Cinco de Mayo is this Saturday, and if you’re looking for a good excuse to throw a bit of a fiesta, you’ve got one. In honor of Mexico’s independence day, Serious Eats has compiled a whole slew of recipes for you to try out. Here are a few from each of their categories:


  • Chipotle Steak Tacos: use inexpensive flank steak to create these yummy tacos. And a simple marinade made from pureed chipotle peppers give these tacos a nice zesty zing.
  • Tacos de Papa (Potato Tacos): these simple and inexpensive tacos are made with the help of canned chipotle chilis, drained capers, crumbled cojita cheese, and other ingredients you most likely already have.
  • Charred Corn and Zucchini Tacos: use fresh corn, onion, a jalapeno pepper, garlic, zucchini and fresh cilantro leaves to make this spicy vegetarian recipe.

Salsas and Guacamole

  • Salsa Verde: use this favorite salsa, made from tomatillos, as a simple dip for chips or as a great sauce for quesadillas or enchiladas.
  • The Best Basic Guacamole: there’s nothing like a great guacamole to get a party started (or to enjoy while lazing on the couch). This recipe uses a small onion, serrano chili, cilantro leaves, kosher salt, lime juice, and of course, ripe avocados.

Snacks and Antojitos

Main Courses

  • Chicken Fajitas: create a simple marinade for your chicken to give these fajitas some killer flavor.
  • Enchiladas Suizas: these enchiladas are pretty much everything you could want out of a comfort food. They’re creamy, cheesy and wrapped in corn tortillas.

And, of course, Margaritas!

  • Fresh Lime Margaritas: freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice are key to making these refreshing margaritas for your gathering.
  • Pineapple Margaritas: use pineapple chunks, lemon and lime juice (fresh), simple syrups, salt, triple sec and tequila to make these heavenly blended margaritas.

Find many more recipes over at Serious Eats’ 36+ Recipes for Easy Cinco de Mayo Entertaining.