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Help! Need Mexican Recipe for Dinner Party!

Some of friends of mine and myself get together about once a month for a pot-luck cocktail/dinner party. The next one is a week away, and the theme is Mexican. I was just going to bring something basic but I heard through the grapevine that people were looking forward to seeing what I'd bring because I always bring something "different". So now that the pressure is on, I can't think of anything!!! Does anyone have anything really really delicious that fits the bill? I don't think it needs to be strictly Mexican, anything Latin or South American (even Tex Mex) may work. (Something that can be eaten while standing is a definite plus)

Thank you!!!!!

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  1. you can make enchiladas the mexican way my aunts used to.... toast 2 ancho chilis and in a blender, blend it with hot water, 1 onion and maybe a tiny bit of buillion to make a red sauce... then lightly fry corn tortillas, dip in sauce, and fill with simple mixture of fresh onion and that crumbly rancherito (farmer's) cheese, roll and place in a dish and cover with remaining sauce... its not as gooey as a standard enchilada... but its darn good... i almost liken it to cheesy chilaquiles... lol...

    1. Some of the things I have done in the past....

      > Taquiza... you set out some interesting taco fillings, homemade or high quality tortillas & let people assemble their own. Last summer I did one with... (1) Chicken breasts marinated in chipotle, grilled & served with Roquefort Crema & garnished with ribbons of Mexican Basil (aka Cinammon Basil). (2) Roasted Nopales (cactus paddles), garnished with Mole Negro & chopped hard boiled eggs. (3) Grilled Shrimp garnished with Tequila-Mojo de Ajo & a roasted Arbol salsa. (4) Sauteed Mushrooms with a Oaxan style black bean sauce & Feta crumbles (if I remember correctly).

      > Mariscos.... another thing I have done in the past are seafood bites with the following ideas: (1) white fish Ceviche served on small, homemade tostadas (2) Shrimp, Crab & Avocado cocktails served inside halved Avocado shells (3) Ahi Tuna, Piquin Chile & Mayo mousse served over warm Sopes topped with roe. (4) Raw Oysters topped with a boiled Tomatillo & roasted Serrano Chile salsa.

      1. Tamales.
        Some sliced meat in a mole.
        A seven layer dip (even though that's pretty common)
        You can fake a cochinita pibil (pork shoulder roasted in achiote)

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        1. re: gordeaux

          Tamales are super labor intensive, but wonderful!
          Usually I try and find someone that makes them and order a couple of dozen, in advance.

        2. I like to surprise people with Mexican Soups... A simple Pozole or a Black Bean Soup....

          --Dommy!

          1. Taco Bar is always fun. Use soft tacos, they are less messy and easier to walk around with.

            You can have platters with Pollo Asado, Carne Asada, cheese, lettuce, salsa fresca, avacado and what ever else you can think of.
            you can even use grilled portebello. I like Chorizo, but it I can not bear to eat it, so
            I purchase the vegan alternative at Whole Foods and that would also be a good addition.

            Do not forget the Margaritas.

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            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              "Use soft tacos, they are less messy and easier to walk around with."

              Forget the mess... I think using Taco Shells would disqualify the OP from further participation in Chowhound! =)

              1. re: Eat_Nopal

                LOL!!
                I know I wouldn't invite them again, that's for sure. What I hate about doing tacos for a good number of people is that you have to warm up the tortillas, or it just isn't worth it. Sure, you can toss them in an oven for a min or two, and then keep them in a basket wrapped, but cold tortillas are just plain wrong.

                1. re: Eat_Nopal

                  The crunchy ones break apart after the first bite, and the poster wanted somehting that could be eaten standing up. We often do taco night dinner with fish or chicken.

                  1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                    Let me explain... I was just being an snobby arse about the implication that "Soft Tacos" even has to be mentioned.

                    1. re: Eat_Nopal

                      What, you've never had a great homemade crispy taco?

                      Those are the best, I like soft tacos too though.

                      Of course I am not talking about the pre-fab "taco bell" shell that is so popular in many restaurants. (gag me)

                      1. re: Chile Pepper

                        People that make their own homemade crispy tacos... wouldn't refer to the standard type as Soft Taco *winks*

                2. re: normalheightsfoodie

                  Margaritas are kind of old.... not many people in Mexico drink them anyway.... here are some user recipes from common people in Mexico.. .its in Spanish but pretty self explanatory:

                  http://esp.mexico.com/cocteles/index....