The best thing about a Mexican dinner is you can serve up buffet style food. So, even if some of the family prefer mild or spicy, they can just pick and choose ingredients while they move along the table and build their own tacos or burritos.
First things first, choose your favourite selection of Mexican dishes.
Tacos are the cornerstone of Mexican cuisine. Opt for soft or hard shell tacos or go all out and have a mix of both. Pulled pork, chicken or fish are popular options for the meat eaters and vegetarians can fill up on a delicious bean mix with salsa, cheese, sour cream and of course everybody’s favourite guacamole!
A fresh, homemade guac is a breeze to whip up. Simply mix ripe avocados with lime juice, salt, pepper, red onion, garlic, diced tomatoes and add chilli if you want a fiery kick!
Nachos are a classic Mexican night staple; they’re super simple to make and the kids absolutely LOVE them! All you have to do is bake corn chips sprinkled with grated cheese onto a tray and place in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted. Add a bean mix if the kids are adventurous and dip the nachos in salsa, guac or sour cream.
We love this black bean and corn nacho tray bake with all the trimmings. YUM!
And if you really want to step things up a notch, you can add burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas to your Mexican night menu. The only extra ingredients you’ll need is tortilla wraps and more cheese of course! There are heaps of amazing family friendly Mexican recipes to pick and choose from online. Why not make it a weekly fiesta and change it up slightly each week!
When it comes to decorating for your fiesta – the more bright, colourful and vibrant you go, the better! Think bright pinks, yellows and blues. Have the family don a sombrero to get into the fiesta spirit.
Piñatas are an iconic part of Mexican culture so playing piñata definitely won’t be out of place at your Mexican fiesta party! You can purchase a ready made piñata or make your own stuffed with your kids favourite lollies by following this handy step-by-step guide.
Mexican Hat Dance
This Mexican-themed party game is similar to pass the parcel but with a twist! All you need is a sombrero and someone to start and stop the music. When the music starts, everyone starts dancing and the sombrero gets passed from person to person by putting it on their head. If you’re wearing the sombrero when the music stops, you’re out! The game is over when there’s only one person left. To make things more interesting, set aside a prize for the winner at the beginning of the game.
Pin the tail on the donkey
Parents and children will have hours of fun with this twist on the classic “Pin the tail on the Donkey”! You can purchase the game from most party shops which comes complete with blindfold and numbered tails or print your own.
Pitcher Perfect Margaritas
What would a Mexican party be without some Margaritas for the adults. A classic margarita is a straightforward cocktail to make at home with only a handful of ingredients required. Take things up a step by adding fresh chilli or replace the salted rim with desiccated coconut.
- 50mL tequila
- 15mL Cointreau
- 30mL lime juice
- 15mL sugar syrup
- Lime slice, to garnish
- Salt, to rim
- Run a slice of lime around the rim of your glass, and dip the glass rim in salt.
- Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, sugar syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake, and then strain into glass.
- Garnish with a wheel of lime.