A Cinco de Mayo Menu

strawberry, lime and coconut Cinco de Mayo Popsicles

Cinco de Mayo is around the corner ~ and it’s the perfect excuse to dine al fresco. Need some recipe inspiration? I’ve got a Mexican themed menu to get your creative juices flowing…delicioso!

strawberry, lime and coconut Cinco de Mayo Popsicles
Cinco de Mayo popsicles

I bet you’re dying to get out of the house these days, and Cinco de Mayo couldn’t come at a better time. We’re firing up the grill and setting up the picnic table for a day of relaxed outdoor eating, starting with this colorful south of the border inspired menu…you’ll find a mix of authentic recipes with some creative adaptations!


7 Layer Dip Cups

This dip is just plain fun, and so colorful ~  it’s a fiesta in a cup, and everybody gets their own, so no more double dipping.

7 layer dip cups

Fire Roasted Salsa Negra (black salsa)

Fire Roasted Salsa Negra is an intense Mexican black salsa is made with roasted tomatoes and peppers for a deep dark color and a gutsy flavor. This is a must try for any salsa lover.

Fire roasted salsa negra in a silver bowl


Bloody Mary Gazpacho

This is pure genius, and so delicious. Serve it plain or jazz it up like I did. And if you’re not into the alcohol, leave it out, or try another of my many gazpacho recipes, I love the stuff!

Bloody Mary Gazpacho in small glasses with colorful garnishes

Cream of Jalapeño Soup

A lovely combination of spicy peppers in a creamy, cheesy soup base. Fresh cilantro and lime add the perfect touch to this unique soup.

Cream of jalapeño soup with corn muffins in a purple napkin


Mexican Street Corn Salad

This unique salad is patterned after the popular Mexican street food ‘elote’, which is basically seasoned corn on the cob slathered in a creamy sauce, and showered with cheese, chili powder, fresh lime juice, and cilantro ~ the flavors are all here! For another elote themed salad, try my Mexican Street Corn Potato Salad.

Mexican Street Corn Salad is full of South of the Border flavors!

Shrimp Taco Salad

A stunning  main course salad with jumbo Mexican spiced grilled shrimp, homemade tortilla strips, house pickled red onions, and all the fixings on a bed of zesty red cabbage slaw.

shrimp taco salad on a white ground.


Instant Pot Barbacoa

The meat is shredded and served in a sauce redolent with chiles and spices, along with a hit of acidity in the form of citrus juice and vinegar. So good.

Instant Pot Barbacoa tacos with fresh salsas and beer

Mexican Short Rib Tacos

Mexican short rib tacos are the BEST tacos ~ melt-in-your-mouth tender beef braised in a beer and guajillo chile sauce;

Mexican short rib tacos on corn tortillas


Masa Harina Biscuits

These tender fluffy masa harina biscuits are everything! They’re kind of a cross between a classic biscuit and a corn muffin, and the perfect accompaniment to chilis, soups, and stews of all sorts.

masa harina biscuits, stacked

Hatch Chile Cornbread

Hatch peppers reign supreme in the chile world, so make the most of them with this tender, moist cornbread — it’s an irresistible combination of sweet and heat!

Hatch chile cornbread on a cooling rack


Papaya and Lime Agua Fresca

Once you try agua fresca, the classic Mexican fruit drink made with fresh fruit and water, you’ll never look back. You can whip up this healthy refresher with any type of fruit you love.

Papaya and lime Agua Fresca | The View from Great Island

Blood Orange Margarita

The delicate sweetness of blood orange juice takes this classic cocktail to a whole new level. Not to mention that awesome color ~ it practically glows!

Pouring a Blood Orange Margarita


Mexican Chocolate Cake with Berries

A subtle hint of Mexican spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and a pinch of cayenne, makes this cake magical. It can easily be adapted to be gluten free.

Mexican Chocolate Cake with strawberries and pansies

No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream

Ice cream doesn’t get any richer, and you don’t even need a machine to make it, score! (If you’re cutting calories, try my Cinco de Mayo Popsicles) or my No Churn Pineapple Chile Sorbet.

No Churn Dulce de Leche Ice Cream is absolutely amazing, it's decadently rich and creamy! | theviewfromgreatisland.com
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  • Reply
    May 3, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    Me again, I found the popsicles in your recipe file, but I wish there had been a link here. Or did I miss it? Oops and my bad if I did! It all looks and sounds delicious!

    • Reply
      May 3, 2020 at 7:48 pm

      There was a link in the dulce de leche ice cream section, Rachel, hope you enjoy these!

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    May 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    The paletas/popsicles – the red, white and green paletas. Where is their description and recipe?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 28, 2022 at 7:28 am

      The link is below the photo at the top, and then down in the dessert section, enjoy!

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    Cindy Adkins
    May 3, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Can Barbados be made with pork butt? I get your recipes every day, I have made and saved many of your recipes. Thank you for sharing your recipes.

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