Happy almost Cinco de Mayo, folks! If you’re looking for gluten-free Cinco de Mayo recipes to enjoy at your own fiesta—Fiesta! Sin Gluten—you’re going to find lots to choose from here. You can even have some fun decorating your table as my friend Johnna (In Johnna’s Kitchen) did a few years ago when she hosted an amazing fiesta at a gluten-free retreat at my home. (By the way, be sure to check out Johnna’s brand new cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners! I’ll share more on my endorsement later but no matter your baking level—novice or veteran—definitely add this to your collection. You’ll love it and actually use it to create delicious GF goodies! You can read more from Johnna herself here.)
Today I’m sharing some of our current favorite Mexican recipes—gluten-free Cinco de Mayo recipes—some from gfe and some from other talented blogger friends. I was happy to update this collection of recipes with even more goodness for you! I’ve got you covered with recipes in every category—from appetizers, soups, and main dishes, to beverages.
I’ll admit that the beverages are my favorite! Oh, how I love a really good margarita, some excellent sangria, or a special Mexican hot chocolate moment!
Favorite Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Recipes on gfe
~ Chicken Enchilada Casserole (We enjoy this recipe all year long. It’s one of my very favorite ways to use leftover chicken or turkey.)
~ Chocolate Tamales (If you enjoy tamales, don’t forget this dessert version!)
~ Green Chile Chicken Casserole (One of my most popular recipes of all time, my version is only slightly adapted from the original from my New Mexico “born and bred” friend, Tavie.)
~ Easy Mexican Casserole (This casserole is nice and hearty, and yes, easy to put together.)
~ Pantry Black Bean, Corn, and Salsa Soup (Just like the name says … so easy to pull the ingredients for this one out of your pantry, and it’s really good!)
~ Sangria (my friend Tavie’s recipe … really, really good and pretty inexpensive to make, too)
~ Taco Popover Supper (The crust is on top; you flip over each piece on the plate before you serve. It’s another easy, fun, and tasty dish!)
~ Tortilla Soup (This recipe is terrific with chicken and chicken broth or made as vegetarian/vegan.)
Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Recipes from My Friends
~ 10-Minute Enchiladas (The only thing that can make enchiladas better is getting them on the table in 10 minutes, right? Thank you, Flippin’ Delicious!)
~ Favorite Burrito Bowls (Is your mouth watering? Mine sure is! Talk about a bowl of fresh goodness from Mama Knows Gluten Free!)
~ Festive Red Chile Enchiladas (Casserole Style) (Melissa of Gluten Free for Good gives you the scoop on getting that “from scratch” taste with a frozen red chile puree and how she changes up this “launching pad” recipe for different occasions.)
~ Mexican Lasagna (You won’t believe how easy this tasty dish from Gluten-Free Homemaker is to make!)
~ Jalapeno Popper Casserole (Although you might have seen this casserole recipe shared on other sites, Alea of Premeditated Leftovers is the originator of this recipe. Stick with the original and you won’t be disappointed!)
~ Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet (Carolyn of All Day I Dream About Food said she worried that her kids would turn up their noses at a cauli-rice dish, “But mixed with ground beef, taco seasoning and cheese? They absolutely devoured it!”)
~ Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites, Elotes … what do you call it? Everyone seems to have very specific rules on the usage of those terms. All I know is that I call this salad from In Johnna’s Kitchen, “AMAZING!”)
~ Margarita Cupcakes (I’ve never been big on cupcakes before … until NOW! These are heavenly creations from In Johnna’s Kitchen.)
~ The Only Margarita Recipe You’ll Ever Need (Need I say more? Well, you know me … I just have to! There’s one surprise ingredient that Sarah of Celiac in the City says makes these classic margaritas very smooth. I like smooth in so many things, just not men. LOL)
~ Jalapeno Margaritas (As Kristina of Spabettie says: this is “everyone’s favorite summer cocktail with a spicy kick! naturally sweetened, this no-mixer margarita will be your summertime staple!” I say try one right now to “warm up” before summer arrives!)
~ Spicy Hot Chocolate (Here’s another way to warm up—one I love! This recipe comes from Valerie of City | Life | Eats.)
~ Super Quick and Easy Mexican Rice (Even rice lovers need a new version to spice things up from time to time and this version from In Johnna’s Kitchen makes a fabulous side dish, especially for a Mexican-themed meal!)
~ Taco Shell Salad (Did you know you can make your own Taco Shell Salad using a gluten-free tortilla? Carol Fenster tells you how here. Carol uses a fluted tortilla shell pan, also known by some as a taco salad mold. You can probably find one at a local store, but you can also order them online. I love this idea as well as Carol’s recommendations on which ready-made gluten-free tortillas worked best!)
~ Tres Leche Cake (Jeanne of Art of Gluten-Free Baking first made this recipe for a Cinco de Mayo potluck and reported that everyone had at least two pieces—wow! Luckily, as Jeanne noted, the recipe makes a 9 x 13 sheet cake.)
~ The Tot-Tada–A Waffled Tater Tots Tostada (if you have or can get tater tots, you should definitely give this recipe a go!)
Buen precho! Salud!
Originally published May 3, 2016 ; updated May 3, 2021.