Whether you are celebrating Cinco De Mayo or are having a simple family gathering at home, here are 35 Mexican Recipes to create the perfect Mexican Feast. Packed full of healthy veggies with authentic flavors, pick out a few to try this week! 

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo wiith our Best 35 Mexican Recipes! Packed full of healthy veggies with authentic flavors, pick out a few to try for your Mexican Fiesta!  

Here is a collection of our 35 Best Mexican Recipes for Cinco De Mayo. We have so much love and gratitude for our neighboring country- for its people, culture and its cuisine. Have you ever stopped to think about how boring our food would be without this colorful infusion of flavor?

One of my favorite cooking experiences ever, was taking a cooking class down in Oaxaca, Mexico and learning some of the old traditional techniques and flavors. It gave us such an appreciation of Mexico’s rich culture and history. I highly recommend this class (it is in Spanish, but we found it not to be an issue at all) and most of the proceeds of the class go towards helping women from smaller surrounding villages learn trades and become more self-reliant.

Our 35 Best Mexican Recipes!

Without further ado, here are our favorite Mexican Recipes for Cinco De Mayo. For the whole list of Mexican-inspired recipes on the blog (and wow, there are a LOT !) visit the Mexican Recipes Page.

Pozole Verde

35 Fresh and TAsty Mexican Recipes! | Pozole Verde- a flavorful Mexican stew made with tomatillos, green chilies, chicken and hominy, topped with cilantro, avocado and red onions. #pozole

A delicious recipe for Pozole Verde- a flavorful Mexican stew made with tomatillos, green chilies, chicken and hominy, topped with cilantro, avocado and red onions.

Mexican Papaya Salad

Our Best 35 Mexican Recipes!| A simple Mexican-inspired Papaya Salad made with ripe papaya, with cucumber, red onions, jalapeño over greens with a Cilantro Lime Dressing. #papayasalad

A simple Mexican-inspired Papaya Salad made with ripe papaya, with cucumber, red onions, jalapeño over greens with a Cilantro Lime Dressing.

Chicken Mole Negro

Our Best 35 Mexican Recipes! | A flavorful recipe for Chicken Mole Negro is made with Black Mole Sauce- smoky, spicy and nutty with dried chilies, and a hint of chocolate. A flavorful Oaxacan-inspired meal. #mole #molenegro

A flavorful recipe for Chicken Mole Negro is made with Black Mole Sauce- smoky, spicy and nutty with dried chilies, and a hint of chocolate. A flavorful Oaxacan-inspired meal.

Ceviche!

Our Best 35 Mexican Recipes! | What Mexican Feast would be complete without Ceviche? Here's a simple and easy  Ceviche Recipe- delicious and light, serve it up with chips or spoon it lettuce cups or even in an avocado!  This authentic Mexican recipe is made with everyday ingredients! You will love it!

What Mexican Feast would be complete without Ceviche? Here’s a simple and easy  Ceviche Recipe– delicious and light, serve it up with chips or spoon it lettuce cups or even in an avocado!  This authentic Mexican recipe is made with everyday ingredients! You will love it!

Pico De Gallo

Our Best 35 Mexican Recipes! | Pico De Gallo is a classic Mexican Salsa made w/ fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeño & cilantro. Easy to make with just a few ingredients!

Pico De Gallo is a classic Mexican Salsa made w/ fresh tomatoes, onions, jalapeño & cilantro. Easy to make with just a few ingredients!

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Cabbage Slaw

Our Best 35 Mexican Recipes! | Quick & easy Fish (or Tofu) Tacos topped with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw that can be made using a grill, stove top or oven! Vegan & gluten-free adaptable! A fast and healthy dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes. | #feastingathome #slaw #fishtacos #tacos #grilled #grilling #tacoslaw #cabbageslaw #tofutacos #vegantacos #bakedtacos ##healthytacos #mexicanslaw #mexicanslaw

Quick & easy Fish (or Tofu) Tacos topped with Cilantro Lime Cabbage Slaw that can be made using a grill, stovetop or oven! Vegan & gluten-free adaptable! A fast and healthy dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes.

Guacamole

30 Fresh and TAsty Mexican Recipes! How to make the most delicious Guacamole-3 different ways. (Traditional, Furikake and Middle Eastern!)Guac never be boring again! Vegan, gluten-free and healthy. #guac #furikake #guacamole #guacamolerecipe #avocadodip

Guacamole- 3 ways! A simple easy recipe for three different types of Guacamole. A flavorful Mexican appetizer that is vegan, gluten-free and healthy.

