Cinco De Mayo with Crohn’s

Whether you are hosting a Cinco De Mayo party next weekend or invited to one, you want to make sure to have some “Crohn’s Friendly” dishes to enjoy yourself as well as share with others. Although Mexican food can present some spicy and challenging ingredients that you might worry about, there are also plenty of other options, such as gluten-free and diary-free meals that may suit your personal digestion needs. 


Roasted Garlic Guacamole 

Everyone loves chips and dip, and you simply can’t go wrong with bringing a bowl of Guac to share. If you don’t tolerate spice very well, try roasting some garlic and mixing it in with avocados for major flavor. This Roasted Garlic Guacamole recipe from Serious Eats has the right idea of packing a punch without any unwanted spiciness. Can’t tolerate garlic? You really can’t go wrong with just salt and pepper. 

Mango Salsa


The skins, seeds and acidity of tomatoes found in traditional salsa can be a bummer for some people with Crohn’s.  Mango salsa is a great alternative if you’re looking to avoid those little red fruit (or veggie?) buggers. I mean, who can ever really remember what tomatoes actually are?  US Supreme Court says they are a veggie…Social media says they are a fruit? Who knows. My guess is that your intestines don’t care,  they just don’t like them sometimes. So check out this Mango and Avocado Salsa from Martha Stewart 🙂 Leave out those Habanero chillies if they are not your friend.


Corn Tortillas are a great gluten-free option, but if you need a corn-free or less greasy option, try these Baked Sweet Potato Chips from the Minimalist Baker. They taste great with Guac or Salsa!


…..Or try out these Baked Zucchini Chips, from Table for Two. (Crohn’s Tip: Go ahead and peel and seed the zucchini before you bake them for easier digestion.)



Coconut Mango Smoothie

If alcohol or acidic citrus drinks are off limits for you, Cinco De May may seem to have limited options.  This Coconut Mango Smoothie from Genius Kitchen uses non-acid fruits and sure to hit the spot.



Slow Cooker Mango Salsa Chicken With Coconut Rice by Cooking Classy is simply delicious and full of flavor. Naturally gluten and dairy free, as well as slow cooked for easier digestion, this meal may work for many individuals with Crohn’s.  Leave out garnishes, such as the corn, black beans or cilantro if they don’t work for your diet, and allow others to add the ingredients and toppings that work for them. Lastly, the coconut rice seals the deal for making this an all around great meal.



From corn tortillas to chips, Mexican food is filled with corn recipes that can be a great gluten free option. If you don’t tolerate corn well, we are sorry.  Please skip this section 😦  But if you do tolerate corn, here are a few of our favorite Mexican-Corn options. 

Baked Corn Taquitos  by my Gluten-Free Kitchen are a great way to cut out grease and flour.  Keeping the ingredients simple and allowing individuals to once again choose their own toppings will make these finger foods fly off the table. Skip the cheese if you want to make these guys dairy free… They still taste great without it.


On the Sweet Side

Corn Tamales are a sweet treat that is flavorful appetizer or dessert. This easy corn tamale recipe by Marcela Valladolid is super simple, but really tasty.  Try swapping out agave or honey for sugar if you prefer to go sugar-free.


Looking to make it a bit fancier? Try these copy cat Cheesecake Factory Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes by Todd Wilber.

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Ever tried plantains? This weekend is a great time to check out this banana-like fruit. Plantains Sauteed in Butter by Sunny Anderson is another naturally sweet option that is cooked in its own sugars, rather than deep fried.


Carne Asada Fries

For some, potatoes may be your friend, but you might not think of using them at in Mexican dishes. But seriously, these Carne Asada Fries from Downshiftology are GO-OD. As with so many Mexican dishes, you can leave off the garnishes to allow people to select from their tolerated foods. Put it out buffet style and let people make their own version of Carne Asada fries. For easier digestion, you may want to remove the potato skins before baking, or try substituting grilled chicken or pork if steak doesn’t work for you.


Being Real With Crohn’s

If you really struggle with spices, slow cooking your preferred meat (ie: chicken, steak or pork) simply in salt, pepper and chicken broth can make sure that you have something safe to eat at the party.  Your friends and/or guests are sure to be understanding and likely won’t spot the difference once they load up on all the toppings. Better yet, you can serve the meat with several options. Everyone loves street tacos, but if flour or corn doesn’t work for you, you can try it on top of a baked potato or over rice. Just make sure there are lots of options for toppings, such as pico de gallo, sour creme, black beans, limes, and cilantro. If you really want to go the extra mile, having a salsa bar will be the highlight of the party.  Ask each guest to bring a favorite salsa of their choice or check out these awesome salsa bar recipes by Williams Sonoma Taste or this Avocado Crema by Bobby Dene.

Want more ideas? Check out these other great options on how to make the most of a “Taco Bar Party” with Crohn’s.

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* Please Note:  This is merely an opinion blog. The research and information covered in this blog is open to public domain for discussion.  We do not have any formal medical background.  We simply want to share and discuss foods for those with Crohn’s Disease. Because people suffering from Crohn’s Disease tolerate a variety of foods differently, recipes often need specific alterations for each individual. Get creative! Leave out the foods that don’t work for you and use the foods that make you feel good. As always, please consult your doctor or health care professional before applying ideas from this website. Happy Cooking!!


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