Serve Tex Mex Food at Your Halloween Party

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America’s current way of celebrating Halloween originates from the ancient Celts and their celebrations of the end of the harvest season.

But we also get a lot of our traditions from Mexico: the practice having of decorating with skeletons and/or dressing like one the night before the Day of the Dead, which is November 1, is a big one. Thus, on Halloween (the night before the Day of the Dead), we dress as spooks and goblins.

So it’s very appropriate to serve Tex Mex food at a Halloween party.

Celebrating Halloween with ghosts and skeletons comes to us from Mexico. Therefore it’s completely appropriate to celebrate the day before the Day of the Dead (that would be Halloween) with some great Tex Mex dishes.

Read below for a Halloween Tex Mex dish idea to treat your little ghouls and goblins.

If you’re hosting a party for teens, why not spice the party up with some Tex Mex lasagna?

For ingredients you’ll need a pound of lean ground beef; a cup of frozen diced onion, red and green bell pepper and celery; 3 minced garlic cloves; one tablespoon of chili powder, one tablespoon of chipotle seasoning blend,; a 24-ounce jar of mild salsa; a 15-ounce can of dark red kidney beans, drained; a 10-ounce can of enchilada sauce; a 10-ounce package of frozen white kernel corn (thaw it); 16 six-inch corn tortillas, four cups of shredded cheese; and sour cream and chopped tomatoes.

Cook the beef, diced onion, peppers, celery, and garlic cloves in a large skillet (non-stick) over medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, stirring often until the veggies are tender and the ground beef is no longer pink and “crumbles.”

Stir in the salsa and the chili powder, the chipotle and the kidney beans. Cook another 5-10 minutes.

Take two tortillas (overlap their edges) and place one cup of the beef mixture and ½ cup of cheese into a lightly greased baking dish. Repeat the layers. Then repeat the procedure with three more baking dishes. Cover the dishes in non-stick aluminum foil.

Bake (keep the dishes covered) for 30 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Then uncover and bake another 5 minutes or until their bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving with your desired toppings.

Celebrate All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) the right way: by coming to the Mattito’s nearest you for some great Tex Mex food. Go ahead and dress in costume!

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