5.10.2013

Make it a Simple, Taco-Themed Dinner Party: Fiesta Tacos, Taco Pizza, and Guacamole Salsa will Wow your Guests for Easy Entertaining

Need a simple entertaining menu for a crowd? I’ve got a great a menu for you.  A taco-themed dinner party worked well for my extended family last week, and I would use the same menu again in a heartbeat.

Tacos

My father-in-law’s twin brother was in town from Atlanta, so we entertained him along with my husband’s family, who also live in Raleigh at our home. It was a chilly weekend here, so we decided against grilling. 

Prior to hosting my family, I accepted a campaign to be part of the McCormick Pinterest Taco Night Challenge. After looking over some of the recipes that McCormick sent me, I decided that many of the recipes could be used for easy entertaining and work well for a crowd.



Taco Night is great for entertaining because it doesn’t break the piggy bank.  It’s simple, and it feeds a crowd with ease, with very little preparation by the host.

My Taco-Night Themed Menu

Guacamole Salsa
Blue and White Corn Chips
Salsa
Fiesta Turkey Tacos  (Hard shells and Soft shells)
Taco Pizza
Black Beans and Corn
Margaritas
Toppings: Sour Cream, Salsa, Lettuce, Tomato

The taco, taco pizza, and guacamole recipes all came from McCormick.  Now, I’m sure you make tacos all the time, so I’m not going to share that recipe, but I did use ground turkey, and McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix.  Simple and easy. 

The other recipes were DELICIOUS.   They are keepers, and I will serve them again as family entrees.

Guacamole Salsa


#McCormickTacoNight @Hinessightblog Guacamole Salsa


2 medium ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 package McCormick Guacamole Seasoning Mix
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 tablespoon lime juice

Mix avocados, seasoning mix, tomato, onion, and lime juice in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Stir before serving and serve with tortilla chips.

Taco Pizza

#McCormickTacoNight @hinessightblog Taco Pizza


1 pound of ground turkey
1 package McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix Mild
1 cup of salsa
¾ cup water
1 prepared pizza crust (12-inch)
2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup chopped tomato

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat. Stir in seasoning mix, salsa, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low; simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Place pizza crust on baking sheet. Spoon meat mixture over crust. Sprinkle evenly with cheese.  Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with shredded lettuce and tomato.

Enter to win your own McCormick spices to have your own Taco Night at your home.  Pin my recipes on Pinterest, and you’ll be entered to win.  Here’s how! The contest is open until May 31, 2013.  I am Leigh Hines of Hinessightblog on Pinterest.  Also, join me on Facebook


Browse the McCormick Pinterest Page and take a look at some other Taco Night ideas. Pin any taco recipe with the hashtag #mccormicktaconight and tag me (@hinessightblog) to be entered to win an assorted spice kit of your own! 


Disclosure:   This is a sponsored post by The Motherhood in conjunction with McCormick. I was compensated for my time to write this post, and I received McCormick taco seasoning, spices, and a $25 stipend for groceries.  This dinner party cost more than $25. As always, my opinions are my own. I loved these meals, and will entertain friends this way in the future. 

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