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Host a Sizzling Summer Fiesta

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Sweet Pepper Tequila Shrimp Cocktail
Tempting Taco Grilled Pizzas
Giddyup Guacamole with Blue Aztec Chips
Twist of Lime Margaritas
Hoppin' Jalapeño Veggie Shooters

(Family Features) Spice up your next backyard party or add a splash of fresh flavors and colors to a family meal. It's easy to host a fiesta that will make everyone say "Ole!"

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  • Chill your platters to help keep veggies and shrimp cocktails cold.

  • Look around the house for items to create a colorful tablescape - brightly colored candles, beads or scarves, south-of-the-border travel or cookbooks, and pretty flowers from the garden help set the tone for fun.

  • Keep a basket of colorful hand-held mini fans nearby so guests can cool off whenever they need to.

For the big event, make these delicious, fiesta-themed dishes ahead of time so that you have plenty of time to enjoy the fun along with your guests. And the best part - most of these recipes don't require cooking, which lets you keep your cool in the kitchen.

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Sweet Pepper Tequila Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients
  • 1 jar Tastefully Simple Sweet Pepper Jalapeño Jam
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons Sauza Tequila
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cleaned, cooked, deveined shrimp

Preparation
    1. Combine first 4 ingredients in medium bowl; mix well. Chill; serve with shrimp.

Serves
Makes 1 1/4 cups

Tempting Taco Grilled Pizzas

Ingredients
  • Tastefully Simple Tempting Taco Cheese Ball Mix
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons Tastefully Simple Simply Southwest Seasoning & Rub, or to taste
  • 8 6-inch pita breads
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup finely diced tomato
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation
    1. Combine first 2 ingredients; chill for 2 hours. Heat grill to medium.
    2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef with seasoning and rub; drain and set aside. Let cheese ball mixture soften at room temperature until spreadable.
    3. Lightly brush 1 side of each pita with oil. Grill, oiled side down, until bottom is just crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to work surface, grilled side up. Spread each pita with cheese ball mixture; top with ground beef mixture, tomato and cheese. Return pita pizzas to grill. Grill, covered, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Serves
Makes 8 servings

Giddyup Guacamole with Blue Aztec Chips

Ingredients
  • 1 cup prepared Tastefully Simple Giddyup Guacamole Mix
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 - 3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 bag Blue Aztec Chips

Preparation
    1. Combine first four ingredients, stir to blend. Serve with chips.

Serves
Makes about 1 1/2 cups guacamole

Twist of Lime Margaritas

Ingredients
  • 1 container Tastefully Simple Twist of Lime Margarita Mix
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Sauza Tequila
  • 2 12-ounce cans beer

Preparation
    1. Add ingredients, stir to blend and chill. When cooled, pour over ice and garnish with fresh lime wedges.

Serves
Makes about 4 (8 ounce) servings

Hoppin' Jalapeño Veggie Shooters

Ingredients
  • 1 packet Tastefully Simple Hoppin' Jalapeño & Bacon Dip Mix
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (real mayonnaise only)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons milk
  • Carrots, celery, green and red bell peppers - sliced julienne/matchstick-style

Preparation
    1. Combine first 4 ingredients; stir to blend. Chill 2 hours and spoon mixture into an empty squirt bottle. Using squirt bottle (or a small plastic bag with a small hole in one corner), fill 12 shooter or shot glasses with about 1 inch of dip mixture. Place a variety of julienne vegetables, upright, into each glass. Refill dip and vegetables as needed.

Serves
Makes 12 servings

SOURCE: Tastefully Simple



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