Throw a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

From refreshing margaritas and chunky guacamole to pork burritos and chicken chile, this vibrant menu brings the taste the Southwest to your table in no time—making it the perfect party food!

  • 01 of 04
    John Mitzewich

    This cool, colorful, and crunchy Southwestern corn salad recipe is perfect when fresh corn is in season, and you want to bring something fabulous to that summer cookout. Frozen corn may be used, but the salad just won't have that same sweet, crisp snap.

  • 02 of 04
    chicken chili
    Chicken Chili. K. Kingsley

    In my opinion, just any time is a good time to eat chili, but it does seem that a Cinco de Mayo party might be the best. This recipe cooks up into a real crowd-pleaser, and the addition of orange zest and juice imparts a fresh lively flavor.

    Serve the chili with lots of toppings for hungry diners to choose from, such as chopped cilantro, sour cream, chopped avocado, shredded cheese, chopped scallions, chopped tomatoes and even some raisins or pine nuts.

  • 03 of 04
    Jalapeno Cornbread
    Jalapeno Cornbread. Getty Imgages

    This great buttermilk jalapeno cornbread recipe has just the right balance between heat and sweet. Also, this cornbread has no baking powder, which gives many cornbread recipes an aftertaste.

    If you don't like jalapenos, feel free to leave them out and this moist, easy cornbread recipe will still come out wonderfully.

  • 04 of 04
    Claire Cohen

    No Cinco de Mayo party is complete without the time-honored tequilla  Margarita. It's is one of the most popular cocktails in North America and shows no signs of slowing down. There are a number of variations to the Margarita, so you're sure to find one that is just right for you.