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20 Cinco de Mayo Recipes That Go Beyond Tacos

Get your fiesta on with easy, doable recipes inspired by your favorite Mexican dishes. From spicy brunch ideas and cheesy party appetizers to fun twists on tacos and the sweetest new desserts, these recipes are guaranteed to please.

1. Mexican Lasagna
Say it with us: LASAGNA! We’re (more than) a little excited about this one, but take a bite and you’ll see why. With layer upon layer of cheddar cheese, refried beans and enchilada sauce, this one is a winner for sure.


2. Cheesy Chicken Tinga Dip 
Move over, Buffalo; there is a new chicken dip in town. This easy chicken tinga dip is packed with saucy rotisserie chicken and more than a little cheese. Perfect for celebrating Cinco, game day, Wednesday…you name it.


3. Easy Sopapillas  
These genius sopapilla bars are really onto something. We’re talking no frying, no fuss and a whole lot of sweet cheesecake filling.


4. Watermelon Salsa 
Watermelon replaces tomatoes in this refreshing summer salsa. With diced jalapenos for an extra kick, this sweet and spicy dip packs a winning flavor combination.


5. Cheesy Wonton Quesadillas 
Mini quesadillas have never been easier! Round (gyoza) wonton wrappers mimic the shape of a standard tortilla, so prep is quick and the results are delicious. Serve with salsa for dipping, or up the ante and top them with all the fixings for nachos you’ll never forget.


6. Churro Dump Cake 
Are you as obsessed with churros as we are? This easy cake has all the amazing cinnamon and chocolate flavors of traditional churros, but it takes a fraction of the time and effort to make. Go ahead and have a second slice—we insist.


7. Easy Microwave Chicken Enchiladas 
We take Mexican food seriously, and these microwave enchiladas are seriously amazing. We’re talking bubbly, cheesy, just-like-the-real-deal chicken enchiladas, 20 minutes start to finish and no oven required. Tasting is believing.


8. Stovetop Carnitas 
Be prepared to hear your friends ask, “you MADE these?!” about a hundred times, because this easy stovetop carnitas recipe is that good. Set up a taco bar and let the party throw itself.


9. Easy Skillet Chilaquiles
This one-pan dish is as fun to eat as it is to say. Devour it as-is for dinner, or top with eggs for a killer twist on brunch.


10. Dulce de Leche Crepe Cake   
Wow a crowd with this easy crepe cake, featuring layers of indulgent dulce de leche buttercream between paper-thin (and bonus: store bought) crepes.


11. Huevos-Carnitas Breakfast Biscuits 
With cheesy scrambled eggs, easy ready-made carnitas and a fresh salsa kick, this Cinco-perfect brunch is, hands down, one of our favorite canned biscuit hacks ever.


12. Smoky Chorizo Bean Dip 
Bold chorizo and spicy chipotle chiles take bean dip to the next level. This smoky, cheesy, hearty dip basically says “go home, amateurs” to any other dip you were thinking of serving.


13. Skinny Tres Leches Poke Cake 
Filled with creamy coconut milk and topped with yogurt and whipped cream, this skinny twist on traditional Tres Leches isn’t just gorgeous, it’s pure bliss in every lightened-up bite.


14. Sheet-Pan Carne Asada 
Good news: you no longer need a grill to get down on delicious carne asada. Use a sheet pan and your broiler to get flame-kissed flavor with half the effort.


15. Taco Cupcakes 
If you’ve ever wanted to make a meal out of cupcakes, this recipe is for you. Your favorite taco fillings are layered with crispy wonton wrappers for what might just be the cutest twist on tacos, ever.


16. Churro Crème Brûlée Bars 
There’s only one way you could make fresh cinnamon-sugar churros any more decadent: fill them with crème brûlée. With a rich and creamy DIY filling and sweet, crunchy top layer, these easy bars will go fast at any fiesta.


17. Steak Burrito Bowl 
Who needs a tortilla? Not you, especially when you have everything you love about burritos (steak, rice, beans and all the fixings) combined in one big, beautiful bowl.


18. Margarita Guacamole 
Move over, fancy Instagram toast. Spiked with all the makings of a margarita, this boozy appetizer might just be the best thing to ever happen to avocados.


19. Chicken, Peppers and Cream Cheese Taquitos 
In general, taquitos are small tortillas rolled around filling and cooked until crispy. But these particular taquitos? Well, they’re just everything.


20. RumChata™ Cookie Bars 
Traditional Mexican horchata is a creamy, sweet beverage made with rice, cinnamon and sometimes vanilla. If you’ve ever had RumChata™, you know it tastes amazing with a little rum in the mix. And once you try these bars, you’ll know cookies taste amazing with a little RumChata™ in the mix, too.