We’ve never met a Cinco de Mayo celebration we didn’t like. From the taco-fueled, margarita-hydrated party scene to the more traditional sit-down dinner with family and friends, the signature flavor of Cholula® Hot Sauce has a place at every Cinco de Mayo table. 
While Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) is sometimes called Mexico's Independence Day, that's not exactly true. It commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the French forces in the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican war – a win that rallied resistance forces in the country before Mexico ultimately won the war in 1867. In the U.S., it's an opportunity to celebrate Mexico's culture, including Mexican folk dancing, Mariachi music, cultural parades, and most importantly, Mexican cuisine.

Whether you’re topping tacos with your favorite Cholula Hot Sauce flavor or spicing up a batch of Mexican brownies, you know it’s going to be a delicious Cinco de Mayo if Cholula is involved. Check out these Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes to get you in Cinco celebration mode … with extra Cholula, of course!


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1.) Pomerita

How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style? With a pomerita. It captures the classic flavor of a margarita, treats it to a tart, pom-y twist, and adds just a hint of Cholula Hot sauce heat to bring it home.



2.) Chili Lime Margarita Ice

We’d never turn down a classic marg. But when it’s time for the ultimate chill out, this margarita flavor ice spiked with tequila and the citrusy heat of Cholula Chili Lime Hot Sauce is where it’s at. Make it ahead of time so you’re ready to party when happy hour hits.


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3.) Instant® Pot Chipotle Beef Tacos

It’s 10’s across the board for these tasty tacos made easy with an Instant Pot. Filled with tender beef flavored with Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce and savory spices, fresh pico, and your favorite toppings, you really can’t go wrong here. A drizzle of Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce on top? Don’t have to ask us twice.



4.) Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gayo

Every step of this taco recipe is worth it because – tacos. Braised in the slow cooker, pork comes out full of signature Cholula Original Hot Sauce flavor and ready to fork shred. Load into warm tortillas and top with a simple homemade pico de gallo and your favorite garnishes like ….  more Cholula!



5.) Chicken Taco Bowls

An easy meal upgrade for lunch, dinner, taco night … you name it … these taco bowls are a fun twist for your Cinco de Mayo menu. Set out toppings ala taco bar style and let everyone load up their tortilla bowls (yes, you can make these at home just like your favorite Mexican restaurant does!) with rice, lettuce, tomatoes, beans, cheese, and chicken tossed in the authentic flavor of Cholula Chipotle Hot Sauce.


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6.) Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

While endless variations on how to prepare enchiladas exist, this green chile chicken version is a true winner. Sauced in a creamy, mildly spicy combination of Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce, roasted poblano, and creamy avocado, they’re the perfect dish for a family-style Cinco de Mayo celebration. 



7.) Ultimate Cholula Chicken Burrito

When Cholula is involved it’s never “just another burrito.” This one’s loaded with chicken thighs marinated in Cholula Hot Sauce, agave, and lime and orange juice, plus fillings like rice, beans, avocado, and fresh pico. Whether you drizzle a little hot sauce on every bite or mix it into the filling before folding, these burritos are the ultimate Cinco de Mayo menu flex.



8.) Pork Carnita Empanada

If the empanada doesn’t scream “party food,” we don’t know what does! From the homemade dough to the hearty filling including pork carnitas, habanero sausage, smoky Cheddar, and the authentic taste of Cholula Green Pepper Hot Sauce, these empanadas are loaded with Cholula, flavor, and love. Pass them out as an appetizer, serve up alongside a Mexican meal, or enjoy late-night as the party is ramping up. 



9.) Mexican Street Corn

This version of elotes, the popular grilled corn on the cob that’s sold by street vendors in Mexico is grilled, then slathered with a tangy lime mayonnaise and coated in crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese. The only way to finish it? With a verrrry generous drizzle of Cholula® Original Hot Sauce, of course. Serve it up appetizer style or as a side dish to your Cinco de Mayo meal.


A Sweet Finish


10.) Spicy Brownies with Whipped Dulce de Leche Frosting

The duo we can’t live without … Cholula® Original Hot Sauce and brownies. Mixed right into the batter before baking, Cholula Hot Sauce brings a welcome heat to the chocolatey flavor of these decadent brownies. Drizzled with the caramel-y sweetness of dulce de leche, they’re the perfectly sweet and spicy finish to any Cinco de Mayo menu.


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