Hola amigos! Here are my favorite Cinco de Mayo potluck recipes to try this year. All those recipes are tried and tested, some are my mom’s recipes I’ve been making for years and some are spins on classics that everyone loves. Enjoy!

I love Cinco de Mayo potlucks because they’re a great opportunity to share and enjoy festive and traditional Mexican dishes. Here are my favorite recipes that would make a great addition to your potluck because they are easy to make and easy to transport, so you can enjoy this festivity stress-free!


Add some flavor to your Cinco de Mayo celebration with these delicious and easy-to-make snacks! From savory Tostilocos to sweet Sandia Loca, these dishes are perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Chicharrones de Harina

Chicharrones de Harina is a crispy and satisfying Mexican snack that you can easily make at home. These puffy fried wheat flour chips are perfect for snacking and go well with your favorite beverage.
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Chicharrones chips duritos. Cover image.

Mexican Cucumber Snack

This easy recipe uses fresh cucumbers, lime juice, hot salsa, and chili powder, giving you a delicious and satisfying treat. It's perfect for those hot summer days, and it's a great way to stay cool and hydrated while enjoying the festivities.
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Mexican cucumbers snack (pepinos con chile).


Start your Cinco de Mayo potluck with Tostilocos! This versatile and fun Mexican snack features layers of corn chips, salty snacks, sweet treats, and fruit drizzled with lime juice and hot sauce.
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Tostilocos recipe.

Sandía Loca

This colorful Sandía Loca "piñata" is filled with a mix of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy flavors, making it a fun and delicious surprise for your guests.
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Sandía loca recipe cover.


Looking for some tasty and easy sides to accompany your Cinco de Mayo Potluck feast? Check out these mouthwatering recipe ideas that will take your meal to the next level.

From classic guacamole to flavorful rice dishes and spicy salsas, these sides will surely impress your guests and make your celebration unforgettable.

Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice is THE Cinco de Mayo recipe most wanted! This fluffy, aromatic rice is bursting with flavor and pairs perfectly with burritos, tacos, fajitas, or any other Mexican-inspired dish for a complete meal.
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Cilantro lime rice in rice cooker recipe.

Mexican Green Rice

Also known as Arroz Verde, is a fragrant and flavorful side dish that is easy to make at home. With its herbaceous and smoky taste from roasted poblano peppers and fresh cilantro, it's a perfect accompaniment for a variety of proteins.
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Mexican green rice recipe.

Arroz Con Chorizo

Arroz Con Chorizo is made with chorizo, peppers, onions, and spices. It's fragrant, fluffy, and packed with Mexican flavors. Serve it on its own or as a side dish with your favorite Mexican dishes. If you looking for a Cinco de Mayo recipe, this is it!
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Mexican arroz con chorizo recipe.

Frijoles Puercos

Frijoles Puercos is a delicious and versatile Mexican dish made with refried beans, chorizo, cheese, and chilies. Originating in Northern Mexico, this creamy and flavorful dish is a party favorite and often served as a side dish or dip.
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Authentic Frijoles Puercos Recipe.

Loaded Doritos Nachos

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these Loaded Doritos Nachos featuring chipotle chicken and classic Mexican flavors like pico de gallo salsa. This easy and crowd-pleasing recipe will be a hit with family and friends.
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Authentic Guacamole

Guacamole is a crowd-pleasing Mexican dip that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo potlucks (or any day, really!). It's made with simple ingredients like avocados, onions, tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, and salt.
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Authentic Guacamole Recipe.

Salsa Bandera

Among Cinco de Mayo recipes, Pico de gallo (or salsa bandera) can't be missed. This simple and budget-friendly Mexican fresh salsa is made with chopped fresh ingredients and seasoned with lime juice and salt.
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Guajillo Sauce

Guajillo sauce is a must-try in Mexican cuisine, especially for Cinco de Mayo food celebrations! Made with dried guajillo chiles, tomatoes, onions, and spices, this easy recipe yields a mildly spicy and earthy-flavored salsa with a bright red color.
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Easy Guajillo Sauce Recipe.

Mexican Pickled Onions

These Mexican pickled onions are the perfect side dish for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. They can also be made ahead and are so easy to transport!
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Mexican pickled onions recipe.

Main Dishes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with my fav mouth-watering main dishes! From flavorful and delicious burritos to loaded Doritos Nachos, there’s something for anyone, even for picky eaters!

So grab a margarita and get ready to party with these festive and delicious dishes for your Cinco de Mayo Potlucks.

Sopes de Asada

Those sopes de asada are topped with grilled beef, refried beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cheese, and drizzled with salsa. Enjoy as a whole meal or serve as a tasty appetizer or snack.
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Sopes de asada recipe.

Salpicón de Res

Salpicón is a colorful and juicy Mexican salad perfect for Cinco de Mayo Potluck celebrations. Made with shredded beef, crisp veggies, and zesty lime juice dressing. Serve over tostadas!
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Mexican Beef Salpicón Recipe.

