Mexico - One Plate at a Time With Rick Bayless

Fiesta In The Fast Lane

Season 6, Episode 11 of 13

Rick's having people over for a relaxed evening of parlor games. He doesn't want to spend all day cooking. But still, he wants it to be special. So he's set himself a challenge: in one hour, with one bag of groceries, he'll pull off a big-flavored spread of Mexican party food. The secret is starting with great prepared ingredients and combining them to make something exciting and new. That means finger-food like little Tuna in Jalapeno Escabeche filled with good-quality canned tuna, quickly warmed with vinegar, onions and pickled jalapenos. It means using canned chipotles to transform ordinary nuts into spicy-smoky Chipotle Roasted Nuts, and doctoring tortilla chips with lime juice and seasonings, and then baking them to make Garlicky Black Pepper Tortilla Chips. And it means an ultra-easy Wild Mushroom Queso Fundido, a hot cheese dip made extra-flavorful with a splash of beer. From a few avocados and a handful of grocery store ingredients, Rick whips up a sweet-spicy Mango Guacamole and a nutty Pumpkinseed Guacamole. And for drinks, he shares his restaurant's classic recipe for Topolo Margaritas with fresh lime and blanco tequila. It's a race to the finish-a one-bag fiesta that's fun, flavorful and, best of all, fast.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
11/15/2008
1 p.m.
11/21/2008
2:30 p.m.
3/13/2009
12:30 p.m.
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