Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these fun, Mexican-inspired meals and snacks the whole family will love.

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Pineapple-Juiced Steak Fajitas

Carl Tremblay

Pineapple-Juiced Steak Fajitas

A classic Mexican dish gets a fresh update with pineapple and lime juice. Serve with whatever fixings your family enjoys, such as sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

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Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

Christopher Testani

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos

Let your slow cooker do the work for these delicious tacos. Freeze the leftover meat or use it for sandwiches or quesadillas later in the week.

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Cinco de Mayo Sipper

Photograph by Carl Tremblay, Recipe by Joy Howard

Cinco de Mayo Sipper

Celebrate Mexican culture by preparing a pitcher of agua fresca. Sold by street vendors throughout Latin America, the ice-cold drink is typically made by combining fresh fruit, water, and sugar. Here's how to blend your own: Puree 2 1/2 cups of water, 1 pound trimmed strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and the juice of one lime in a blender until smooth. Chill before serving or pour over ice. Makes 4 cups.

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Fruity Avocado Dip

Fruity Avocado Dip

This twist on guacamole comes from Weelicious's Catherine McCord. She pairs avocados with pomegranate seeds and grapes. Don't have these fruits in the fridge? No worries -- blueberries, diced peaches, or sliced strawberries taste great with avocados too.

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Chocolate Chili Poppers

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Tex-Mex Burgers

Johnny Valiant

Tex-Mex Burgers

No grill? Use a stovetop grill pan or cook these zesty burgers under the broiler. To help the burger cook more evenly, use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each raw patty.

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Mexican Pasta Salad

Avery Powell

Mexican Pasta Salad

Perfect for the lunch box, this Mexican-inspired salad has corn, black beans, and cheese.

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Taco Bar

Jonny Valiant

Taco Bar

Set up a taco bar and let each family member assemble his or her own meal. This is a fun, low-pressure chance for picky kids to try a variety of foods. Don't worry if they only choose their faves; keep exposing kids to new flavors and one day you'll be surprised at what they try.

Try some of these toppings for your taco bar: scrambled eggs, diced mango, diced pineapple, chopped avocado, chopped peaches, pinto beans, crushed tortilla chips, corn, roasted sweet potato chunks, radish coins, and lime wedges.

And don't forget the classics like ground-beef filling (click below for our Easy Taco Filling recipe), salsa, shredded cheddar, shredded lettuce, cilantro, and sour cream.

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Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango

Charles Schiller

Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango

Lime juice, chili powder, and garlic season the shrimp for this restaurant-like meal. A side of mango puree is perfect for dipping, but feel free to swap in your favorite salsa.

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Mango Vanilla Slushy

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How to Cut a Pineapple