While the star of a Cinco de Mayo party is the margarita, the celebration wouldn’t be complete without a spread of bold and colourful dishes to pair those dangerously delicious drinks with.

Here are five tasty, sweet and savoury Mexican recipes for a successful fiesta on Thursday, May 5th.

Very Spicy Salsa
When it comes to classic party dishes, you can’t go wrong with a hefty platter of chips and salsa. And this aptly named “very spicy salsa” recipe, featured on You Gotta Eat Here!, is guaranteed to kick up the heat at your celebration!


Guacamole with Crispy Chips
Where there’s chips and salsa, there should also be an offering of guacamole. Try this super simple recipe by Daphne Brogdon and serve with these non-traditional —but incredibly delicious — chips. Can you guess what they are made out of?


Pinto Bean Salsa Salad
This colourful side dish features a medley of refreshing flavours — corn kernels, bell peppers, red onion, cherry tomatoes, avocado, pinto beans and fresh cilantro — then it’s tossed in a light, garlicky lime dressing before serving.


Tacos El Pastor
Pork slices are marinated in a spicy citrus blend of pineapple juice, orange juice, cilantro, chiles and chipotle in adobe sauce, then grilled to mouthwatering perfection. Top with a sweet and spicy habanero salsa and serve on warm corn tortillas. Just perfection.


Churros with Caramel Sauce
Anyone with a sweet tooth will absolutely love these deep-fried, cinnamon-sugar treats. The best part? They only take 15 minutes to make!

Wash down these eats with a refreshing cocktail! Here are 13 Cinco de Mayo cocktails to choose from.