a platter of margaritas, tacos, enchiladas, and corn

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

What’s Cinco De Mayo without margaritas, beef, and beans? It all tastes great, but gas sufferers know that there’s likely a price to pay for all that partying. Whether you’re celebrating at the local cantina or hosting the party, here’s how to beat the bloat.

Authentic versus ersatz

Think twice if you’re heading to a local franchise of some “Mexican” restaurant chain. Like St. Patrick’s Day (which is likely spent at church in Ireland), this holiday is most often celebrated with drink specials and Americanized versions of traditional foods.

We’re not going to judge if you order a pitcher of margaritas, but consider the holiday’s origins and go to a parade before you head out to happy hour. At the very least, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful spring day and squeeze in a walk before indulging.

We’ve found some great alternatives to sugar-laden margarita mixes and heavy, greasy bar food. You’ll have a great time, and your tummy will thank you for finding healthier options.



This signature Cinco de Mayo drink is usually made from a sweet mix. These recipes call for fresh ingredients and contain little sugar.
Martha Stewart’s Guava Margarita

Chowhound’s Red Chile–Guava Margarita

More options


Food and Wine’s Chiles Rellenos with Tomato-and-Avocado Salsa

Two Peas in Their Pod Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad 

Will Cook For Smiles Amazing Guacamole Recipe

Food and Wine’s Chipotle Shrimp Tostadas

Main Dishes

Lauren’s Latest Turkey Taquitos

Food and Wine’s Fish Tacos

Half-Baked Harvest’s Chipotle-Sweet Potato Tacos

Want More Choices?

You probably realize that it’s easier to make wiser food and drink choices if you make healthier lifestyle choices. Avoid the temptation to order a bottomless margarita; host your own celebration. If you’re heading to a restaurant or bar, download the My FitnessPal app and use its handy ‘food finder’ feature to check ingredients and nutritional info.

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