Your Cinco de Mayo Spread Needs These Recipes

It’s that time of the year of year again! Celebrate alongside your friends and family with a spread of Mexican-inspired dishes.

May 1, 2019

Cinco Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

In America, Cinco de Mayo is often less about the holiday’s historical roots and more about the celebrations, which are marked by parades, bright colors, Mexican beer, and food. Lots and lots of food. If you’re looking to put together the best spread around this year, check out some of these Side Chef-approved recipes.

Chicken Empanadas From Scratch

Chicken Empanadas

In the Kitchen with Jonny

Not only are these empanadas a crowd-pleaser, you’re sure to score points when you tell everyone you made everything - the crust and filling both - from scratch. It’s not as big of an ordeal as it sounds, and you can always make extra dough if you have other fillings in mind. These are stuffed with well-seasoned shredded chicken breast and cheese.

Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole

Wok & Skillet

What’s Cinco de Mayo without guacamole? This year, whip together a big batch with this simple, time-saving recipe. Since the ingredient list is sparse, make sure your ingredients are fresh for the best flavor. If you like a bit more heat, feel free to add another Serrano pepper to the mix.

Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce

Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce

Jessica Gavin

Enchiladas are another Mexican classic and this recipe puts a twist on it. Here, much of the flavor comes from a sauce that’s made from pumpkin puree, jalapeno, cumin, and chicken broth. It goes so well with the chicken and corn filling that your guests will definitely be going back for seconds.

Zucchini Burrito Boats

Mexican Zucchini Burrito Boats

Simple. Tasty. Good.

Sure, we could have included a classic burrito recipe here, but these zucchini boats are going to look so much more interesting as part of your holiday spread. In this recipe, scooped-out zucchini halves are filled with a mixture that includes back beans, tomatoes and onions, then topped with cheese. Bake for just five minutes and they’re ready to go!

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Alexandra's Kitchen

Chicken tinga is a traditional recipe hailing from Pueblo, Mexico. Here it’s recreated authentically by using chile peppers in adobo. Add the shredded chicken recipe in your favorite taco shells or let your party guests make their own with an assortment of toppings.

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