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12 Super Easy Mexican Recipes for Your Cinco de Mayo Party

Bring all the spices and Spanish flare with authentic dishes from chef Diane Phillips, author of 14 cookbooks, including the James Beard Award nominated "Perfect Party Food."

Fresh lime margaritas

Get the party started right with an easy Taste of Home recipe for everyone’s Cinco de Mayo drink of choice. (Well, we assume it’s everyone’s favorite.) It only takes 15 minutes, and you can switch things up with frozen and flavored marg options.

Chipotle corn and avocado dip

Take your Cinco de Mayo celebration to the next level with a zesty take on traditional guacamole. This recipe only takes minutes to make—which means you can easily make more when you run out.

Pork taquitos

Taquitos are one of the most popular Mexican appetizers, and these homemade ones taste SO much better than the frozen store-bought ones. Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Margaritaville grilled chicken

Make Jimmy Buffet proud with your Cinco de Mayo menu. Piquant and tasty, this Mexican-style chicken recipe is flavored with cumin, oregano, and chili powder. Not only do the spies give you a sharp burst of flavor, but they could help you live longer.

Salsa rice

You can’t get much simpler than this 15 minute recipe from Taste of Home. Just boil water and chunky salsa, add rice, and top it with cheese. This dish makes a perfect side when you’re crunched for time.

Refried bean bake

Beans and melted cheese—what more do you need to make friends and family drool? This bubbling hot casserole serves up to eight people, so you’ll have plenty of cheesy goodness to pass around the table.

Smoked salmon quesadillas with creamy chipotle sauce

Sure, everyone loves a good chicken quesadilla, but a salmon quesadilla? Even better. With this recipe, you can wow guests with a creative spin on a traditional meal and wow their tastebuds with a spicy yet creamy spread.

Grilled confetti peppers and onions

You can do so much with bell peppers—bake them, stuff them, munch on them raw with a fun dip. In this super-simple side dish, you grill red, yellow, and green peppers that bring healthy antioxidants and a burst of color to your table.

Tater tot-chos

Tater Tots + tacos = the genius recipe you’ll wish you had thought of sooner. All you need is a package of Tater Tots and your favorite taco toppings for a fast, easy dish that even picky eaters will love.

Marinated orange and onion salad

Bet you never thought of oranges, onions, and oregano as salad ingredients, but this recipe combines them for a refreshing, tangy dish you wouldn’t expect to taste so good.

Grilled guacamole

Have you ever thought about grilling avocados? They’re one of the foods you didn’t know you could grill, but once you taste them, you won’t be able to get enough of that smokey flavor. Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream frosting

No party is complete without dessert. (Yes, you really should eat dessert.) And this particular recipe has all the flavors of a cup of Mexican hot chocolate in a cupcake.

Want more Mexican recipes?

We’ve got ’em! Check out these 10 tasty Mexican recipe ideas to try next.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest