Mexican Charcuterie Board is a cheese board filled with Mexican delights–dips, salsa, chips, salami and fresh vegetables! Perfect for Cindo de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Charcuterie Board

Happy almost-Cinco de Mayo, Friends! I know, it’s a few weeks away, but it’s fun to start planning now.

This is always one of my favorite times of the year to entertain – I love the bright colors, the margaritas (or beer), and especially the food.

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Mexican Charcuterie Board

This Cinco de Mayo Cheese Board is a twist on the standard favorite charcuterie board.

Easy Cinco de Mayo Mexican Charcuterie Board

How to create a Mexican themed cheese board

I take a Mexican cheese (queso fresco or cotjia cheese) and place it right in the center of the board. Then I build around it with all things snack-worthy that have to do with a Mexican theme. The texture of this cheese (creamy and soft) has a mild taste, so it fit great with the other stronger cheeses and toppings (if you choose to add in more cheese).

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Remember to season your board with bees wax or mineral oil if the board is not “food safe.”

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Charcuterie Board salsa

Salsas, fresh vegetables, plenty of guacamole.

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Charcuterie Board (with Fritos)

To make it festive, you can garnish the board with fresh cilantro.

Cinco de Mayo Mexican Charcuterie Board

Oh, and the board came from Pier 1. It’s gigantic, very heavy, and everyone loves it.

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Be warned, you have to have some muscles to carry this around. I usually have my husband carry it outside for me!

Taco Pie

If you’re looking for some other recipes to go with this wonderful appetizer board, how about taco pie? This family favorite starts by layering meat and beans, topped with cheese that is baked to an ooey gooey deliciousness.

Mom’s traditional Pedro’s Special Mexican Casserole (which is taco pie), is topped with corn chips (hand raised high, we love Fritos!), and is super easy to set out with your favorite toppings.

This Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad is loved by all, and of course Watermelon Salsa is always a big hit, especially this time of year.

Finally, bring out of the oven and serve hot (like an upside down cake) this MEXICAN FLAN CAKE (watch the video)!

Happy hosting! I hope this post brings inspiration for the weeks ahead for Cinco de Mayo, or any Mexican-themed party!

28-inch Charcuterie Board

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Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

How to season a Charcuterie Board

If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.

Follow along how to season a charcuterie board for the DETAILS, but we used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.


Here’s a 20-inch board with a lip that we found at Target, perfect for this size meal.

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Mexican Charcuterie Board

A Mexican Charcuterie Board is a great way to kick off Cinco de Mayo! Or anytime of year, enjoy this cheese board filled with Mexican delights, such as dips, salsa, chips, your favorite salami (a charcuterie has to have cured meats), and don’t forget the fresh vegetables!


  • Salsa
  • Olives
  • Corn salsa, Trader Joe’s
  • Pico de gallo
  • Cucumbers, sliced
  • Mini sweet peppers, halved
  • Avocados, cut in half
  • Cilantro
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Carrot sticks
  • Queso fresco or Cotjia cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salami, sliced (we buy DeLallo brand)
  • Chips, taco chips and Fritos


  • On a large platter, either lay down parchment paper or make sure the "board" is food safe. You can season with bees wax and mineral oil.
  • Set out small dishes and add the salsa, guacamole, sour cream, olives, and Pico de gallo.
  • Arrange the food items in rows around the small bowls.
  • Sprinkle in your favorite taco chips and serve!
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