If you want to throw the most epic Mexican-themed fiesta, you have to cook and serve the best Mexican food that will impress all of your party guests (especially your party planner friends). Here is a whole list of Cinco De Mayo recipes that are a complete must-have at your upcoming fiesta!
When you think of Cinco De Mayo, margaritas, tacos, and guacamole come to mind but it’s so much more than that.
Most of us mistake May 5th to be the day that Mexico declared it’s independence but that is actually wrong.
Cinco De Mayo is actually the day the Mexicans won a battle against France- the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. It was a time to celebrate everyone coming together and to this day, the city of Puebla still celebrates to this day as do many of us here in the U.S.
To honor and respect those who joined forces to fight for something to believe, Cinco De Mayo is the perfect time to bring together all of your friends and family to celebrate.
21 Crock-Pot Cinco De Mayo Recipes To Make For Your Fiesta
Now it’s time to put together the most important part of any Mexican fiesta: the food! This will make or break your party.
Must-Haves For Any Mexican Themed Party
These are some of the best Cinco De Mayo recipes I could find to help you throw the best Mexican fiesta of your life!
This recipe is definitely one of those where you just dump all of your ingredients into the crockpot, walk away and don’t check on it until 8 hours later.
The best part is you can double this recipe and use the meat for multiple dishes just as tacos, enchiladas or filling for some homemade tamales!
Skirt steak is used in a lot of Latino cooking and with good reason. This carne asada is super tender and has just enough fat to give the meat some extra flavor!
Pork carnitas has to be the most used protein when it comes to Mexican dishes. It all comes down to how it’s cooked and what is used to flavor the pork.
This pork butt it slowly cooked in the crockpot and then placed on a pan to broil for a few minutes until it becomes crispy to make the perfect carnitas taco!
Put the rice box back and take a look at this recipe to see how easy it is to make homemade Spanish rice!
All you need in white rice, chunky salsa, chicken broth, and just a few more ingredients to make this fan-favorite side dish.
You can make these super flavorful black beans in your slow cooker and completely avoid using the canned kind. These beans have so much more flavor (and hidden veggies too!).
I don’t know if you’ve ever bought refried beans in a can… but it does not look appetizing. Since I’ve found this recipe to make in my crockpot, I’ve never looked back!
A Variety Of Tacos For Your Cinco De Mayo Party
You can’t throw a party celebrating Mexico and not have tacos! Even though you can easily make tacos with some of the meat recipes shared above, you might want to have a surprise or two in your back pocket.
These tacos are the perfect surprise. Plus, who said variety was a bad thing?
These chicken tacos are seasoned with some chipotle peppers which had this warm, spicy flavor with a hint of smokiness. Topped off with a homemade mango salsa, it’s perfect of sweet and spicy!
Tacos Al Pastor is known to be on the spicier side but is usually leveled with some sort of sweeter salsa (in this case, pineapple).
Cooked with spices, such as coriander, cumin, and cinnamon, this pulled pork taco is the [erfect addition to your party menu!
Healthy Low Carb Options For Your Fiesta
You can still party and keep your low carb diet in tack. Thankfully, with Mexican cuisine, it is very easy to make a couple of swaps for some healthier ingredients.
It’s a win-win for everyone!
While cooking the barbacoa beef in the crockpot, you can quickly make some of these plantain bites to put together the perfect party appetizer!
Top it off with a little avocado and pickled onions and you will serve your guests the most perfect bite!
This chicken enchilada dip is not for the weak… I mean look at all those jalapenos!
Mixed together with shredded chicken, pepper jack cheese and green enchilada sauce, this Mexican party dip is perfect for those who are looking for something with a big kick in flavor.
This Mexican casserole is the perfect dish for those who are currently on keto or are trying to keep the carbs to a minimum.
This yummy taco casserole is layered with beef, multiple veggies and a thick layer of cheese. Yum!
Other Fun Mexican Recipes To Try
We all know that tacos are amazing and nothing can replace them in our hearts. But, what about all the other recipes?
The one thing I love about Mexican culture is how diverse their food is and how it really showcases every little part of Mexico.
These next couple of recipes have a little bit of everything. From pozoles to queso dips and Abuelita’s tamales- your mind is about to blown!
Why not start off with a party dip called the Cowboy Queso Dip?
This party dip is made with 2 different types of cheese so you know it’s going to be ooey-gooey! Throw in some meat, beans, and beer and you’ve got yourself a party!
If you’re from the south, you know you cannot show up to a party (no less a Cinco De Mayo party) and not have any queso dip on hand.
All you need are three ingredients to make this party dip!
If you are brave enough to take on making homemade tamales for your next Cinco De Mayo party, you are amazing! This special recipe will remind you of those delicious homemade tamales your Abuelita used to make when you are younger.
And, it can all be made in the slow cooker which makes it 10x better!
If it’s still a little chilly where you live, you should think about serving this Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole. It has shredded chicken, hominy, a bunch of veggies and it’s topped off with a homemade salsa verde!
This recipe has to be one of my favorites. I mean, it combines to of my favorites foods: macaroni and cheese and tacos. What’s not to love?
The cheesiness of the mac and cheese really blends well with the kick of the taco seasoning in this crockpot dish. Plus, it’s customizable so everyone can add whatever they like!
This Slow Cooker Taco Soup tastes just like an actual taco! Between the three different kinds of beans and the can of tomato soup, this beefy ‘stew’ is an absolute delight.
End The Party On A Sweet Note: Desserts
You can’t have a party and not have something sweet to end the party on a good note.
Here are a couple of dessert recipes you can cook up in your slow cooker!
This Mexican cake has the perfect chocolate balance; a little bit of Mexican chocolate mixed with some semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I personally love to serve this warmed up, scooped in a bowl and topped off with a little bit of vanilla or coffee ice cream. It’s perfect!
What’s a fiesta without a bit of flan?
A dessert loved by many and now easy to make with this recipe ready to be made in the slow cooker. In just under 2.5 hours, you’ll have the perfect caramel flan!
This deliciously made slow cooker bread pudding has all the flavors you would expect from a Mexican dessert- sweet, spicy and chocolate.
It will not disappoint.
This traditional Mexican dessert is given a fun, new twist by being made into a bread pudding… and it did not disappoint!
Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to really bring all the flavors of Tres Leches to life.
Take your fiesta to the next level by making some of these Cinco de Mayo recipes to serve to your party guests.
It’ll have all of your guests saying “Que rico!”