Menu: A Casual Mexican Spring Dinner Party

Sour Cream Nachos

Sour Cream Nachos

Here is a simple but tasty snack of melted cheese, beans, and tortilla chips. See the recipe for Sour Cream Nachos »Laurie Smith

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.

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