20 Festive Mexican Recipes
Each of these fiesta-ready dishes brings the flavor of Mexico to a Cinco de Mayo celebration without having to cross the border.
A fiesta essential, dips have a way of bringing people together. Brown sugar and corn are a welcome flavor addition to your typical guacamole. Homemade tortilla chips are surprisingly easy, lower in fat than the bagged variety, and guaranteed to impress.
An easy-to-eat party food, these fun cucumber cups filled with cool gazpacho will get everyone talking. The chilled soup combined with the flavors of fresh cilantro and cucumber make this the perfect warm-weather remedy. Unlike their alcoholic inspiration, you can never have too many of these shots!
Because you’ll hopefully have a few bottles of beer handy, save one to fry up some fish for tacos! Use your Mexican beer of choice. As several reviewers have noted, this highly rated recipe tastes like the real deal, straight from the Baja Peninsula.
This bright-tasting salad strikes the ideal balance between hot and cool with jalapeño and chili powder partnered with cilantro and lime. Chop the veggies and preparation is a breeze; just lightly toss the ingredients together and chill.
Recipe: Mexican-style Crabmeat Salad
The mouth-watering combination of chips and cheese is made even better with some flavorful shellfish mixed in. Shrimp and crab are an unexpectedly delicious choice, and plenty of pickled jalapeños and pepper Jack cheese turn up the heat.
Recipe: Shrimp-and-Crab Nachos
For that authentic bartender’s touch at home, include muddled fruit and herbs in your party’s featured drink. These mojitos are made tropical with fresh pineapple, a sweet pairing with the crisp mint.
Recipe: Fresh Pineapple Mojito
This exotic recipe is restaurant-quality, with its tasty trio of creamy avocado, juicy mango, and raw ahi tuna. Serving the seviche in a martini glass makes a statement and takes the sophistication to a whole new level.
For a healthier alternative to the beer-battered fish tacos, grill the fish in lieu of frying and then pair it with your favorite beer in a frosty glass. You can also adjust the amount of jalapeño chile in the relish to control the spiciness level.
No Mexican menu is complete without the classic mix of tequila and lime to wash it all down. Cucumber is a refreshing summertime twist on the already delicious margarita. Find some inexpensive colorful glasses for guests to sip from and don’t forget the salt!
Recipe: Cucumber Margaritas
Nothing ushers in the summer months better than colorful shrimp skewers on a grill. This five-star recipe echoes the flavors of a margarita, making it the perfect festive dish for your celebration. These will be gone before you know it, thanks to the beautiful presentation and zesty flavor combinations, so make extra!
Recipe: Tequila Shrimp and Citrus
Tacos, burritos, and quesadillas are always a hit, but why not introduce your friends to a dish they might not have tried? Tostadas are served open-faced, with a crispy tortilla for extra crunch. This seafood version uses your favorite white fish and a zesty chipotle sauce.
Recipe: Chipotle Fish Tostadas
Named for the city of Veracruz, pescado a la Veracruzana is widely served throughout Mexico. Our simple, light version skips the usual bay leaf and heavy stewing, allowing the delicate halibut to shine.
Recipe: Halibut Veracruz
The secret to this dish: adding flavor using zesty spices is much more healthful than breading and frying. Serving the fish in corn tortillas instead of flour ones cuts back on refined sugars.