A Perfect 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

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…


Mexican 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. For more sophisticated chip ‘n dip tastes, try my Salsa Negra.

7 layer dip cups



Bloody Mary Gazpacho

This is pure genius, and so delicious. Serve it plain or jazz it up like I did.

Bloody Mary Gazpacho in small glasses with colorful garnishes



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!

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



Mexican Fajita Salad

A crisp romaine salad with juicy steak, hot seared peppers, and onions ~ the fajita seasoning and tortilla strips are homemade too!

Tex-Mex fajita steak salad with homemade tortilla strips



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.

Barbacoa taco with pickled onions and cojita cheese



Honey Jalapeño Cornbread

Zippy jalapeños takes a great cornbread to a whole new level. The combination of honey with the hot peppers is sensational.

A square of honey jalapeño with fork



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



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)

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!

  • Reply
    May 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm

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

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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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