Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Margaritas, tacos, dips, enchiladas, and more margs! These Mexican favorites have cinco-star reviews.

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

Rating: 4.74 stars
My ex's mom had the best hand-chopped salsa fresca I have ever tasted back in college. Over the years, I have tweaked it to something my friends and family rave about. The trick for this salsa is marinating the onions and jalapenos in lime juice for about 5 minutes before adding the tomatoes and cilantro. There are two tricks to this recipe: 1. Hand-chop everything. It takes a while, but it is worth it. 2. The marinating is what makes this salsa special. Hope you enjoy.

Impossible Cake

Rating: 4.47 stars
This cake has a reputation! A sweet and tempting caramel is drizzled into a greased Bundt® pan, followed by a gorgeous smooth mixture for a moist and rich chocolate cake and a layer of flan. Serve topped with more melted cajeta if you wish.

Authentic Mexican Tortillas

Rating: 3.8 stars
I learned how to make these growing up watching my mother Alma. We have never used an actual recipe, but for your convenience I came up with one.

Tacros (Croissant Tacos)

Rating: 5 stars
Behold the best mashup ever, the croissant taco! Fine masa harina in the croissant dough results in flaky layers with a chewy interior. They're dense on the inside -- the better to hold the fillings -- but if you prefer a more tender, croissant-type texture, decrease the masa, increase the bread flour, and omit the gluten. I've also included lard in the dough, but feel free to use all butter. These don't keep well, so plan to eat them all on the day you make them.

Authentic Enchiladas Verdes

Rating: 4.7 stars
These enchiladas are made with a fresh green salsa, just like you would find in a Mexican restaurant or better yet, in a Mexican home.

Frozen Margarita Pie

Rating: 4.41 stars
This pie is a refreshing end to a meal. It is always a big hit when served at gatherings. Enjoy!

Classic Frozen Strawberry Margarita

Rating: 4.87 stars
A refreshing variation on a classic frozen margarita.

Traditional Mexican Guacamole

Rating: 4.6 stars
This guacamole is great! Whether or not you want it spicy, this guacamole is a dip to die for!

Pico de Gallo

Rating: 4.71 stars
Quick and easy pico de gallo that is a great app or addition to dinner. Huge hit in my house!

Lisa's Favorite Carne Asada Marinade

Rating: 4.75 stars
I've tried many marinade recipes for carne asada, and this is our family favorite!

Authentic Mole Sauce

Rating: 4.49 stars
Hot chiles and rich chocolate make this authentic mole sauce perfect for topping stewed meats or enchiladas.

Lola's Horchata

Rating: 4.43 stars
A very easy way to make great horchata!

Inspiration and Ideas

Traditional Mexican Guacamole

"So good! I added the smallest clove of garlic, mashed and minced, and added a squeeze of lime. This is so much better than anything you can buy!" – elizabeth32

Beer Margaritas

"This is my go-to margarita recipe. It's very smooth and mellow." – SeaWolf

Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Limeade)

Rating: 4.77 stars

This is another common agua fresca from Mexico. Refreshing, healthy, and delicious! Serve over ice.