15 Cinco de Mayo Recipes That'll Own the Potluck
Why bore everyone with the same old chips and dips when you can turn the fiesta potluck into Cinco de My-Oh-My and totally crush the competition. Here are 15 top recipe picks that'll make 'em sit up and take notice of your saucy self.
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.
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.
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.
Related: Making guacamole's easy, but here's how to make GREAT guacamole.
Too cute to eat? That hasn't stopped anyone yet. The great thing about these mini appetizer bites 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.
Ex-Girlfriend's Mom's Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)
Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Limeade)
Margaritas shouldn't be the only drink at a Cinco de Mayo party. Blending cucumbers, lime juice, sweetener, and water results in this refreshing, alcohol-free beverage.
Easy Chicken Flautas
These flautas (you may know them as taquitos) are going to disappear quickly at the potluck. Who can pass up fried finger food?
Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip
"This is a serious crowd-pleaser that can be served hot as a dip, spooned over crisp tortilla chips nacho-style, or rolled up in a warm flour tortilla. The heat can be turned up or down with the addition of jalapenos to taste," recipe creator brightlitz says. "Perfect for football games, tailgating or for taking along to potlucks in a slow cooker!"
Top Shelf Sparkling Margarita Jell-O®
"This recipe is my closest attempt at duplicating the awesome flavor of a cold margarita. It's sweet, tart, salty, and packs a punch. Garnish each serving with a lime wedge. You seriously only need one of these," Jeff Willis says.
Elotes (Mexican Corn in a Cup)
Elotes (grilled corn on the cob) are a popular street food in Mexico. Recreate the flavor for potlucks with this elote cup recipe.Top the cups with mayonnaise, Parmesan, chile-lime seasoning, and a squeeze of lime juice.
Mexican Quesadilla Casserole
If casseroles are your go-to potluck dish, let this quesadilla-inspired casserole be your contribution this time. Home cook Rosanne Fleckner calls it "easy and scrumptious."
Related: Find authentic recipes for chicken enchiladas, beef enchiladas, or the classic cheese here.
Micheladas with Tajin
"Micheladas came from the words mi chela helada, which translates into 'my cold beer'. Micheladas originated in Mexico, and now there are many different recipes. Dark beer, normally XX Cerveza, is the norm in Mexico, but you can use any beer you like," recipe creator Yoly says. "Garnish with a tamarind candy straw and additional lime wedges."
Polvorones de Canele (Cinnamon Cookies)
Polvorones de canele are Mexican-style cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar. "One word: amazing. It's like shortbread with a kick of cinnamon and spice. It melts in your mouth," Brieanne Marie says.
Mexican Bean Salad
This fresh and tangy Mexican Bean Salad would balance out the more indulgent foods at the potluck, and everyone would think you're being all mindful and healthy (and a great cook, too).