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10 BEST Mexican Food Ideas for Cinco de Mayo


These Mexican food recipes are perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any other time of the year! Of over 75+ Mexican recipes on our site, these are our reader’s Top 10 favorites.

Mexican Food and Recipes

Mexican food is a big deal around our family! We grew up eating a lot of it because it is our Mom’s favorite kind of food, hands down. It’s no wonder why we have over 75+ Mexican food recipes here on FFR! We have everything from authentic Mexican food to more Tex-Mex style to Mexican food with a Disney twist! We have gone through each and every one of these recipes and found the Top 10 that YOU, our readers have visited, commented on, and raved about the most.

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Our Easy Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice rivals anything you can get in a restaurant. It has the perfect consistency and just the right amount of seasoning. We have had hundreds of positive comments on this recipe including one reader who said, “Just wanted to tell you that I have gone 47 years without being able to master Mexican rice and in one day, you fixed that! The best part is it was so SIMPLE! I made this rice for a graduation party, and cooked it in a double batch (multiple times). Turned out PERFECTLY. Thank you so much!”

Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

Our copycat Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Recipe is the real deal. The pork is marinated and slow-cooked to perfection in some surprising ingredients! We originally put this recipe on WAY back in 2007 and it has been the most popular Cafe Rio Copycat recipe on the internet. Be sure to try ALL of our famous Cafe Rio recipes so you can create all your favorite Cafe Rio menu items at home!

Grilled Steak Street Tacos

Grilled Steak Street Tacos are bursting with flavor. They are my go-to recipe when Mexican food cravings hit. I could probably eat about 30 of these steak street tacos in one sitting. Tender steak combined with simple ingredients wrapped in corn or flour tortillas. Taco Tuesday can’t come soon enough!

Restaurant Refried Beans

You are going to LOVE these “Cheater” Restaurant Style Refried Beans. They are the perfect dip and goes so well with all your favorite Mexican foods. Have you ever noticed that when you get refried beans at a restaurant they are creamy and smooth and easy to dip your chips in, but the canned stuff is so thick, breaks your chips, and doesn’t taste nearly as good? Well this is our “cheater” recipe to make the canned stuff have that restaurant-like consistency and flavor. In fact, we like the flavor of these refried beans even better than anything we have had at a restaurant.

Mexican Street Corn Cups (Disney’s Cozy Cone Copycat)

We tried these Mexican Street Corn Cups at the Cozy Cone at Disney’s California Adventure and fell in love! Such a great appetizer, snack or side dish. Mexican street corn, or elote, in a cup is an easy mess-free way to go when you are craving Mexican street corn. Everything is layered nicely in a cup that can easily be carried around.

The BEST Guacamole Recipe EVER

This truly is THE Best Guacamole EVER. It’s the ONLY guacamole recipe you will ever need. A few fresh ingredients & you’ve got yourself the best guac in town. This perfectly complements any Mexican food you can possibly imagine. Whenever we make guacamole, we always try to use as many ingredients from the garden as possible. You just can’t beat that fresh garden taste. The biggest secret is keeping it simple. Give it a try, you will see it is just as good as, if not better than, your favorite tableside guacamole!

Chicken Flautas

Craving delicious Mexican food but don’t have a lot of time? Try these Easy Chicken Flautas! They are so easy to whip up for a quick dinner or even just an after-school snack. They also freeze great which makes them even EASIER to heat up when you are in a pinch for dinner!

Shrimp Taco Bites

These little Shrimp Taco Bites are the perfect appetizer because they work great for almost ANY type of gathering AND they are SO easy to make. Perhaps they are more of an “Americanized” Mexican food but that doesn’t make them any less delicious! If you are a shrimp taco lover like I am– these shrimp taco bites will quickly become one of your favorite appetizers!

Mexican Shredded Beef

This Crock Pot Mexican Shredded Beef is the go-to recipe for any beef Mexican dish. So good in burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, salad, or just as is! It complements any kind of Mexican food you are serving. I, personally, love them in these shredded beef taquitos. So many possibilities!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

If you want to make your next Cinco de Mayo party extra authentic, try serving your favorite Mexican food along with these homemade flour tortillas. With a few ingredients you can make fresh, warm tortillas for your favorite burritos, tacos, and enchiladas. They are so easy to make and they will kick your party up a notch!

Cafe Rio Chicken Tortilla Soup Copycat

If you love Cafe Rio’s Chicken Tortilla Soup, but don’t want to go out, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with this AMAZING copycat recipe! Our Cafe Rio Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe tastes just like the Cafe Rio favorite, if not better! This is by far my most favorite chicken tortilla soup so I’m so excited to share this copycat recipe with you. It’s fresh, fragrant and full of chicken and spices, I just know you’re going to love it!

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