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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
A lovely combination of spicy peppers in a creamy, cheesy soup base. Fresh cilantro and lime add the perfect touch to this unique soup.
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.
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.
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.
Mexican short rib tacos are the BEST tacos ~ melt-in-your-mouth tender beef braised in a beer and guajillo chile sauce;
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.