95+ Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo is a festive occasion that calls for delicious and vibrant Mexican-inspired dishes. From classic favorites like tacos, guacamole and salsa, to more creative dishes like beef birria (omg sooo good!), enchiladas, nachos, and everything in between…there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Whether you’re planning a small get-together or a larger celebration, here are some mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo recipe ideas that are sure to impress your guests.

Don’t forget to decorate your table with festive touches like brightly colored tablecloths, papel picado banners, and sombrero hats for an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration. I even like to decorate with plants (think: cactus! and food (like tomatillos and different color peppers) and then set up everything on a taco bar!

Cinco de Mayo Recipes (95+ ideas!)

birria tacos on plate
Beef Birria Queso Tacos
These 5-star Birria Tacos are a slow braised beef that is cooked then shredded and fried in corn tortillas with cheese. These flavors will blow your mind!
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chicken taco meat
Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Recipe
This Crockpot Chicken Taco Meat Recipe is a super simple and very flavorful way to make healthy shredded chicken! Use for days in a variety of different dishes!
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Carnitas (Mexican Pork)
Slow Cooker Carnitas (Mexican Pork)
This slow-cooked, Carnitas recipe falls apart in shreds. Perfect for filling tacos, burritos, and nachos! Make it in the oven or crockpot.
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shredded carnitas on platter with cilantro
Easy Pork Carnitas
Tender, juicy, and crispy, this is my Pork Carnitas recipe! Marinated, cooked then crisped, enjoy with a tortilla or freeze for later!
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cooked taco meat in skillet with wooden spoon and taco fixins surrounding it
Taco Meat Recipe
This is the BEST Taco Meat Recipe Ever! A little unconventional, made with a homemade taco seasoning, tomato paste, vegetables like onions and peppers, plus a secret ingredient (shh…it's potatoes!).
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turkey taco meat
Turkey Taco Meat Recipe
This easy, healthy Turkey Taco Meat Recipe is perfect for any dinner. It’s so delicious and quick to make plus there are vegetables in there!
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enchilada sauce getting poured over enchiladas
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Whether you want a homemade enchilada sauce without all the additives or just because you forgot a can at the store, I've got you covered.
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enchiladas with half red and half green sauce on them
Red and Green Enchiladas
The best of both worlds with these red and green, two-tone enchiladas! Filled with shredded cheese, chicken and salsa, these will become your newest family favorite Mexican dinner.
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Chorizo Enchiladas plated with a dollop of sour cream on top
Chorizo Enchiladas
Chorizo Enchiladas are one of the most flavorful yet SUPER EASY Mexican inspired dishes you could make. Ground beef, chorizo, cheese and corn tortillas are baked in my homemade enchilada sauce for a fiesta in your mouth!
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sour cream enchiladas on a plate with dollop of sour cream
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are to die for! So easy and so delicious, this recipe will have your family begging for more!
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Chicken Tortilla casserole plated
Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Chicken Tortilla Casserole is comfort food to the max. Made with a homemade cream of celery soup, chicken, corn tortillas and a whole lotta cheese, your family will be begging you to make this weekly!
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Enchilada Casserole on a white plate
Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada Casserole Recipe
This Chicken and Vegetable Enchilada Casserole recipe is a layered lasagna inspired dinner. Packed with tons of veggies and still tastes delicious, try it for dinner tonight!
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Zucchini Enchiladas
Zucchini Enchiladas
Zucchini Enchiladas are filled with chicken, drenched with enchilada sauce and covered with cheese! A dinner that doesn’t taste low carb!
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scooping a chicken enchilada out of the baking dish
Amazing Chicken Enchiladas
These addicting, simple Chicken Enchiladas are filled with chicken, three kinds of cheese and my secret ingredient, Queso! 
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crockpot chicken enchilada casserole on a white plate with sour cream and avocado slices on top
Crockpot Enchilada Casserole
This Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole is easy, delicious, and full of vegetables. It's a kid-approved recipe that is perfect for dinner!
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Scooping an Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms
Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms
Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms are low carb, cheesy bites of enchilada heaven! Ready to eat in about 30 minutes.
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chicken enchilada bowl
20-Minute Chicken Enchilada Bowls
The perfect Mexican one-pot wonder dish that hits the table in no time flat! This Chicken Enchilada Bowl recipe is a-maz-ing!
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cilantro lime rice
Cilantro Lime Rice
This Cilantro Lime Rice recipe is an easy side dish that can go with chicken, pork or beef. Light and refreshing yet super versatile!
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Southwest Crockpot Egg Noodle Casserole
Southwest Crockpot Egg Noodle Casserole is a creamy and easy Mexican inspired chicken dinner! This meal is totally family-friendly.
