10 of my favorite Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I absolutely love Cinco de Mayo.

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Another reason to have a margarita the size of my head?

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Dance to mariachis?


Si si.

Spend time eating delicious food with the fam?

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Yep yep yep.

Ok, so it’s not really much different than any other day over here, but I’m still a fan πŸ˜‰

Nana even got Livi a beautiful shirt from Mexico to wear on Cinco de Mayo.. she was so excited to open it!

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I thought I’d share some of my favorite party and Mexican recipes to enjoy this weekend if you’re still looking for inspiration. Even if it’s just like an ordinary day to you too, things are always a little more exciting with a margarita in hand, chips and salsa on the table, and surrounded by people you love.

Some recipe ideas:

Summer Sangria


Slow cooker enchiladas or

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Shredded chicken tacos

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-The best homemade refried beans or black beans

-Classic margaritas


Pioneer Woman’s restaurant-style salsa

Salsa and guac

-Homemade guacamole

Mango mint sorbet or chili mango slushie

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Super easy Mexican rice

and, to go with everything: tamales from your local tamale guy (or lady)

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Do you have any plans for Cinco de Mayo this year? We’ll be celebrating both Mother’s Day and Cinco tomorrow πŸ™‚

As always, here’s a mother hen reminder to be safe and smart if you decide to party it up. If you’re drinking, get a ride and have a plan if place before you go out, mmm k?

Enjoy the weekend!



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  1. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on May 4, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Liv’s shirt is so adorable! She’s going to look so cute for cinco de mayo! These recipes look great too! Love me some guac!

  2. Christine@ Apple of My Eye on May 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I love Liv’s new outfit! She’s so precious.

    I’m in college so Cinco de Mayo is always a big celebration! (Us college kids find every excuse to party πŸ˜‰ )
    It will be a day filled with good friends, margaritas, and big hats!

  3. Lisa on May 4, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Oh yay! Cinco De Mayo may be one of the most fun celebrations. I have plans to hang out with some friends, but that’s about it so far. Guac is always a winner for anything. As are maragritas.

  4. Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin on May 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

    For the first time in years I have absolutely no Cinco plans! Hopefully something lowkey with my family or a few friends, nothing crazy like the college days πŸ™‚ Have a great holiday!

  5. Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body on May 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Any holiday that promotes the consumption of guacamole and margaritas is a holiday worth celebrating in my book πŸ™‚

  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on May 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I’ll be staying in for Cinco de Mayo ( I have a final the next day) but I may whip up one of these recipes! They look delicious!!

  7. Kim on May 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Love the cute top for Liv!
    So many of these recipes look super good!
    One of our neighbors always does a Cinco de Mayo party – nice because even if we have a couple of margaritas, no one has to drive!!

  8. Ashley @ Life and Fitness on May 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I will be celebrating Cinco with lots of tacos && guac. YUM!

  9. Sharon on May 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Such a cute top for your daughter. Please post a pic of her celebrating the holiday wearing it:)

  10. Karissa on May 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

    I kicked off the celebratory weekend with chips and guac and a couple of margaritas last night! LOVE the recipes, Cinco de Mayo just reminds me summer is a’comin’!! I’m pretty lucky, I lived in NM for awhile and the fiance was born and raised there, so even though we’ve been transplanted NM style recipes (and LOTS of green chile) has come with us!

  11. Lucie@SwissFitChick on May 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Oh that shirt for Livi is so cute!!
    Cinco de Mayo is not celebrated here, but that’s not a reason for not whipping up your delicious guacamole, right?

  12. courtstar @ starsystemz on May 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Its my husband and my first anniversary married so we will be at the Jw marriott in palm springs sippin margs for sure! Have an amazing weekend Gina and take lots of photos πŸ™‚ love + shine courtstar

  13. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on May 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    It’s really funny because living in Mexico…Mexicans don’t even know what Cinco de Mayo is…and no one parties. πŸ™‚ Out here in the mountains our little village of Nahuatl indians celebrate Dia del Nino on the 5th. Either way, anytime is a great time for a head-size margarita! Enjoy your celebration!

  14. Katrina Ninjarina on May 4, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Great recipes! And such fun pictures! Buff guy+funny face=classic. Love it! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  15. Yaara Leve on May 4, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I love that little blouse!! I used to have one just like it when I was a little girl and I was obsessed with it. I think mine was actually from Hungary of all places. It had the same pattern which I loved with the puffed sleeves. I even slept in it. Also where did you get that pretty peach/pink summer skirt you are wearing in one of your recent Instagram photos with Liv? It is flowy to your knees and really summery? I love skirts like that. Thanks πŸ™‚

  16. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries on May 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    As much as I LOVE all things Mexican food, we won’t be doing anything crazy this year. I may just have to make a homemade margarita in honor of it though… It’s been way too long since I’ve had one!

  17. Christy L. on May 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I made your summer sangria for a party we had a few weeks ago, and it was a total hit! Everyone loved it.

  18. Melodie on May 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    i’ve been eating so good. so clean! but you just made me want a margarita. i’ll enjoy mine here at home with the hubs, after the boys are in bed tomorrow night. πŸ™‚

  19. Jay on May 4, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Yum margaritas chips and salsa. Nough said.

  20. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I love your big hat! We celebrated with a cookout and now we’re going to see Iron Man!

  21. Cassie Vaughn on May 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I love that shirt for Liv! So cute.
    Do you have any recipes or suggestions for Mexican recipes that turn out yummy and delicious without diary (I am allergic)?
    I normally do fajitias which I’m just luke warm about until I’ve had a drink and then they taste very delicious.


    • Lisag on May 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      Have you tried Daiya cheese? Tastes a lot like real stuff.

  22. Ali on May 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Those recipes all look amazing! Thank you for sharing. That shirt is adorable too! <3

  23. Danica @ It's Progression on May 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    everything looks so so good, especially the sangria!!
    Tomorrow (5/5) my husband and I are going out for lunch with my mother-in-law. We’re getting Mexican food, of course!

  24. char eats greens on May 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I will TOTES be having a margarita tomorrow!!

  25. Jojo on May 4, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I went to a Cinco de Mayo festival today in the Mexican neighborhood in my town (Cherokee St). I ate some amazing Mexican food: a lengua torta and elotes!

  26. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on May 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    What a beautiful shirt for Liv! Thanks for the links to the homemade beans – what have I never thought of that!?! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  27. Karen on May 5, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Any reason to have a margarita! That’s for sure!

    The Pioneer Woman’s salsa recipe is the only salsa we eat in this house. I get asked to make it for everyone’s get togethers. It is DA BOMB!!!!!

  28. Priya on May 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

    looks so good! how do u make the tamales?

  29. Tracy on May 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Margs on the menu for sure!!! Happy Cinco de Mayo πŸ™‚

  30. Carrie R. on May 5, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Yum! Amazing recipes and photos!! Liv’s gift-getting smile is indescribably cute!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

      she is so amazing πŸ™‚

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