If you’re here looking for gluten free Cinco de Mayo recipes, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got 18 incredibly delicious gluten free recipes here to help you celebrate the holiday or anytime you’re craving a Mexican spin for dinner or dessert!
Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite food holidays. I mean, it’s really all about the food, right?
Then again, I do tend to think of my year in terms of food holidays. After Thanksgiving, Christmas & Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter & Passover … next up is Cinco de Mayo and all thoughts turn to Mexican food and margaritas!
Many of us in the Northern Hemisphere think that Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is Mexican Independence Day (like Americans celebrate July 4), but it’s not.
The day actually commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over Napoleon III’s French forces on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Mexican Independence Day is September 16, in case you needed to know.
But don’t let that stop you from enjoying this sensational roundup of gluten free Cinco de Mayo recipes! Everything from dessert to dinner (most important first, right?), homemade gluten free flour tortillas to margarita cheesecake — I’ve got you covered!
If you’re looking for safe and tasty gluten free beers to add to the festivities, check out my gluten free Beer Tasting Notes. If you want to know why tequila IS gluten free, and what other safe gluten free libations you have to choose from, hop to my article on Gluten Free Beer, Alcohol and Wine.
And don’t forget I’ve got over 470 free, printable gluten free recipes for you here at gfJules.com. Just use the search bar at the top of the page!
Gluten free breads, breakfasts, main dishes, sides, seasonal recipes, soups … anything you’re searching for is probably here!
Like this easy recipe for light & airy Gluten Free Churros! Bet you didn’t think you could make those at home, did you?
I’ve also written tons of articles on living gluten free and baking successfully, and of course you can find the best gluten free products all here at gfJules.com.
That’s why gfJules.com has been voted the #1 Gluten Free Blog again this year! It’s all here for you to discover and use!
Cheers & happy baking!
Cinco de Mayo
Make this year's Gluten Free Cinco de Mayo the most flavorful yet with so many delicious gluten free recipes to choose from!
Gluten Free Vegan Tres Leches Cake Recipe
Tres Leches Cake is served all over the world using different accent ingredients which range from rum to caramel, but always using three milks (hence the name!). My gluten free vegan Tres Leches Cake recipe breaks the traditional mold, but does so deliciously!
Easy Gluten Free Flour Tortilla Recipe
“I need a great gluten free flour tortilla recipe!” is a request I hear nearly every week, so I’m happy to share with all my readers my easy, inexpensive, guaranteed to please, 4-ingredient gluten free flour tortilla recipe!
Quick Gluten Free Quesadilla Recipe
Sometimes you need a fast lunch or dinner option without a lot of fuss — this quick gluten free quesadilla recipe is my family’s go-to. My kids would probably like it if I made this recipe every night, as it has all their favorite Mexican flavors: cheese, salsa, black beans … what’s not to like? I even use vegan cheese when I make these quesadillas and I get no complaints (even from my kids’ friends!).
Gluten Free Margarita Cheesecake
For Cinco de Mayo or for anytime you’re craving something cool and creamy, this gluten free Margarita Cheesecake is the fix! Seriously, it’s one of the most melt-in-your-mouth desserts I’ve ever made, and the tang from the lime and tequila makes it unmistakably margarita.
Gluten Free Pizza, Mexican Style!
Seriously, how good does this gluten free pizza Mexican style look? Loaded with all the yummy ingredients you’d find at a Cinco de Mayo party — beans, salsa, avocado, peppers — this gluten free pizza has become one of my kids’ absolute favorites. They’ve always loved tacos, and they clamor for homemade gluten free pizza anytime—so it was a natural fit! Since we combined these two favorite dishes, they no longer have to pick which they’re craving most! Gluten Free Pizza Mexican Style!
Gluten Free Tamales Recipe
Gluten free tamales are a fun treat at Cinco de Mayo, but once you get the hang of them (they’re really quite easy to make!), you’ll want to serve them year-round! Fill with your favorite meat fillings, or follow my vegan recipe using refried black beans, homemade Mole sauce and homemade guacamole — treat them like a sandwich or fill with leftovers.