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Cheesy Chicken Southwest Pasta Casserole
Southwest Pasta Recipe
This Southwest Chicken Pasta Casserole is a one-pot wonder, full of veggies, cheese, and chicken. Your family will ask for it again and again.
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Burrito Bowls
Low Carb Burrito Bowls
Low carb burrito bowls means enjoying Mexican food without all the guilt. Or tortillas. Lots of veggies in this recipe, plus all the toppings you can handle.
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Green Chili Burritos on a plate with corn and cilantro.
Smothered Green Chili Burritos
These lightening-quick Smothered Green Chili Burritos are made mostly in the microwave, but feel fancy enough to serve to company.
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Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajitas
Easy Chicken Fajitas are a quick weeknight dinner! Made on the stovetop or in the oven, this chicken fajita recipe is packed with flavor.
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mexican pizza
Mexican Pizza Taco Bell Recipe
Remember when Taco Bell took their Mexican Pizza off the menu? Well, it's back (for now) because its cult following refuse to let it go away forever. I'm taking away all risk and creating my own copycat version that I think is even better than the original.
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Loaded Chicken Fajita Pizza
Loaded Chicken Fajita Pizza
Chicken Fajita Pizza blends the best of two cuisines, Mexican and Italian! You don’t have to feel guilty about this pizza loaded with veggies.
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Tostada Bites 6
Tostada Bites
This Tostada recipe is a cute Mexican appetizer perfect for any party or tailgate! Super simple and easy to make, this recipe is a keeper!
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taco pizza on baking sheet
Taco Pizza
Taco Salad Pizza is super tasty and surprisingly healthy! I especially love the little crunch you get from the crushed Doritos.
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Naturally Gluten Free Vegetarian Fajitas
You won't notice anything different about these bad boys! Vegetarian Fajitas taste just as good and takes 30 minutes or less to whip up!
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Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Skillet
Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice Skillet
This Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice Skillet is a super simple Mexican-inspired 1 pot wonder! Throw everything into the pan and let it cook! Once the rice is tender, you're ready to eat.
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Close up of Fiesta Lime Chicken
Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe
Fiesta Lime Chicken Recipe (Applebee's Copycat) is marinated and grilled, then topped with cheese and fresh pico?! What's not to like? 
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Taco Sloppy Joe with lettuce on a white plate
Taco Sloppy Joes
Get all the flavors of a taco with all the great toppings in a messy sloppy joe dinner with this Taco Sloppy Joes recipe. My kids gobbled these up so fast! Delicious!
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taco rice on plate with chips and toppings
Taco Rice
With just a handful of every day ingredients, you can have dinner on the table lickety split. Taco Rice is ground beef, rice, tomato soup, seasoning and cheese made all in one skillet. Serve with tortilla chips, tomato and lettuce for a well rounded meal.
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piece of taco casserole with toppings
Taco Casserole
This Taco Casserole Recipe is a family favorite dinner that never gets old. A super simple Mexican casserole filled with ground beef, corn, tortillas and cheese.
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styled quesadilla triangles on a plate with shredded lettuce, dollop of sour cream and lime wedge.
Chicken Quesadillas
These irresistible Chicken Quesadillas are loaded with delicious shredded chicken taco meat, loads of cheese and a secret ingredient that will blow your mind! They are the perfect appetizer, easy lunch or even dinner!
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Whole Wheat Butternut Squash & Chorizo Quesadillas
Chorizo Butternut Squash Quesadillas
Butternut Squash Quesadillas are filled with cheese, spicy chorizo, white beans, and fresh tomatoes all in a crunchy & buttery tortilla.
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cheesy taco pasta in skillet
Cheesy Taco Pasta
This Cheesy Taco Pasta is a delicious step up from boxed dinners, using 7 basic ingredients try this easy dinner out tonight!
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chicken flautas on serving platter
Chicken Flautas (Flautas de Pollo)
A delicious and deceivingly simple dinner, these Chicken Flautas will make it onto your menu week after week. Tortillas are filled with shredded chicken, cheese, and spices and then baked until crispy! 
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Chicken skewers are served on a white plate with lime slices.
Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers
These Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers mixed with the smokey flavor from the grill have the tastes of summer. Try them tonight!
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Queso Chicken Skillet
Queso Chicken Skillet
You can make this flavorful Queso Chicken Skillet dinner in one-pan and in about 30 minutes. Winner winner chicken dinner!
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Mexican Corn Salad Hot Dogs
A super-fresh Mexican Corn Salad up on top of a grilled hot dog is the most glorious summer dinner ever. EVER!
