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May brings the start of backyard barbecue and picnic season, Mother’s Day brunches and graduation parties, but before we get to celebrate any of those, we will be enjoying the fun festivities and delicious food of Cinco de Mayo.
All the local Mexican restaurants will be running tasty specials on tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more. But what if you just want a quiet night at home? Well, you can have a delicious celebration thanks to some Crock Pot inspiration.
These 42 Crock-Pot Recipes for Cinco de Mayo were made for a festive, tasty May 5!
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What Is Cinco de Mayo?
May 5 is observed as a holiday to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over the French. In Mexico, the day is mostly ceremonial with military parades and battle reenactments. Here in the United States, it is more of a day of parties and great food. People flood restaurants for their favorite tacos and a tall margarita. But this year, you can enjoy those Mexican foods we all love so much in your very own kitchen. Since May 5 is a Friday this year, our slow cookers can help us make celebrating at home extra easy.
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When Is Cinco de Mayo?
This year, May 5 lands on a Friday, so you know Mexican restaurants and bars are going to be jumping all weekend long. Yet, another great reason to move the party into your own kitchen is with a few of these slow cooker creations.
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Cinco de Mayo Party Food
This collection is full of your family’s favorite Mexican meals like tacos, enchiladas, carne asada, burrito bowls, delicious slow cooker soups and casseroles.
And if you love sizzling hot fajitas tableside at a restaurant, now you can make them at home in your Crock Pot any time the craving strikes.
You can make also make salsa in your slow cooker. Or, if a party dip is more what you’re looking for, there are plenty of those, too. From spicy beef queso to white blanco queso, there are so many party-worthy foods here.
Here’s a great party tip: have a big pot of barbacoa beef warming all night long, put out a huge toppings bar and let everyone serve themselves, customizing their own burrito bowl!
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If you want to enjoy Cinco de Mayo but avoid big crowds, these 42 Mexican Crock Pot Recipes are sure to please your palate and your wallet. Grab some tortilla chips and scroll through the photos to dig into some of the best restaurant-quality Mexican food around.
Crock Pot Cinco De Mayo Recipes
You only need three ingredients for some of the best chicken your tacos have ever seen.
It’s like a tasty chicken enchilada you can eat with a spoon.
Just like the restaurant, but prepared in the slow cooker for even easier results.
This would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo in the Midwest, where it can still be chilly on May 5!
A fun way to let everyone get in on the meal.
Velveeta cheese, cream cheese, Rotel and sausage make this dip one of a kind.
If you can dump, stir and set, you can make this soup.
The ultimate party dip—everyone will be going back over and over for more.
No need to order take-out when you can enjoy this classic Chipotle recipe at home.
A simple yet flavorful soup you can top any way you wish.
Everyone’s favorite appetizer is now brought home so easily.
Green chilies and tomatoes give chicken amazing flavor.
This dip can easily be turned into an entire meal with the right side dishes.
Making salsa to enjoy or can for later has never been easier.
Perfectly tender, juicy and flavorful carne asada every time.
Burrito bowls are great for a crowd because everyone can make their own.
A great “set-it-and-forget-it” recipe to feed a hungry bunch.
Just like you get on that sizzling hot skillet, but better!
This a fun, simple mash-up recipe the kids will love.
Cilantro and lime give chicken such amazing flavor.
These might remind you of walking tacos from the county fair.
The only problem your guests will have with this cheesy dip is when it is gone.
When it is Cinco de Mayo, but you’re craving pasta.
The only thing that makes a great casserole better is when you can make it in the slow cooker.
An economical way to enjoy all the great flavors of beef enchiladas.
If you love a good “wet burrito,” these will hit all the same notes.
The perfect side dish to any Mexican meal.
A copycat recipe of the beloved soup from Chick-fil-A!
If you’re watching your carbs, don’t worry about missing out on the fun!
Only six ingredients are needed for this easy family meal.
Taco meat, black beans, corn and more come together most deliciously.
A versatile recipe that can be used in tacos, burritos or even lettuce wraps.
A super simple recipe that can feed a big crowd all night long.
Beef chuck roast is cooked low and slow with tomatoes and fajita seasoning until it’s falling apart and delicious.
This flavorful soup works as a main dish or first course.
Throw everything in the slow cooker and it takes care of the rest.
The only way to feed tacos to a crowd!
Perfectly crispy, but still tender and juicy too.
Serve this as is, or over rice for a complete meal.
A simple side dish for whatever meal you’re planning for Cinco de Mayo.
A hearty chili filled with flavor from lots of spices that is easy on the wallet too.
Use this creamy, warm, cheese as a dip or for the topping on some killer nachos.