Cinco de Mayo may not be celebrated in Mexico as it is here in the US, but as a Mexican, let me tell you, I will take any excuse to celebrate what a beautiful country Mexico is!! Since you can't celebrate Mexico without a party, I have done all the searching for you and created the perfect Cinco de Mayo party menu. Here are 22 of my favorite vegan Cinco de Mayo party food ideas.
History of Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is the commemoration of the battle of Puebla, that took place in 1862 in the Franco-Mexican war. The Mexican triumphed over the French in an unexpected battle of 6,000 French troops, against only 2,000 Mexicans! The battle was only one of many in the Franco-Mexican war, but the victory emboldened the resistance movement.
Cinco de Mayo in the U.S.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday, the big celebrations confined to the city of Puebla. However, in the U.S. this special date has become a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. It was in the 1960s that Chicano activists took this holiday as their own, perhaps because they identified with the values of the indigenous Mexicans that had triumphed over the French. Later Cinco de Mayo was commercialized and morphed into what it is today.
22 Vegan Cinco de Mayo Party Food Ideas
Phew!! I think I totally nerded out on you there. Anyway, here are the recipes. Enjoy!!
1. Vegan Taco Pizza
100% vegan and oil free viral taco pizza, filled with portobello mushroom veggie fajitas and topped with salsa and creamy guacamole. Find the recipe here.
2. Vegan California Burrito
This vegan California burrito is stuffed with oven baked french fries, pico de gallo, portobello asada, spicy salsa, vegan cheese, and guacamole. Find the recipe here.
3. Watermelon Salsa
This watermelon salsa is refreshing, flavorful and will be the hit of the summer! Cubed watermelon, cherry tomatoes, onion, mint, cilantro, serrano peppers, and lime juice make an amazing combination. Find the recipe here.
4. Vegan Tres Leches Cake
This vegan tres leches cake is a sweet vanilla cake is soaked in almond, macadamia, and oat milk, covered in silky coconut whipped cream, then topped with strawberries. Find the recipe here.
5. Vegan Jackfruit Taquitos
These vegan taquitos are filled with delicious jackfruit carnitas. They can be made in the air fryer or oven. Perfect for dipping into guacamole, salsa, or cashew queso. Find the recipe here.
6. Vegan Jalapeño Queso
Vegan Jalapeño Queso! All the cheesy flavor without the cow. Made with a mixture of potatoes, carrots, green chiles, and spices. Find the recipe here.
7. Spicy Avocado Sauce for Tacos
This creamy and spicy avocado sauce is a great for dipping flautas or for topping your everyday tacos. It is traditionally served with flautas, but it would also make a great addition to some vegan enchiladas. Find the recipe here.
8. Churro Bites
These homemade churros bites – churros muffins are coated in cinnamon sugar and are kind of like a cross between a muffin and a donut hole. Find the recipe here.
9. Cauliflower Ceviche
A traditional Latin American seafood dish gets a makeover when you use cauliflower to make this ceviche. Serve with chips! Find the recipe here.
10. AirFryer Potato tacos
Crispy mini potato tacos made in the air fryer. Perfect for dipping in guacamole and salsa. Find the recipe here.
11. Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
These fruity margaritas are made with silver tequila, fresh squeezed orange juice, lime juice, and frozen strawberries. They are naturally sweetened with agave nectar. Find the recipe here.
12. Pastelitos de Guayaba
Pastelitos de Guayaba are a delicious dessert, popular in bakeries all over Latin America! You’ll love making these simple treats in your own kitchen! Find the recipe here.
13. Homemade Tortilla Chips
These homemade tortilla chips are the centerpiece of every party. They're crispy, crunchy, and won't crumble and fall apart when dipping and snacking! Find the recipe here.
14. Mango Tomatillo Guacamole
Mango Tomatillo Guacamole is creamy guacamole with a blend of sweet and savory flavors that will keep you coming back for more! Find the recipe here.
15. Pico de Gallo
This is pico de gallo, a raw salsa that consists of jalapeño, tomato, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. That’s it! Find the recipe here.
16. Vegan Jalapeño Poppers
Now you can enjoy jalapeno poppers without any dairy! Filled with vegan cream cheese, onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers, and topped with a crunchy bread topping. Find the recipe here.
17. Watermelon Paleta Shots
This watermelon paleta shot is a combination of sweet watermelon, lime juice, tequila, and chile powder. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Find the recipe here.
18. Vegan Crunchwrap Supreme
Stuffed with spicy taco filling, spinach, tomatoes, and creamy vegan cheese sauce, plus crunchy tostada shells, and then wrapped up tight in a flour tortilla. Find the recipe here.
19. Crispy Baked Avocado Fries
These Baked Avocado Fries are oven-baked and oil-free, but still crispy and tasty! Vegan, Gluten-Free, and only 7 ingredients. Find the recipe here.
20. Strawberry Margarita Pie
A creamy strawberry-lime filling laced with tequila and swirled with a strawberry puree is placed on a simple no-bake crust with quinoa flakes, coconut, almond meal, and dates. It's a deliciously cold and sweet treat. Find the recipe here.
21. Vegan Nachos
Vegan nachos loaded with vegan taco meat, black beans, pico de gallo, vegan nacho cheese and guacamole. Ultra-cheesy, spicy and fully loaded, better than a restaurant! Find recipe here.
22. Esquites (Corn in a Cup)
Esquites Mexican Corn Cups, sweet corn, mayonnaise, vegan cotija cheese, chile powder. Find recipe here.