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fresh-salsa with chips and lime on cutting board
Fresh Tomato Salsa
This Salsa Recipe is so fresh and easy to make! You only need a few basic ingredients and 10 minutes. Adapt as you like!
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corn salsa in bowl with spoon
Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe
This Grilled Corn Salsa Recipe is perfect for a summer appetizer or just as corn salsa dip for any day! Eat with chips or plain!
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dipping tortilla chip into salsa
Homemade Salsa Recipe
This Salsa Recipe is so fresh and easy to make! You only need a few basic ingredients and 10 minutes. Adapt as you like!
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homemade salsa in a bowl with chips
Teedo’s Famous Salsa
Deliciously simple, Teedo's Famous Salsa will quickly become your new favorite. Filled with tomatoes, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice.
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Roasted Jalapeno Queso
Velveeta Queso Recipe
Enjoy this flavorful roasted jalapeno queso dip with chips, pretzels, or anything you like to dip.
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queso fundido
Jalapeño Queso Fundido
Jalapeño Queso Fundido is seriously the best plus it’s ready to eat in a snap. It’s the easiest and yes, cheesiest thing you will ever enjoy!
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charred corn salsa
Charred Corn Salad or Salsa
This fresh Corn Salad recipe is elevated by charring the corn! Toss with bell peppers, radishes, and a killer dressing, summer here we come!
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Pico de gallo on a spoon
Amazing Pico de Gallo Recipe
This Pico de Gallo recipe is the freshest, easiest and fastest salsa you can make. Also known as salsa fresca, this pico de gallo can turn any taco or burrito into something amazing while still holding its own with tortilla chips.
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Chicken Nacho Dip
Crockpot Chicken Nacho Dip
My ultimate creamy and cheesy Chicken Nacho Dip, made in the crockpot, is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.
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dipping chip into 7 layer dip
7 Layer Dip
This 7 Layer Dip is a classic appetizer that everyone loves! Packed with beans, cheese, salsa and all things Mexican, grab some chips and dig in!
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taco dip in casserole dish on tablescape
Taco Dip
Taco Dip is a super easy and oh so delicious appetizer that combines refried beans, a cream cheese and sour cream layer and all your favorite taco toppings. Serve with tortilla chips at your next party!
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Black Bean Dip
Black Bean Dip Recipe
This is a warm and spicy Black Bean Dip Recipe! Made with spices, black beans, salsa, and cream this dip is perfect with chips!
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A person dipping a tortilla into a skillet of enchilada dip.
Beef Enchilada Dip
Beef Enchilada Dip is the perfect appetizer for any occasion. You only need 3 ingredients and 10 minutes! A hot and bubbly Mexican appetizer everyone will love.
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Chorizo Manchego Pinwheels
Chorizo Manchego Puff Pastry Pinwheels
Spanish Puff Pastry Pinwheels are an easy and delicious appetizer, filled with lots of spanish chorizo and manchego cheese.
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Mexican Street Corn
Mexican Street Corn Recipe
This Mexican Street Corn Recipe is a delicious treat of Mexican Cuisine that you need in your life, like now. Trust me, it may sound a little strange but it is SO good.
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Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad
This Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad is the perfect way to use up those fresh summer ears of corn! Fresh vegetables and pasta are tossed in a Mexican chili lime sauce and served chilled.
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Mexican Corn Casserole
Mexican Corn Casserole
 Mexican Corn Casserole is Mexican Street Corn remixed! With all of the same Mexican flavors but fresh OFF the cob and oh so comforting!
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Mexican Street Corn Guacamole
Mexican Street Corn Guacamole
All the flavors you know and love from Mexican Street Corn stirred into creamy corn guacamole! An easy and show-stopping appetizer.
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Guacamole with chips
Classic Guacamole Recipe
Everyone loves Guacamole, especially this classic, fail-proof Guacamole Recipe! Perfect for any party and always a winner. Make this basic guac recipe with avocados and lime juice and add in any extras you like!
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Bowl of guacamole on table.
Guacamole for a Crowd!
My go-to Guacamole recipe. It's a great, easy recipe to have on hand and is not boring in the least. And the best part is, everyone LOVES it!
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buffalo bacon blue cheese guacamole
Buffalo Guacamole
Buffalo Guacamole is on crack….in the best way possible. Made with blue cheese and bacon it's perfect for the Super Bowl y'all
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Margarita Guacamole
Margarita Guacamole
Margarita Guacamole is the perfect addition to your Cinco de Mayo celebration. Made with citrusy notes and served like a margarita.
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Grilled guacamole
Grilled Guacamole
Grilling the veggies makes this dip extra tasty. Grilled Guacamole is perfect for summer BBQs or as a side to Mexican dishes.
