Cinco de Mayo recipes

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Recipes for your Cinco de Mayo Party! From starters to nibble to the main affair, it’s about all things Mexican!

To start

Grab a big bag of corn chips to dunk in these!


How it’s made it Mexico, a cut above the usual! Get the recipe.

Close up of traditional Guacamole


Healthy and delicious, nothing in a jar can compete with this! (PS It’s also a 5 minute dump and whizz job). Get the recipe.

Queso (Mexican Cheese Dip)

Copycat of everybody’s favourite cheesy dip except it’s made with real cheese, no Velveeta in sight! Love how it’s stays creamy and dippable even at room temp. 👍🏼 Get the recipe

Pig-Out Salsa

Made with chorizo, corn and tomato, this is always the first thing to go at every gathering I have taken it to (I kid you not). Get the recipe

Chorizo Black Bean Corn Salsa in a bowl

Big fat juicy Beef Nachos!

Corn chips layered with Nachos cheese sauce, juicy seasoned taco beef filling and topped with melted cheese….. be still my beating heart! Get the recipe

Ripper Beef Nachos - The secret to the ultimate nachos is a 5 ingredient, 5 minute Nachos Cheese sauce!

Taco Bar!

The low-effort-big-impact way to entertain: lay out a taco bar for people to help themselves!

Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)

My personal favourite, seasoned pork is slow cooked until tender then gently shredded and pan fried so it’s golden on the outside, yet still juicy on the inside. It’s amazing! Get the recipe

Pile of pork carnitas on a plate

Quick Shredded Chicken Taco Meat (with sauce!)

Super quick, big flavours, shredded Mexican Chicken that makes its own sauce, it’s like a homemade Old El Paso packet mix. Quick and easy option, no marinating needed. Get the recipe

Juicy quick chicken taco filling inside crispy taco shells

Marinated Grilled Mexican Chicken

Spice infused marinade tenderises and injects chicken with flavour, ideal for grilling and serving whole or chopping to serve with tacos (or all things Mexican!). Get the recipe. Also try these Chicken Fajitas!

Mexican Grilled Chicken Tacos - Real Mexican street food marinade that's easy to make and packs a big flavour punch!

Mexican Shredded Chicken

Flavour loaded braising liquid made with Chipotle in Adobo, slow cooked until fall apart tender and served with the smokey Mexican sauce. Get the recipe.

Pile of Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken in a bowl, ready to be served

Old School Ground Beef Tacos

I love making tacos using ground beef (mince) – it’s so nice and juicy! This beef taco filling is made with a homemade taco seasoning – it tastes just like Old el Base (minus the artificial flavour edge😂). Get the recipe

Close up of Beef Tacos in crispy corn taco shells

Mexican Shredded Beef

Beef slow cooked in a rich Mexican Sauce the gently shredded and tossed back in with the flavourful sauce. So good! Get the recipe

Mexican Shredded Beef - easy to make, in the slow cooker, on the stove or even in the oven!

Carne Asada

Marinated then cooked to perfected medium rare, one of my favourite ways with steak! Get the recipe

Carne Asada close up with avocado

Fish Tacos

Terrific healthy option, fish fillets infused with a lime base marinade then pan fried or grilled, flaked into large chunks and stuffed in tacos. Get the recipe

Marinated Fish Tacos | I've been asked for the marinade for these tacos so many times!

Vegetarian option is glaringly absent. 🙊😂 But if you are after a great meat free taco filling, use the vegetarian filling in these Quesadillas!

More Mains

Beef Enchiladas

Stuffed with a juicy beef and bean filling and homemade enchilada sauce, it’s can’t-stop-eating-it delish! Get the recipe – and also see the Pork Carnitas Enchiladas!

The BEST Beef Enchiladas, with an extra tasty, extra saucy filling and the most incredible homemade Enchilada Sauce!

White Chicken Enchiladas

Shredded Chicken tossed in a savoury creamy sauce with a hint of Tex-Mex flavours, topped with melted cheese! Get the recipe

White Chicken Enchiladas - This gives classic enchiladas serious competition! The white sauce is fantastic - not too rich. Great midweek meal!

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef Short Ribs

Beef Ribs slow cooked in a flavour packed sauce until fall apart tender. Hands down the BEST cut of beef for slow cooking! Get the recipe

Close up of Mexican Beef Short Ribs in a white bowl


Taco Sides

  • Quick pickled red cabbage used in the Fish Tacos is a terrific all rounder I use quite often. Pairs well with any meat
  • Shredded lettuce (iceberg is the old school way!), chopped or sliced tomato
  • Mexican Corn Salad – golden pan fried corn tossed in a creamy jalapeno dressing, it’s essential  Mexican Street Corn in salad form. Ideal for stuffing into tacos!

Mexican Corn Salad - Inspired by the famous Mexican street corn, this is a terrific way to use corn for an irresistible side!

Mexican Red Rice

Seasoned rice with a light tomato flavour, it’s fluffy and so tasty, you can eat it plain straight out of the pot!

Fluffy, beautifully seasoned Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo). Truly like what you get at restaurants!

Sauces / dolloping / sprinkling

Tacos aren’t tacos unless there’s finished with a dollop or drizzle of something…. right??

  • Sour cream
  • Sliced jalapeno, cilantro / coriander leaves
  • Guacamole or Avocado Sauce (smoother version of Guac)
  • Restaurant Style Salsa
  • Pico de Gallo (Authentic Mexican Salsa)

Pico d Gallo (Mexican Tomato Salsa) - A classic, authentic recipe that's easy to make.


It doesn’t get any better than churros as dessert for a gathering!

Churros being dipped into hot chocolate


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