With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and honor our shared past with your friends, family and community. That’s why Mahatma® Rice is here to inspire you with the best street food recipes to enjoy outdoors this Memorial Day weekend. From mouthwatering burritos to tasty bites, we’ve got you covered! So, without further ado, let’s dive into some recipes!

On the Go Breakfast 

Make the most of the day by preparing a delicious breakfast meal to go! This easy Breakfast Burrito recipe is packed with a winning combo of rice, Monterey Jack cheese, luncheon meat, and salsa. As far as breakfast recipes go, it’s a low-stress, hassle-free option; so why not prepare a breakfast basket to share with friends and family in your favorite park? They’ll thank you for it!

Tasty Tacos to Go

One of the signature features of Mexican food culture is its love of outdoor eats. That’s why so many of its most beloved dishes are made for eating with your hands wherever you happen to be, making it the ideal cuisine to complement your Memorial Day activities. If you’re planning a fresh-air feast, then tacos are a great option. This recipe for Black Bean and Rice Tacos is a savory and comforting classic that’s sure to be a hit with everyone. Likewise, these Grilled Chicken Tacos with Brown Rice Salsa combine succulent chicken with nutty brown rice for an authentic Mexican street food experience. 

Grilled Chicken Tacos with Brown Rice Salsa

How to Transport Tacos 

Taking your tacos with you on a day out is easy. Here are some handy tips to help you transport them conveniently. 

  • Wrap your tacos in aluminum foil to keep the tortillas and fillings intact when you’re on the move.  
  • Prepare your taco fillings separately and add them to your tortillas when you get that taco craving. That way, you’ll avoid any seepage while you’re on the go. 
  • Pack your tacos carefully in a sealable food bag and ensure they remain in the upright position. 

Savory and Shareable Empanadas

Like their culinary cousin the taco, empanadas are perfect for when you’re craving something savory. Wrapped in crispy dough and filled with mouthwatering ingredients, it’s no wonder that the humble empanada has become such a hit among fans of quality street food. For those who like their empanada filling spicy, these Empanadas with Chorizo and Rice are guaranteed to hit the spot. Packed with fragrant Mahatma® Basmati Rice, juicy jalapeños, and mouthwatering chorizo sausage, these handheld snacks will have everyone in your group clambering for more!

Then, for those who like their empanadas meaty and cheesy, we recommend these Cheesy Beef and Rice Empanadas. Some ingredients are just made for each other, and that couldn’t be more true of ground beef and melted cheese. In this recipe we’ve opted for Monterey Jack, but cheddar or cotija cheese also go well with beef.

Spicy Croquette Recipe

Spicy Croquettes With Avocado Cream
Spicy Croquettes with Avocado Cream

Another portable and delicious street snack is our Spicy Croquettes with Avocado Cream. With a filling that’s made up of Mahatma® Jasmine Rice, chipotle, cilantro, chorizo, and queso fresco, these bite-sized croquettes are bursting with flavor. Just make sure to take one for yourself before you pass them around!

Must-Try Dips and Sauces for Nachos

What would a street food party be without a wide selection of chips and dips? Here are 4 dips to bring with you each with their own unique flavor. 

  • Guacamole: A creamy avocado-based dip with a burst of lime and cilantro.
  • Pico de Gallo: A fresh salsa made with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeños.
  • Hummus: Made with chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon, and cumin, hummus is fastly becoming one of the most popular party dips in America.
  • Tzatziki : For a mild-flavored, fresh-tasting dip, you can’t go wrong with Greek Tzatziki.

Delicious and Refreshing Dessert to Go

No food party is complete without a sweet treat to round off the feast, and that’s where our Homemade Horchata comes in. Sweet and creamy, horchata serves as the perfect complement to your savory street eats. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier to make! Ready in 10 minutes, be sure to store it in a thermos flask so that it stays cool and refreshing all day long!

Best Occasions to Enjoy Street Food

Spring really is the perfect time to be outdoors. The sun is out but the summer heat is yet to come. If you’re looking for an excuse to organize another street food party with friends or family here is a useful list of occasions you can plan your next gathering around.

  • Cinco de Mayo: A celebration of Mexican cuisine and culture, this momentous day has taken America by storm.
  • Game Day Tailgating: If you’re a sports fan, these easy to carry street food recipes will stand you in good stead.
  • Picnic for Kids: Treat the kids to a day out in the fine weather with tasty bites and snacks.
  • Music Festivals: Beat the queues on the day by preparing premade burritos, empanadas, and tacos to take with you. You’ll save both time and money!

Make this Memorial Day one to remember. These street food recipes provide the perfect excuse to get creative in the kitchen and #playwithyourfood. For more culinary inspiration be sure to check out our blog!

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