There are a few ways to celebrate the often-misunderstood Mexican celebration of Cinco de Mayo Thursday.
Load up your plate with free tacos, burrito deals, margarita specials, free delivery and even a few pizza discounts.
Cinco de Mayo recognizes the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France, but it’s not considered a Mexican federal holiday. It’s also not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated Sept.16.
According to a consumer survey by Numerator, 44% of U.S. consumers plan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and 67% expect inflation and product shortages to affect their plans. The survey also found 42% of consumers expect the pandemic to impact plans down from 78% in 2021.
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Cinco de Mayo 2022 freebies and deals
The following offers are available at participating locations nationwide Thursday unless otherwise noted. Some businesses require consumers to have restaurant apps or to be signed up for emails or loyalty programs. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out.
7-Eleven Cinco de Mayo deal
7-Eleven has new Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas, an all-day breakfast item, and a limited-time deal for 7Rewards members.
Now through May 24, 7Rewards members can pick up three Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas and any size coffee for $4.
Taco Bell Cinco de Mayo deal, free taco and bonus points
For Cinco de Mayo, Taco Bell is offering 15% off any Party Pack on its app for in-store and drive-thru pickup orders.
Also, for a limited time, new Taco Bell Rewards members get a freebie for signing up. As of Thursday, the deal was a free Doritos Locos Taco for joining at Tacobell.com/rewards.
Members can receive 80 bonus points for recycling sauce packets through May 31. The points will be activated in mid-June. Learn more at Tacobell.com/terracycle.
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Chipotle free delivery Cinco de Mayo deal
Through Friday, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering no delivery fee nationwide with digital orders of $10 or more on the chain’s app or website with promo code DELIVER. The free delivery is on orders up to $200 excluding tax and fees.
Chipotle says in its fine print that higher menu prices are charged for delivery and additional service fees are applied at checkout. The offer is for participating locations.
Chili’s Cinco de Mayo margarita and beer $5 deal
Chili’s has five different drinks for $5 Thursday including Presidente Margarita, Cheers to Patrón ‘Rita, Cuervo Blue ‘Rita and Frose ‘Rita and select draft imports.
Moe’s Cinco de Mayo rewards deal
Thursday is Cinco de Moe’s at Moe’s Southwest Grill and the chain is offering loyalty members five-times points on all purchases made on the Moe Rewards app or website.
Del Taco Cinco de Mayo BOGO free burrito
Del Taco Del Yeah! Rewards members who buy one Epic burrito can get one free when they order in the app or chain’s website Thursday.
The chain also says it will have free delivery Thursday on delivery orders placed through the app or online.
Laredo Taco Company Cinco de Mayo free taco
7-Eleven’s restaurant concept, Laredo Taco Company, is giving away free Chicken or Beef Fajita Tacos on Cinco de Mayo.
To get this deal, you need to sign up to join the taco club by texting tacos to 88388 or find the coupon on the chain’s social channels or website. Each customer can redeem the offer one time at participating locations.
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Qdoba free guac and queso for Cinco de Mayo
This deal from Qdoba isn’t just on Cinco de Mayo but the chain’s guacomaole and queso are free daily with every entree. Join the new rewards program to get free chips and queso at Qdoba.com/rewards.
Hungry Howie’s Cinco de Mayo deal
Through Sunday, Hungry Howie’s has a deal on its Howie Bread at participating locations. With any online carryout order of $15 or more, get Howie Bread for 99 cents with promo code CINCO at checkout.
Round Table Pizza Cinco de Mayo $5.50 deal
Only on Thursday, Round Table Pizza is offering loyalty members a Cinco de Mayo deal. Purchase a large or x-large pizza and get a $5.50 personal pizza with up to four toppings for dine-in, carry-out and delivery.
Taco John’s Cinco De Mayo $5.55 taco deal
Taco John’s is offering five softshell or crispy beef tacos for $5.55 for customers with the app that are enrolled in the chain’s loyalty program Thursday.
Jamba Cinco de Mayo smoothie deal
Through May 31, Jamba loyalty members can get a medium Electric Berry Lemonade smoothie for $5. Rewards members can also get delivery fees waived on orders placed on the app and website through the end of the month.
McDonald’s Cinco de Mayo deals with app
McDonald’s has several ongoing deals on its app and with the MyMcDonald’s Rewards program. Offers and daily deals can vary by account and region.
Don’t have the app? McDonald’s says on its website that for a limited time you’ll get free fries for downloading and registering. Then after your first purchase, you get the choice of Hash Browns, Vanilla Cone, McChicken or a Cheeseburger free.
KFC Cinco de Mayo free chicken sandwich
Kentucky Fried Chicken has a freebie on its app now through June 5. Get a free Chicken Sandwich when you purchase $12 or more online or through the KFC app.
The offer allows for one free sandwich per day, per account at participating locations nationwide.
Domino’s deal: $3 coupon for carryout orders
For a limited time, Domino’s will give you a $3 “tip” to order your pizza online and pick it up yourself instead of choosing delivery.
Make a carryout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a carryout order of $5 or more before tax and gratuity. Also, earn points to redeem for free pizza with the chain’s Piece of the Pie rewards program that you can sign up for at Dominos.com.
Cinco de Mayo free drink rebates
The following offers are for consumers 21 and older and are not available in all states.
Topo Chico Margarita Hard Seltzer free 12-pack
Through Sunday, text a photo of your shot glass necklaces and similar apparel to CINCO (24626) or visit to get Topo Chico Margarita Hard Seltzer for free. The rebate is while supplies last and valid on one 12-pack up to a $15 rebate. Check the fine print as this rebate is not offered in all states.
Teremana and The Rock Cinco de Mayo deal
The tequila brand founded by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is giving away up to $1 million with the “Guac on The Rock” to celebrate Johnson’s birthday and to support local restaurants.
Through Sunday, consumers 21 and over who purchase a Teremana cocktail with an order of guacamole will be reimbursed up to $10. You’ll need an itemized receipt and once approved the money will be sent to your Venmo account.
Visit GuacOnTheRock.com for the full terms and conditions.
Crook & Marker Margarita Cinco de Mayo rebate
Through May 31, buy any Crook & Marker Margarita product and get one free through a digital rebate. Terms apply. Rebate amount may vary by applicable state laws. Learn more at Cincobogo.com/en/desktop.
Casa Sauza Cinco de Mayo contest
Through May 31, Sauza fans 21 and up can enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Casa Sauza Experience, which includes a trip for two to the Sauza distillery, located in Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico). The winners will be treated to a VIP tour of Casa Sauza, Mexican cuisine and live Mexican music. Learn more and enter at CasaSauzaVipSweeps.com.
Jose Cuervo Cinco de Mayo tip
Jose Cuervo is giving away $10 to tequila lovers across the country so they can “Tip it Forward” this Cinco de Mayo and show their bartenders kindness.
To request to “Tip it Forward” through Thursday, go to Cuervo.com/tipitforward. There you’ll enter your name, email address and phone number. Daily winners will be randomly selected and sent $10 through Venmo before the giveaway closes at 9 p.m. ET Thursday.
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