It's no secret that we're big fans of Mexican food. So when Cinco de Mayo  rolls around each year, we inevitably get really excited (and hungry). Over the years, we've managed to whip up a whole bunch of flavorful dishes and drinks, from tacos to tequila-infused cocktails, all of which would be festive and delicious for your Cinco de Mayo celebration this weekend. Prepare to hear your stomach growl. ¡Buen provecho!
Jump ahead to the following sections:
- Margaritas and other cocktails 
- Chips, dips, salads, and sides 
- Tacos and burritos 
- Dessert 
There's no sugary syrup involved in making these frozen margaritas , only orange liqueur, lime juice, and blanco tequila.
Make a tart, brightly hued margarita  with a splash of cranberry juice.
We're giving the typical paloma cocktail  an upgrade — think fresh grapefruit juice, club soda, and simple syrup.
We don't need to hear any words other than strawberry margarita  to try the recipe ASAP.
If you're tired of tequila, this Pinot-Grita cocktail  comes with a bit of Pinot Grigio to throw your taste buds for a loop.
Can you think of anything more Mexican than a jalapeño margarita ?
A fan of all things spice? Then waste no time making this pineapple margarita  with a chili-salt rim. The sweet-salty-fiery complexity is out of this world.
Homemade Tortilla Chips
Ditch the supermarket bags and try your hand at homemade tortilla chips  two ways: baked and fried.
Don't be intimidated by the thought of making your own salsa. This tomatillo-chipotle salsa recipe  is easy even for beginners.
If guacamole were part of a club, it would be the president. Needless to say, there's nothing boring about this basic guacamole  recipe.
Chile Con Queso Nachos
Habanero chicken sausage adds a little something extra to the chile con queso in these loaded nachos .
Salsa Three Ways
Whether hot or zesty, you'll find something for everyone with these salsa recipes  from Rick Bayless.
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Queso
Enjoy queso a new way thanks to this supersimple mushroom, spinach, and goat cheese recipe .
Nacho Cheese Dip
Nacho cheese with Velveeta  — it's a guilty pleasure we're not ashamed to admit.
Corn, Radish, and Black Bean Salsa
Mix textures and sweetness with this surprising corn, black bean, and radish salsa .
Four-Cheese Queso Dip
This four-cheese queso dip  might as well have a different name: ooey-gooey goodness.
Give regular salsa a run for its money with this unexpected watermelon-mango salsa .
Pico de Gallo
Pico de gallo  is a Mexican food staple — whip up your own with this easy recipe.
Somewhere between sour cream and crème fraiche lies this must-have condiment .
Serve it like a traditional salsa with chips or use it as a topping — either way, we bet you'll be delighted by this pineapple salsa .
Meat Taco Salad
This zesty taco salad  is so fast and easy to make, it just might become your newest go-to meal.
Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup
A great way to use those leftovers? Cooking up some spicy broth with chicken and avocado .
Veggie Taco Salad
When you hear taco salad, you probably think of fried tostadas and ground beef, but this lighter, meatless version  calls for creamy cilantro, cucumber, and avocado dressing.
Shrimp and Tortilla Soup
Ten minutes. That's all it takes to put together this shrimp and tortilla soup  that's light but imbued with smoky and bright flavors.
Mexican Grilled Corn
Munch on Mexico's famed elote asado , a recipe wherein charcoal-grilled juicy ears of corn slathered with rich crema and rolled in dried, ground chiles and crumbly cheese.
So Mexican tacos don't typically come with turkey — but give these turkey tacos  a try and we guarantee they'll be a hit.
Once you find out these ground beef tacos  take no time to prepare, you'll wonder how you went without them before.
Grilled Fish Tacos
Marinated halibut with a quick and flavorful mint-cucumber-mango salsa make for grilled fish tacos  that will be hard to forget.
The great thing about this savory steak tacos recipe  is that it doesn't require any marinade time — the meat takes just about 10 minutes to cook.
The taco-truck staple known as carnitas  is just as comfortable on its own as it is served beside carne asada and chorizo.
Photo: Sara Yoo
Anything Goes Burrito
The beauty of our burrito ? You're allowed to stuff it with whatever you could possibly imagine (well, with whatever you have left in your fridge).
Chicharrónes, or deep-fried pig skins, dipped in chocolate  are puff-like perfection.
Fruit With Chili and Lime
Mexican fruit vendors will often sell pineapple, watermelon, and mango seasoned with chili and lime. Re-create this set-up  for dessert.
Photo: POPSUGAR Studios
Pan de Muerto
This sugar-topped bread  is a great way to get a taste of traditional Mexican fare.