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7 Easy Cinco de Mayo Favorites for a Homemade Fiesta

Cook up an easy Cinco de Mayo feast with simple recipes that deliver big flavor without a whole lot of fuss. Here's everything you'll need to feed your fiesta, from a main dish that cooks itself and side dishes that come together in minutes, to a make-ahead dessert and a big pitcher of drinks. Just add your favorite chips and maybe a piñata.

1. Slow Cooker Carnitas

Thanks to the magic of your slow cooker, you can turn a few everyday ingredients and a boneless pork shoulder into a fragrant pot of fork-tender meat to stuff into soft tacos. Just load up the cooker in the morning and it's ready to party by the end of the day.


Slow Cooker Carnitas

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2. Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

This popular recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep, but it needs to simmer for about 45 minutes. No worries. You can make beans, guacamole, and salsa while the rice is cooking.


Easy Authentic Spanish Rice

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3. Quick and Easy Refried Beans

It takes a mere 20 minutes to transform ordinary canned pinto beans into a flavorful side dish. You can spice it up or calm it down to suit your taste.


Quick and Easy Refried Beans

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4. Traditional Mexican Guacamole

Freshly made guacamole beats store-bought every time, and with a simple 10-minute prep, you'll have a bowl of guac everyone will rave about.


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5. Ex-Girlfriend's Mom's Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)

Only 5 ingredients go into this super-fresh salsa, but you'll love how it picks up all the rest of the dishes on your menu and makes them dance.


Ex-Girlfriend's Mom's Salsa Fresca (Pico de Gallo)

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6. Beer Margaritas

A big pitcher of margaritas is a whole lot easier to serve to a crowd. You can line up a bar-load of glasses ahead of time and rim the edges with salt, then let everyone help themselves.


Beer Margaritas

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7. Tres Leches Pina Colada Cake

Make this moist and tasty cake the night before and let it chill until you're ready to serve it up come party time.

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Vanessa Greaves

About Vanessa Greaves

Good food, friends, and fun are always on the menu. Find me as foodelicious on Allrecipes and vanny.gee on Instagram (but only if you don't mind cat pics and cocktails).