Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexican Independence Day, but it’s still a good excuse to party. Established to celebrate the Mexican army’s defeat of France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, the holiday is actually more popular in the U.S. than in its country of origin.
Cinco de Mayo falls annually on May 5, per its translation. Many eating and drinking establishments honor the occasion by offering Cinco de Mayo specials, including restaurant coupons and festive freebies.
Score restaurant deals — including free food — by taking advantage of these great Cinco de Mayo deals.
Cinco de Mayo Specials on Food and Drinks
It’s not too hard to find food deals on Cinco de Mayo, especially at Mexican-themed restaurants. Plan your eating and drinking for the day around these Cinco de Mayo specials:
- Abuelo’s: Sign up for Mi Abuelo’s Rewards to start earning one point for every dollar spent. You’ll also get a special offer just for joining the club.
- Avocados From Mexico: Check out special Cinco de Mayo avocado recipes and download a free recipe e-book by signing up for emails.
- Baja Fresh: Join the Club Baja mailing list and get a free taco just for signing up. The freebies don’t stop there, as you’ll also get a special treat on your birthday.
- Chevy’s Fresh Mex: Sign up for the eClub to get a free appetizer with two adult entrées.
- Chili’s: Sip on $5 drinks, such as the world-famous Presidente Margarita, specially priced at $5 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
- Chipotle: Start racking up points with Chipotle Rewards — you’ll have a free entrée before you know it.
- Chuy’s: Enjoy three days of Cinco de Mayo deals at Chuy’s, running from May 3-5. Check your favorite location’s Facebook page for information on drink specials and parties.
- Del Taco: Get two free Del Tacos or grilled chicken tacos by joining the Raving Fan eClub. You’ll also get a premium shake on your birthday.
- Don Pablos: Sign up for the Habaneros Club and get a free order of nachos just for joining.
- Dos Caminos: Cinco de Mayo deals will be in abundance May 4 and 5 at Dos Caminos. Enjoy live entertainment, giveaways, brunch specials and more.
- El Pollo Loco: Download the El Pollo Loco app and join Loco Rewards to get a free Original Pollo Bowl with any regular-priced food or beverage purchase. You’ll also start earning points for every $1 you spend that you can cash in to get free food.
- El Torito: Join the El Torito eClub and you’ll get a free appetizer with two adult entrées.
- Freebirds World Burrito: Download the Freebirds app and get a regular order of chips and choice of dip with the purchase of an entrée. You’ll also earn one point for every $1 spent.
- Mad Mex: Doors open at 9 a.m. for breakfast burritos, “eggchiladas” and cornbread. Stick around for all-day drink specials, including $1 off Mexican bottles and cans, as well as 22-ounce Dos Equis drafts for $5. Stop by the Pennsylvania-based chain to enjoy live music and enter to win Free Mex for a Year.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill: Register for the Moe Rewards program to receive a free cup of queso, just for signing up. You’ll also get a free burrito on your birthday.
- On the Border: Enjoy $5 Cinco Ritas, special tequila shots and live music at select locations. Sign up for the Club Cantina rewards program to get free queso.
- Pappasito’s Cantina: Dine on fajitas and margaritas all day on Cinco de Mayo. Order a Reserva Rita and get a commemorative keepsake glass exclusive to the holiday, while supplies last. Additionally, sign up for the e-club for your chance to be one of five people to win $100 in Pappas gift cards in honor of Cinco de Mayo.
- Red Pepper Taqueria: Take advantage of drink specials at the regional Mexican chain, including discounted shots and margaritas.
- Rubio’s: Get a free taco when you sign up for the Beach Club.
- Salsarita’s Fresh Mexican Grill: Take home a Fiesta Pack for the week of Cinco de Mayo and get $5 off your purchase. Sign up for Salsarita’s Rewards to receive a free combo upgrade and a free entrée on your birthday.
- Taco Bell: Earn one point for every $1 spent when you download the Taco Bell rewards app.
- Taco Bueno: Join the Buenoheads club to start receiving exclusive offers. You’ll also get a birthday surprise in your inbox.
- Taco Cabana: Sign up for the email list and get a free small quesadilla for joining.
- Taco John’s: Join the rewards club and a free combo is all yours after eight purchases.
- Tijuana Flats: Become a Flathead and get free chips and dip just for joining.
- Tio Juan’s Margaritas: Specific offers vary by location, but New England events at least include the chance to win a trip to Mexico.
- Qdoba: Earn points for every dollar you spend when you join the Qdoba rewards program.
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