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mexican corn, vegan lime avocado pie + taquitos {party}

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Down here in Southern California, our food is heavily influenced by Mexico. You will see a Mexican restaurant on every corner and I couldn’t be more pleased with that. This past weekend I decided to have friends over to watch some seasonal basketball and celebrate Mexican flavors via rolled tacos, taquitos, Mexican street corn (elotes), tomatillo salsa and a raw vegan lime avocado pie — a very yummy spread indeed!

Entertaining can be stressful if you make a menu that is too ambitious. Unless Bobby Flay is your guest of honor, go easy on yourself. Create a menu with similar ingredients to save on the grocery bill and take shortcuts where you can. My shortcut this time was Delimex Rolled Tacos and Taquitos. These frozen snack/meal starters are perfect for parties as they are finger foods with no mess. I used to eat these all the time as a kid, they were always in the freezer. My favorite variety these days is the Chicken and Cheese Taquito – so yum!

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You can find Delimex products at Walmart in the middle refrigerators between the meats and the regular aisles.

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To pair with the taquitos, I knew I would need a couple sides.  Keeping with the theme of easy entertaining (especially for a group of guys watching basketball) I popped by my local Mexican mart for some fresh tomatillo salsa and freshly fried tortilla chips.  Easy peasy! I also grabbed refreshing sodas my guests could just grab and go. Orange lollipops were also mandatory, of course.

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If you have been to Mexico, you have no doubt run into the Elotes Man, a guy with the tastiest street cart you will find down there.  I cannot describe to you how great Mexican Street Corn (Elotes) is.  Okay, yes I can.  The corn is charred on the grill, slathered with creamy, tangy mayonnaise/crema blend, topped with salty cotija cheese, sprinkled with spicy, flavorful pepper mix (chiles de arbol + guajillo) and finally topped with fresh cilantro.  I mean, it is the best way possible to eat corn.

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For my party, I thought it would be most fun to set it up an elotes bar so everyone could make their own corn.  I piled the grilled corn up next to all the toppings and everyone has free reign to make their corn as cheesy or as spicy as they wanted!

#DelimexFiesta Elotes bar mexican street corn

I am now 100% addicted to Mexican street corn and couldn’t imagine going back to the ol butter and salt method of my previous life!

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There was a lot of spice floating around this spread, so I decided to also make a chilled desert, a raw, vegan desert.  This is a no bake lime pie basically.  The crust is nutty and sweet, a blend of almonds, pecans, coconut, dates, agave nectar and lime zest.  Best crust EVER (gluten-free) and you don’t even have to bake it, although you certainly could!

#DelimexFiesta raw vegan pie crust

The filling I chose was lime-avocado, bright and refreshing – perfect for Mexican food.  This mixture will need to be chilled to hold together, frozen is even better.  I prefer to freeze these pies, then a few minutes before serving I let them sit out to warm up a bit.

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These little pies are for everyone — raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and full of nutrition!  Kids love them, even those who don’t particularly care for avocado like my daughter.  She has no idea. ;)

#DelimexFiesta raw vegan dairy free lime avocado pie

For decor, I simply searched around town for orange and black items, some netting, a few basketballs… keep it simple, right?  I did decide to make my own hoops that I placed in corners around the house.  You can make them too, you only need an embroidery hoop, a basketball net, orange duct tape and a few pipe cleaners.  I found my nets at the 99 Cents Only store, so the cost of this craft was really low!

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…and this was the final tablescape before people began to arrive at my home…

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  1. April 2, 2015 at 8:01 am — Reply

    How does one score an invite to your next party?! The Mexican street corn looks amazing – and that lime avocado pie has my mouth watering! Like you, I love taking a little help from the store when hosting parties – and Delimex foods are one of my go-to items! #client

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