Outdoor Mexican Grill Party

This Mexican-inspired menu from Lanny Lancarte, chef and owner of Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana in Fort Worth, Texas, adds a south-of-the-border flair to traditional alfresco entertaining.

  • Mixed Grill With Cilantro Pesto
    Shirley Harrington, Southern Living Foods Editor, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Mixed Grill With Cilantro Pesto

    Grill a couple of meat options–thick pork chops and beef fillets–and top with Cilantro Pesto. If you slice the meat into smaller tasting portions, guests can try a little of each meat with the sauce.
  • Lanny's Salad With Candied Pumpkin Seeds
    Shirley Harrington, Southern Living Foods Editor, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Lanny's Salad With Candied Pumpkin Seeds

    Prep for Lanny's Salad is similar to the sugared pecan-and-cheese-topped salads you may have made before. Queso fresco tastes and crumbles a little like goat cheese or feta cheese and is often sprinkled on refried beans and enchiladas. Find it at supercenters or Hispanic markets.
  • Grilled Artichokes and Asparagus
    Shirley Harrington, Southern Living Foods Editor, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Grilled Artichokes and Asparagus

    Though artichokes and asparagus might not seem like they jive with the rest of this Mexican menu, Lanny thought they'd be a great vegetable side anyway! To eat artichokes like a pro, pull each leaf through your teeth to enjoy the tender portion on the bottom of the leaf.
  • Pomegranate Margaritas
    Shirley Harrington, Southern Living Foods Editor, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Pomegranate Margaritas

    Cool off with these delicious margaritas, signature drinks at Lanny's Forth Worth restaurant. He recommends using plata (silver) tequila.
  • Shrimp Mojo de Ajo
    Shirley Harrington, Southern Living Foods Editor, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Shrimp Mojo de Ajo

    For this dish, brush shrimp with a five-ingredient sauce of olive oil, garlic, chiles, lime juice, and salt. The guajillo chiles Lanny calls for are dried peppers with a bright tangy taste and kick of heat.
  • Berries With Tequila Cream
    Shirley Harrington, Southern Living Foods Editor, Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Berries With Tequila Cream

    Make the sauce for this dessert the day before the get-together to save time. That way, all you have to do the day of is drizzle it over mixed berries and serve!

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