Mexican food is made for sharing with family and friends. Whether you are looking to go all out with a showstopper of a formal sit down menu, a casual Mexican buffet for a large gathering, we are sharing everything you need to have an epic Mexican Dinner Party at home.
First things first, you need to decide on the vibe that your Mexican dinner party is going to have. It will depend on the number of people that are coming. To make things simple, we would suggest two different choices. For numbers over 8 people, we would suggest an informal and very casual DIY style Mexican buffet feel, with sharing appetisers and a big Taco or Fajita spread for the main course. There is nothing to stop you from doing this for smaller numbers too! However, the second option would be a sit-down affair, and more formal. This is better suited to a group of 8 or less, and could involve a proper starter for each guest, and then a main Mexican showstopper of a dish!
Gran Luchito's Informal and Fun Mexican Buffet Menu
If you’ve decided on an informal and very casual Mexican dinner party, we recommend a relaxed Mexican buffet menu which is particularly great if you are hosting larger numbers. Read on for our recommendations for crowd-pleasing Mexican buffet platters. We recommend starting with an appetiser spread wherever you are serving pre-dinner drinks, whether on a table in your sitting room, kitchen, or outside terrace/garden that everyone can pick at whilst enjoying drinks!
If you are going to throw a Mexican dinner party, the beauty of entertaining with Fajitas is that you can place the fajita filling on a big platter, put out fajita toppings in bowls with a side of Soft Taco Wraps and everyone assembles their wraps just as they would like. Our crowd pleasing fajita recipes include Chicken Fajitas with Chipotle, Steak Fajitas and Vegetarian Fajitas.
With everyone getting involved in the assembly, Fajitas is definitely the easier option. Be sure to check out all our fajita recipes.
Formal Sit Down Mexican Dinner Party Menu
Now our dinner party menu for a sit-down, more formal fiesta for a smaller group of up to 8.
We like to start our Mexican dinner party with Margaritas, chips and salsa. We therefore recommend kicking off your formal dinner party by offering each guest an icy Chipotle Margarita when they arrive.
For starters, we recommend choosing from delicious Grilled Shrimp made with a secret nutty marinade of Crunchy Salsa Macha, alternatively some warming Pozole Soup, or a colourful chopped Mexican Salad.
The main course needs to be a real showstopper of a dish. Something that is bound to impress your guests and have them asking for seconds.
For this, we would recommend making Enchiladas. What makes it great, aside from the melted cheese and sauce, is that most of the work is done in advance, so there is no last-minute cooking or tidying to do. All you do is slip the dish you prepared earlier into the oven and hey presto!
A crispy green salad pairs well with enchiladas, but be sure to check out our Mexican sides if you would like more recipe inspiration.
With either a formal sit down dinner party or casual buffet, there’s quite a lot of delicious food, but just in case anyone has saved room for pudding we have a few ideas to end the meal on a sweet note!
A few of our favourite Mexican puddings to end the fiesta on a sweet note from our friends at Delish are:
Homemade Churros – fried dough coated in cinnamon and sugar served with a chocolate dip
Flan – a baked custard with indulgent caramel sauce
Dulce de Leche – epic caramel made with sweetened condensed milk
Find in the Mexican Section
Gran Luchito's Best
Mexican Dinner Party Dishes
Here you will find all the Mexican recipes we think are fab for entertaining friends and family at home. Fajitas, Tacos and Enchiladas as well as Mexican Classics are top of the list! Have a scroll through and see what interests you and then get planning, whether it’s a casual or fancy Mexican dinner party.
Be creative with leftover veg in Vegan Fajitas with chipotle refried beans! We use tenderstem broccoli, spring onions, green beans, yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes and coriander in ours!... See full recipe
Turkey Enchiladas has to be one of the best ways to make use of any holiday leftovers! Crisp up those remains, and make them into a delicious, melty, hot and oozing dish for your family.... See full recipe
Make your fajitas summery, fresh and light by using halibut instead of the usual chicken or beef! These Fish Fajitas are delightful with just a squeeze of lime and some Chipotle Crema.... See full recipe
The simple combination of Chipotle Paste, butter, lemon zest, and parsley are mixed together to create a delicious smoky butter. The butter is then spread over the salmon and cooked!... See full recipe
Caldo Tlalpeño is a hearty Mexican soup made with a chicken and tomato based broth, shredded chicken, vegetables and rice. It's seriously nourishing and satisfying, perfect for the cold!... See full recipe
A filling of slow cooked tender beef brisket makes this enchiladas recipe especially delicious and worthy of any special occasion, or get-together with friends.... See full recipe
Download Our Free Guide To Mexican Classics
Free Mexican Classics Cookbook
Save £10 on our Ultimate Mexican Bundle Box (UK only)
Monthly newsletters with our latest recipes and special offers
Here are our most frequently asked questions about hosting a Mexican Dinner Party. If you’d like to ask one, please do so in the comments section below the recipe. To learn more about making Mexican at home, be sure to check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.
What music goes well with a Mexican Dinner Party?
Here are the tunes on our favourite Mexican Dinner Party playlist:
Paco De Lucia, Entre Dos Aguas
The Champs, Tequila Song
James Taylor, Mexico
Gypsy Kings, Bamboleo
Los Rancheros, El Che y Los Rolling Stones
No Llores Mas Morena, Pedro Suarez-Vertiz
La Flaca, Jarabe de Palo
Willy Ferrer, Dejame
Ruben Blades, Plastico
Mana, Oye Mi Amor
What's the most common dinner in Mexico?
Dinner is quite a bit different in Mexico where you will find it is a much smaller meal of leftovers wrapped in tortillas. Lunch is typically the bigger meal of the day in Mexico.
What's the best way to feed a crowd at a Mexican dinner party?
We think large roasting joints that can be slow cooked are not only easiest and economical but also delicious and special. Place the tender slow cooked meat on a platter and serve with warm tortillas, sides of rice and beans and some taco garnishes.