When May fifth rolls around, it’s time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Not only a reason to indulge in delicious Mexican-inspired fare, it’s also a fun way to ease yourself into summer entertaining mode. So find a menu that suits your style and let the fiesta begin!
A casual, buffet-style meal means the party can start as soon as the guests arrive — with only a few hosting duties required!
Fresh Grape Tomato Salsa: A healthy squeeze of lime juice, finely diced red onion, chives and jalapeños give this fresh salsa its kick. Tip: Remove the seeds from the jalapeños to keep the heat subtle.
Mexican-style Pulled Pork Tacos: Pork shoulder rubbed with sweet and spicy flavours is slow roasted for six hours, resulting in a tender and juicy taco filling. Top the rich pork tacos with a splash of salsa verde for a bright finish. The best part? A self-serve taco bar comes together in a snap with Compliments Taco Shells and Kits. For more taco inspiration, check out Tacos: 3 Ways.
Mexican-style Green Rice: The floral aroma of basmati rice is the perfect base for this rice dish with layers of finely chopped green onions, jalapeño peppers and fresh cilantro.
Mexican-style Chocolate Sundae: Cinnamon and chili powders give homemade chocolate sauce a subtle touch of sweet heat. Everyone will be asking for seconds of this delicious treat when it’s drizzled over vanilla ice cream and garnished with crispy butter- and cinnamon-spiked tortillas.
Sit down, relax and enjoy a family-style meal with lots of sharing and laughter.
Grilled Guacamole: A couple of minutes on a hot grill enhances the buttery texture of avocados and adds a subtle smoky element. Tip: Use firm avocados that can stand up to the heat of the grill. Finish guacamole with a couple dashes of hot sauce.
Grilled Flattened Paprika Chicken: Flattening a chicken, also known as spatchcocking, reduces cooking time in the oven and on the grill. Learn the technique with our helpful video: How to Spatchcock a Chicken.
Sweet Orange & Black Bean Quinoa Salad: With a dressing made of freshly squeezed orange juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar and honey, this quinoa salad is all kinds of tasty. Even better, it’s on the table in 20 minutes.
Spiced Pineapple Dessert Taco: Soft tacos are transformed into crisp shells with a hint of cinnamon, making them the perfect carrier for vanilla yogourt, pineapple, toasted coconut and chocolate.
A little bit of breakfast, a little bit of dinner — brinner combines the best of both meals.
Salsa Frittata: Crispy fried potatoes, eggs and finely shredded Tex-Mex cheese form the base of this frittata. Garnish with salsa, green onions and sour cream.
Fiesta Turkey Burgers: Finely crushed tortilla chips take the place of breadcrumbs in these burgers. Serve with Monterey Jack cheese, guacamole and tomato salsa for a fresh bite.
Avocado Corn Salad: Simple, bright and full of freshly husked corn, this salad is a guaranteed hit with its medley of red onion, lime zest, avocado and cilantro.
Spicy Mexican-style Peanut Brownies: Melted baking chocolate, cinnamon and cayenne pepper give these brownies warmth, spice and deep chocolate flavour.