Cinco de Mayo on a Budget

Cinco de Mayo is one of my absolute FAVORITE days to eat. There are just so many delicious options, from tacos to carne asada to rice and beans….and don’t forget the margaritas. But what is really important to my family is having delicious meals that fit within our budget. So that’s why I’m sharing with you how we celebrate Cinco de Mayo on a budget.

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For me, Mexican food is all about the guacamole. And since I always love to spice things up a bit, I love making this mango guacamole for Cinco de Mayo….and honestly, any other beautiful day when I just want to enjoy a margarita and some fresh snacks on the patio with my boys. Here is my popular, crowd pleasing guacamole recipe that comes in under $8! Oh, and if you want to learn how to ripen a rock hard avocado, be sure to tune in to my “life hacks” segment on the WGN Morning News this month. I will post the date and time on my social media page soon!

Mango Guacamole


-2 large avocados

-2 limes

-1 bunch cilantro

-1/2 cup diced pepper

-1/4 cup diced red onion

-1/2 cup mango

-1 minced jalapeno (seeds taken out if you prefer mild guacamole)

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In a large bowl, smash avocado and combine with lime juice and salt and pepper. Slowly add in the jalapeno, tasting as you go. Slowly fold in all other ingredients and finish with another splash of lime juice, salt, and pepper.


Queso Fundido is my absolute FAVORITE Mexican dish because of the spice and flavors. It might not be the healthiest dish in the world, but I promise you it is the yummiest. You can serve it as an appetizer or as an entrée for only $12!  I also love adding a dollup of the mango guacamole on the queso fundido for the sweet and salty flavor combo.

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Queso Fundido


-8 oz pork chorizo

-1 cup diced pepper

-1 cup diced onion

-2 cups of your favorite Mexican cheese (mine is Chihuahua cheese because of the beautiful way it melts)

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Brown chorizo and break it down into small chunks over the stove for about five minutes. Add onions and peppers to the chorizo and let them soften. Slowly add cheese to the mixture, letting it melt. Spoon queso fundido into either one large or individual baking dishes. Pop into the broiler for about two minutes until the cheese is bubbling. Serve with tortillas or chips, as well as a wedge of lime.


What are your favorite Mexican recipes? I’d love to add some new dishes to our repertoire.


And don’t forget, no Cinco de Mayo feast is complete without sangria or margarita…or some mocktails!




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  1. Jeanine says

    Oh my goodness. This looks so great that second one looks really delicious! I’ve never really done anything for cinco de mayo, but I’d love to!

  2. Brandy says

    OH how fun, while I don’t celebrate this I do know others who do so I am sharing this with them so they can have a blast without spending too much cash!

  3. Jeanette says

    I forget that today is actually Cinco de Mayo. We had Mexican food couple nights ago you should’ve done it today. Maybe we will I like a lot of these recipes that you have here.

  4. Bonnie @wemake7 says

    That looks really good. I will have to try to make these. They look like really great dishes.

  5. Heather says

    I love guacamole and queso fundido (and with a hubs and four stepkids, it’s always nice to save on the wallet, too). Thanks for the recipes!

  6. Terri Beavers says

    Oh yummy, I’ve been trying to decide what to fix for Cinco de Mayo. I’ll have to try your recipes as I always cook on a budget so I get more for my bucks.

  7. Jenn says

    Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious at any budget. I’m book marking this blog post to try out. I bet my family will really enjoy it.

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