Torta de Jamón

Enjoy the delicious taste of Mexico with a slice of Torta de Jamón this Cinco de Mayo! Made with sweet ham, salty cheese, pickled chilies, and crunchy vegetables sandwiched between perfectly toasted bread.
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Tortas de jamón recipe.

Al Pastor Burritos

Al Pastor Burritos combine the best of northern Mexican cuisine, with marinated chicken, fresh pineapple, onion, cilantro, avocado, and pico de gallo salsa all wrapped up in a delicious burrito.
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Al Pastor Burrito Recipe.

Ensalada de Pollo

Also known as Mexican Chicken Salad, "Ensalada de Pollo" is a creamy and chunky salad packed with fresh flavors and can be served on crispy tortillas or bread. Bring it to your Cinco de Mayo potlucks, and picnics, or enjoy it as a light lunch at the office.
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Ensalada de pollo receta Mexicana.

Authentic Enfrijoladas Mexicanas

Flavorful, creamy, and packed with nutritious ingredients, this enfrijoladas Mexicanas recipe is very easy to make at home!
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Enfrijoladas Mexicanas Recipe.

Ensalada de Atún

Ensalada de Atún is a popular Mexican tuna salad that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo Potluck celebrations. This creamy and tangy salad is made with canned tuna, mayonnaise, and vegetables, and is often spiced up with pickled jalapeños.
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Mexican tuna salad

Flautas Ahogadas

Flautas Ahogadas are rolled tacos stuffed with fillings like meat, cheese, or beans, deep-fried, and served with lots of flavorful salsa and toppings. The name means "drowned flutes" because they're served immersed in consomé or salsa.
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Flautas ahogadas recipe.

Enchiladas Suizas Verdes

These creamy enchiladas suizas are made with a green poblano sauce and lots of cheese. They can be baked in a casserole and kept warm for hours!
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Enchiladas Suizas Recipe.


Cool down with these refreshing Cinco de Mayo Potluck drinks! Those classic Mexican beverages will quench your thirst and add a touch of sweetness to your celebration.

These recipes are easy to make and can be perfectly transported in plastic bottles to your potluck which is a great idea for easy serving too!

They are delicious and so refreshing for sipping on a warm May day along with your favorite Mexican snacks. Salud!

Agua de Mango

Agua de Mango is the perfect drink to bring to your Cinco de Mayo Potlucks! This refreshing beverage is made from ripe mangoes, water, and sugar, and is a popular way to stay hydrated during hot weather.
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Agua de mango recipe cover.


Limonada is the ultimate thirst-quenching drink for hot summer days. Made with fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and sparkling water, this traditional Mexican beverage is a must-have at any Cinco de Mayo Potlucks celebration.
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Mexican easy limonada recipe.

Agua de Naranja (orange water)

Agua de Naranja (orange water fresca) is the perfect cooling drink for a 5 de Mayo potluck. It features only 3 ingredienst! And is also kid-friendly.
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Agua de naranja recipe.

Agua de Fresa

Agua de fresa is another must-add for your Mexican potluck recipe collection! It features fresh strawberries blended with water and a little bit of sugar. Kids love this fresca!
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Agua de Fresa Recipe.

Tamarind Margarita

Tamarind Margarita is sweet, tangy, and a little boozy. Make the mix at home and just serve over ice at your potluck, can't get easier than that!
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Tamarind margarita recipe.


These desserts can add a sweet and festive touch to your Cinco de Mayo celebration. They can be made in advance and are easily transportable, making them perfect for potlucks and gatherings.


This crumbly, peanutty, and sweet treat can be enjoyed as a dessert and is also the perfect gift for your potluck host. Kids will love it too!
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Mazapán recipe.

Pastel de Tres Leches

Pastel de Tres Leches is a sponge cake soaked in a mixture of three types of milk (evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whole milk or heavy cream), resulting in a moist and flavorful dessert.
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Pan de Elote

A sweet corn cake made from fresh corn kernels, sugar, and milk, resulting in a moist and delicious dessert perfect to cut into squares and bring to your potluck.
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Mexican Pan de Elote (sweet corn bread).

More Cinco de Mayo potluck recipes

While the following recipes are not so easy to transport and many need to be cooked and eaten right away or at least reheated, I still think is a great idea to include some in your cooking repertoire, especially if you’re the potluck host and you have a kitchen available during your gathering.


Mexican tacos de bistec in a board with various garnishes.

The celebration of Mexican culture and heritage is all about bringing people together and sharing good food, and I’m so glad we could do that here.

So go ahead and whip up some of these Mexican Cinco de Mayo recipes for your next gathering or simply enjoy them with your family at home. Let’s raise a glass and say Salud! to another wonderful 5 de Mayo celebration.


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Originally posted on: April 7, 2023.

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  1. These Cinco de Mayo recipes are the ultimate fiesta starters! From zesty guacamole to spicy tacos, they’ve got it all. I loved the selection of rice recipes!