Celebrate Taco Tuesday or any day with these delicious Mexican-inspired Cinco de Mayo potluck recipes! From classic dishes like tacos and burritos to more creative options like a Mexican-style charcuterie board and Nutella choco-tacos, there’s something for everyone on this list.
And if you’re looking for some fun Cinco de Mayo party games to keep your guests entertained, we’ve got you covered there too! So gather your friends and family, fire up the grill, and get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style!
If you want to think beyond these traditional Cinco de Mayo potluck recipes and try a different approach, here are a few ideas you can bring to the table:
Top Recipe Picks
No time to lose? Let’s make it quick. Here are the faves:
- #4 Ground Beef Taco Dip is easily customizable, so you can add your favorite taco toppings.
- #12 Mexican Coleslaw only takes about 10 minutes, from start to finish.
- #19 Calabacitas recipe is easy to follow, even for beginner cooks.
- #24 Zucchini Enchiladas are so flavorful, with a crispy exterior and a gooey interior.
- #31 Churro Bars have the crispy texture of a traditional churro but are also soft on the inside.
Best Cinco de Mayo Potluck Recipes
These tacos combine succulent marinated steak with vibrant, zesty toppings, all wrapped in warm corn tortillas. They’re best enjoyed fresh, but they can also be made ahead of time and reheated.
Ingredients include: Flank steak, cilantro, orange juice, olive oil, and chili powder.
Antojitos require just four ingredients to put together. Simply spread the tortillas with cream cheese, sprinkle with jalapenos and cheese, roll up tightly, and bake until golden brown.
Ingredients include: Tortillas, sour cream, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and bell pepper.
These delectable skins boast a crispy exterior, a creamy interior, and a burst of Mexican-inspired flavors. The filling is made with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, which give it a smoky and spicy flavor.
Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, butter, and yellow onion.
This Cinco de Mayo appetizer layers savory seasoned ground beef with creamy refried beans, zesty taco seasoning, and a luscious blend of cheeses. The recipe is topped off with vibrant veggies and allows customization.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, olive oil, black beans, Mexican cheese, and red onion.
These shrimps are marinated in a zesty cilantro-lime mixture, then roasted until they are cooked through and pink. The tomatillo sauce uses roasted poblano peppers with a slightly smoky flavor that complements the shrimp and cilantro.
Ingredients include: Jumbo shrimp, cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and lime.
This colorful board is packed with all your favorite Mexican foods, from cured meats and cheeses to fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.
Ingredients include: Taquitos, mini tacos, quesadillas, tortilla chips, and sour cream.
This salsa is made in a blender, so it’s quick and easy to prepare. Just chop the tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, and add them to the blender with other ingredients, then blend until smooth.
Ingredients include: Roma tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, garlic cloves, and salt.
8. Texas Nachos
This recipe is a delightful twist on the classic favorite. The key to making perfect Texas Nachos is to pre-cook the tortilla chips in the oven so that they are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Ingredients include: White corn tortillas, canola oil, refried beans, cheese, and pickled jalapeños.
This Mexican Corn Black Bean Salad recipe is light and refreshing but also hearty enough to be a meal. The flavors of the corn, beans, and tomatoes are perfectly balanced by the lime dressing, and the cilantro adds a fresh note.
Ingredients include: Black beans, sweet corn, red onion, avocado, and tomato.
10. Guacamole Salad
This enticing recipe reimagines traditional guacamole by combining creamy avocado, zesty lime, and diced tomatoes with the crunch of red onions. Add in some shredded chicken or serve with tortilla chips.
Ingredients include: Avocados, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cayenne, and lime juice.
This zesty and vibrant dish combines al dente pasta with a fiesta of ingredients like black beans, corn, and juicy tomatoes. Every bite of this pasta salad provides a mix of crunchy and creamy textures.
Ingredients include: Whole wheat pasta, corn, cherry tomatoes, honey, and cumin.
12. Mexican Coleslaw
This Mexican Coleslaw is made with a base of coleslaw mix, which provides a crunchy texture to the dish. It’s best served chilled for at least 30 minutes, so the flavors can combine and meld.
Ingredients include: Mayo, sour cream, taco seasoning, coleslaw mix, and corn.
This refreshing salad combines the classic flavors of Caesar salad with the bold notes of Mexican cuisine. All of the ingredients are pantry staples and can be easily prepped in just a few minutes.
Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, cotija cheese, tomatoes, black beans, and tortilla strips.
The charred corn gives this Mexican Street Corn dish a smoky flavor that’s enhanced by the other ingredients. The secret is to use fresh corn and to grill it until lightly charred.
Ingredients include: Corn, butter, mayo, sour cream, and cotija cheese.
This Baked Black Beans & Rice recipe is quick to make and can be prepped ahead of time. The black beans, rice, corn, and cheese are all cooked together in a flavorful sauce that’s both savory and slightly sweet.
Ingredients include: Rice, black beans, cheddar cheese, and cilantro.
16. Mexican Rice
This dish combines fluffy rice with sautéed onions and garlic, enhanced by a medley of spices like cilantro and chili powder. Serve it with any Mexican dishes for a complete meal.
Ingredients include: White rice, onion, garlic cloves, chicken stock, and salt.
This recipe uses cauliflower florets that are roasted with aromatics until tender and crispy. The roasted cauliflower, with a crispy exterior and a tender interior, is then topped with a creamy dressing.
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, cotija, mayo, garlic salt, and chili powder.
These peppers are first blistered in the broiler until charred and tender, then stuffed with shredded cheese and broiled again until the cheese is melted. They can be finished with your favorite toppings, such as bacon and sour cream.
Ingredients include: Shallot, olive oil, red wine vinegar, poblano peppers, and cheese.
Calabacitas is a traditional Mexican side dish combining calabacita squash, corn, and tomatoes. The recipe is straightforward: just saute the vegetables in olive oil until tender, then simmer for 15 minutes.
Ingredients include: White onion, garlic, tomatoes, jalapeño, and Mexican squash.
This Mexican Street Corn Brussels Sprouts recipe starts by roasting the veggies until crispy, tossing them with a special sauce, and topped with cotija cheese. The finished dish is visually appealing and packed with Mexican flavor.
Ingredients include: Brussels sprouts, canned corn, mayo, paprika, and sour cream.
This hearty casserole captures the essence of traditional Mexican cuisine. It’s conveniently made with pre-cooked ingredients and can be baked on a cookie sheet for easy slicing. The layers of corn, rice, and ground beef will please!
Ingredients include: Ground beef, onion, cooked white rice, salsa, and oregano.
This light meal features flavorful black beans cooked with spices and vegetables, then wrapped in crisp lettuce leaves with your colorful toppings. The fresh guacamole adds a creamy touch to the dish.
Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, black beans, red bell pepper, cumin, and cayenne.
Picadillo is a popular dish in many Latin American countries, but this particular recipe has a Tex-Mex twist. The slow cooking method ensures that the flavors have time to develop, and good-quality ingredients make this picadillo a truly delicious meal.
Ingredients include: Ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, garlic, and potato.
Zucchini Enchiladas are a great way to enjoy all the flavors of traditional enchiladas without the carbs. It includes thinly sliced zucchini instead of tortillas and is filled with shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, and Mexican cheese.
Ingredients include: Onion, garlic cloves, cumin, chicken, and enchilada sauce.
25. Mexican Lasagna
This dish marries the rich note of traditional lasagna with the vibrant flavors of Mexican cuisine. This lasagna version layers seasoned ground beef, gooey cheese, tortillas, and a flavor-packed Mexican sauce.
Ingredients include: Brown rice, vegetable stock, red bell pepper, and pinto beans.
26. Mexican Martini
This martini recipe is perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any day you’re in the mood for a taste of Mexico. It’s sweet, salty, and savory, with a refreshing citrus flavor.
Ingredients include: Tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, olive juice, and lime.
This recipe only features three ingredients. Simply layer the ingredients in a champagne flute to create a stunning green and blue effect that resembles a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Ingredients include: Orange juice, prosecco, blue curaçao, and lemon wheel.
28. Tequila Mojito
This recipe is a great way to enjoy the taste of tequila in a light and refreshing cocktail. The mint and lime add a fresh touch, while the Sprite gives it a bit of sweet flavor and fizz.
Ingredients include: Tequilla, simple syrup, lime juice, Sprite, and mint.
29. Aquas Frescas
This cool Mexican drink is a light, healthy alternative to sugar sodas and juices. Agua fresca can be made with various fruits, including watermelon, lime, strawberry, and pineapple.
Ingredients include: Fruit, sugar, dried hibiscus flowers, white rice, and cinnamon sticks.
