Mexican-themed party food
Need some mexican-style drinks for the mexican birthday party you are planning? Need some mexican food ideas? Here are some ideas

Virgin sunrise


  • Orange juice
  • Grenadine


  1. Pour orange juice into a glass.
  2. Place an upside down tablespoon on the top of the orange juice and pour about two teaspoons of grenadine over the round of the spoon.
  3. The grenadine will sink to the bottom and cause a sunrise effect in the orange juice.

Gazpacho shooters


  • 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 sweet red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups tomato juice


  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Blend slightly to your desired consistency.
  3. Place in non-metal, non-reactive storage container, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight, allowing the flavours to blend.
  4. Pour into shooter glasses and garnish with deep-fried tortilla wedges

Watermelon granitas


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 cups watermelon cubes, seeds removed
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 6 thin watermelon wedges


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/3 cup of water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Transfer the syrup to a blender or food processor, add half of the watermelon cubes and the lime juice and pulse until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining watermelon cubes and blend until smooth.
  4. Pass the pureé through a coarse strainer.
  5. Transfer to a baking dish and freeze, stirring every 30 minutes with a fork, until all the liquid has frozen completely. It should be about 3 hours. Spoon the granita into tall glasses or bowls and garnish with the melon wedges.
  6. The granita can be frozen for up to two days. Stir before serving.

Frozen virgin margaritas


  • 3 cups ice
  • 250ml fresh lemonade
  • 4 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • Garnish: Sugared lime wedges (Brush lime wedges with egg white and dip into castor sugar. Dry on a baking tray before serving).


  1. Place ice, lemonade and lime juice into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and place garnish on the side of the frozen margarita.

Chicken fajitas


  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups lettuce, washed


  1. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, garlic, and Tabasco sauce, salt and blend well. Place chicken strips in sauce, stirring to coat.
  2. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  4. Drain chicken strips and add to the pan, discarding marinade.
  5. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes, stirring once halfway during cooking time.
  6. Add onion and green pepper and sauté another 5 minutes until chicken is thoroughly cooked and vegetables are tender.
  7. Sprinkle with lemon juice and remove from heat.
  8. Assemble your own fajitas with warmed tortillas, chicken filling, peppers, cheese and lettuce.

Summer salsa


  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large yellow or white onion, diced
  • ¼ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ green bell pepper, diced
  • ¼ garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup finely chopped coriander
  • ½ cup chopped spring onions
  • 1 lemon (juice only)
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Combine all vegetables together in a large bowl and squeeze in lemon juice and vinegar, sprinkle on salt and pepper.
  2. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Chill for three hours and enjoy!



  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 ½ tbsp lime juice (or juice of one fresh lime)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel the avocados and remove the pips.
  2. Peel and mince the onion and the garlic.
  3. Chop the tomato.
  4. Mash the avocado in a bowl (fun for the kids) and then stir in the remaining ingredients.
  5. Serve cold with nacho chips.

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