A Menu for an Unbeatable Backyard Fiesta

Whether it’s a birthday party or you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Southerners don’t need many excuses to dine outside, and a Mexican-style fiesta is the perfect complement to an alfresco setting. Set up a buffet style table loaded with a delicious spread of Summer Salsa, Creamy Guacamole, Savory Black Beans, and Roasted Corn and Poblano Salad. For the main dish, fire up the grill and prepare our Marinated Flank Steak. Then simply load up your plate, sip your Peach Margarita, and enjoy. Just be sure to leave room for dessert, because you don’t want to miss the Banana Chimichangas, best served al la mode with a drizzle of caramel sauce.


Summer Salsa
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  1. 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  5. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 1 large onion, chopped
  10. 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  1. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pulse until desired consistency is reached.
  2. Add onion and cilantro, and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Cover and chill 2 hours. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 days.
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Creamy Guacamole
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  1. 8 ripe avocados, mashed
  2. 1 large tomato, seeded and chopped
  3. 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  4. 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  5. 1/4 cup sour cream
  6. 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  7. 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and chill.
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