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Let’s be honest: Cinco de Mayo is basically just an excuse to get a bunch of friends together, eat a lot of cheesy Tex-Mex food and down some margaritas. Whether you’re looking to get your nachos, tacos or cheesy dip on (or all of the above), we rounded up a bunch of speedy recipes to get this fiesta started. 

RELATED: 17 Cinco de Mayo Drinks That Are Easy to Make at Home (and Aren’t All Margaritas)

The Minimalist Kitchen

Chicken Tinga Tacos

The secret, flavorful ingredient? Chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce.

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Spicy Turkey Enchiladas with Pumpkin Seeds

Sub in rotisserie chicken if you can’t find turkey.

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Butter-Baked Cucumber Tostadas

Our new favorite way to cook cukes = roasting.

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The Best Guacamole in the History of Ever

There’s one thing in this universe that’s definite: Our love for guac.

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Crispy Baked Fish Tacos

Tip: To shortcut these, swap in frozen fish sticks.

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Breakfast Nachos

It’s totally OK to kick off the fiesta early.

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Mexican Street Corn Dip

Cool if we fall in face-first?

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Half Baked Harvest

Salmon Fajita Salad Boats

How to fit in a little dose of healthy.

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Baking Sheet Quesadillas

Why make individual servings when you can make one enormous one?

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell
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Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

Go wild with the fixings.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Blue Cheese Crema

You won’t even miss the meat.

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Huevos Rancheros

The best way to start your day.

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Cauliflower Tortillas

There’s no need to break your diet.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Put your Crock-Pot to work.

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Minimalist Baker

Mexican Green Chili Veggie Burgers

Pair with your favorite Mexican beer.

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Beef Empanadas

Finger food = the best food.

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Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Close your eyes and you’re on a tropical vacation.

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Mini Nachos

Finally, the proper topping-to-chip ratio.

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RELATED: 8 Ways to Do Nachos Without Tortilla Chips

Damn Delicious

Slow-Cooker Corn and Jalapeno Dip

So good, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon (we give you permission).

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Foodie Crush

5-Ingredient Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

Psst: In Mexico these are known as flautas.

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Flank Steak Tacos with Cucumber Salsa

The easiest way to cook steak at home.

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What's Gabby Cooking

Carnitas Mexican Pizza

This totally counts as a personal-size pizza, right? …Right?

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Dessert for Two

Shortcut Tres Leches Cakes

Don’t forget dessert.

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