Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! And that means food, drinks and celebration. This year why not plan on including some healthy Cinco de Mayo dishes (summer & swimsuits will be here soon — eek!). With this in mind I’ve put together a roundup of healthy, yet super yummy recipes from appetizer to main dish and side to drinks.

Healthy food doesn’t have to be bland food. Use whole food spices to add flavor and kick to your dishes for this year’s Cinco de Mayo festivities.

Appetizer – Best Dang Guacamole

First off we’ll start with the appetizer. Here’s a healthy and Whole 30 compliant guacamole recipe from Margaret of Young and Rungry. She uses fresh herbs and spices to make this citrusy, salty, and chunky dip. Check out her recipe for the Best Dang Guacamole.

Best Dang Guacamole

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A Full Menu of Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipes


Main Dish – Pork Carnitas

Here’s a recipe you can set and forget. This one comes from Gina of Skinnytaste. I love recipes like this that allow me time to get everything else ready. Let’s face it, getting dinner, let alone a whole Cinco de Mayo fiesta, together can be an undertaking, especially when you’re running from one thing to another. With this dish, you can do the prep work the night before then pop it into your Instant Pot when you’re ready. When it’s done, the Instant Pot will automatically go into warming mode to keep your pork carnitas nice and hot, not cold and dried out. All that’s left is to shred it and serve. See the Pork Carnitas recipe.

Pork Carnitas

Want to learn more about the all amazing Instant Pot? Check out my Two Must Have Kitchen Appliances – Instant Pot and Air Fryer post.

Instant Pot

For a sample of other Instant Pot recipes visit my Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipes You Must Try post.


Side Dish – Mexican Cauliflower Rice

I’ve been dying to try this Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice recipes from Richa of My Food Story. It’s Paleo, Keto and Vegan to boot! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. This is a perfect side dish for Cinco de Mayo and for year round. Check out her recipe for Mexican Cauliflower Recipe.

Low Carb Mexican Cauliflower Rice


Drink – Skinny Margarita

Last, but not least, a Cinco de Mayo drink. And one that clocks in at only 145 calories?? I’m in! Erin from Well Plated brings us this Skinny Margarita that’s light and refreshing while still being low in calories. So go ahead, have a margarita or two. Don’t worry, I won’t tell. Check out her recipe for this Skinny Margarita.

Skinny Margarita


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

And there you have it, mi amigos. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

If you end up having a weeee bit more food & drink than you planned on, go do an Emma and Rose workout or two.

Do you have a favorite recipe? Share it in the comments below. I’d love to know.

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