Chilaquiles

How to Make Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights! #chilaquiles #vegetarian #mexican #rojo #verde

Chilaquiles! A classic Mexican dish made with stewed corn tortillas (or chips) that can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner. The best part? This highly adaptable meal can be made in under 20 minutes, perfect for busy weeknights!

Mole Black Beans

Savory Black Beans baked in a quick and easy Mexican Mole Sauce topped with queso fresco cheese (optional)- serve this as a delicious side dish for your Mexican Fiesta or as a flavorful base for healthy bowls.

Savory Black Beans baked in a quick and easy Mexican Mole Sauce topped with queso fresco cheese (optional)- serve this as a delicious side dish for your Mexican Fiesta or as a flavorful base for healthy bowls.

Mexican Pinto Beans

30 Fresh and TAsty Mexican Recipes! How to cook flavorful healthy vegan Mexican Pinto Beans on the stove top (or in Instant Pot). A simple easy recipe! #pintobeans

How to cook flavorful, healthy vegan Mexican Pinto Beans on the stovetop or in Instant Pot. A simple easy recipe!

Butternut Tamales

Butternut Tamales with flavorful Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Sauce over a bed of seasoned black beans, topped with pickled onions and crunchy radishes! A flavorful vegetarian dinner. Vegan adaptable! Can be made ahead! #tamales #butternuttamales #vegantamales #vegetariandinner

Butternut Tamales with flavorful Pumpkin Seed-Cilantro Sauce over a bed of seasoned black beans, topped with pickled onions and crunchy radishes! A flavorful vegetarian dinner. Vegan adaptable! It can be made ahead!

Cilantro Lime Rice

An easy healthy recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice that is made on the stovetop. Make this with brown or white basmati rice ( or jasmine!). #rice #cilantrolimerice #mexicanrice

An easy healthy recipe for Cilantro Lime Rice that is made on the stovetop. Make this with brown or white basmati rice!

Birria Tacos!

A simple authentic recipe for Birria Tacos, a flavorful Mexican beef or lamb stew that is spooned into tortillas with melty cheese, pickled onions, avocado and cilantro. Cook this in a ducth oven, slow cooker, or instant pot. 

An authentic recipe for Birria Tacos- a flavorful Mexican Stew made with beef, lamb or goat that can be made in an Instant Pot, Dutch Oven or Slow Cooker. Serve this in a big bowl or make Birria Tacos – the best!

RAJAS TACOS

Rajas Tacos are made with strips of poblano peppers, onions and corn, with a hint of Mexican Crema served with cilantro and lime. Vegan-adaptable

Rajas Tacos are made with strips of poblano peppers, onions and corn, with a hint of Mexican Crema served with cilantro and lime. Vegan-adaptable

Vegan Nachos with Walnut Chorizo

Nachos Supreme! These loaded vegetarian nachos are made with flavorful "walnut chorizo"! A healthy, delicious nacho recipe that is baked in the oven. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten free! #nachos #vegannachos #vegetarian

Nachos Supreme! These loaded vegetarian nachos are made with flavorful “walnut chorizo”! A healthy, delicious nacho recipe that is baked in the oven. Vegan-adaptable and Gluten-free!

Oaxacan Bowl

Mexican Oaxacan Bowl with roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado, and cabbage slaw.

Vegan Oaxacan Bowl with roasted chipotle sweet potatoes and roasted peppers over a bed of warm seasoned black beans. It’s topped with crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado and my favorite thing ever, toasted Chipotle Maple Pecans. Vegan and grain-free, hands down, this bowl is my new favorite Mexican recipe!

Mexican Corn Fritters

Spicy Corn Fritters with Cilantro Cream - an easy delicious recipe that works as an appetizer or vegetarian main! www.feastingathome.com #cornfritters #corncakes

Spicy Corn Fritters with jalapeno, lime zest and coriander served with a Cilantro Crema – an easy delicious recipe made with fresh sweet corn (or use frozen!) that works as an appetizer or vegetarian main!

Poblano Pumkin Seed Salsa

This flavorful Poblano Pumpkin Seed Sauce is made with roasted poblano peppers and pumpkin seeds- a tasty addition to tacos, enchiladas, or burrito bowls! #poblanosalsa #pepitasalsa #poblanosauce #pepitasauce

This flavorful Poblano Pumpkin Seed Sauce is made with roasted poblano peppers and pumpkin seeds– a tasty addition to tacos, enchiladas, or burrito bowls!

