Also, our family members brought a few dishes to pass, which lightened the cooking load for us. It was a relaxed evening of snacking and chatting, enjoying a festive meal, friendly competition and laughing, and exchanging gifts with loved ones.
On to the food...
(tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, olive oil)
Fresh Guacamole & Lime Tortilla Chips
(avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, sea salt, olive oil)
(halved and seeded jalapenos topped with sauteed diced bacon, panko breadcrumbs, and Mexican blend cheese, and baked until the peppers and tender and the topping is crisp and browned)
Avocado Toast (Everyone's favorite. Always.)
(toast sliced baguette in the over; rub one side of each with a cut garlic clove; and top with chunked avocado, red pepper flakes, coarse sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil)
Mexican Layered Dip
(salsa, sour cream, refried beans, and shredded cheese)
Jalapeno Corn Bread
(infuse a pepper, fruity red wine with cloves and sliced oranges and limes; mix in cranberry-lime juice and lemon-lime soda)
Chicken, Red Pepper, & Onion Enchiladas
Refried Bean, Onion, & Cheese Enchiladas
Chorizo, Shrimp, & Onion Enchiladas
Roasted Corn Salad with Black Beans, Tomatoes, and Rainbow Peppers