One of our newer holiday traditions that we ourselves created is to host a holiday dinner party with Kyle's family.  The first year we served beef wellington; the next year was a Swedish Christmas theme with red, apple, and straw decor and a meal of Swedish meatballs, spring sandwiches, and sipping on aquavit; and this year we decided to go Mexican!
This was by far the least stressful dinner party we've ever hosted.  First off, I made the enchiladas (the most time consuming dishes) two days in advance and froze them until the day of the party.  The house was already decorated for the holidays, so I didn't have to do that.  And the house is always, or very nearly, showing-ready, so I didn't have much cleaning to do either.

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...


Chunky Salsa & Scoops Tortilla Chips
(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)

Stuffed Jalapenos
(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


Feliz Navidad Sangria
(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


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