Cinco de Mayo Menu Ideas

Serve Authentic Homemade Mexican Dishes and Appetizers

Tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa
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Cinco de Mayo is a fun celebration full of brightly colored decorations, dancing, mariachi music, and even parades. Here are some ideas for your party menu to make your Cinco de Mayo fiesta delicious and memorable.

Authentic Puebla

Cinco de Mayo is most celebrated in Puebla, where the famed Battle of Puebla took place on May 5, 1862. Here are some traditional recipes of Puebla that you can serve to make your Cinco de Mayo event very authentic.

Chiles en Nogada: This traditional dish consists of a stuffed green chile topped with creamy walnut sauce and red pomegranate, the colors of the Mexican flag. It's a savory and sweet dish as the chile is stuffed with spiced ground beef or pork, apple, onions, and more.

Mole: Mole is a unique sauce made with unusual ingredients such as peanut butter and cocoa. It's often used as a sauce for chicken or enchiladas but you can also use it as a condiment with rice or eggs. For chicken mole, season and brown chicken pieces and then add the mole sauce and simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is done. Or, brown the chicken and add it and the mole sauce to a slow cooker.

Camote: Sweet potatoes are native to the tropical areas of Mexico and were enjoyed by the Maya. This makes a sweet side dish.

Traditional Mexican

If authentic food from Puebla doesn't suit your tastes, then any one of these traditional Mexican favorites will delight your guests.

Tamales: Homemade tamales can be an all-day process and it's common for families to make them at Christmas gatherings. You can make that part of your Cinco de Mayo festivities or prepare them in advance.

Chile Rellenos: These chile peppers are stuffed with cheese and then fried.

Flautas: These make fun appetizers or finger foods for a party. They are stuffed with chiles, cheese, and corn.

Pan Dulce: These sweet buns are decorated with a topping and you can make festive designs on them. They can be a snack or a dessert. They are best made fresh for the party.

Quick and Easy

If simplicity is what you're after, then any combination of these delicious Mexican recipes will be perfect for your Cinco de Mayo celebration. These are all appetizer-type foods that you can serve for an afternoon fiesta.

Salsa: This simple pico de gallo will go with chips or as a condiment with your other Cinco de Mayo foods.

Refried Beans: If you're on a budget, homemade refried beans for enchiladas or as a side dish will be the cheapest way to feed the crowd.

Guacamole: Grab the avocados and get mashing for a great dip or condiment.

Homemade Corn Chips: Transform corn tortillas into homemade chips to serve with your salsa and guacamole. For Cinco de Mayo, you can even color some red and green to match the Mexican flag.

Shrimp Ceviche: This low-fat healthy snack or appetizer hails from Puerto Vallarta. It's simple to make, requires no cooking, and you can serve it with your homemade tortilla chips.