Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife
Even the pickiest of eaters will love these easy to prepare Mexican dishes which are perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos


  • One boneless beef roast
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 2 beef bullion cubes
  • Garlic powder
  • Water


  1. Brown roast on all sides then place in crock pot.
  2. Add a jar of salsa, 2 bullion cubes crushed, garlic powder to your liking, and enough water so the roast is almost covered.
  3. Cook on low for about 8 hours. Take the roast out and shred the beef with a fork.
  4. We serve our shredded beef on a tortilla with black beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

I love this meal because you can have everything prepared in advance, it is great when company comes or when you have a busy evening.

Shredded Beef Tacos - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife

Easy Guacamole


  • One avocado, that is slightly soft to the touch
  • Salsa
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt


  1. Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the insides. Mash in a bowl with a fork.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of salsa, a splash of lime juice, and a dash of salt.
  3. Serve immediately.

Beefy Bean Burritos


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can rotel tomatoes and chiles (drained)
  • Shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • Tortillas


  1. Brown turkey meat on the stove top.
  2. When meat is browned, add the tomatoes and chiles (you can also add a pack of taco seasoning if you desire).
  3. Cook for another minute or two and then add the can of beans. Cook until the beans are heated.
  4. Spread the beef and bean mixture on a tortilla, add a spoonful of enchilada sauce and some shredded cheese. Roll up the tortilla.
  5. Coat the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick spray and line the rolled tortillas in the dish.
  6. Cover all the tortillas with enchilada sauce and cheese.
  7. Bake covered for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Burritos - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teas baking powder
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup of warm water


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and butter in a medium bowl.
  2. Gradually add water and mix until a smooth dough is formed. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  3. Roll dough into one and one-half inch balls. Set on a plate and cover. Let rest for ten minutes.
  4. Flatten one ball at a time between two small plates and then roll into a six inch circle.
  5. The flatter you roll the dough the more it will resemble soft tacos, thicker dough is more like a gordita.
  6. Place the tortillas on a griddle and cook over a medium heat until the tortillas turn white, then flip and repeat.


Tortillas - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife

Tortillas - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife

Tortillas - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife

Tortillas - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife

Tortillas - Cinco de Mayo Recipes at The Happy Housewife

You can even make these for dessert. Just follow the recipe above and when the tortillas are right off the griddle, butter them and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Delish!

To answer some of the questions in the comments section:

I use a 16 ounce jar of salsa, you can substitute beef broth for the bullion, and I have not tried substituting margarine for butter in the tortillas. If you try it let me know how it turns out.

This post is linking to Grocery Cart Challenge, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, and Tasty Tuesday.


  1. I’ve always wanted to make homemade tortillas, but thought it was too hard. Thanks for making it look easy and for sharing great recipes!

  2. Yummy!! That looks great

  3. Kathryn says:

    How big a jar of salsa do you use?

  4. Yum! Everything looks so good. Is there something you can substitute for the boullion cubes? I can’t take MSG. but would love to try this recipe. Thanks for posting.

  5. O.k., the crockpot shredded tacos is a great idea, always looking for ways to use that crock pot that sits in my cellar. I do use it more in the winter with soup and stews. I will be trying this, thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh this looks delicious! I love Mexican food!

  7. Ohhhhh, I’m so excited….I’ve been paying $4.00 for about 24 of them at the Farmer’s Market. I love fresh tortillas!!! I saw a tortilla press for $5 at the spanish supermarket…hmmmm, I might go get it….THANKS!!!

  8. I love mexican food! Quick question about the tortillas…do you have to use real butter or will margarine do? I know it matters sometimes.



  9. Fabulous recipe! I can’t wait to try the tortillas. I have all of the ingredients in my kitchen all the time. Much more efficient than going to the store and buying premade tortillas. Homemade always tastes better!

  10. Ohmy goodness. I have never heard of anyone attempting to make their own tortillas. I might just have to take this challenge!!!

  11. Your tortillas come out rounder than mine ever did. Everything looks so delicious!

  12. Thanks for the shredded beef taco recipe, I’ve been dying to know how you made it. Sounds great!

  13. shredded beef tacos look awesome!! thnx for a quick and easy recipe!!

  14. It’s only 9:30 am here but I am sooo ready for lunch! YUM! I want to make my own to tortillas so badly, but the way we can down the tacos it seems I’d be in the kitchen all day! Thanks for making it look so easy…Guess I’ll be putting that on my menu for this week!

  15. Serenity says:

    The tacos look awesome! Can you use whole wheat flour for the tortillas? I use King Arthur’s white whole wheat flour for most things (except play doh 🙂 Thanks for the great ideas!

  16. Great recipes! Thanks for sharing the pics for tortillas… Can’t wait to try them.

  17. TheHappyHousewife says:

    Yes, you can use whole wheat flour. I would try using 1/2 white, 1/2 whole wheat and go from there.

  18. Tomorrow we’re having an employees’ potluck at work for Cinco de Mayo and I am bringing a big taco salad.
    I like tortillas, but I’ve never tried making them myself. I’ll have to try your recipe! My hubby isn’t a fan of Mexican food, but we both love veggie wraps with grilled eggplant and peppers, avocado spread, and fresh sprouts wrapped up in a tortilla. 🙂

  19. I want to try your Crockpot Shredded Beef Tacos! It’s right up my alley — only 5 ingredients and it’s a fix it and forget it meal! Sounds yummy!

  20. I love homemade tortillas, have you ever thought about investing in a tortilla press? You can buy one online for less than $10! Best purchase ever!

  21. Oh I am so excited!!! I have tried making tortilla’s and ended up messing up the whole thing…. these look SOOOO much easier than the recipe I had. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  22. Looks great!! So impressed with you making your tortillas. Thanks for the recipes!

  23. How many tortillas of what size does that recipe make?

  24. Yum! We love Mexican food! Thanks for sharing these recipes.


  25. oh i can’t wait to try these recipes.
    we had roast for dinner last night and i have been trying to think of something to make with the leftovers. thanks for sharing!

  26. Everything looks awesome! About how many tortillas will that recipe give you? Thanks for the idea!

  27. I’ve always wanted to make tortillas, but never have. You’ve given me the inspiration I needed. thanks!

  28. Great recipes! I love Mexican food. I’m going to try these soon!

  29. The shredded beef tacos would definitely be a hit in my home! Thanks for sharing.

  30. i have never made homemade tortillas. i can’t believe it… now I definitely will. 🙂

  31. Everything looks delicious! I am really wanting to try the tortillas though. They sound soo good!

  32. I made your tortillas lastnight and they were a HUGE HIT!! huge as in we will never buy from the store again. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  33. Love this recipe. Been looking for an easy tortilla recipe. I’ll be trying it! And I have some pork roast leftover from the other day, might try this for next month OAMC day.

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Thanks! We really like it and it is so much better than paying the high price for stale store tortillas.

  34. Yum! Everyone raved about the homemade tortillas! They were delicious!

  35. wonder if the tortillas would work with gluten free flour?

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