33 Easy Cinco De Mayo Recipes

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Margaritas, stuffed peppers, salsa, tacos, and other recipes perfect for cinco de mayo

We’ll take any excuse to stuff our faces with spicy tacos, dip chips in creamy guacamole, and sip on refreshing margaritas. So we’ve compiled our favorite easy Mexican-inspired recipes for enjoying this Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over France in 1862. You can learn more about the history and observance of this day here.

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Mortar and pestle of Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole with veggie chips
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Serrano & Rosemary Guacamole
Incredibly fluffy guacamole infused with crushed rosemary, garlic, and serrano pepper! Just 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 6 ingredients required for this plant-based side, appetizer, or sauce!
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Ceramic dish filled with a batch of our Easy Red Salsa recipe
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Easy Red Salsa
Easy, 10-minute red salsa with smoky, fire-roasted tomatoes, onion, cilantro, garlic, and fresh lime juice! Flavorful, fresh, and perfect for Mexican night!
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Dipping a chip into a bowl of Vegan Cashew Queso
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5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso
Creamy vegan queso ready in just 5 minutes! Cheesy, quick and easy to make, and perfect for serving with nachos, burrito bowls, tacos, and more!
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Tortilla chips in and beside a skillet of Black Bean Raspberry Chipotle Dip
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Raspberry Chipotle Black Bean Dip
A vegan, gluten-free dip with loads of flavor. Black beans provide lots of fiber and protein, the vegan cream cheese a luxurious texture, and raspberry chipotle jam a touch of sweet and heat.
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Blue corn tortilla chip ready to be dipped into a bowl of Vegan 7-Layer Mexican Dip
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Vegan 7-Layer Dip
Simple 7-Layer Dip that's completely vegan! Loaded with protein and fiber, and so flavorful. Perfect for parties, game days, and snacking.
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Two jars of Escabeche made with jalapeño and habanero
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Spicy Pickled Cauliflower (Escabeche)
A step-by-step guide for making spicy quick pickled cauliflower, also known as escabeche. Only 9 ingredients and 10 minutes hands-on prep required!
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Picking up a Mexican Pinwheel from a plate for a delicious appetizer
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Mexican Pinwheels
Easy, 6-layer Mexican pinwheels with refried beans, avocado, vegan Mexican cheese, and more! The perfect savory, satisfying side, snack, or appetizer!
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Bowl of dressing surrounded by Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups
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Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing
30-minute Mexican quinoa salad cups loaded with fiber, protein, and healthy fats from quinoa, black beans, sweet potatoes, and a creamy, vegan cilantro-lime dressing!
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Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing drizzled over our fresh Grilled Corn Salad recipe
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Grilled Corn Salad with Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing (30 Minutes!)
Easy, 30-minute grilled corn salad perfect for summer gatherings. Pair with just about any main and top with our Easy Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing!
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Platter of homemade tortillas for our tutorial on How to Make Corn Tortillas
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How to Make Tortillas (2 Ingredients, Oil-Free!)
EASY corn tortillas with just 2 ingredients required! Tips for making with and without a tortilla press. The perfect side for Mexican night!
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Metal spoon in a big pot of Mexican Pinto Beans made from scratch
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Easy Pinto Beans From Scratch (1 Pot)
How to make pinto beans from scratch in 1 pot! Tender beans infused with smoky, Mexican flavors like cumin, chili powder, and chipotle in adobo sauce.
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Using an immersion blender to make creamy refried beans
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Easy 1-Pot Refried Beans
Easy 1-pot refried beans with minimal ingredients. Try our step-by-step methods for getting ultra creamy texture and classic flavor FAST! Perfect for canned pinto beans or beans made from scratch.
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Top down shot of a bowl of Smoky Refried Lentils topped with cilantro and surrounded by plantain chips
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Smoky 1-Pot Refried Lentils
These flavorful, creamy refried lentils are infused with smoky spices and chilis and made in 1 pot in less than 30 minutes! Say hello to the perfect side for Mexican night.
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Big bowl of Mexican-inspired Green Rice topped with fresh cilantro
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How to Make Green Rice
Fluffy, fast white rice infused with green broth made from herbs and peppers! Just 7 ingredients and simple methods required + fluffy rice cooking tips!
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Grabbing a spoonful of Vegan Tortilla Soup topped with cilantro and avocado
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1-Pot Vegan Tortilla Soup
Brothy, vegan tortilla soup made in 1 pot! Shredded jackfruit is infused with garlic, chipotle peppers, vegetable broth, and lime. A hearty side or entrée for Mexican night.
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Spoon in a bowl of Instant Pot chili
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Easy Instant Pot Chili (Vegan, Oil-Free)
Instant Pot chili that’s fast, easy to make, and versatile. Hearty, warming, incredibly comforting, and savory-sweet thanks to sweet potatoes and kidney and black beans.
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Jar filled with a batch of our homemade Red Enchilada Sauce recipe
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Easy Red Enchilada Sauce
