When it comes to Mexican food, I like it simple. chips/guacamole and salsa, tacos, beans and rice. This menu also works for a party, because it’s easy to put together. The beans and rice can be made the night before, guac is easy to whip up, and the guys can grill the meat, you can also buy yummy carnitas from Costco. Or, you could opt to hire a taco guy to come out and take care of that for you (I’d choose this option). Oh yeah, and mom can make the salsa.
3. Mexican Rice (see below for recipe)
4. Black Beans
To Drink: Orange Jarritos and Margaritas
For Dessert: Margarita Cupcakes or Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes
Nana’s Mexican Rice:
When we were little we used to call this rice “sopita” (literally, little soup), because it starts out looking much like a soup. It wasn’t until later that I realized that people had no idea what I was talking about when I reffered to “sopita”. So here’s the recipe for Mexican Rice, just like my Nana used to make. (Unfortunately, like most family recipes the measurements may not be exact. Next time I make this, I’ll take the time to measure everything out.)
2T vegetable oil
1 cup diced onion
1 cup long grained rice
2 cups water
1 – 1 1/2 cubes chicken bouillon
1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce
salt to taste
Heat the oil and saute onion and garlic until fragrant. add the rice and cook until grains start to turn white. add water and bouillon, dissolve the bouillion in the water and add the tomato sauce. Add salt to taste. Cover and cook over medium low heat until water is absorbed. Stir occasionally to make sure that the bottom doesn’t burn, you may need to add more water if the rice is still crunchy.