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Cinco De Mayo Savory Recipe Ideas

Mexican cuisine has a special place in my heart AND a special place in my belly! Here are some of our best savory recipe ideas for Cindo de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo doesn’t really have anything to do with my heritage or even where I live, but I sure as heck love the holiday and totally participate in the celebration every year with delicious food. I mean, it’s like the best holiday food ever!

Here are just a few Cinco De Mayo recipe ideas to make your day amazing! Starting with appetizers, then main course and a few sides. Find all our Mexican recipes here.


If you’re having a little fiesta for Cinco de Mayo this year, here are some appetizers to get the party started!


Don’t fill up on the appetizers!! Easier said than done, I know! Make sure to leave room for the main event because we have all kinds of options to choose from. Pick your protein!


Chicken Fajitas

A photo of a cast iron skillet full of chicken fajita filling - cooked chicken, sauteed peppers and onions, lime wedges, sliced purple onion, and sliced avocados.

Honey Lime Chicken Burritos

a chicken burrito stuffed with rice, beans and loaded with cheese and salsa on top with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro. smothered honey lime chicken burritos

Cafe Rio Chicken Salad

Looking for a Cafe Rio Copycat Tomatillo Ranch Dressing? This one has that cilantro lime ranch flavor everyone loves just like the restaurant! ohsweetbasil.com


Pork Chile Verde

A photo of a bowl full of large chunks of pork chile verde with a spoon sticking out of the bowl.

Sweet Pork

an entire pan of shredded cafe rio sweet pork copycat recipe with chopped cilantro on top

Pork Carnitas

A photo of three pork carnitas tacos in a cast iron skillet topped with fresh jalapeno slices, diced red onions, and cilantro with a squeezed lime on the side.


Ground Beef Enchiladas

Steak Fajitas

Our favorite steak fajitas marinade has a few secrets that make it extra flavorful and tender. Grilling is optional but produces even more deliciousness!

Carne Asada Tacos

Two authentic carne asada tacos on a serving plate on top of a wooden table.


Best Quesadilla

A photo of the best quesadilla sliced into pieces and stacked on each other with cheesy oozing out and a bowl of fresh pico de gallo in the background.


And finally, if you still have room for some sides, then these are some of our very best!

If you didn’t find anything that caught your attention there, try scanning through all our Mexican recipes. I guarantee we can meet all your Cinco de Mayo needs!

And if you need to end the night off with something sweet, check out our Cinco de Mayo dessert roundup!

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About the authors

carrian feik cheney oh sweet basil

Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

But most of all, they love the memories made, shared and treasured and it’s all thanks to a meal shared together with loved ones.

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  • Hi Carrian! Thank you for the linky love to my website! I’m definitely going to check out these other great-looking recipes. Cheers!

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  • Oh wow, I can’t even begin to pick just one of these fabulous recipes! Wonderful roundup!

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  • Oh whoa, I’m in love with anything de leche!!

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    • mmmm me too

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  • How fun! I want them all!

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  • Such fun ideas! Can’t wait to try some/all of them. Cinco de Mayo is our anniversary and I lived in Mexico as a kid, so I especially love celebrating this day!!!

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  • I love celebrating Cinco de Mayo too. Wish I could try one of each of your roundup recipes.

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  • Lovely roundup! Thanks so much for all the awesome ideas!!

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  • We will be in St. George over Cinco de Mayo for a baby blessing. We may have to create a do-over dinner at home when we get back!

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    • I have only drive through st george, but everyone seems to go there! I need to!!

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  • I totally want to eat all of the above recipes. Seriously. However, I think I definitely want to stock up on those churros bites. That’s kinda genius. Little bites of sugary yumminess? Yes!

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  • Lots of tasty ideas for cinco de mayo!

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  • Awesome round up!! I don’t know which to make first!! I need more time and a bigger stomach! LOL

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