Healthier Chile Rellenos

A vegan adaptable, Roasted Chile Rellenos Recipe - that is lightened up with the additon of black beans and roasting vs. frying! Delicious and healthy!

A vegan-adaptable, Roasted Chile Rellenos Recipe – lightened up with the addition of black beans … and the chilies are roasted instead of fried! Delicious and healthy! If you haven’t made this yet- put it on the list of Mexican recipes to try now! So flavorful!

Vegan Jackfruit Tacos

crispy jackfruit tacos with slaw

Crispy Jackfruit Tacos made on a sheet pan with pickled red onions, cilantro cabbage slaw and tomatillo salsa! A fast, easy, VEGAN weeknight dinner!

Vegetarian Enchiladas

30 Fresh and TAsty Mexican Recipes! Farmers Market Vegetarian Enchiladas- with black beans and your choice of veggies (like red bell pepper, zucchini and corn)and Homemade 5 Minute Enchilada Sauce! Easy, Healthy and full of delicious Mexican Flavor!Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable! #enchiladas #vegetarianenchiladas #healthyenchiladas #veggieenchiladas

Farmers Market Vegetarian Enchiladas– with black beans and your choice of veggies (like red bell pepper, zucchini and corn)and Homemade 5 Minute Enchilada Sauce! Easy, Healthy and full of delicious Mexican Flavor!Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable!

Aguachile!

30 Fresh and TAsty Mexican Recipes! An authentic Mexican recipe for Aguachile with Shrimp! Similar to ceviche, shrimp is sliced in half, and cooked in a mixture of lime juice, chiles and cilantro. Flavorful, simple and sooooo delicious! #aguachile #shrimp #verde #ceviche #Mexican

An authentic Mexican recipe for Aguachile with Shrimp! Similar to ceviche, shrimp is sliced in half, and cooked in a mixture of lime juice, chiles and cilantro. Flavorful, simple and sooooo delicious!

Homemade Refried Beans

How to make Homemade Refried Beans from scratch- a simple delicious recipe that is vegan and gluten-free! | www.feastingathome.com

How to make Homemade Refried Beans from scratch- a simple delicious recipe that is vegan and gluten-free!

Chicken Enchiladas Verde

Delicious, Chicken Enchiladas Verde with flavorful Roasted Poblano Sauce. A simple healthy Mexican-inspired meal that is easy and flavorful! Vegan adaptable! #chickenenchiladas #enchiladas #verde #enchiladasverde

Corn and Poblano Enchiladas Verde with flavorful Roasted Poblano Sauce. A simple healthy and adaptable, Mexican-inspired dinner recipe that is easy and flavorful! Make this with simple baked chicken or black beans!

Fresh Tomatilla Salsa

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Recipe ! (aka Salsa Verde) A FRESH vibrant recipe for Tomatillo Salsa using *uncooked* tomatillos, resulting in the most amazing flavors. Serve this with chips, Baja Tacos, quesadillas or as a sauce for enchiladas! #tomatillosalsa #tacosalsa #salsaverde #tomatillo #bajatacos #salsa #verde #greensalsa

Add an element of freshness to your Mexican Feast with this Fresh Tomatillo Salsa Recipe! (aka Salsa Verde) A FRESH vibrant recipe for Tomatillo Salsa using *uncooked* tomatillos, resulting in the most amazing flavors. Serve this with chips, Baja Tacos, quesadillas or as a sauce for enchiladas!

Tlayludas

Tlayludas de Oaxaca- a healthy delicious version of Mexican Street Food- vegan & gluten free adaptable! Super tasty! | www.feastingathome.com

Vegan Tlayludas!!! Originating from Oaxaca, Tlayludas are kinda like Mexican Pizza. This lightened-up VEGAN version is loaded up with healthy veggies…. one of my all-time favorites…..super tasty! I could eat this every day. Feel free to “beef these up” with chorizo and Mexican string cheese for  a more authentic vibe.

Mezcal Margaritas

Mezcal margarita

A refreshing “healthier” ( if that is possible!) recipe for Mezcal Margaritas– with fresh limes, jalapeno, cilantro and a hint of maple syrup…smoky, spicy and oh so refreshing! Designed for the “grown-up” palate. If you like Scotch, you’ll love this.

Mexican Cabbage Slaw

Mexican Slaw with jalapeño and lime- perfect for fish tacos or a vegan side to your Mexican Feast. Fast and easy and Vegan! #tacoslaw #mexicanslaw #cabbageslaw #slaw #veganslaw

Mexican Slaw with jalapeño and lime– perfect for fish tacos or a vegan side to your Mexican Feast. Fast and easy and Vegan!

