Mexican Fiesta Menu (Party in the Kitchen)

This Mexican fiesta menu features zesty, yet healthy Mexican-inspired recipes that fit many special diets such as vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

This post is the second in a series on integrating healthy cooking into your lifestyle. Here’s our main thesis: healthy eating should be fun and easy to incorporate in everyday life. One of the most effective ways we’ve found is cooking with friends as entertainment.

And what’s more fun than a Mexican-themed party? In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we set out to create a Mexican fiesta menu with our dear friend, Dan. He’s one of those friends who’s more like a brother; he’s a doctor and we often cook dinner together and dream about ways to change the world through food and health. He also loves to dance, which is essential in the kitchen (see above).

We shot these photos with the goal of capturing the pure joy of being in the kitchen. All the photos are “unscripted” and represent the time we spent making this meal: no staging or photoshopping. Not much makes Alex and me happier than cranking up the music, chopping some vegetables, and ending up with a delicious and healthy meal. Below the photos, you’ll find the Mexican fiesta menu, other recipes, and some music options. (And a few of my salsa moves…)

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu | A Couple Cooks

Mexican Fiesta Menu

Chipotle Black Bean Lettuce Wraps served with
Guacamole & Mango Salsa

Homemade Tortilla Chips

A zesty yet healthy meal that fits many special diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free
Serves 4

Looking for more easy Mexican recipes?

Fire Roasted Tomato Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips
Loaded Huevos Rancheros Tacos
Lentil Tacos
Mexican Lasagna
Mexican Pizza
Black Bean Tacos with Radish Salsa and Feta
Enchilada Skillet
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

And for dessert…

Margarita Tarts
Chocolate Chili Tofu Pudding

To listen…

Make a Google Play, Pandora, or Spotify station based on (and listen to):

El Rey Tiburon by Maná
Salomé by Chayenne
Other recommendations?

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

6 Comments

  • Reply
    Erica
    May 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

    That apron is the cutest!! And I love your kitchen, it’s so bright and open. This fiesta menu looks insanely good, and I looked at that margarita tart and I’m dying to make them for my friends, they would love that. Enjoy the beautiful Indy weather this week, apparently it’s supposed to be 80 degrees!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    May 4, 2015 at 7:29 am

    You’re definitely on to something showing how to integrate healthy cooking into any lifestyle. Love this menu and loved seeing your salsa moves. ;-) It happens to be my personal favorite style to dance to myself.

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    May 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Totally the best gif ever. Sonja, your salsa moves are insane. Plus there’s nothing more that I want in my life right now than a Mexican fiesta. I’m coming over next time ;)

  • Reply
    Ashley
    May 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Adorable!!!! What a fun + pretty post! That GIF is the best.

  • Reply
    Kate
    May 5, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Now that’s a gif! Love this, you guys!

  • Reply
    Terry Covington
    May 5, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love the dancing! And if I were 15 years younger I’d ask Dan out on a date! (Unless he’s taken.) You guys are inspiring me to change my food lifestyle. Thank you.

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