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Cinco de Mayo Dinner: Create a Family Tradition

Most families don’t need a reason to enjoy Mexican cuisine. Cinco de Mayo, however, is one day to celebrate this delicious fare with some history and tradition. Use this day to learn more about Mexican food culture. Create a family tradition of planning a homemade fiesta with family and friends.

April 25, 2024

Cinco de Mayo Family Dinner Tradition

Make Cinco de Mayo a Fun and Enriching Tradition


Mi casa es tu casa. This famous Mexican passage translates to My home is your home. Make your family and friends feel needed by having them participate in the celebration. Plan your Cinco de Mayo family dinner tradition with these ideas to involve everyone:

  • Plan the menu together.
  • Shop at a Mexican grocery store.
  • Research and make homemade Mexican dishes and a dessert.
  • Take advantage of Mexico’s vibrant colors and rich culture with fun tableware. 
  • At the dinner, discuss everyone’s favorite dishes and Mexican ingredients. 
  • Create a soundtrack of Mexican music.

What is the History of Cinco de Mayo?


Cinco de Mayo, which translates as the Fifth of May, celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. In 1862, Mexican troops invaded the better-equipped and numerous French soldiers. Historical reenactments and parades are held annually in the city of Puebla. While the United States celebrates the holiday with food and drinks, Mexicans take a slightly different approach. Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico primarily celebrated in Puebla. Read more facts from Parents in this article. 


Cinco de Mayo Family Dinner Tradition Decoration Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Family Dinner Tradition Table

Mexico’s rich pottery colors make vibrant tableware.

Cinco de Mayo Family Dinner Tradition Decorations

Papel Picado (paper bunting) make excellent decorations.

Cinco de Mayo Family Dinner Tradition Pinata

Make a pinata for a fun family craft.

Mexican Style Food Ideas for Cinco de Mayo


Families are busy, and planning a themed dinner is a great way to slow down and spend time together. Enlist everyone’s participation in planning, preparing, decorating, and researching the theme’s history. What better time to start a new family tradition than Cinco de Mayo? Create a new family tradition surrounding food and culture with these delicious recipes inspired by Mexican cuisine.


Easy Elote Bowl – Mexican Street Corn Power Meal

Grilled corn with creamy lime sauce, crunchy chickpeas, jalapenos, and radishes piled on nutty quinoa. This famous Mexican street food becomes a weeknight dinner with this Easy Elote Bowl recipe.

Cheesy Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas

This cheesy beef and black bean enchilada recipe has an authentic Tex-Mex sauce and is adaptable to many diets. The various tortilla options help meet multiple dietary goals: Gluten-Free, Grain Free, and High Fiber Recipes for cheesy meaty perfection.

Christmas Style Enchiladas – Red and Green Sauce

Christmas Style enchiladas with red and green sauce and delicious melted cheese are the perfect festive meal during the holiday or any day. Using ground turkey or leftover roast turkey and readymade sauces, keeps this recipe simple.

Mexican Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole

This Mexican Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole recipe is a one-dish meal using many readily available ingredients. A bold chili and bean sauce infuses the mild-tasting tofu and absorbs the crumbled tortillas into a tasty casserole. The melted cheese provides an appealing topping to this healthy, family-friendly, and affordable meal.

Easy Low Carb Taco Stuffed Peppers

Easy taco stuffed peppers with delicious Mexican filling and bubbly cheese will please your pickiest eaters. Perfect make-ahead recipe and freezer meal. 

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Mexican Desert Idea

Looking for a Mexican-inspired dessert? Check out this recipe from Dessert Now Dinner Later: Easy Tres Leches Cake

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