Cinco do Mayo Recipes

Trying to figure out what to have for dinner in Cinco de Mayo? Tacos and margaritas are a great go-to but here are a few other awesome choices that will be easy to whip up on a weeknight.

Smoky Snapper with Avocado Verde Sauce


  • 2 4-6 ounce snapper fillets
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cup canned enchilada verde sauce
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro


  1. Set the Broiler to high.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of the snapper with paprika, cumin, and chili powder.
  3. Broil each side until cooked, about 5 minutes.
  4. In a food processor, blend avocado, Verde sauce, and the juice of half the lime.
  5. In a small bowl combine the chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and the other half of the lime juice.
  6. To plate the meal, place the cooked snapper on the plate, top it with the avocado sauce, and then the tomato/cilantro. Enjoy!

This recipe serves two.

This is a taco salad recipe that is eaten often in our house – super low calorie and leaves nothing behind in flavor! Taco salad is so basic, so versatile, and so quick. You can do anything with it and it will always be delicious. My basic recipe is as follows.

Taco Salad


  • Taco meat – I have used everything from ground meats to carnitas, to steak, to grilled or shredded chicken
  • Seasonings – I usually use garlic, onion, salt, pepper, and chile powder.
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Jalapenos
  • Olives
  • Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro


  1. Cook the taco meat with the seasonings until fully cooked.
  2. On the plate, place the lettuce and whatever toppings you would like. Top with a little salsa and stir it all around. Then top with sour cream and cilantro.

Enjoy this tasty treat!

And lastly, a really great meal that you can prep ahead of time and then pop on the grill when you’re ready to cook. I have marinated the pork on a Sunday, and then skewered them on Sunday night, then they are ready to pop on the grill on Monday night. Delicious!

Spicy Lime Pork Kebabs


  • 2 boneless pork chops, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 dozen cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine lime juice, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, garlic, salt, and pepper, and mix.
  2. Add pork chops to the marinade. Keep in the marinade for at least one hour.
  3. Soak skewers in water, this prevents them from catching fire on the grill.
  4. Skewer the pork pieces. Then skewer the tomatoes and peppers into a separate skewer.
  5. Add rice and beans or taco salad and enjoy!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!