If you're looking for food ideas that will delight your wedding reception guests, consider a Mexican cuisine-inspired menu. Full of flavor and ranging from mild to spicy, Mexican food offers something for everyone. Another benefit is that you can design the menu to fit any type of budget.
You can either choose to have your reception catered by your favorite local Mexican restaurant, or make the menu items yourself. As another option and a way to save both time and money, have just the main courses, such as burritos and enchiladas, professionally catered, and make the appetizers and desserts in your own kitchen.
When you're designing the perfect wedding reception menu, consider your guests' food preferences and dietary concerns, and tailor it accordingly. For instance, provide a mix of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free Mexican food items to accommodate everyone on your guest list.
Here are some Mexican cuisine-inspired menu ideas to get you started:
1. Chips and Dips
It wouldn't be a Mexican-themed celebration without a variety of fresh dips. Whip up some cool, creamy guacamole, salsa made with tomatoes, lime juice, onions and jalapenos if you prefer some heat, and rich, smooth queso.
Consider making a few batches of each type of dip, making some with spicy peppers and some without. As another idea, keep the dips mild and include fresh diced jalapenos in a bowl on the side so that each guest can adjust the heat levels to his or her liking.
Provide guests with small, round tostada shells and allow them to pile them high with toppings such as refried beans, shredded cheese, lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Tostadas can also double as main courses for children or guests with lighter appetites.
1. Family-Style Enchiladas
Keep things easy and delicious by serving up enchiladas family-style. Make enough enchiladas, filled with items such as refried beans, shredded chicken and beef, to accommodate all of your guests and place the pans over heat to keep them warm. Party-goers can serve themselves, and customize their plates with sour cream, chopped green onions and other fresh toppings.
2. Taco Bar
If you are looking for another fun and simple way to treat your reception guests to Mexican cuisine, you could try this out - set up a taco bar. Include a mix of hard, soft and salad shells, as well as all of the traditional taco ingredients. Friends and family members can move down the line buffet-style, creating their own taco masterpieces as they go.