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12 festive Cinco de Mayo snack recipes

Green guacamole with ingredients avocado, lime and nachos on wooden vintage table top view.
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Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is the date Mexico and the United States celebrate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, in the U.S. we celebrate with traditional and modern Mexican cuisine, margaritas, sombreros, mariachi music, and maybe even a piñata.

This year, get in the spirit and have a fiesta! One of these creative Cinco do Mayo snack recipes are sure to please a crowd of revelers.

Quesadilla grilled cheese

This recipe is stacked with cheesy goodness. Make it into a savory snack by cutting each the quesadilla-sandwich stack into slices and serving with guacamole and salsa! If this isn’t festive (and doesn’t scream Mexican-American pride!) we don’t know what does. Learn how to make it here.

quesadilla grilled cheese

CBD-infused guacamole

This recipe is one of our favorites because it’s fresh, simple, and because it was developed by a cannabis chef, it’s infused with CBD. It’s a huge at parties and disappears quickly, so be sure to make an extra batch (or two)! Get the recipe here.

Photo credit: Alex9500/Envato Elements

Queso blanco dip

This creamy, cheesy queso blanco dip recipe from Color Me Meg is the ultimate party snack.

Photo credit: Color Me Meg

Taco tortilla stacks

Dip these spicy, creamy taco tortilla stacks from Shugary Sweets into a bowl of salsa!

tortillas stuffed with a spicy cream cheese filling
Photo credit: Shugary Sweets

Chicken fajita taquitos

Turn your favorite Mexican dinner into these hand-held chicken fajita taquitos from Jo Cooks.

chicken fajitas turned into taquitos
Photo credit: Jo Cooks

Guacamole deviled eggs

Stuff hardboiled eggs with guacamole for some tasty guacamole deviled eggs from Jo Cooks!

hardboiled eggs filled with guacamole
Photo credit: Jo Cooks

Mexican street corn

Grilled Mexican Street Corn from Seeded At The Table makes a convenient finger food on skewers!

corn on the cob topped with cilantro, lime, paprika and cotija cheese
Photo credit: Seeded at the Table

Chorizo nachos

How smart to prepare mini plates of gourmet chorizo nachos from The Kitchn to save the hassle of self-serving!

Mexican sopes

Try some Mexican sopes from Yellow Bliss Road; basically thick corn tortillas topped with refried beans, lettuce, and cheese.

thick homemade corn tortillas topped with beans, cheese and lettuce
Photo credit: Yellow Bliss Road

Chile rellano rustica

For this chile rellano rustica recipe from A Zesty Bite, just stuff poblano peppers with bacon, shrimp, tomatoes, and a homemade cilantro cream sauce, and top with melty shredded cheese.

Chile lime mango and papaya

Add a fruity twist to your Cinco de Mayo with sweet and spicy chile lime mango and papaya from A Spicy Perspective.

chile powder and cayenne sprinkled over fruit
Photo credit: A Spicy Perspective

Mole chicken wings with tequila lime marinade

These mole chicken wings with tequila lime marinade from Eat the Love are tender, juicy, smoky, and sweet after being coated in a homemade chocolate-chile mole sauce!

mole chicken wings with a tequila lime marinade
Photo credit: Eat the Love

Bonus idea: Why not have your guac & wear it, too?!

This craft is GENIUS. Take your Cinco de Mayo celebration by making and eating from a chips & guac flower crown. You’ll be the life of the party, and you’ll always have chips on-hand. Learn how to make it here.


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