Yes, many celebrate Cinco de Mayo with their favorite Mexican restaurants, but we have it almost weekly at our house. That may be because we are Hispanic or just because we love it so much!
So, whether it’s for a holiday, a fiesta or a weeknight dinner, we wanted to make sure you had all the Mexican recipes you needed.
Planning your mexican dinner
Like any dinner party you’ll want to plan your menu beforehand.
Decide which dishes you want to make fresh and which dishes can be made ahead of time. (See the individual recipes for more storage and reheating information.)
Mix in traditional favorites with a couple new dishes. Be sure to try out the new dishes beforehand to work out any recipe kinks.
Use dishes with different flavors and textures.
Be mindful that while some people love spicy hot Mexican food, others prefer a more mild dish. I suggest labeling which dishes are spicy and which ones are more mild. A great way around this is to prepare more mild dishes, but have hot sauce set out for those who want to give their plates a bit more kick
Sit down or buffet style: The amount of guests may determine whether or not you host a sit down or a buffet style dinner. Sit down dinners work best with a smaller gathering whereas buffet style can work with 5 guests or 50. Mexican food, especially, makes a nice buffet spread. Also, I employ the use of Chafing dishes and crock pots in keeping the dishes warm.
Typically, for a meal with guests we like to have the following:
APPETIZERS – 1-2 (Salsas + Dips can be made ahead of time.)
SIDES – 1 (Rice is a great one that can be made ahead and kept WARM in the slow cooker or chafing dish)
MAIN DISHES – 1-2 (That can be made ahead of time). Anything Fried is usually made right before serving.
DESSERTS – 1 (Usually made ahead of time and extended with ice cream) 😉
Favorite Fiesta Decorations
When I think of Mexican decorations I think of bold, bright, contrasting colors. I always use red, green, and white (yes, some yellows, reds, pinks, blues and more!) since those are the colors of the flag, from there choose 3 more colors that can be repeated throughout the decor.
Paper Picado Banners strung from above and around tables.
Large Tissue Paper Flowers are beautiful and easy to make. Children especially enjoy helping make these.
Sombreros are fun to have both for decor and for picture opportunities.
Piñata, In my opinion, is a must for any Mexican party. Fill with candies or small toys.
Salsa cans are great for holding decor, flowers and succulents
Candles – You can usually find these for cheap at the dollar store and they go great with the decor.
So much decor can be found online and on Amazon, so be sure to check those out and then store for future uses. 😉
Chips and Salsa are a MUST to serve! You can go the traditional route with red salsa or include other fun versions of salsa.
Dips are also an easy classic appetizer. You can also serve other simple finger food appetizers. Plan for people to eat 3-5 appetizers per person. If you only have 5-10 people coming plan to serve 1-2 different appetizer dishes. Add another appetizer dish for every 5-8 people in attendance.
AppetizerHomemade Salsa Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients into your blender, and blend!
Get perfectly creamy restaurant style refried beans by adding just THREE extra ingredients to your canned beans! These refried beans are perfect served as a dip, side, or filling for burritos and tacos!
This recipe tastes just like Cafe Rio and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! If you've ever been to either of these restaurants, you know how delicious cilantro rice is inside a salad, burrito, or taco. Now you can make this delicious lime rice from home!
One of the EASIEST dinner recipes of all time! This super easy Taco Soup is made from canned chili, beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chiles, plus ranch dressing mix and taco seasoning. All you have to do is dump everything in a pan and simmer. It's ready in under 20 minutes!
This delicious Taco Casserole is like a taco salad in casserole form! With a ground beef and biscuit base, plus layers of sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and olives, this casserole is the perfect way to switch up your dinner routine.
One of our favorite Mexican dishes - Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe!! Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese!
Enchilada Casserole is a comforting family favorite meal, perfect for weeknights. The layers of tortillas, ground beef, beans, corn, and cheese, all smothered in red enchilada sauce will have you coming back for seconds!
Plan for people to be able to have 1-2 servings of dessert. I like to provide a different dessert for every 5-8 people. If you want less work, keep it to 1 dessert and then serve ice cream to go with it. 😉
Note that we have many more Mexican desserts, so be sure to check those out. These ones are just our go-to’s.
Delicious, homemade, covered in cinnamon and sugar churros are a family favorite! It's hard NOT to love this delicious treat when it reminds you of the Happiest Place on Earth!
This easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is a cool, sweet treat made from a tasty sponge cake, a creamy mixture of three different milks, and homemade whipped topping. Serve Tres Leches Cake with fresh fruit for an extra refreshing dessert!
We hope these recipes help you in creating the perfect Mexican meal. Just pick one from each category, and we guarantee you’ll get rave reviews and everyone will be asking for the recipes. They’re simple, delicious and perfect your next FIESTA!
My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!