Fancy a Mexican Fiesta from the comfort of your own home? Prepare for Cinco de Mayo! This famous Mexican celebration is a great excuse for a stay-at-home party, and Gran Luchito will show you how to do it. Here we’ve rounded up our recommendations on what to serve up for your friends and family on the day.

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There is no set Cinco de Mayo traditional food, as foods vary between the families and the regions of Mexico. Although typically Cinco de Mayo food includes a Mexican feast that many people can tuck into. Susy, Gran Luchito’s Head Chef, shares her favourite Cinco de Mayo entertaining menu.

Head Chef Susy V on Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

5 de Mayo is the commemoration of the battle of Puebla and contrary to what people believe it’s not Mexican Independence Day! Cinco de Mayo fiestas are not widely celebrated in my home country of Mexico, and perhaps only in the state of Puebla where some parades go on.

The celebration has become very popular in the United States within the Mexican-American communities as a day to celebrate their heritage and identity. It has also become very much loved in other countries outside Mexico and the USA.

Having said all this, something that is very Mexican is to find any excuse to have a celebration! Even today whenever I go back home there’s always some sort of party being organised.

Scroll down for my recommended Cinco de Mayo meal plan of starters, mains and sides. In the spirit of Mexican warmth and culture, we hope you have fun if you choose to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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Cinco de Mayo Starters

Here are our favourite go to Mexican starters, a fresh and flavouful guacamole, indulgent queso and some smoky Chipotle margaritas guaranteed to get your Cinco de Mayo fiesta started!

Cinco de Mayo Main & Sides

When catering for a crowd, we recommend having one showstopper, crowd-pleasing dish that can be prepared in a big batch and shared and that definitely has to be irresistible Carnitas!  If you are catering for people on a plant-based diet, then be sure to check out our selection of vegan and vegetarian recipes for more inspiration.

Everything you need to make Cinco de Mayo recipes at home

Gran Luchito has everything you need to make these delicious Cinco de Mayo party food ideas!

You will definitely need some of our small Soft Taco Wraps for most of these Mexican main dishes. They are the perfect base for carne asada tacos, pork belly tacos, chicken enchiladas, and so on! 

Some of our Chipotle Tortilla Chips would make an amazing spicy base for nachos, but also just for dipping into guacamole as a starter or snack before your main meal. For a milder version, our Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips are literally the bees knees, and everyone agrees!

You will also need something to marinate your chosen meat or veg, and make it Mexican!  Other than Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste or Smoky Chipotle Fajita & Taco Mix (as shown in the image on the left), you could go for one of our Mexican sauces. Our Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce is amazing in chicken enchiladas, or try our Red Fajita Simmer Sauce in your steak fajitas.

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for Cinco de Mayo

Here you will find our recommended Cinco de Mayo recipes including Susy’s meal plan and a few extra dishes to tempt you. All super fresh tasting, with tons of flavour, texture and colour, they are perfect for Cinco de Mayo as they are all real crowd-pleasers.


Homemade Guacamole

A super fresh and easy to make at home guacamole recipe made with mild tomatillos, jalapeños and creamy avocados that tastes delicious - you should try it!... See full recipe

Pork Belly Tacos prep steps

Pork Belly Tacos

Tacos you will crave! What could be better than crispy and succulent pork belly tucked into tacos?! Lovingly cooked in beer and spices and coated in our divine Chipotle Paste.... See full recipe

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Carne Asada Tacos

A warm tortilla wrap filled with thinly sliced grilled steak, onions, guacamole, and our Chipotle Salsa. There is so much to love about this Carne Asada Tacos recipe. ... See full recipe

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Authentic, caramelised pork cooked low and slow and then crisped up - yum! The carnitas are then served over warm tortillas with finely chopped raw onion, coriander and salsa.... See full recipe



We think you'd like to try these tlacoyos at home as the perfect appetizer alongside some refried beans and tomatillo salsa for the perfect Mexican snack! ... See full recipe

finished dish of chicken nachos

Chicken Nachos

The perfect movie night in nacho! Delicious nachos layered with flavourful chipotle chicken thighs, Refried Beans, cheese and a salsa that packs a punch.... See full recipe

Vegan Pozole finished dish

Vegan Pozole

Vegan pozole is a traditional Mexican soup crafted without animal products, replacing pork with ingredients like hominy, vegetables, and flavourful spices. It offers a rich, hearty taste, complemented by the essence of herbs and chilli peppers.... See full recipe

Mexican Coleslaw

Mexican Coleslaw

Crisp, colourful and packed full of chipotle flavour - this Mexican coleslaw recipe is perfect for topping tacos or as a side dish at your next BBQ... See full recipe

Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido

This irresistible, bubbling warm cheese dip with crispy chorizo is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips or tortilla wraps, a delicious snack or starter for you and the family to enjoy!... See full recipe

Mexican Chipotle Rice

Mexican Rice With Chipotle

Authentic, restaurant style Mexican rice is easier than you think to make at home and goes with just about any Mexican meal, ours has a delicious dollop of Chipotle... See full recipe

Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos

A sure fire way to get the party started is to whip up a batch of our easy chipotle Chicken Taquitos! These can be made as a starter, party snack or tasty dinner!... See full recipe

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Our Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef recipe is yet another reason to love the slow cooker! It cooks beef to perfection, full of flavour and so tender it falls apart.... See full recipe

Elotes - finished dish


One of the very best street snacks you’ll find in Mexico! Our delicious Elotes are smothered in creamy chipotle mayo, lime juice, fresh coriander and crumbly cheese.... See full recipe



Part beer, part cocktail, this "beertail" is full of flavour and fun. Like a Bloody Mary, Micheladas are perfect for hangovers, and very refreshing on a hot summer's day.... See full recipe

Chipotle Margarita

Chipotle Margarita

The margarita is a guaranteed party starter. With a touch of smoky Chipotle Paste, tequila, and balanced with zesty lime and orange liqueur, it's got a zing to get you going.... See full recipe

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Cinco de Mayo

Please see here for our most frequently asked questions regarding Cinco de Mayo. Feel free to leave a question in the comments section of any recipe page. If you would like to learn more about Mexican cooking check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.

How is cinco de mayo celebrated?

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is usually marked with parades and celebrations of Mexican culture, culminating with the consumption of lots of Mexican food and margaritas.

What foods are eaten on cinco de mayo?

Mole Poblano may be the most consumed dish in Puebla for Cinco de Mayo. Other than that, carnitas, tamales, barbacoa, chilaquiles, street corn and elotes, tacos al pastor, tortilla chips and margaritas.

What do i need for a cinco de mayo party?

Decorate your house with colour, and wear bright clothing! Especially the colours of the Mexican flag, green, white or red skirts with long sleeves, but you can go with orange, blue and bold prints or patterns. Bring Mexican food to the table. Talk and teach people about Mexican history.

Is cinco de mayo a national holiday?

In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo isn't a federal holiday, which means businesses, including banks and stores, are open. In fact, outside the town of Puebla, the day isn't widely celebrated in the country, making this more of an American holiday anyway. In the US Cinco de Mayo is an optional national holiday. In the US, they began to celebrate it because they also wanted to commemorate their acts of resistance during the US-Mexico war, but also holding their own after incorporation.