Gluten Free Mole Sauce Recipe
This yummy gluten free Mole sauce will spice up any main course or side dish needing a little pick-me-up, although it’s traditionally served with Mexican dishes.
Mole sauce recipes vary, as they have a long history in Aztec cooking. What we know of moles today is that they require somewhat bizarre combinations of ingredients that work together to produce the amazingly flavorful results that make these sauces so famous.
Homemade Guacamole Recipe
Homemade guacamole is super easy to make and will knock the socks off any store-bought guac. Oh, and it’s naturally gluten free!
Choose Haas avocados, the best for guacamole and typically available year-round in grocery stores. Dark purple or black when ripe, avocados should be firm (not hard) and yield to gentle pressure when squeezed lightly (not squishy!).
Grilled Veggie Tacos
I’ve been on a taco kick lately. We made gluten free beer-battered fish tacos for St. Paddy’s Day, and now grilled veggie tacos for this week’s recipe newsletter. The common theme here obviously isn’t the fillings, but the homemade gluten free tortillas that lovingly wrap them all together.
Gluten Free Fried Fish Tacos
Searching for a delicious gluten free batter fried fish taco recipe? Pull up a chair.
I’ve found that fish lovers are in one of two camps (pun intended!), when it comes to fish tacos: they love ‘em, or they’ve never tried ‘em. I’ve experimented with many different recipes for this fresh favorite, and this recipe is by far my favorite. Feel free to grill the fish instead, but if you want the taste of a traditional, lightly batter-fried fish taco, read on!
Gluten Free Potato Skins
Talk about an easy party app or even dinner! Add black beans, refried beans, salsa, guac or just avocado -- a Mexican spin on this classic well-loved dish is just what you need for Cinco de Mayo!
Chilled Mexican Pea or Lentil Salad
This Chilled Mexican Pea or Lentil Salad recipe is the perfect party fare! Of course feel free to serve it warm, but it's delish for an outdoor picnic or BBQ when chilled. Spice it up or leave it mild -- it's your dish!
Gluten Free Pecan Snowball Cookies
Gluten Free Pecan Snowball Cookies, sometimes called “Mexican Wedding Cookies,” are delightful balls of crumbly, nutty, powdery yumminess, and are a traditional favorite you shouldn’t have to miss just because you’re eating gluten free. I love these so much that I baked these for my own wedding, but don’t wait for such an auspicious occasion to try this recipe — it’s super easy and loved by all!
Chocolate Cookies (aka Zing Cookies)
Just before Christmas a friend brought over some delicious gluten free chocolate cookies she’d made with my gfJules Flour. I loved the unusual flavor and begged for the recipe. She couldn’t remember where she had first seen this recipe, or what it was called, but it had a distinctly Mexican flare ....
Gluten Free Veggie Burritos and Guacamole Dressing
If you’re doing meatless Mondays, Lenten meatless Fridays or otherwise looking for more vegetarian meal options, these gluten free veggie burritos should be on your short list. They’re easy to make with whatever vegetables you like or have on hand, and a big batch makes great next day lunches or delicious leftover nights.
Tostones (Fried Plantains)
I’ve enjoyed fried plantains so many ways and with so many accompaniments, but I sometimes forget how easy they are to add to any meal.
Apple Butter & Sriracha Marinade
School’s almost out, the days are growing longer, and the call of the grill on a warm evening seems louder than ever. Just to be outside cooking is a thrill, but the flavors from the smoke and flame go hand-in-hand with my idea of the perfect gluten free summer meal. For my first grilling recipe of the summer, I’ve paired the surprising tastes of two of my favorite but polar opposite cooking sauces (that also happen to be naturally gluten free): sweet apple butter and spicy Sriracha — this apple butter and sriracha marinade is something special!
Gluten Free Churros Recipe
Gluten Free Churros are light, airy fried doughnuts piped into a long line or a curvy or spiraled shape rolled in sugar or dipped in melted chocolate. Sounds pretty dreamy, doesn't it? Lucky for you, this recipe makes it easy!
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