Fiesta time! It's starting to warm up, and for me, that means...dinner parties! One of my all-time favorite (aka easiest) dinner parties to host is taco night! When you call it a "Fiesta Dinner Party" it sounds way better - right?!
I'm going to walk you through my easy steps to help you create a fun and inviting fiesta dinner party that your guests will love! (and you'll love how easy prep and cleanup are!)
Over the years, I've had many a fiesta night, so props are always on-hand, but if you're starting from scratch, I recommend a festive napkin at each place setting. I see a lot of people go way over the top for themed dinners (I've done it too!), and I love a good theme, but if you have one or two well-placed decor items or props, the theme will come through in a classy way that's still fun and festive.
I added one mini piñata to the table for a conversation starter. I love these these! These cloth napkins would be perfect!
Now, let's move on to food. I like to keep my dinner parties SIMPLE! My husband is in charge of margaritas and guac (he makes the best!) Here's my marg recipe and the best guac recipe.
The secret to an "instagrammable" dinner party is *lots* of side dishes on the table...they add color and variety. That's perfect for a fiesta taco night, because the more salsa the better! I usually serve a pico de gallo, a red salsa, a corn salsa, maybe a bean dish, maybe some roasted fajita veggies, a side of cheese, side of cilantro, and a bowl of limes. I love having options! Of course, you'll also have your chips & guacamole, as well as your tortillas and chicken filling!
My secret chicken tinga recipe
- 2 lbs chicken breast (thawed, not frozen)
- 1 jar of salsa (we use Pace because my husband is crazy and that's his favorite)
Yes, that's it. Ha! I'm telling you...shredded chicken + salsa is the *best* taco filling! Then you add all of your toppings, and wow. So good. Every. Time. I cook my chicken on low for 4-6 hours until it breaks apart super easily. (Use a whisk to shred the chicken instead of forks) Transfer your chicken to a serving dish to put on the table.
That's it! I told you it was SO easy. This recipe is a crowd pleaser every time!