How to Throw A Mexican Dinner Party

So you want to throw a Mexican dinner party at home? Dan Murphy's recently came to my house to see what I’d whip up so keep on reading for what I served:


Obviously you have to have Margaritas, but for a party, I’d opt for:
  • Spicy Mango Blender Margaritas with a Tajin rim. Chuck all into a blender. It’s the easiest way to serve Margaritas en masse for 8-10 people. 
  • Watermelon Margaritas are another really fun, easy en masse party Margarita. You can carve out the watermelon and use it as the bowl to serve in. Mix up the margarita in advance and your guests can serve themselves.
  • Palomas are another fun and easy pour over cocktail option. It’s just tequila, grapefruit juice and soda, you can see it in action below:


  • If you want a beer option, Pacifico would be my beer of choice for a Mexican night.

You can also get your guests to brig over a bottle of wine, a white and a red is always great!

Don’t forget to stay hydrated and have plenty of water for your guests. Bottles of chilled sparkling water is always good for a party, I love San Pellegrino.


  • Make a salsa. I’ve made a pineapple salsa served inside a carved out pineapple half for this spread. It has pineapple, capsicum, lime, red onion, chilli and coriander all finely chopped in it. 
  • Pico de Gallo- a mixture of finely chopped, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, coriander and lime.
  • A big batch of guacamole and serve it with an even bigger serving of tortilla chips.
  • Grilled Corn (Elotes), but instead of the traditional Mexican version that normally has cheese, I serve mine the Vietnamese way, with a salted spring onion oil.
  • For mains a dish like Pork Carnitas Tacos is a crowd favourite and a good ‘prepare in advance the day before’ dish. It’s a marinated pulled pork shoulder served on soft corn tortillas. Plus you can use the pico de gallo, guacamole and salsa above as part of your fillings for the tacos.

I hope this inspires you for your next dinner party at home!