Smoky, rich, spicy red enchilada sauce made with simple ingredients and ready in 30 minutes. Perfect for taking your enchiladas to the next level.
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Plate and baking dish filled with our vegan Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
Smoky, hearty vegan enchiladas with black beans, roasted sweet potatoes, and kale! This recipe puts our Easy Red Enchilada Sauce to use. The perfect simple, 9-ingredient meal for Mexican night!
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Picking up a taco from a plate
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1-Pot Smoky Lentil Vegan Taco “Meat”
Easy vegan taco “meat” made with lentils, carrots, and TONS of smoky spices! Just 30 minutes required for this flavorful, 1-pot dish!
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Hard shell corn tortillas filled with Quinoa Taco Meat
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Quinoa Taco Meat
Amazingly flavorful taco “meat” made with quinoa, smoky seasonings, and salsa! Baked until hot and crispy. A healthy substitute for ground beef (just 9 ingredients)!
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Cutting board with a taco made with our delicious Vegan Taco Meat recipe
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10-Minute Raw Vegan Taco “Meat”
Easy, delicious, 10-minute vegan taco “meat” made with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, spices, and peppers! The perfect balance of spice and smokiness, and loaded with protein and healthy fats. Add to tacos, nachos, salads, and more!
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Fork cutting into a bite of Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales
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Sweet Potato Black Bean Tamales
Easy tamales stuffed with roasted sweet potatoes and chipotle-seasoned black beans. Just 10 ingredients and simple methods required for this hearty, plant-based, naturally gluten-free dish!
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Pot of homemade Green Chile Chicken Tamales
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Easy Green Chile Chicken Tamales
Green Chile Chicken Tamales that are lard-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, easy to make, and incredibly delicious. 10 ingredients and perfect for meal prepping and freezer meals. The ultimate comfort food!
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Vintage spoon in a pan of Cornbread and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet
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Cornbread & Black Bean Enchilada Bake
Flavorful, hearty skillet bake with black bean enchilada filling and a fluffy cornbread topping. Tastes like chili topped with cornbread but so much faster and easier to make! Just 10 ingredients required. Naturally plant-based and gluten-free optional.
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Cutting board of Spanish Quinoa Stuffed Peppers topped with avocado, cilantro, and onion
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Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Amazing Mexican-inspired quinoa stuffed peppers made with just 10 ingredients! Simple, flavorful, full of protein and fiber, and entirely vegan and gluten-free!
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Pan of Shredded Mexican Chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet
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1-Pan Mexican Shredded Chicken
How to make tender, shredded chicken in 1 pan and 30 minutes! Seasoned with Mexican-inspired spices for big flavor. Perfect for burrito bowls, tacos, enchiladas, and more!
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Platter filled with our Easy Jackfruit Tacos recipe for a delicious plant-based meal
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Spicy Jackfruit Tacos (1-Pot Meal!)
Spicy Vegan Jackfruit Tacos made in 1-pan in about 30 minutes! An insanely delicious, easy-to-make filling that’s perfect for tacos, taco salads, burritos, nachos, and more!
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Wood board filled with Roasted Cauliflower Tacos made with Adobo Romesco
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Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Chipotle Romesco
Smoky, roasted cauliflower tacos with a spicy chipotle romesco sauce! An easy (30 minutes!) and flavorful plant-based meal that’s versatile, healthy, and so satisfying!
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Platter of Spicy Baked Fish Tacos with limes and guacamole
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Spicy Baked Fish Tacos (30 minutes!)
The easiest (most delicious!) way to make fish tacos: tossed in smoky spices and baked to perfection. Just 30 minutes required, and naturally dairy- and gluten-free.
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Top down shot of two glasses of Date-Sweetened Horchata with cinnamon sticks as straws
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Date-Sweetened Horchata
Dates replace sugar in this healthier version of homemade horchata. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla pop through in each sip — perfectly refreshing on a warm day.
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Two glasses of our Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita recipe
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Rhubarb Strawberry Margaritas
6-ingredient rhubarb strawberry margaritas with silver tequila, lime juice, and a homemade rhubarb-strawberry syrup. Tart-sweet, easy to make, and perfect for spring!
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Wood cutting board with lime wedges and Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
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Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
Simple mango margaritas with orange, lime, agave, and silver tequila! Cold, sweet, tangy, and subtly spiced. Perfect for Mexican food and warm weather!
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Lime wedges around glasses of Watermelon Margaritas
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Best Watermelon Margaritas (3 Ingredients!)
The best Watermelon Margaritas with just 3 ingredients! Naturally sweet from the watermelon, tangy from the lime, and spiked with silver tequila!
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If you try any of these Cinco de Mayo recipes, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Barbara says

    Thanks so much for the mostly vegan Cinco De Mayo Recipes many of which I plan to make. I was wondering if you had a vegan red Spanish recipe.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Barbara, Do you mean red beans and rice? We don’t but will add it to our ideas list!

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