Who said a party always means lot of people and loads of dishes? Few weeks back we had a taco party, on a weekday, just the two of us. I spiced up a so-so meal into a celebration. Celebration of… well, nothing; barely making through the work week. Though it may sound crazy, it did lighten our spirits. No dishing out dinner course after course, no trouble getting dressed and looking civilized. A casual party in our PJs did make us feel ‘special’. It worked out so well that I am planning to do it more often. It is totally stress free and you can prepare whatever you are in the mood for. This can be served for 2 or 20. You can make it vegan or vegetarian. It can be healthy or indulgent. Towards the end, I even gathered everything in one bowl, crushed few taco shells and made myself a big bowl of salad; crunchy, tasty and bold. Well, you get the idea.1. Refried beansIngredientsPinto beans – 1 can, drained and rinsed
Onion – 1/2 , chopped
Bell pepper – 1/2 , chopped
Tomato paste – 1 tbsp
Garlic – 2 cloves, minced
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Chipotle chili (in adobo) – 1, minced
Adobo sauce – ½ tsp
Oregano – 1 tsp
Chipotle in adobo sauce is available in small cans. Chipotle is smoked jalapeno and is sold in a preserve called adobo sauce, which is ketchup, vinegar and other seasoning depending on the brand. I have used the adobo sauce for heat, omit if you cannot handle much heat.
Heat oil and sauté onion and bell pepper until soft. Add all other ingredients with ½ cup of water and bring it to a boil. Simmer until everything comes together.2. Pico De GalloIngredientsRipe tomatoes – 3, seeded and chopped
Red onions – ¼, chopped
Jalapeno – 1, minced, seeded if desired
Cilantro – a handful, chopped
Juice of a lemon
Mix all of the above and let it sit for the flavours to develop.3.
Follow the recipe blindfolded. It works every single time.4. Shredded Lettuce and Taco Shells
Shred lettuce as needed. Slightly warm the taco shells by microwaving 'em for 30 seconds. Use tortillas for soft tacos or fajita party.