Celebrating El Cinco de Mayo with the Crock-pot or Not: 17 Slow Cooker Ideas for Celebrating

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Slow Cooker Days

Cinco de Mayo with the Crock-pot

For this Slow Cooker Saturdays installment I thought I would highlight different uses of the Slow Cooker and other recipes that may inspire your Cinco de Mayo celebrations (**updated 4/13, 12/13, and 5/14 now with 21 crock-pot recipes).

The fifth of May.  El Cinco de Mayo.  What does that mean to you?  In the United States of America we sometimes think of big Mexican hats (sombreros) and nachos and celebrating Mexican pride.  Many people mistakenly think that El Cinco de Mayo is the day Mexicans celebrate their independence (which is actually 9/16).  As a matter of fact El Cinco de Mayo is the day that Mexicans commemorate their victory in a battle against the French in 1862 at Puebla.  In Mexico El Cinco de Mayo is called El Día de la Ballata de Puebla, translated to English as the Day of the Battle of Puebla.

Now onto some Mexican-inspired and party food.  I complied a list of recipes that may make your Cinco de Mayo Celebration smoother with 17 crock-pot recipes and a few other recipes without the crock-pot.

Here are some main dish ideas:

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker White Bean Chili


Black Bean Mexican Manicotti

Slow Cooked or Baked Mexican Lasagna

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Skinny Baked Taquitos

Crock-pot Can Can Chili

Nachos with Shredded Meat

Crock-pot Enchilada Casserole

Meal on-the-Go Super Burritos

Cilantro Lime Pesto and Black Bean Burrito with Cilantro

DIY Enchilada Sauce

Lime Avocado Black Bean Quinoa


Dairy-free Nacho Cheese

Easy Crock-pot Refried Beans


Buttered Crock-pot Corn on the Cob

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

Basic Crock-pot Rice

Crock-pot Mexican or Spanish Rice

Garlic Roasted in the Slow Cooker

crock-pot baked beans

Crock-pot (Sourdough) Bread

Guacamole with chips


garden fresh salsa

Cucumber Peach Salsa w/Cilantro

Crock Pot Salsa

Cilantro Lime Dressing


Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri Smoothie

Ellie's Lemon Lime Smoothie


Key Lime Pie Smoothie with Zest


What are you making for El Cinco de Mayo?

Have you tried any unusual crock-pot recipes?

12 Crazy Crock-pot Recipes

Go here for the complete list of recipes

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  1. says

    What a great selection of Mexican recipes! We have NO Mexican restaurants near us, so I am thankful to have this resource!

  2. says

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I am inspired to dig out my crock pot, perhaps both of them and make it easy on myself!! Mona

    • says

      HI Mona, I have a slight obsession with using my crock-pots and the biggest reason is because it plain makes life easier. I love to fix it and forget it! It makes me feel like I am at least on top of one thing in my life:) Thanks for visiting!

  3. says

    Wow! I definitely need to try these out! So far, I have only managed to do big roasts in the crockpot…I guess I need to be a bit more creative! ;-) Thanks for sharing, I’m definitely gonna save this one!

    • says

      Hi Mandy! I do so much in the crock-pot. That’s why I own 6 of them in 5 different sizes. Crock-pots really make life easier!! Thanks for visiting!

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