A Quinceañera is the Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday. This birthday is celebrated differently from any other birthday, as it recognizes her journey from childhood to young womanhood. Though the celebration varies significantly across countries, one thing they all have in common is a shared meal. This menu will enable guests of all eating ideologies to share in the dinner festivities.
Chicken Taquitos (O)
Beef Taquitos (O)
Garden Salad with Ranch Dressing (LV) and Mango Dressing (V)
Refried Beans (V)
Mexican Rice (V)
Spinach Enchiladas (LV)
Grilled Beef and Chicken Fajitas (O)
Sautéed Onions and Sweet Bell Peppers, Chopped Tomato (V)
Shredded Lettuce, Diced Onion, Sliced Jalapeno (V)
Guacamole and Salsa (V)
Grated Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream (LV)
Taquitos are a good appetizer, as they are finger foods and therefore easy for your guest to eat while they are milling about. Go simple for these—get frozen chicken and beef taquitos at the grocery store. They can go straight from the oven onto serving dishes.
You can also put the Spinach Enchiladas together the night before, or in the morning. Put them in the oven about 30 minutes before you want to serve them.
In the meanwhile, dice the tomatoes and mince the onion and pepper for the Mexican Rice. It will only take about 20 minutes to cook once you have everything in the pan, but the preparation takes a little while. The Refried Beans use canned beans and are very quick. Start cooking them when the enchiladas are in the oven and the rice is on the stove.
Make the Salsa anytime. If the night before fits into your schedule better, it will certainly keep.
If you marinate your flank steak and chicken for fajitas, do it early in the day or the night before as well. Fire up the grill a couple of hours before you want to serve—or earlier if you are having a large crowd and are grilling a lot of meat. Cut and sauté the onions and bell peppers on the stove. Chop and shred the accompaniments.
Make the Guacamole last.
If you have a good way to serve piping hot Sopapillas without tying yourself to the stove, then those are a great dessert. Otherwise, make Wedding Cookies the night before. Their crumbly sweetness is a perfect topper for this meal.
Most of all, enjoy your day as your beautiful girl celebrates her coming of age.
Until next time,
Lisa, (aka Veggie Gal)