Chicken Carnitas

Simple Chicken Carnitas! Make this in an Instant Pot, or on the stovetop or in the oven and use in enchiladas, tacos, burrito bowls during the week. EAsy and delicious! 

Simple Chicken Carnitas! Make this in an Instant Pot, or on the stovetop or in the oven, and use in enchiladas, tacos, burrito bowls during the week. Easy and delicious!

Salsa Macha Bowl

Salsa Macha Bowl- a sheet pan dinner made with with Chicken or Tofu, roasted yams and peppers, avocado and flavorful "Salsa Macha", a delicious Mexican condiment you will fall in love with! | www.feastingathome.com

Salsa Macha Bowl– a sheet-pan dinner made with Tofu or Chicken (or both), with roasted yams and peppers, avocado and the most flavorful “Salsa Macha” Sauce, an incredibly delicious Mexican marinade made with dried chilies you will fall in love with!

Hibiscus Margaritas

Hibiscus Margarita with Ginger and Clove- the perfect Cinco de Mayo cocktail - refreshing, delicious and easy to make! | www.feastingathome.com

Hibiscus Margaritas – infused with ginger and a whisper of clove.  Beautiful, delicious and refreshing! Perfect for your Mexican Feast.

Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad

Healthy, Easy, Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad with Grilled Corn, Peppers and Arugula, over a bed of optional quinoa with grilled scallions, avocado and a simple Chipotle Lime Dressing.  Sub MEXICAN TOFU for the Chicken for a vegan version! #chipotlechicken #mexicansalad #chickensalad #grilledchicken

Healthy, Easy, Chipotle Grilled Chicken Salad with Grilled Corn, Peppers and Arugula, over a bed of optional quinoa with grilled scallions, avocado and a simple Chipotle Lime Dressing.  Sub MEXICAN BAKED TOFU for the Chicken for a vegan version!

Grilled Steak Tacos!

Grilled Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce | www.feastingathome.com

One of the most popular recipes on the blog to date…. Grilled Steak Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri Sauce plus authentic Pico de Gallo and Pickled onions! Perfect for entertaining and outdoor gatherings. Fire up the grill!

Chipotle Portobello Tacos

Sheet-Pan, Chipotle Portobello Tacos - smoky, spicy and "meaty"  - these VEGAN tacos are sure to satisfy even the most diehard meat-lovers!  Make them in 30 minutes! | www.feastingathome.com #vegantacos #portobellotacos

Sheet-Pan, Chipotle Portobello Tacos – smoky, spicy and “meaty”  – these VEGAN tacos are sure to satisfy even the most diehard meat-lovers!  Make them in 30 minutes!

Chipotle Mayo

Chipotle Mayo- aka Mexican Secret Sauce! A simple 5 minute sauce that add a burst of flavor to any meal. Vegan adaptable and GF | www.feastingathome.com

Vegan adaptable Chipotle Mayo– (aka Mexican Secret Sauce!!!)  A simple, 5-minute sauce that will elevate what you are already making, and add a burst of flavor to most any meal. Vegan adaptable and GF

Homemade Tortillas (3 ways!)

How to make Homemade Tortillas from scratch using masa harina, flour, or a blend of both. You don't need a tortilla press for this recipe!

How to make Homemade Tortillas from scratch using masa harina, flour, or a blend of both. You don’t need a tortilla press for this recipe!

Happy weekend friends… Salud!

xoxo

Sylvia

For many more healthy, Mexican-inspired meals make sure to check out our Mexican Recipes Page ! 

How to create a Mexican Feast!

  1. Keep it simple and only pick out a few things!  You don’t want to be so exhausted with cooking that you don’t enjoy the party!
  2. Make whatever you can, ahead! 
  3. Enlist friends to make or bring some of the sides.
  4. Remember to add flavorful condiments and sauces ( most can be made ahead).
  5. Plan to be done cooking one hour before your party and make yourself a drink. Take a breath and relax.
  6. An old catering/ restaurant trick: If your legs are tired from all the standing, cooking and cleaning, lay on the floor on your back, with legs up the wall for 10 minutes before the party. It will totally revive you! 
  7. One of the easiest things to make is a Taco Bar! Many things can be prepped ahead. Grill meat or fish the day of. Guests can make tacos or bowls that they can assemble themselves. Sometimes I’ll even ask my friends to each bring one item! Fun and easy.

