Happy Cinco de Mayo eve, 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 many “delicioso” recipes to choose from here. Over 20 of them. Almost 30 in fact, and that doesn’t count all the recipes included in the best gluten-free tortilla recipe roundup that I’ve included.
You may even be inspired to decorate 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 house. (By the way, be sure to check out Johnna’s highly praised (and rightly so!) cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners! You can read more about this wonderful cookbook from Johnna herself here.)
These are some of my favorite Mexican recipes—gluten-free Cinco de Mayo recipes—some from gfe and some from other talented blogging friends. I am happy, once again, to update this collection of recipes with even more festive deliciousness 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. Haha! 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 from gfe
~ Chicken Enchilada Casserole ~ gluten free, egg free, with dairy-free option
We enjoy this recipe all year long. It’s one of my very favorite ways to use leftover chicken or turkey.
~ Chocolate Tamales ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
If you enjoy tamales, don’t forget this divine dessert version!
~ Green Chile Chicken Casserole ~ gluten free, egg free
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 ~ gluten free, egg free
This casserole is nice and hearty, and yes, easy to put together.
~ Pantry Black Bean, Corn, and Salsa Soup ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, with vegetarian and vegan options
Just like the name says … so easy to pull the ingredients for this one out of your pantry, and it’s really good!
~ Sangria ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
This Sangria is my friend Tavie’s recipe … really, really good and pretty inexpensive to make, too.
~ Taco Popover Supper ~ gluten free
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 ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free
This recipe is terrific with chicken and chicken broth or made as vegetarian/vegan.
More Gluten-Free Cinco de Mayo Recipes from My Friends
~ 10-Minute Enchiladas ~ gluten free, egg free
The only thing that can make enchiladas better is getting them on the table in 10 minutes, right? Thank you, Flippin’ Delicious!
~ Cheesy Taco Casserole (Low Carb) ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free
“This Cheesy Low-Carb Taco Casserole has ground beef, onion, Ro-Tel tomatoes, cauliflower rice, taco seasoning, and of course lots of cheese. And this is a low-carb taco casserole recipe that’s a hit with almost everyone who tries it.”
~ Favorite Burrito Bowls ~ gluten free, egg free, with dairy-free option
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) ~ gluten free, egg free
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~ gluten free, egg free
You won’t believe how easy this tasty dish from my friend Linda Etherton (you may remember her as Gluten-Free Homemaker) is to make! (Linda’s site is no longer active but she has graciously allowed me to share some of her recipes here on gfe.)
~ Jalapeno Margaritas ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
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!
~ Jalapeno Popper Casserole ~ gluten free
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 ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, keto
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 ~ gluten free, vegetarian
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 ~ gluten free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
I’ve never been big on cupcakes before … until NOW! These cupcakes—with just a bit of tequila “infusion”—are heavenly creations from In Johnna’s Kitchen.
~ The Only Margarita Recipe You’ll Ever Need ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, vegetarian, vegan
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
~ Pork Carnitas from Everyday Gluten-Free Gourmet ~ gluten free
Cinde says: “Mexican Pork Carnitas are Mexico’s version of pulled pork. Perfectly seasoned pork that is folded into or piled onto corn tortillas and topped with chopped white onion, fresh cilantro, and lime wedges.”
~ Spicy Hot Chocolate ~ gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
Here’s another way to warm up—one that I love! This delicious recipe comes from Valerie of City | Life | Eats.
~ Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken ~ gluten free, grain free, egg free, sugar free, low carb
You need just a handful of ingredients to create this delicious and mouth-watering dish from Kalyn’s Kitchen!
~ Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas ~ gluten free (if you use gluten-free tortillas), dairy free, egg free, sugar free
If you’re a fan of sheet pan meals, this is a terrific one to add to your repertoire! You’ll find even more Cinco de Mayo recipes on Kalyn’s Kitchen.
~ Super Quick and Easy Mexican Rice ~gluten free, dairy free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian, vegan
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 ~ gluten free, egg free
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 ~ gluten free, vegetarian
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.
~ Tres Leches Cake ~ gluten free, vegetarian
Audrey. Mama Knows Gluten Free, describes her Tres Leches Cake: “Authentic homemade gluten-free Tres Leches Cake. A sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture and topped with fresh whipped cream and cinnamon. You are going to love this traditional Mexican gluten-free dessert!”
~ The Tot-Tada–A Waffled Tater Tots Tostada ~ gluten free, egg free, sugar free, vegetarian
If you have or can get tater tots, you should definitely give this recipe a go!
Buen precho! Salud!
p.s. If you need more dessert options for your festivities, check out my gluten-free Cinco de Mayo dessert recipes. There are even some last-minute options!
Originally published May 3, 2016; updated May 4, 2023.