Oh, how easy it is to get caught up in the fun of inviting people over for an after-work bash at your place. The down side of course is that at some point you’ll have to deliver. Last time on Creating the Insta-Feast we covered Mediterranean appetizers. This time we’ll take on a full-on Mexican meal (buffet-style, of course). How to pull it off in a couple of hours and a single trip to the grocery store? Like this:
Chips and salsa. That’s a no-brainer. Thicker, more rustic tortilla chips will add a touch of authenticity to your spread. Buy three different salsas in different heat levels. Make one of them a green tomatillo.
Guacamole. Yes, you can buy it, but isn’t it so much better to make it? Three or four mashed avocados, two cloves of minced garlic, half a cup of diced red onion, a squeeze of lime and chile peppers and salt to taste. Done!
A taco bar. Here’s the centerpiece of the whole affair. You’ll want stacks of both flour and corn tortillas (heated and kept warm in a towel), refried beans, cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, olives and sour cream (with a little lime juice stirred in). Add any cooked meat you want to the spread — cook it yourself or buy it pre-cooked. Grilled shredded chicken, pork, beef and even fish will work great.
A simple salad. This part doesn’t have to be Mexican, strictly speaking. Simple mixed greens with a light vinaigrette is all you really need. Add some cut apples, jicama or oranges to add some interest.
And there you have it. Yes, there’s a little chopping involved, but not much cooking. If you buy the meat pre-cooked, the whole kit and kaboodle can be laid out in about an hour, no sweat.
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