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Six Recipes for a Fiesta Inspired Cookout in Your Backyard

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Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 am, Mon Aug 11, 2014.

Backyard entertaining is getting a Mexican makeover as grillers put a new spin on summer staples like beer can chicken, corn on the cob and even frozen beverages. This menu full of vibrant flavor is perfect for a fiesta inspired cookout, just in time for Labor Day.

Dips and Salsas

1. Fire Roasted Chile Guacamole – This easy, six-ingredient homemade guacamole gets a kick of flavor from chilies that are fire-roasted on the grill before combining with garlic, fresh lime juice and cilantro. Serve with grilled meats and as a dip for tortilla chips.

2. Charred Green Chile Crema – Sour cream tames the heat of grilled green chilies in this silky crema sauce. Serve with grilled chicken, fish tacos, enchiladas and burritos. Try the Red Fresno Chile Crema for more smoky heat.
3. Smoky Pico de Gallo with Chilies & Peaches – Pico de Gallo is a fresh chunky salsa made with uncooked tomatoes. This version has an explosion of flavors from fire-roasted chilies, ripe peaches and McCormick® Grill Mates® Molasses Bacon seasoning. Serve as a dip with chips or as a topping for grilled meats and tacos.
1. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Mesquite Cilantro Butter – Make grilled corn the star of your barbecue by brushing it with a Mexican-inspired cilantro butter using McCormick® Grill Mates® Mesquite Seasoning, and sprinkling with Cotija cheese. You can also try Lime Mayonnaise, Ancho Orange Mayonnaise and Chipotle Honey Butter.
2. TIP: Create a handle for holding the corn with the husks pulled back before grilling.
Main Course
1. Mexican-Style Beer Can Chicken – Add a Mexican twist to beer can chicken by rubbing with McCormick® Grill Mates® Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Seasoning and some ground red pepper, then grilling over a can of authentic Mexican beer. You can also make Garlic Lime and Ancho Orange Beer Can Chicken.
1. Strawberry Ancho Frozen Beergaritas – To top it all off, enjoy a pitcher of strawberry beergaritas to cool off during summertime entertaining. Mix up a batch in the blender with strawberries, Mexican beer, tequila and a simple syrup using McCormick® Gourmet Collection Ancho Chile Pepper.

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