9.14.2017

Making Time for Friends with Tecate

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I'll be honest- I wasn't much of a social butterfly before I had kids. But having two munchkins that need to be in bed every night by 8:00 PM, has all but killed what little social life I had. I've had to adjust my expectations for what constitutes "social time." Basically, what it boils down to is, I can't expect to be shutting down bars at 3:00 AM. (Babies have a tendency to wake up at 7:00 AM, regardless of whether you were out all night or not).

If I want to catch up with friends and family, I have to initiate it. And the best way for me to do that, is to invite them over to my place. I don't exactly have the time, energy, or resources to throw a lavish dinner party, but truth be told- that's not really my style anyway.

There isn't much in this life better than sitting down with friends over beer and finger food. It's easy, requires little time on my part, and allows me to enjoy time spent with loved ones instead of slaving over a hot stove or refilling drinks.

A few weeks ago, we invited over Chuck's brother, whom I weirdly never see. Before he came over, I whipped up one of my favorite go-to party dishes- Veggie and Beef Empanadas. These Mexican munchies are super easy to make, and are so convenient to eat as they don't require any kind of plates or utensils! Just grab, dip, and eat. I dropped by the grocery store to pick up the ingredients and grabbed a 12-pack of Tecate Light to accompany them. I love that it's a light beer that actually carries a full, bold flavor.



Veggie and Beef Empanadas


Ingredients:
1 package - Empanada wrappers or canned pastry dough
1 lb - Ground beef
1/2 - Onion
1 - Jalapeno
1 6-oz can - Tomato paste
1 7-oz container - Mexican crema
1 - lime
1 package - Mexican spice mix (I use my own- Black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and lots of cumin!)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. While oven is heating, finely dice onion and jalapeno.

2. Brown the ground beef and spice blend on medium-high heat. Once it is mostly cooked through throw in the diced onions and peppers. Saute 3-4 minutes before mixing in tomato paste. Cook 1-2 more minutes.

3. Lightly oil a baking sheet and fill a small bowl with water. Fill empanada wrapper or pastry dough with one spoonful of ground beef mixture. Wet the edges of the dough and firmly seal with a fork. Place sealed empanada on baking sheet. Repeat until all wrappers are used- you may have extra filling.

4. Bake empanadas for 8-10 minutes, until brown. While empanadas are baking, cut the lime into quarters. In a small bowl, mix together Mexican crema and half of lime juice. (You can add more to taste).

5. Let your empanadas cool and serve with the Crema/lime dipping sauce and an ice cold Tecate.

 
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Whether you're having a girls' night in, or you're inviting over your dudes for the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight on 9/16, Tecate is the perfect beverage for fall entertaining. We had such a good evening catching up with family and it was the much-needed social time this Mom needed!



How do you make time for friends in the hustle and bustle of everyday life?

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