15+ Gluten-Free Ideas for Cinco de Mayo

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It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! Here are a few Cinco de Mayo recipes to kick off your Tex-Mex fiesta. We’ve got something for everyone!

Cinco de Mayo Recipes // One Lovely Life

I’m having serious issues with it being May THIS WEEK. For some reason, it’s blowing my mind that we’re almost into the FIFTH month of the year. Still, May has lots of fun things in store: Michael finishing the first year of his double MBA program, the start of the summer internship (yay!), the Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Cinco de Mayo!

There are a lot of things we love about living in the Southwest. One of them is access to LOTS of Tex-Mex foods. I don’t claim to have an authentic Mexican cooking bone in my body, but I sure love Tex-Mex. In case you need some inspiration for your Cinco de Mayo dinner next week, I thought I’d share a few favorites.

Gluten-Free Cinco De Mayo Recipes

homemade salsa in a white bowl next to tortilla chips

Homemade Salsa With Canned Tomatoes

This easy homemade salsa recipe is made with canned tomatoes, so you can quickly whip up a batch next time you get a chips and salsa craving!

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Tomatillo Ranch Dressing. Plated with sliced jalapeños and lime wedges.

(The Best) Fish Tacos with Honey Lime Cilantro Slaw

Our favorite fish tacos recipe! Perfectly cooked fish with a yummy cabbage slaw & tomatillo ranch. These are easy, fresh, and delicious. (Don’t miss the notes section for lots of tips on adding a little kick, different topping ideas, and more!) 

mexican street corn salad in a white bowl

Mexican Street Corn Salad (Esquites)

This Mexican Street Corn Salad is loaded with all the flavors of elote and esquites. You’ll love the fresh flavors of this salad–tangy crema dressing, cotija cheese, cilantro, chili and lime!

Overhead view of a bowl of Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice (Gluten-Free, Vegan-Friendly)

Instant Pot Cilantro Lime Rice – Restaurant style cilantro lime rice is easier than ever thanks to the pressure cooker! This method will give you fluffy, flavorful rice perfect as a side dish, tucked into burrito bowls, burritos, and more! 

Front view of Mexican rice served with refried beans

Mexican Restaurant Rice (Vegan-Friendly)

Mexican Restaurant Rice – Make your own Mexican rice at home, just like your favorite restaurant rice. Serve with beans as a side, use for burrito bowls & more!

Overhead view of a plate of slow cooker barbacoa beef tacos with salsa and avocado

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef – Tender slow-cooker barbacoa beef makes the most amazing tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, nachos, and more! (Gluten-Free)

Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowl with green rice (arroz verde), black beans, avocado, and more.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls

Chipotle Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls – Colorful burrito bowls loaded with seasoned roasted chipotle sweet potatoes, black beans, veggies, rice, and more. Add your favorite toppings to make them your own! (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

gluten-free chicken burrito bowl with rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole

Healthy Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

These Healthy Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls are a delicious protein-packed family dinner everyone loves! (Don’t miss all our favorite toppings to try below!)

Overhead view of homemade baked tortilla chips with salt, served with salsa & guacamole

Baked Tortilla Chips

It’s easy to make homemade baked tortilla chips in the oven! We love their salty, crispy crunch with salsa, guacamole & more.

Two bowls of Instant Pot Charro Beans on a white background

Instant Pot Charro Beans (Mexican Pinto Beans)

Instant Pot Charro Beans – These pressure cooker Mexican-style pinto beans are LOADED with flavor and perfect for all your Tex-Mex faves. (Gluten-Free + Easy!)

Front view of three honey lime chicken tacos with slaw on a white plate

Honey Lime Chicken Tacos (Gluten-Free)

Honey Lime Chicken Tacos – Our honey lime chicken marinade gives these chicken tacos delicious flavor you’ll fall in love with! (Gluten-Free)

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas from One Lovely Life

Easy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

This easy sheet pan meal is a family favorite! A flavorful seasoning mix + a rainbow of veggies make this sheet pan dinner delicious! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free) 

A tortilla chip dipped into a bowl of white cashew queso dip topped with chopped tomato and minced cilantro

Vegan Cashew Queso Recipe

This easy cashew queso is SO creamy, cheesy, and delicious, all without dairy! You’ll love it with chips, nachos, and more!

Overhead view of homemade guacamole with baked tortilla chips

Easy Homemade Guacamole

This simple guacamole recipe has all the classic flavor you love. Add some chips & you have an instant party!

adding toppings to cheesy bean dip

Cheesy Bean Dip

The BEST bean dip recipe around! These easy, cheesy bean dip is a perfect party appetizer or snack for game day.

Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas - Tender beef cooked in the crock pot! These make amazing tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, taco salads, and more! (gluten free, paleo friendly)

Slow Cooker Beef Carnitas

If your slow-cooker has a removable crock, you can prep this the night before. Follow all steps up until cooking and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, put the crock in the slow cooker, set it to low, and you’re ready to go!

Happy Cinco de Mayo-ing! What are you making this year? 


  1. These are so beautiful! Amazingly, they taste even better than they photograph – and that’s saying something!

  2. Love love love your recipes! I found your blog a year ago after stumbling upon your Mexican Stuffed Peppers recipe on Pinterest. Thank you so much for sharing delicious, simple, beautiful, and meatless recipes for the world to love!
    After finding your blog I expected to see more delicious food, which I did…but was completely shocked to find there was more to the site and read about a woman of faith juggling family life, marriage, and healthcare hurdles. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your struggles, joys, and being so vulnerable to such a unique community of readers. You are so inspiring!

    1. Margaret – I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciated your comment! You completely made my day. I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed what you’ve tried! Wishing you all my very best.

      xo, Emily

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