You can do this! xoxo

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Whether you are celebrating Cinco De Mayo or are having a simple family gathering at home, here are 35 Mexican Recipes to create the perfect Mexican Feast. Packed full of healthy veggies with authentic flavors, pick out a few to try this week! 

35 Best Mexican Recipes!


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Whether you are celebrating Cinco De Mayo or having a simple gathering at home, these authentic, flavorful recipes are fun to make, and include many vegan and Gluten-Free options! Pick out a few for your next gathering or potluck!


Ingredients

  • rice
  • beans
  • tortillas
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • salsa
  • hot sauce
  • Chipotle Mayo

Instructions

Pick out a few recipes to create a Mexican Feast. Here are a few tips: 

  1. Keep it simple and only pick out a few things!  You don’t want to be so exhausted with cooking that you don’t enjoy the party!
  2. Make whatever you can, ahead! 
  3. Enlist friends to make or bring some of the sides.
  4. Remember to add flavorful condiments and sauces ( most can be made ahead).
  5. Plan to be done cooking one hour before your party and make yourself a drink. Take a breath and relax.
  6. An old catering/ restaurant trick: If your legs are tired from all the standing, cooking and cleaning, lay on the floor on your back, with legs up the wall for 10 minutes before the party. It will totally revive you! 
  7. One of the easiest things to make is a Taco Bar! Many things can be prepped ahead. Grill meat or fish the day of. Guests can make tacos or bowls that they can assemble themselves. Sometimes I’ll even ask my friends to each bring one item! Fun and easy.

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. I have made most of the recipes and they are all great. And with guidelines that are easy to follow.

  2. We love finding new recipes and Mexican dishes area a favorite at our house – I plan to try several (if not all!) of these soon.

    I found your website while searching for recipes to serve at a sit-down dinner for 14-18 people. I would like to prepare something almost 100% ahead of time and was looking for something more interesting than enchiladas. Our kitchen and entertaining space is not huge, so being able to prepare everything prior to guests and simply pop a couple casserole dishes in the oven is key. I also have guests attending who do not eat beef or shellfish, so I was considering a chicken option as well as a vegetarian option.

    Do you have any recipe suggestions or tweaks that would accommodate this event and my need to prep ahead of time? Thanks!

    1. If it were me, I would do a Taco Bar- make a big batch of refried beans ahead (or Mole black beans) along with any sauces, salsas, slaw, etc, and othen on the day of- grill up chipotle chicken or the fish from our fish tacos. So not 100% ahead,but mostly. 😉

    2. If it were me, I would do a Taco Bar- make a big batch of refried beans ahead (or Mole black beans) along with any sauces, salsas, slaw, etc, and then on the day of- grill up chipotle chicken or the fish from our fish tacos. So not 100% ahead,but mostly. 😉

  3. Extremely helpful and well made recipes !! Thanks for taking your time to publish it.

  4. I’ve made a few of the recipes you’ve listed and they have turned out lovely. One question though- would I be mixing too many flavours if I served Fish and Chicken Tacos with Mexican corn and all the salsas but also a Thai style Grilled steak and your Asian Slaw? I have a couple of guests who have an aversion to smokey flavours

    1. I really like mixing flavors and cuisines. I think it is fun and don’t make rules around this. But up to you!

  5. Thank you! very well and kindly explained… simple and precise… best recipes to make a little Mexican feast! xoxoox

  6. So many beautiful recipes! Your photos are gorgeous. The recipes you have in the list are so fresh, beautiful, unique and inspiring! Thank you! I’d love to connect sometime and talk food – you can find my site (I think we have the same wordpress template!) at tastynfree.com. Please reach out! I am genuinely inspired by your work.

  7. Thanks for the mex collection! Lockdown has me making more things from scratch (not to mention that corn tortillas are hard to find here), and I found an easy and delicious recipe for 50:50 corn & wheat tortillas from https://wellingtonbakehouse.com/2015/07/26/half-half-tortillas-perfect-for-soft-tacos/

    Only change I made was that I rolled the dough into a thick even log and sliced off disks of dough (~55g) for each tortilla. I used a tortilla press to speed things up and then cooked them in a dry cast iron skillet, about 1 minute per side (until they have brown spots) and finishing with one last flip to the first side where I press on the tortilla to make it puff a la Pati Jinich.

    I tried these once, they worked perfectly and now I am hooked. Cinqo de mayo is a perfect time to up my tortilla game!

    1. So funny Bri- I was just working on a 1/2 and 1/2 recipe corn/flour recipe this week too because I like a mix as well. I haven’t seen this post but will check it out. I do the log as well. It makes things easy. Sounds like we are on the same track!