Ay, Chihuahua! 9 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Your Dog

Posted by Erin Ballinger

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory over Napoleon III’s French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The holiday has become widely popular in the United States, where revelers imbibe tequila shots and margaritas, nosh on tacos and smash treat-filled piñatas. Hoping to celebrate at home this year with your four-legged amigo? Check out these muy fun activities, themed dog toys and festive gear for Fido!

Things To Do

"Yo quiero tacos!" Photo by @ozziedoodles

1. Cook Up Some Dog Tacos

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday in 2020, so why not celebrate Taco Tuesday at home? Set up a taco bar for the family with yummy taco fillings, toppings and salsas. Group all of the pup-friendly ingredients together or mark them with a cute sticker or card.

Use flour or corn tortillas (which are okay for Fido to eat occasionally) as your base. Fill the tacos with low-fat ground beef, turkey or chicken - just don’t go crazy with the seasonings. Other pooch-friendly proteins include grilled chicken, lean steak, eggs, bacon, shrimp and cod. You can also include veggies like lettuce, cabbage, sweet potatoes and cilantro, and other toppings like cheese and plain Greek yogurt. Keep Fido away from the guacamole and salsa. These contain avocados, tomatoes, onion, garlic and spicy peppers, which are toxic for dogs.

“Wastin’ away again in Bark-aritaville …”Photo by @rambothepuppy

2. Make “Bark-aritas”

This simple “Bark-aritas” recipe will help your pooch wash down his tacos with a refreshing frozen concoction. It's non-alcoholic and doesn’t include limes, which are too acidic for Fido’s tummy.


  • Chicken broth
  • Ice cubes
  • Cucumber slices

Add chicken broth and ice cubes into a blender and blend until smooth. You can also make this “on the rocks” by placing ice cubes into the chicken broth. Serve immediately in a dog bowl or a paper cup garnished with a slice of cucumber.

This will be a big hit at your fiesta.Photo by BringFido

3. Fill a Piñata With Treats for Your Pup

Everyone loves a piñata at a Cinco de Mayo party. Purchase a bone-shaped one and fill it with dog treats and toys. Even though Fido can’t take a whack at it himself, he’ll reap the rewards once it’s cracked open.

Dress Up Fido for the Fiesta

Dos amigos! Photo by @twojerseydoods

4. Mexican Serape Dog Costume

Your party animal will feel festive at any Cinco de Mayo function wearing this serape and sombrero. The Skeleteen Mexican Serape Dog Costume is $10.99 on Amazon.

“I’d hit that ... piñata.”Photo by Chewy

5. Pawmigo Leash and Pawmigo Harness

Your pup will look muy caliente in the Pawmigo Taco Tuesday harness and leash, which features most of the ingredients for a great Cinco de Mayo party. Your dog can don piñatas, margaritas, sombreros, tacos, chili peppers, and guacamole and chips with this stylish duo. The Pawmigo Taco Tuesday Leash and Pawmigo Taco Tuesday Reversible Dog Harness are $24 and $32 respectively on Chewy.

"You guac my world."Photo by @minnierescuechiweenie

6. Fab Dog Taco Tuesday Shirt

Let Fido show his love for everyone’s favorite Mexican treat with this adorable dog t-shirt. The Fab Dog Taco Tuesday Dog & Cat T-Shirt is $30 on Amazon.

Give Your Pup a Toy to Taco 'Bout

"I love dis taco in queso you didn’t know." Photo by @ellie_shihtzu

7. ZippyPaws NomNomz Taco Dog Toy

It’s okay if Fido wants to play with his food. Your dog can celebrate Cinco de Mayo all year with this soft and squeaky toy shaped like a taco. ZippyPaws NomNomz Taco Dog Toy is $10.99 on Amazon.

"You promised me dog beer."Photo by @dogswithstuffedanimals

8. Grrrona Dog Toy

Get the “pawty” started with this festive toy shaped like a Mexican cerveza. The Grrrona Plush Dog Toy With Squeaker from Haute Diggity Dog is $12.99 on Amazon.

"It’s 5 o’Bark somewhere."Photo by @buttercupchicagopup

9. Margarita Plush Toy

Turn your dog’s Cinco de Mayo playtime into yappy hour with this durable plush toy that looks like a tasty cactus-stemmed margarita. Fido will love the squeaker inside, too! Lulubelles Margarita Loco Plush Dog Toy is $14.99 on Amazon.

How will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your perro? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

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