Here are 20 recipes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! A wide array of Mexican- inspired recipes that are full of flavor and fun to make. Vegan and Gluten Free options too!
Here is a list of some of my all time favorite Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo! Some are quite popular on the blog, some are a little more obscure, but I wanted to give you an interesting mix of flavors. For whole the list of Mexican-inspired recipes on the blog (and wow! there are a LOT !) go here to the Mexican Recipes Page.
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Vegan Oaxacan Bowl with roasted chipotle sweet potatoes and roasted peppers over a bed of warm seasoned black beans. It’s topped with a 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!
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! So flavorful!
Mexican Street Corn ( Aka, Elotes!) with chilies, cilantro and lime. This lighter version can be grilled or sautéed and can easily be made vegan! Use fresh corn right off the cobb, or in a pinch frozen “roasted” corn for the best flavor!
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!
Corn and Poblano Enchiladas Verde with flavorful Roasted Poblano Sauce. A simple healthy and adaptable, Mexican-inspired meal that is easy and flavorful! Make this with simple baked chicken or black beans!
Introducing….Tlayludas!!! Originating from Oaxaca, Tlayludas are kinda of 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 fora more authentic vibe.
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 version is made with everyday ingredients! You will love it!
A refreshing “healthier” 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.
The only quesadilla recipe on the blog – vegetarian and really surprising and unique! Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas– so “meaty” and delicious! The dried hibiscus flowers are rehydrated, then sautéed with onion and garlic and end up having such great texture and flavor! Got this authentic recipe while down in Sayulita, Mexico a few years back…..and it’s one of my favorites! Vegetarian and yummy. Purchase dried hibiscus flowers in the bulk section of your grocery store!
Tender, falling off the bone, Mexican Short Rib Tacos, cooked low and slow in the oven with dried Mexican chilies, beef stock and stout. Ridiculously good.
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 – infused with ginger and a whisper of clove. Beautiful, haunting, delicious and refreshing! I love it!!!
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!
Enchilada Pie with sweet potatoes and black beans- and optional 5 minute Enchilada Sauce.! A fast and healthy version of enchiladas made with layered tortillas instead of rolled- very time saving! Keep it vegetarian or add chicken!
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!
This is ridiculously good. A Stuffed Poblano Chili with Mole Negro Sauce. It’s vegetarian yet decadent- filled with black beans, quinoa, and optional goat cheese- topped with a deep, dark and complex Mole Sauce.
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!
Healthy Yummy Mexican Breakfast Bowls with sweet potatoes, black beans, home-made turkey chorizo ( optional or use soy chorizo) avocado, cilantro and an egg. YUM!
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
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.
Happy weekend friends…Salud!
For many more healthy, Mexican inspired meals make sure to check out our Mexican Recipes Page !