Menu: A Casual Mexican Spring Dinner Party

For an informal but festive dinner party with friends, there's nothing better than messy, playful, spicy Mexican- inspired food. Planned with early spring ingredients in mind, this menu can be prepared almost entirely in advance.

As soon as your guests arrive, join them for some tequila and a glass of spicy pomegranate-orange-lime sangrita, while you munch on sour cream nachos and a zesty seafood cocktail. A whimsical tamale tart and classic jalapeño corn bread can be kept warm in the oven until it's time for dinner. Just before eating, pan-fry pork chops to a crispy brown, perfect for devouring with your hands, dipped in a red chile sauce. For dessert, spring's fresh strawberries shine in tart, creamy ice pops, a drip-licking fun way to linger over the table at the end of the meal.

See the RecipeJames Baigrie
See the RecipeLaurie Smith
Sour Cream Nachos
Here is a simple but tasty snack of melted cheese, beans, and tortilla chips. See this Recipe
Laurie Smith

Mexican Seafood Cocktail

This dish is a favorite at Goode Company Seafood in Houston. It goes perfectly with fried tortilla chips and cold beer.Landon Nordeman
See the RecipeAndre Baranowski

Jalapeño Corn Bread

Skillet-cooked corn bread is a popular vaquero (Mexican cowboy) side dish. See the recipe for Jalapeño Corn Bread »André Baranowski
Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema)

Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema)

The flavor of ripe summer strawberries is front and center in these creamy treats, which are brightened with just a touch of fresh lemon juice. Get the recipe for Strawberries and Cream Ice Pops (Paletas de Fresas y Crema) »Michael Kraus
Eric Janes