Easy Cinco de Mayo recipes – a collection of easy Mexican-inspired recipes to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or just because you love good food.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I love that Cinco de Mayo is like St. Patrick’s Day in that everyone celebrates it. I’m all for celebrating a holiday and includes eating Mexican food and drinking margaritas.

Given the opportunity to pick a restaurant for dinner, I’m picking Mexican 90% of the time.

Sometimes that means Chipotle or Qdoba, or sometimes we go for something more authentic. Metro Detroit has a ton of great Mexican restaurants.

Below is a collection of Cinco de Mayo recipes aka some of my takes on Mexican food. Authentic? No, mostly not. But delicious nonetheless.

Three ingredient Crock Pot Salsa Chicken is in my regular dinner rotation because it's so easy & so good! Flavorful and versatile, this slow cooker chicken can be made into burritos, taco bowls, nachos, whatever you feel like!
Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
Three ingredient Crock Pot Salsa Chicken is in my regular dinner rotation because it’s so easy & so good! Flavorful and versatile, this slow cooker chicken can be made into burritos, taco bowls, nachos, whatever you feel like!
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One Dish Baked Salsa Chicken Casserole is perfect for busy week nights or any night that you want a quick and easy dinner that's full of flavor! | Persnickety Plates
One Dish Baked Salsa Chicken Casserole
One Dish Baked Salsa Chicken Casserole is perfect for busy week nights or any night that you want a quick and easy dinner that’s full of flavor!
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Creamy Salsa Dip
Two ingredient Creamy Salsa Dip couldn't be easier. Cool cream cheese mixed with spicy salsa is the perfect, simple dip!
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Easy Ground Beef Enchiladas
This easy Ground Beef Enchiladas recipe starts with tortillas that are filled with a seasoned ground sirloin mixture, topped with a flavorful enchilada sauce, sprinkled with shredded colby jack, and baked until cheesy and gooey. 
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Small Batch Chicken Enchiladas
This recipe for chicken enchiladas with flour tortillas makes 4 enchiladas, filled with seasoned chicken in a creamy cheesy filling, rolled and topped with salsa and cheese then baked until golden and crispy on the outside. A delicious dinner for 2-4 people made easy!
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Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
Fresh and flavorful salsa verde chicken enchiladas are made with tortillas stuffed with a creamy and vibrant salsa verde sauce, tender shredded chicken and shredded cheese then baked with even more melty cheese on top. It’s the perfect easy dinner idea that can be made ahead and popped in the oven any night of the week!
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Homemade Salsa (On The Border Salsa Copycat)
Super simple homemade salsa recipe that tastes just like On the Border's!
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Homemade Tortilla Chips (oven & air fryer)
Making homemade tortilla chips is probably easier than you think. You only need THREE ingredients and can easily make them in the oven or the air fryer. Perfect for dipping in salsa or guac, topping soups, or just as a snack!
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Homemade Pico de Gallo
Make this homemade pico de gallo using a handful of fresh ingredients and just 15 minutes of prep time. This classic recipe is perfect to serve with crispy tortilla chips or use it as the perfect topping for all your favorite Mexican recipes!
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Cheesy Chicken Fajita Casserole
Cheesy Chicken Fajita Casserole- moist shredded chicken paired with onions and colorful bell peppers cooked down in luscious cream cheese and colby cheese sauce, seasoned with traditional fajita spices and baked until golden and bubbly. The perfect Mexican-inspired appetizer or main dish!
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Easy Taco Dip Recipe
This Easy Taco Dip Recipe is layered with cream cheese, salsa, and other toppings that only takes minutes to prep. Serve it at your next game day party!
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Easy Cowboy Caviar
Cowboy caviar is a beautiful and flavorful chunky dip made with juicy tomatoes, crunchy bell peppers, beans, corn, avocado, and cilantro coated in a spicy citrus homemade dressing. It can also be used as a side salad, a condiment, or a topping, but we love it best with tortilla chips to scoop up a little of everything in every bite!
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Baked Chicken Fajitas
Oven baked chicken fajitas are ready in just 45 minutes making them an easy, healthy dinner option!
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white chicken enchiladas in a baking dish topped with cilantro.
Easy Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
This easy sour cream chicken enchilada recipe starts with flour tortillas that are filled with a seasoned shredded chicken mixture, topped with an amazing sour cream sauce, and baked until cheesy and gooey. 
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Cilantro Lime Rice
This cilantro lime rice is a Mexican night must-have! Tangy lime, fresh cilantro, and fragrant rice come together to create a dish that is as flavorful as it is easy to make. This recipe is ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal.
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Mexican Pizza
Homemade Mexican Pizza made with ground turkey and refried black beans. Like Taco Bell but better!
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Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup with Chicken
Slow Cooker Green Enchilada Soup takes everything you love about salsa verde chicken enchiladas and puts it in soup form. It's especially easy because it's a crock pot recipe!
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Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is a healthy and flavorful soup made right in your slow cooker. Chicken, tomatoes, black beans, corn – customize the heat to your liking and add your favorite toppings, including homemade, crispy tortilla strips!
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stack of chicken & cheese quesadillas.
Air Fryer Chicken Quesadilla – with copycat Taco Bell quesadilla sauce
This air fryer chicken and cheese quesadilla with a quick copycat Taco Bell quesadilla sauce is such an easy meal idea. Making them in the air fryer leaves the tortilla perfectly crisp and the cheese nice and melty.
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Slow Cooker Queso Blanco
Slow Cooker Queso Blanco (aka white queso dip) is made with just four ingredients and no Velveeta! Restaurant quality made in just minutes in the crockpot.
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Air Fryer Caramel Apple Empanadas
Air Fryer Caramel Apple Empanadas are a throwback Taco Bell copycat made even better! Store-bought crust with an apple pie filling and melted caramel candies comes together quickly, then air fried (or baked) until golden on the outside and thick and syrupy on the inside. Topped with cinnamon sugar, these easy 30-minute dessert empanadas are the best!
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Mexican Wedding Cake
Mexican Wedding Cake – super simple homemade cake with only 6 ingredients but full of flavor with crushed pineapple and cream cheese frosting.
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Originally published May 3, 2013

If you're craving Mexican food, look no further! I've got a great collection of Mexican dishes perfect for Cinco de Mayo or whenever the craving hits!


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