…it is a rough job to skim through so many posts!! But what a collection Tamara! Absolut y loved each and every submission! Thank you sooo much for including mine as well!! ❤️
    Will be sharing on my social media!!

    1. Your Tropical Margarita look and sounds delightful Sonal! I can’t wait to try it… Yes, 203 posts to sort through. I think people love Cinco de Mayo!