By Vanessa Greaves

The best potluck recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Why bore everyone with the same old chips and dips when you can turn the fiesta potluck into Cinco de My-Oh-My? Crush the potluck competition. Here are five top recipe picks that'll make 'em sit up and take notice of your saucy self.

1. Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting

It's no secret that chili loves chocolate, and they don't care who knows it. Bring all that heat to the party if you really want to spice things up. "Fantastic!" raves CookinBug. "Love, love, LOVE this recipe! The ancho and cayenne work wonderfully with the richness of the devil's food cake."

Related: You really can bake better cupcakes. Here's how.

2. Totchos Libre

These Tater Tot® nachos are ridiculous. And I mean that in a good way. Layers upon layers of flavor hit all the crunchy, salty, cheesy, creamy, fiery feels. Who just won the potluck? You did!

Related: Get tips for making better nachos than you've ever made before.

3. Yummy Guacamole

If you're going to rock the guac, the smartest move is to keep it simple. Just use the freshest ingredients in a no-fuss preparation, and let the natural flavors speak for themselves while you drop the mic.

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Related: Making guacamole's easy, but here's how to make GREAT guacamole.

4. Antojitos Minis

Too cute to eat? That hasn't stopped anyone yet. The great thing about these little appys is how you can change up the fillings lots of different ways to suit all kinds of eating styles: vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and so on.

5. Ex-Girlfriend's Mom's Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)

Don't you wish you knew the backstory to the recipe title for this super-fresh hand-chopped salsa? What I do know is there's a secret move that gives this salsa extra oomph. The recipe reveals all.

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Related: Learn the secrets to sensational homemade salsa


Here's a super-cute way to serve up margarita Jell-O® shots. Use the recipe, but watch this video for tips on how to turn lime halves into shot cups.

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