Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa & cinco de mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  Well I have had a fun yet completely non-traditional day today.  I went to lunch with my friend Cheryl and had my standard BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger.  I will find the best burger in Cedar Rapids!!!

Then we went to Brucemore Mansion for a free tour.  I have only been there one other time, and it was with a group of girl scouts.  As you can imagine, this time was much more relaxing:)  I was not in charge of controlling the old man that kept leaning on antique chairs, or making sure that the children did not touch the hand crafted books in the library.  I just got to walk around and enjoy the tour…..priceless!

Brucemore Mansion 2

I think we only saw about 10 of the rooms in this HUGE house.  To see the Master Bedroom, and probably more, you need to come back and pay for the full tour.  I would love to go back during Christmas when the house is decorated and each of the rooms has Christmas Trees, that must be absolutely beautiful!

We walked around the grounds and took some pictures of the fascinating things that we came across, like…..

Cheryl Brucemore

Cheryl standing by the statute of a ??? not sure what this is, but is is in front of “The Lake”.   I believe it was the second owners that added the pond to the 26 acre property.  There are ducks floating in the pond…..

ducks in water

and turtles hanging out on a log…..

turtles in water

and what mansion would be complete, without a pet cemetery…..

King and Max Tombstone

there are 15 dogs buried in this cemetery.  The Halls’ always had two German Shepperds at a time, and they even have statutes of their beloved dog…..

Lisa and Dog

The Hall family was the third family to live in the mansion.  They did not have any children, but they had three different lions that were all named Leo.  The first Leo was the son of the MGM movie studio lion Jackie.

hall-pets lion

At one point they even had swans roaming around the property, until they became too aggressive.  This is the pool side of the mansion…..


pool side of Brucemore

the little girls are sitting on the edge of the pool looking into the empty concrete hole, it’s still too cold to add the water!  These are the gardens that are right in front of the mansion…..

Brucemore Garden

with another one of those strange animal statutes, and lots of pretty flowers that are starting to bloom…..

Pretty flowers

Tulips Brucemore

and wouldn’t you love to have a garage this big?  This is the Carriage House that is now used as the Visitor’s Center/Gift Shop…..

Carriage House

If you would like to know more about Brucemore, here is a link.   I even got to take a picture with a jockey…..

Lisa with Jockey

I absolutely love the Home Alone movies!  Everyone that enters that driveway…..knocks over the metal jockey!!!  I need to get one of these 🙂

Like I said, it wasn’t your typical Cinco de Mayo, but I had a blast!!!

Fish Taco with Papaya Mango Salsa -

Here is my Cinco de Mayo worthy recipe for you today, Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa.  They are so simple to make, and taste great.  When I lived in Hawaii, there was a restaurant that served chicken tacos with papaya mango salsa and I knew I had to recreate it when I moved back to the mainland.  For some reason I always seem to make these tacos with fish and not chicken, but why mess with a good thing?  I hope you had a great day, and enjoy!

Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa


Fish Tacos with Papaya Mango Salsa

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 28 minutes
Meal type Main Course
Light, fresh tasting fish tacos, with a sweet and zingy fruit salsa!


  • For the Salsa
  • 1 Ripe mango (peeled and diced)
  • 1 Ripe papaya (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (any chili powder will work, or use 1 diced jalapeno)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • For the Tacos
  • 1 Pound white flesh fish (cod, tilapia, snapper)
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chipotle chili powder (any chili powder will work)
  • garlic pepper (a few turns of the grinder)
  • 8 corn tortillas (I used white corn)


mix salsa
Place all of the salsa ingredients in a bowl, and stir to combine. Cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Turn on oven broiler. Prepare a pan to use in the broiler.
Place your fish on the prepared pan. Drizzle with olive oil.
season fish
Sprinkle with chili powder and ground garlic pepper.
broil fish
Place under the broiler and cook for 3 - 4 minutes. Flip fish over and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes.
slice fish
Place fish on a cutting board and slice into strips.
fish on tortilla
Heat tortillas in the oven or microwave. Place fish on the tortilla.
top with salsa
Pour some of the salsa over the fish.
fish tacos 4



  1. says

    yum!!! these look delish! will need to try with some tilapia i have in the freezer… we LOVE fish tacos 🙂

  2. says

    I think your day sounds like the perfect Cinco De Mayo! Your tacos are great too!

    Thanks for dropping this off at the In and out of the Kitchen link party! I ca’t wait to see what you come up with next week!


  3. says

    Thank you so much for linking up to Efforts and Assets! Can’t wait to see what you have ready for next Tuesday’s Linky Party.


  4. says

    Love the salsa – sounds delicious and not a long list of ingredients – great combo! Also love the turtle pic. I really like turtles. 🙂

  5. says

    You were featured at Super Saturday Show & Tell today! Stop by and grab a Featured Button Thank you so much for coming to linky party with me 🙂 xoxo~ Ruthie

  6. says

    I saved this recipe a while back and finally got around to trying it when we had some friends over this week. It was a huge hit!!! So much so, that tonight, four days later, my husband asked me where I got the recipe AND asked me to come back to your blog and look at your other recipes! So here I am. I guess you’ve got a new fan! 🙂
    Thanks so much for the great recipe!


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