I love any excuse for Mexican night!  Mexican food is just so flavorful, fun, colorful and satisfying. With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner I rounded up my favorite Mexican recipes so you can start planning all the deliciousness now!  

The 17 recipes below cover a little but of everything you might need on Cinco de Mayo: appetizers, sides, entrees, desserts and even an adult beverage.  Plus, my favorite slather-on-all-Mexican-food sauce.  I hope this round-up provides you with inspiration as you think about your what you want to make to celebrate.

All of these recipes are vegan, soy-free, gluten-free and peanut-free.  Many are also nut-free.  If you make any of these recipes, please snap a pic and tag #eatingbyelaine and @eatingbyelaine on InstagramTwitter or Facebook so I can see your creations.

Enjoy, and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Strawberry Salsa with Avocado

Strawberry Salsa - Cinco de Mayo recipe

This fresh, nutritious and surprisingly filling appetizer is quick and easy to make. It only requires six ingredients that are simply mixed together before serving with your favorite chip.  Get the recipe here.  

Mango-Avocado Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pepitas

Mango Quinoa Salad

Juicy sweet mango, buttery avocado, fluffy quinoa, crunchy pungent red onion, herby cilantro and salty toasted pepita seeds come together for an amazing salad.  This one is a real crowd pleaser.  It’s got lots of flavor, lots of color and lots of texture. This colorful and nutritious salad offers plant-based protein, healthy fats and fiber.  Get the recipe here.  

Creamy Cilantro Jalapeno Lime Sauce

Creamy Cilantro Jalapeno Lime Sauce

This creamy, dairy-free sauce will liven up any dish. It is packed with fresh flavor and has a little spicy kick from the jalapeno. I love to pair this with roasted veggies, salads, quinoa or rice. It also makes a great taco topping. It comes together quickly and easily with just a mini food processor to puree everything together.  Click here for the recipe.

Mexican Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Avocado

This one is perfect for Cinco de Mayo since it is loaded with avocado, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. It is perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  The black beans and quinoa provide plant-based protein and fiber.  It is incredibly simple to throw and there is no oil or dressing needed for this recipe.  Click here for the recipe.

Creamy Black Bean Dip

This zesty dip is perfect for serving with raw veggies or chips.  It can even be used as a healthy spread in place of mayo or meat for a sandwich or wrap.  Click here for the recipe.

Southwestern Jicama Slaw with Lime-Agave Creamy Tahini Dressing

This raw, vegan and gluten-free side salad is full of veggies. It is fresh and crispy and dressed with a sweet and tangy dressing that is creamy but mayo-free. Black beans provide plant-based protein making this side dish an entree as well.  This dish has amazing Southwestern flavors.  Think fresh lime juice, cilantro, cumin, garlic and agave.  You can even substitute red poblano pepper for the red bell pepper in the recipe for some added heat.  Get the recipe here.

Strawberry Salsa

For those of you who sort of cringe at the thought of raw tomatoes, then this is the recipe for you.  And even if you love traditional salsa, this is a fun (and sweet) twist that will impress everyone.  The strawberries keep the salsa juicy and naturally sweet.  The jalapeno, cilantro, lime, garlic and shallot transform this popular fruit into salsa.  Click here for the recipe.

Vegan Queso

A guilt-free cheesy dip that your friends will not believe is dairy-free and oil-free.  I find it to be luxurious, slightly spicy and totally addictive. It is a must for Cinco de Mayo!  Click here for the recipe.

Spicy Chipotle Guacamole


This six-ingredient, simple recipe tastes exactly like the Chipotle guacamole we all know and love.  Click here for the recipe.

Watermelon Mint Lime Slushie Margaritas

Watermelon Mint Lime Slushies Cinco de Mayo

Turn these slushies into margaritas with a splash of tequila!  The sugar sweet watermelon flavor combined with zesty, tangy lime juice and fresh, sweet, herby mint are so good.  This recipe is super simple and only requires a couple ingredients pureed in a blender.  Get the recipe here.

Creamy Spiralized Red Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw with Cilantro and Lime

Spiralized Red Cabbage Slaw Vegan

Fresh, delicious slaw with a creamy, zesty dressing!  This slaw is ready fast and perfect for adding to tacos or tostadas.  I love to pair it with black beans, roasted sweet potatoes and avocado in a tortilla wrap.  Get the recipe here.

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Boats with Quinoa Chickpea & Veggie “Taco Meat”

This is my favorite way to eat spaghetti squash – filled with the most flavorful plant-based “taco meat” and healthy tex-mex fixings.  You could also serve this “taco meat” in a taco shell or tortilla wrap.  Click here for the recipe.

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

One-Pan Mexican Quinoa and Black Beans

This one-pan vegan meal is quick to pull together, uses mostly pantry ingredients and keeps clean-up a total breeze.  It is loaded with Mexican flavor from the jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and red onion.  It is filling and yet completely gluten-free, grain-free and plant-based.  I love that it sneaks in three vegetables (tomato, orange bell pepper and yellow bell pepper) and plant-based protein from quinoa and black beans.  I like to serve mine with heaps of fresh cilantro, green onion and freshly squeezed lime juice.  Click here for the full recipe.

Mexican Veggie Burrito Bowls

Mexican Veggie Burrito Bowls

This easy plant-based and gluten-free entree will simplify your life in the most delicious way! The warm brown rice, beans and sautéed onions and peppers pair beautifully with the chilled and refreshing pico de gallo and creamy avocado. These burrito bowls are full of good-for-you ingredients that will fill you up without making you feel stuffed. Mexican night is on!  Get the recipe here.

Brown Rice Black Bean Salad with Mango and Avocado

Brown Rice Black Bean Mango Salad

This salad features bold and zesty flavor from the cilantro, red onion and lime juice.  The chunks of mango make it slightly sweet and the diced avocado adds a smooth and creamy texture to each bite.  Get the recipe here.

Nacho-Style Socca Flatbread

Nacho Style Socca Flatbread

Mexican food meets pizza night in this fun recipe that is a total crowd-pleaser. It can be enjoyed as a meal or appetizer. The nacho toppings are totally customizable. Here I layered black bean dip, spiralized sweet potatoes, avocado, green onion, jalapenos and vegan queso.  Get the recipe here.  

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This spicy and luxurious drink will satisfy your chocolate craving.  It is made from scratch using the perfect blend of spices for a spectacular sweet and spicy decadent combo. Click here for the recipe.


Happy Cinco de Mayo, amigos!