Mexican Themed Dinner Party Ideas

3.18.2013

This past weekend Michael and I had some family and friends over for a dinner party. Since we just got back from Mexico, I thought having a Mexican themed dinner would be fun. Plus, I really wanted to try and recreate some  amazing shrimp tacos we had there! 

For appetizers I decided to do our favorite salsas from Trader Joe's, my homemade corn salsa and guacamole, as well as fresh stuffed jalapeño poppers.

The poppers are really easy to make and only call or 3 ingredients:
-jalapeños
-cream cheese
-cheddar cheese.

Take the fresh jalapeños, halve them and cut out seed and skin. I got around 20 jalapeños, which make 40 poppers.

 Next, take the cream cheese (softened) and cheddar cheese and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Stuff the peppers with the mix. It doesn't take much to fill them. Don't over stuff otherwise the cheese will bubble over and make them messy.
 Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 20 mins.
These do have a kick, so make sure to warn your guests if they don't like spicy food.

 For drinks we decided to have Margarita's, Corona's and fresh Strawberry Mint Mojitios.


To make the strawberry mint mojitios you will need:
-Fresh Strawberries, I got the large costco size and used them all which made 2 large pitchers and  garnish.
-Mint leaves
-Soda water
-Rum
-Limes
-Sugar or truvia


First muddle the strawberries with the sugar then add to your pitcher.
 Next, slice limes and trim your mint leaves. Muddle the mint leaves with lime juice.
 Add to pitcher.
  

You will want to make extra batch so you can easily just add to pitcher when you run out. These were a hit at the party and I actually wish I would have made double amount of what I made. 

To finish, add 1 cup of rum, 3 cups of soda water and ice. Taste it to make sure it tastes okay. You may need to add more soda, rum or lime juice depending on your taste.

 I garnished the glasses with mint leaves and sliced strawberries and then stuck them in the freezer for 15 minutes to get a frosty glass.


This was the first time I made these and really liked them! Very refreshing and light.

For the main course, we decided a "taco bar" set up would be easiest for serving the shrimp tacos.
So we prepped all the toppings for the shrimp tacos before hand.

For toppings we diced jalapeños, tomatos and then a chopped mix of purple cabbage, lettuce, cilantro and orange peppers.  Place in fridge until you are ready to serve.


 Homemade guacamole is very easy and tastes so much better than the packaged stuff. For this all you need is:
-avocados
-garlic salt
-cilantro
-lime juice
-diced jalapeños.
Mash the avocados, add the lime juice, garlic, cilantro and jalapeños. I never measure when I make this, I just taste and add more if needed. Depending on the size of your party, will determine how many avocados you need. Guac is always a huge hit so better to make more than be sorry.


Lots of Corona!


This beer stand is great! It is from Pottery barn and has a bottle opener on it. With a party it is so easy for guests to just grab their own beer and open. Another option is just a large tin similar to this and hang a bottle opener off it.


For the margaritas, I didn't do anything fancy. Just the plain old mix and tequila. I did however halve a bunch of limes and freeze them beforehand and used in place of ice cubes in the dispenser so it didn't get watered down.

 Drink bar set up.
Margaritas. Sorry this picture was taken toward the end of the party, hence it's almost gone.


Appetizers.


The shrimp for the shrimp tacos only takes 3 minutes to cook, so that was the only thing I made during the dinner party. You will need to have the shrimp cleaned (remove shell and tails) and thawed out.
 Add olive oil and fresh minced garlic to a saute pan and heat up the oil. Add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes or until they turn pink. 

For the taco tortillas we used the smaller white corn tortillas, it's a must for it to taste authentic!

We placed the shrimp, tortillas and toppings and let everyone dish their own plates. What is nice about the appetizers is that they can be used as toppers on the tacos for dinner as well. 







 I think these tasted pretty close to the authentic ones we had in Mexico. These are a must try and so easy!



The most important thing when having a dinner party, if you plan on cooking yourself, is choosing things that are easy to make and don't require a lot of prep during the party. The only thing we had to do during the dinner was cook the shrimp. I love entertaining and can't wait to don another dinner party. Any fun ideas?? Do share!

Make sure to stop by later this week, I will be posting some shopping finds, skin care tips you must  know and some fitness inspo!



14 comments:

  1. Oooh yummy! I love hosting dinner parties! These ideas are great for summer!
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Me too! They are super easy! Let me know if you try!
      xo,
      Becky

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  2. What an amazing party! The food and drinks look absolutely delicious in these photos but somehow tasted even better! Becky and Michael are fabulous hosts. It's hard to pick a fave from the night, but I'd definitely recommend everyone try the strawberry mojitos!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Jenny

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    1. Aw thanks Jenny! We loved having you and Andy over:) I definitely drank one too many of those Strawberry mojitos!

      xo,
      Becky

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  3. That Saturday, the sun was out when the party began. Although it was winter in Nebraska, it was one of those days that was trying hard to convince you that winter was indeed over. When the Carona bottle touched my lips and that first swig went down, I was fully sold on that illusion. What a great beer choice by the hosts.

    My mind went from springtime to spring break as the hostess handed me one of the strawberry mojitos. Tasting of it reminded me of that $18 drink I buy from the posh, expensive hotel bar every time I arrive at Caribbean resort. It’s a purchase that I never regret that because it always tastes fantastic and my mind immediately forgets about whatever else I was worrying about prior to that moment! This drink was at least that good. And because it didn't cost me $18, I think it may have been better!

    The spring break theme continued as I indulged by eating the strawberries in the bottom of my mojito glass along with an entire platter of chips and dip/guac. The two delicious margaritas during that happy hour were also fantastic.

    When the shrimp tacos came, my taste buds were in pure bliss. I went back three times and the fourth taco was as fantastic as the first one. If the chocolate chip cookies weren’t so delicious and filling, it was a no-brainer that I would have gone for a fifth taco.

    After dinner and a short, yet hilarious stand-up routine about lisps, I was unable to refuse the Patron shot from the comedian/club promoter named Michael. Michael was representing "The Man Cave." Once we got into The Man Cave, there were beautiful people working out in the gym section, there was a golf simulator, a virtual bowling alley and some fantastic sing-along music! We were served high-end whiskey while we enjoyed everything the club had to offer!

    In summary, the atmosphere and food were of the quality of a party thrown by one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Not that I watch that show, but this party was the complete opposite in terms of the company. It was 100% laughs and good times combined 0% pretentiousness and 0% drama. What a treat! Thanks Becky and Michael!

    P.S. I want to give a special thank to my beautiful wife for limiting her enjoyment of the delicious drinks and volunteering to drive us home.

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    1. This is one AMAZING comment! Love it! thanks Andy!

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  4. It's spelled Corona.. and you clearly have too much time on your hands! :-) Love you apsteingas!

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  5. wow this all look incredible! yum!

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    x Vittoria

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  6. ummm i'm half mexican and didn't know about half of this stuff! taking notes and pinning :)

    xx
    www.jessicawho.me

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  9. I love this! I going to do this for my 30th Birthday party. Mexican Fiesta!!!

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  10. What an amazing party! The food and drinks look absolutely delicious in these photos but somehow tasted even better! Becky and Michael are fabulous hosts. It's hard to pick a fave from the night, but I'd definitely recommend everyone try the strawberry mojitos!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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