How to Create a Mexican Patio Party

Flavor-rich fare and easy prep options make Mexican cuisine the perfect go-to for an outdoor dinner party.

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    The Menu

    Simple Mexican classics turn dinnertime into a fiesta. This easy-to-follow meal plan is your ultimate guide for a fun, festive cookout.

    -- Margaritas
    -- Guacamole Soup
    -- Barbecue Quesadillas
    -- Mexican Chorizo Noodle Bowl
    -- Skillet Tostadas

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    Margaritas mixed with fresh-squeezed limes make any meal a special occasion. Served on the rocks, this low-maintenance aperitif will get your party started in style.

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    Guacamole Soup

    This mouthwatering starter transforms the fresh citrus and avocado flavors of guacamole into a sophisticated first course. Luckily, our recipe is as effortless as it is delicious.

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    Barbecue Quesadillas

    Quesadillas serve double duty as a versatile and no-fuss menu option. This recipe makes the most of chicken and tangy barbecue sauce, but you can also try combos like Havarti and turkey or bacon, tomato, and avocado. The next four slides break down our Barbecue Quesadillas recipe step by step.

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    Step 1: Coat Tortillas

    For your first step in preparing Barbecue Quesadillas, place tortillas on waxed paper and spray one side of each with nonstick cooking spray. Next, turn the tortillas over. Step 2 provides tips for topping.

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    Step 2: Topping Tips

    After coating the tortillas in Step 1, you're ready to start topping. Top half of the uncoated side with cheese, green chilies, and barbecue sauce with chicken. Our next slide will show you the basics of cooking Barbecue Quesadillas.

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    Step 3: Cooking Quesadillas

    Once you've topped your tortillas in Step 2, fold each tortilla in half and fold down gently. Cook the quesadillas until they are golden brown. Serving Barbecue Quesadillas is easy with our fourth and final step.

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    Step 4: Serving Basics

    Place cooked quesadillas on a cutting board after following Step 3. Using a sharp knife, cut each quesadilla into three wedges. Try crowning your quesadillas with one of our recommended toppings included in the recipe.

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    Mexican Chorizo Noodle Bowl

    Bold, zesty chorizo sausage can be counted on to fire up your menu. In the next 2 slides, we'll take you through the basics to preparing the sausage for this extra-spicy entree.

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    Step 1: Preparing the Chorizo Sausage

    First, use a sharp knife to cut through the thin casings on the uncooked sausage. The next slide shows how to remove the sausage from the casing.

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    Step 2: Removing Sausage from Casing

    After cutting the casings in Step 1, use a fork to break apart the sausage. Now you're ready to proceed with the Mexican Chorizo Noodle Bowl recipe.

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    Skillet Tostadas

    Nacho cheese soup is this crunchy Mexican favorite's secret to success. It makes the meat topping extra creamy and rich. Additional toppings, like sour cream, guacamole, shredded cabbage, and chopped radishes provide extra color and crunch.

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    Anyone Can Cook

    Anyone Can Cook is an innovative cookbook that encourages those new to the kitchen to make simple tasty meals, while providing the tools to move on to more complex recipes.

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