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 Oh yes, the weather is taking a turn for the fabulous.

You’ve survived the long and arduous winter; now it’s time to break out the flip-flops and live! You like plenty of spice in your life, right? I compiled this list of tempting dishes inspired by both the South and West. Let there be no borders when it comes to the very important matter of pleasing your palate.

Now, I don’t want to boast – but pretty much all of these recipes would be super-awesome features at a party!


1. Mexican Coffee Popsicles

Mexican Coffee Popsicles

What you need for these magical popsicles is espresso or really strong coffee, almond or vanilla extract, cinnamon, milk and ice! Blend it all around and you get a sweet, caffeine-filled cooler for when you’re too hot to handle.


2. Mexican Chocolate Pot de Creme

Mexican Chocolate Pot de Creme

This decadent sweet will warm the cockles of your heart with the power of cinnamon, cayenne and ancho pepper!


3. Mexican Appetizer Cups

Mexican Appetizer Cups

Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Jr. Golden Layers® refrigerated buttermilk biscuits form the base of these spicy, cheesy palate-pleasers. And no, you’re not hallucinating – that is indeed a cheesy triangular tortilla chip in the middle of it all, pointing towards the heavens.


4. Mexican Chocolate Pancakes with Dulce de Leche

Mexican Chocolate Pancakes with Dulce de Leche

All right, don’t poo-poo these pancakes. First of all, just look at them! They’re delicious and full of chocolatey, cinnamony goodness AND THEN they’re topped off with dulce de leche!


5. Mexican Party Wings

Mexican Party Wings

Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles and Taco Seasoning Mix will spice your drummies just right! Get ready to have a fiesta in your face hole.


6. Sopa Seca (Mexican Noodle Casserole)

Sopa Seca (Mexican Noodle Casserole)

This amazingly easy and tasty dish features the fantastic flavors of Old El Paso™ Green Chiles, organic fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, avocados and cojita cheese.


7. Mexican Chocolate Flans

Mexican Chocolate Flans

Cinnamon and baking cocoa take your regular flan from ho-hum to Hoooooolay! (Which technically is spelled olé… I was going for drama, folks.)


8. Pink Mexican Tamales

Pink Mexican Tamales

Why is the tamale pink? Why are there pineapples involved? Because this is a sweet, sweet dessert tamale. Get ready to make magic happen with dried corn husks.


9. Mexican Chicken Dip with Lime

Mexican Chicken Dip with Lime

Since the dawn of time, people have always wanted to dip their chips in something delicioso. It’s a human universal truth that crosses all cultural and geographical boundaries. This recipe will help you satisfy the driving desire for dip!


10. Mexican Avocado Bruschetta

Mexican Avocado Bruschetta

Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix mashed together with creamy avocado and garnished with fresh basil makes for a marvelous mouthful – sure to please all partygoers.


11. Mexican Plum Tomato Cups

Mexican Plum Tomato Cups

I’m a big fan of foods that leave you with minimal cleanup. Enter the plum tomato cup! So sweet and cute-looking and packing a powerfully flavorful punch. Plus, zero wrappers to throw away or plates to wash because you just toss the whole thing in your mouth!


12. Mexican Margaritas

Mexican Margaritas

Tequila, orange flavored liqueur and a number of additional tasty items get blended into this blissful beverage. Caution: Drink this if you’re ready to dance the night away!


13. Mexican Chocolate and Coffee Icebox Cake

Mexican Chocolate and Coffee Icebox Cake

I believe in desserts. I believe in them so much. Look at this decadent dessert and tell me you don’t believe in it too. It’s a lethal combination of sweet and spicy that will leave you sated and happy. For sure.


14. Easy Cheese Enchiladas

Easy Cheese Enchiladas

Old El Paso™ enchilada sauce, jalapenos, fresh-diced tomatoes and warm melted cheese elevate simple tortillas to the next level of yum!


15. Mini Tortilla Crust Pizzas

Mini Tortilla Crust Pizzas

It’s the perfect tasty circle for stuffing in your face! Old El Paso™ flour tortillas are topped with savory melted mozzarella, cute mini pepperonis and Muir Glen™ organic pizza sauce.


16. Mexican Michelada Cocktail

Mexican Michelada Cocktail

Dark Mexican beer gets zazzed up with Worcestershire, soy and spicy chipotle sauces. I hope you’re ready for some heat!


17. Easy Beef Tacos

Easy Beef Tacos

I’m not saying you should have a taco bar at your party, but I am saying if you did this recipe would be a great way to achieve said taco bar. And then everyone would love you forever. The end.


18. Mexican Brownies with Apricot Ancho and Dark Chocolate Ganache

Mexican Brownies with Apricot Ancho and Dark Chocolate Ganache

No, you’re not reading that wrong. This amazing thing exists and you can make it and then you can eat it. You could even share it with friends and loved ones – if you’re noble like that.


19. Grilled Picnic Nachos

Grilled Picnic Nachos

Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles and taco seasoning mix are key players in this, the easiest and tastiest of taco nacho formations. Seriously, all you need is like 15 minutes and a passion for chopping stuff.


20. Mexican Chocolate Filled Cornmeal Cookies

Mexican Chocolate Filled Cornmeal Cookies

Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies and cornmeal are combined and then wrapped around a decadent dark chocolate center, then topped off with a spicy red pepper drizzle for a cookie that is out of this world!

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