Limonada is a refreshing and sparkling drink made with limes, syrup, and sparkling water. It’s a famous beverage in Mexico and is often served with lime slices and mint sprig.
Ingredients include: Limes, sparkling water, sugar, water, and lime slices.
31. Churro Bars
These morsels have all the flavors of traditional churros but in a simple bar form that is easy to make at home. They highlight a soft, chewy dough that’s topped with a cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Ingredients include: Butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and baking powder.
The sweet treat is easy to follow and uses simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. It features a fudgy brownie crust and creamy cheesecake filling, flavored with cinnamon and cayenne pepper for a touch of heat.
Ingredients include: Brownie mix, cinnamon, chocolate chips, cayenne, and eggs.
These taquitos are crispy on the outside and filled with a sweet and cinnamon-y apple pie filling. The secret ingredient is the addition of cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top, which helps create a crispy crust.
Ingredients include: Pie crust, apple pie filling, butter, sugar, and cinnamon.
34. Tres Leches Cake
This light and fluffy cake is soaked in the milk mixture, which makes it moist and irresistible. It’s often garnished with whipped cream and fresh fruit, but you can enjoy it plain.
Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar, and salt.
Cannoli Chimichangas are a luscious dessert that combines the best of two worlds: the crispy fried shell of a chimichanga and the creamy filling of a cannoli. This fusion will impress both sweet and savory lovers alike.
Ingredients include: Flour tortillas, cream cheese, ricotta cheese, vanilla, and sour cream.
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes are a festive dessert ideal for Cinco de Mayo. The buttery graham cracker crust and creamy margarita filling are perfectly balanced, and the mini size makes them easy to eat and share.
This copycat recipe of the classic ice cream treat, Choco Taco, requires for ingredients to put together. Just fill the waffle cones with Nutella and ice cream, dip them in chocolate, and freeze until hard.
Fun Games For Cinco de Mayo Potluck
Food is a big part of Cinco de Mayo, but it’s also about people coming together that truly lights up the event. For more fun, here are some easy games everyone can enjoy:
- Piñata. Blindfolded players try to hit a candy-filled piñata.
- Mexican hat dance. Dance around a sombrero; when the music stops, find a partner. The last pair wins.
- Chili pepper eating contest. Eat the most/spiciest chili peppers without water.
- Cinco de Mayo trivia. Answer questions related to Cinco de Mayo’s history and traditions.
- Taco toss. Toss taco-shaped bean bags into targets for points.
- Cactus ring toss. Toss rings onto a cactus-shaped stand’s arms.
- Mexican bingo (lotería). A bingo-style game using images of Mexican items.
- Musical chairs. Use Mexican music for this classic seat-grabbing game.
- Guacamole making contest. Make the best guacamole in a set time, followed by a taste test.
- Maracas shake off. Shake maracas to a beat without stopping. The last one standing wins.
The bottom line
At a Cinco de Mayo potluck, guests are expected to bring a dish celebrating Mexican cuisine’s rich and diverse flavors. This list of Cinco de Mayo Potluck recipes include tempting Carne Asada Street Tacos to decadent Cannoli Chimichangas and luscious desserts like churros and flan.
More About Cinco de Mayo
- Carne Asada Street Tacos
- Antojitos (Jalapeno & Cream Cheese Pinwheels)
- Chipotle Sweet Potato Skins
- Ground Beef Taco Dip
- Cilantro Lime Shrimp With Roasted Tomatillo Sauce
- Mexican Charcuterie Board
- Fresh Homemade Salsa Recipe
- Texas Nachos
- Mexican Corn Black Bean Salad
- Guacamole Salad
- Mexican Pasta Salad
- Mexican Coleslaw
- Mexican Caesar Salad
- Mexican Street Corn
- Baked Black Beans & Rice
- Mexican Rice
- Mexican Street Cauliflower
- Blistered Cheesy Peppers
- Calabacitas Recipe
- Mexican Street Corn Brussels Sprouts
- Mexican Tortilla Casserole
- Black Bean Lettuce Wrap Recipe (With Fresh Guacamole)
- Picadillo Con Papas
- Zucchini Enchiladas
- Mexican Lasagna
- Mexican Martini
- Easy Pot Of Gold Mimosa
- Tequila Mojito
- Aquas Frescas
- Churro Bars
- Mexican Brownie Bottom Cheesecake
- Apple Pie Taquitos
- Tres Leches Cake
- Cannoli Chimichangas
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