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Southwest Avocado Hummus
Avocado Hummus is a crazy creamy spicy hummus love child. Made with garbanzo beans, ripe avocado, garlic, jalapenos, and lemon juice!
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dipping a chip in dip
Creamy Cowboy Caviar
Creamy Cowboy Caviar is a delicious side dish, a tasty burrito filling, or a scrumptious scrambled egg topper.
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White Chicken Chili
White Chicken Chili
This White Chicken Chili recipe will wiggle its way onto your weekly menu and stay FOREVER because that's how amazing (and healthy!) it is.
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A bowl of Taco Soup
Taco Soup Recipe
This Taco Soup Recipe is healthy, hearty, easy and delicious, it will make you want to give up tacos completely and commit to just soup! It really is that good.
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bowl of chicken-tortilla-soup
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Made with a ton of veggies and chicken this Chicken Tortilla Soup is healthy, filling, easy to make and downright delicious. Give it a try!
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finished chicken tortilla soup in crockpot
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
The easiest, healthiest and tastiest recipe for Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup. Set it and forget it!
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southwest sausage and quinoa lettuce wraps
Southwest Sausage and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
Spicy Italian sausage and plenty of tasty vegetables are a flavorful combination in these delicious Quinoa Lettuce Wraps.
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Taco Lettuce Wraps
Taco Lettuce Wraps
Taco Lettuce Wraps are the perfect low carb meal you need in your life. It’s so simple to make because it’s basically a salad in taco form!
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Taco Casserole
Taco Noodle Casserole
Grab some chicken, egg noodles, taco seasoning and a whole lot of cheese to make this simple and delicious Taco Noodle Casserole!
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skirt steak soft tacos
Skirt Steak Tacos
Skirt Steak Tacos are an easy and super delicious Mexican inspired meal that is perfect for summer. Load it up with your favorite toppings!
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Baja Fish Tacos 2
Baja Fish Tacos
Baja Fish Tacos are a fun, easy and tasty way to upgrade fish sticks! Everyone gets to build their own ideal taco! Parent and kid approved!
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fish taco
The Easiest Fish Tacos
If you love tacos as much as I do, then these will be a big hit at your house, just like they were at mine!
Sweet potato taco boat
Sweet Potato Taco Boats
Sweet Potato Taco Boats are exactly what they sound like, baked sweet potatoes filled with all of your favorite taco fixin's!
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Baked Taquitos Recipe
This Baked Taquitos Recipe is the perfect Mexican spin for using all that leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Or feel free to use chicken!
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A colorful bowl of mixed southwest vegetable salad on a white surface.
Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe
This Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe is a crunchy, fresh, salty, sweet, and creamy salad perfect for dinner, parties or by itself!
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dorito taco salad in a bowl
Southwest Salad with Garlic Lime Dressing & Doritos!!
There are plenty of fresh veggies in this tasty Southwest Salad topped with crushed Doritos and creamy garlic lime dressing.
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Dorito Taco Salad
Taco Salad Recipe
This Taco Salad recipe laced with Doritos will have you losing your mind! It's a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables!!!
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A bowl of salad with black beans, corn and avocado topped with sweet and spicy chicken.
Charred Tomatillo Salad Dressing
Charred tomatillo dressing is a sweet, creamy, and smoky addition to any southwestern salad. It will actually make you want to eat salad.
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Pulled Pork Nachos
Loaded Pulled Pork Nachos
The only thing better than loaded nachos are Pulled Pork Nachos! With a few tricks, you can have this appetizer on your table in minutes!
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Healthified Breakfast Nachos
Breakfast Nachos
These Breakfast Nachos make an incredible breakfast but they are so delicious you may also want to try them for lunch or dinner.
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breakfast tacos on a white plate
Breakfast Tacos
Fry up some eggs, gather your favorite taco fixings and grab some tortillas because this is the ultimate Breakfast Tacos recipe!
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Chile con Queso
Chile Con Queso Eggs Benedict
This Mexican Eggs Benedict is made with a Chile con Queso instead of Hollandaise sauce! It’s super tasty and perfect for breakfast (or breakfast for dinner)!
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southwest pepper turkey egg cups
Southwest Egg Muffin Cups
These tasty Egg Muffin Cups have a bit of a southwest flair, are packed with protein and veggies, and make a lovely breakfast or snack.
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southwest egg and tater tot casserole
Southwest Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
If you love tater tots, then this is the breakfast for you!! Southwest Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is full of veggies and protein plus it is super simple to whisk up and bake.
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mexican hot chocolate in white mug with marshmallows
Mexican Hot Chocolate
This creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate recipe is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It's super simple to make and tastes absolutely divine.
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Have a great time and enjoy! Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! 🙂

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