3+ Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making these savory and sweet dishes with the kiddos!
Caroline Herman, Qeepsake Creator

It’s officially May, which means Cinco de Mayo will be here in just a few short days! This Mexican holiday is a time for celebration with family, friends, and of course, food. Cinco de Mayo with kids is a great opportunity to make some special family memories, and capture some funny cooking videos for your next Qeepsake journal entry.

If you’re wondering what recipes to make with the littles, look no further! We’ve gathered some tasty, family-friendly recipes the kiddos can easily pitch in on. The benefits of cooking with kids include keeping them busy and entertained, while you have some little helping hands in the kitchen. So read on for some recipes you can make together! 


These mini, dippable taquitos from The Cookie Rookie are easy to make, and the perfect bite-sized snack! With just six ingredients and ten minutes prep time, it’s hard to pass these up. Get the kids involved by having them mix the ingredients, or maybe have an assigned tortilla roller. Think of it like a kids activity table! 


  • Refried beans
  • Taco seasoning
  • Green chiles
  • Lots of cheese
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Tortillas
  1. Mix together the beans, chiles, seasoning, cheese, and cilantro in a medium sized bowl until fully combined.
  2. Heat 2-3 inches oil in a deep cast iron skillet or dutch oven until it reaches 350F.
  3. On a clean work surface, place 1 tablespoon of the bean mixture on the bottom middle of each tortilla and roll up as tightly as you can, securing with a toothpick.
  4. Fry in batches for 1-2 minutes, turning as they cook, until browned and crispy to your liking. 
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove from the oil and allow to cool slightly on a paper towel lined plate until you can remove the toothpicks.
  6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!


A white bowl containing guacamole. The bowl is on a tan cutting board, which has tomatoes, limes, and other produce sitting on it.

Guacamole is a must-have, and it’s surprisingly simple to make! Maybe your little one has yet to try guac, so make sure you have your camera ready to capture the moment. Who wouldn’t want their first ever guac tasting in their baby’s first year book? Even if they don’t typically enjoy their “greens”, this easy guacamole recipe from Isabel Eats might just win them over! 


  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced roma tomatoes (about 1 large roma tomato)
  • 1/4 cup diced white onions
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Start by cutting the avocados in half and removing the pit with a sharp knife. Then scoop out the fruit using a spoon and put it in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Next, mash the avocados using a fork, a potato masher, or a molcajete.
  3. Last, add in some chopped cilantro, tomatoes, onions, the juice of 1/2 a lime, salt and diced jalapeno peppers if you want it a little spicy. Mix it all together and it's ready to eat!

Taco Dip

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly taco recipe, we’ve got an even better solution: taco dip! This recipe from Spend with Pennies will only take about five minutes (really!), and then you can dig in immediately. Have the kids finish off this recipe by garnishing with all the toppings they desire, and snap a pic of them with that gorgeous final creation (it’ll look great in your next Qeepsake Book!). This is a great way to enjoy all the taco flavors in one easy mixture, and it’s easy to enjoy by dipping in tortilla chips (or veggies, for a slightly healthier option)! 


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or homemade taco seasoning


  • iceberg lettuce
  • shredded cheddar
  • diced tomatoes
  • jalapenos
  • sliced black olives
  • green onions or red onions
  1. Mix cream cheese with a hand mixer on medium until fluffy.
  2. Add sour cream and taco seasoning. Mix to combine.
  3. Spread into a dish (any size)
  4. Top with desired toppings and serve.

Fried Ice Cream

Yep, you read that right — FRIED ice cream. Of course, the list wouldn’t be complete without dessert! House of Yumm has a great fried ice cream recipe, and here’s the best part: it doesn’t require any actual frying. The kids will love this recipe, not only because it’s a delicious sweet treat, but because it’s very hands on! You can have them roll the frozen ice cream scoops in the cinnamon sugar mixture given below, and coat with the corn flakes (or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, if they prefer!).


  • 4 large scoops ice cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Fried Topping

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups corn flakes, crushed
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


  • Whipped Cream
  • Hot fudge sauce
  • Cherries
  1. Scoop the ice cream. Form the scoops into nice round ball shapes and place on a cookie sheet.
  2. Freeze the ice cream balls. This will help them hold their shape.
  3. Crush corn flakes or Cinnamon Toast cereal.
  4. Toast the cereal in a skillet with some butter and ground cinnamon.
  5. Remove the ice cream and roll in a cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Coat the ice cream with the toasted cereal.
  7. Top with chocolate, whipped cream and cherries!

Are you hungry yet? Cooking with the family is always a great bonding activity, and those kids cooking videos are priceless! You never know what will turn into a favorite childhood memory, so be sure to capture all those family holiday photos and preserve them with Qeepsake. Feliz Cinco de Mayo!


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