November first is the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos, aka Day of the Dead. Christy Vega from the famous Mexican restaurant Casa Vega visits Good Day LA.
She basically grew up at her family restaurant and has some helpful advice on how anyone can throw a traditional Day-of-the-Dead-themed party.
Christy says Tortilla Soup is served to “warm the souls” on their journey to the celebration; perfect for Dia de Los Muertos. Here’s her recipe from her family’s restaurant:
- 2 ounce canola oil
- 1/2 cup white onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chili paste
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin, garlic powder, dried oregano and salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
- 2 cups grilled chicken breast, diced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 large avocado, diced
- Tortilla chips or strips (garnish)
- cotija cheese, crumbled (garnish)
Heat oil in a pan. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add chili paste, spices, diced chicken, and tomato sauce. Cook until fragrant. Pour in water and chicken broth, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Ladle into a bowl and garnish with diced avocado, tortilla strips and cotija cheese.
Also, A Taco Bar is a great way to create a party atmosphere. Christy says set out bowls of toppings and let guests help themselves. The best part—It makes for less work for you, and you can spend more time enjoying the party!
Also for Day of the Dead, It’s traditional to create an altar for loved ones who have passed on.
One way to get the family involved is to have the kids help by making framed photos and candles alongside your table.
Christy has a lot more advice and recipes on how to throw a great party.
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