Celebrate with ALDI! This post is sponsored by ALDI. Opinions are my own. Always have been. Always will be. I recently hosted a Mexican inspired dinner party. A dinner party doesn’t have to be a big giant stressful affair. All you need is good food, good company and a little creativity. My secret is planning and prepping. I do as much work up front as I possibly can so that I can enjoy myself when it’s time to actually sit down for the meal. How did I pull this party together? That’s simple. ALDI. I’m able to get the quality ingredients that I need, at a price I can afford. I’m in and out of the store quickly and efficiently and on my way to party prep. Here are a few tips and tricks to hosting dinner parties that I’ve learned over the years. Step 1: MENU/GUESTS. Decide on your theme and create a menu. You’ll want to check with your guests to be sure they don’t have any food allergies or restrictions in advance (good news, ALDI has food to fit every lifestyle). I decided on Mexican. Almost everyone loves Mexican, and I love the ease of preparation. My final menu included: Margaritas and Sangria Guacamole and Chips Gazpacho Tacos al Pastor Mexican Street Corn Rice Tres Leches Cake TIP: Welcome your guests with a celebratory drink and appetizer upon arrival. Freshly made margaritas and sangria helped set the tone for me. I used an award-winning red blend – Dancing Flame Ojos del Salado for the Sangria and paired it with some of ALDI’s fresh fruit. We noshed on homemade guacamole and chips while we chatted and I finished preparing the main courses. STEP 2: SHOP/PREP. Create your shopping list and shop a day or two before your actual party. The night before your party, prep as much of the food as possible. You’ll thank yourself for doing this step. For this dinner party I made the Tres Leche Cake (as it needs to sit overnight as is). I marinated the meat for the tacos, made the salsa verde, sliced/chopped garnishes, made the gazpacho, and made sauce for the corn. Day of the party, I made the sangria a few hours prior to the party (the flavors need to mingle before you do), set the table, and got all the pots/pans/utensils out that I would need to cook with. I didn’t want to be clanking around the kitchen looking for pots/pans. That’s no bueno. TIP: Knowing exactly how long and what prep each dish needs is key – this will help you plan your time accordingly. STEP 3: CLEAN/DECORATE. A few hours before your guests arrive, tidy up your party area, set your table, and remember to get yourself ready, as well. TIP: Craft paper is inexpensive and makes a fun table runner for more casual-themed parties like this one. You could even write the names of the dishes or guests on the paper itself. One of the stars of this meal was the Tacos al Pastor. I have a local taco truck that I adore, and I knew I wanted to try and recreate these tacos at home. If you haven’t had them, Tacos al Pastor is made from a pork and pineapple mixture. They’re perfect for parties because you prep everything the night before and then simply cook the meat prior to serving and assembling the tacos. The pineapple breaks down the protein in the pork and makes it incredibly tender. I was able to purchase the pork loin at ALDI for an amazingly low price. Corn tortillas, cilantro, radishes, and select spices. Check. Celebrating with ALDI couldn’t be easier. I hope you’ll give them a look for your next shopping experience and see for yourself. They have so many stores in so many locations there’s bound to be one close to you. Be sure to comment below and share your own great ALDI experience for a chance to win a $250 Gift Card to ALDI! a Rafflecopter giveaway xo!
Tacos Al Pastor
Tacos al Pastor
Name: Tacos al Pastor Image: https://bellalimento.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Tacos-al-Pastor-1.jpg Description: Prep Time: 24:00 Cook Time: :10 Inactive Time: Total Time: Total Servings: 12 Ingredients: 2 pounds pork loin – trimmed and cut into small chunks 16 ounces Sweet Harvest pineapple chunks in juice 3 tablespoons Stonemill chili powder 3 teaspoons Stonemill ground cumin 3 teaspoons ground oregano 4 cloves garlic – minced 1 large onion – minced 2 tablespoons Carlini vegetable oil 12 small corn tortillas lime wedges – to garnish fresh cilantro – to garnish radish slices – to garnish Directions: Place pork into large seal-able container or zip top bag. Add: pineapple (with juice), chili powder, cumin, oregano, garlic and onion. Mix to combine. Seal and transfer to refrigerator to marinade overnight. Heat a large non-stick skillet with vegetable oil over medium heat. Add meat (cook in batches if necessary) and cook until meat is cooked through. Stirring as necessary. To assemble: Warm tortillas in a separate skillet. Scoop desired amount of meat into tortilla. Top with desired toppings, serve with a lime wedge. Notes: Suggested garnishes: sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, salsa verde, queso fresco, sliced red onions.
Carly Williams says
I always find the best produce at Aldi for a great price!
Will G says
My great Aldi experience was when I discovered Jalapeno Cheese-curds.
Last week I bought a beautiful hanging basket. I also love Aldi’s produce and specialty products.
Diane Decker says
Thanks for the yummy recipe. And it’s gluten-free so that I can eat it! Aldi is my favorite place, not just for their prices, but because their gluten-free packaged food has been my sanity-saver. When I just must have cornbread, or brownies, or cake, I can just pull out a mix and put it together. Doesn’t happen often because I am on a very limited retirement income and have to save every penny I can. But that is why I stock up at ALDI. What would I do without them? Don’t want to know.
I shop at Aldi about 2 times per month. I would go more often if it were closer. Their produce is great, along with cheese and chocolate!
Bianca T says
i LOVE aldi! so many great deals and such an underrated store!
Nora B says
I go to aldi every weekend. I love their brie!
carol clark says
we needed to go on a quick trip to the local store because family came in and we were on a budget and we went to aldi and it saved us
Thomas Murphy says
I always find great prices at ALDI!
We always take our shopping list to Aldi first. We get quality products at great prices.
Robin Chesser says
I went to Aldi’s last week for cream cheese ( I love their brand of cream cheese)! I came home with bratwurst, German Style sauerkraut, and genoa salami, all for only 11.00 dollars. I love Aldi
I love shopping at ALDI and spending twice less than other grocery stores. My great ALDI experience was to discover my favorite European desserts sold at ALDI
Maria A. Malaveci says
???? Aldi! I love shopping there for groceries and for beauty products!
Susan Williams says
The shopping area that is closest to my house just got an Aldi. I am THRILLED. I quickly got on their email list, so each week I see what great deals they’re offering!
Debbie Welchert says
My greatest Aldi experience was a couple of years ago when we stopped at Aldi’s and I sent my daughter in to get some chicken. She came out with a large bag of chicken with drumsticks as large as my hand. I’m not kidding they were just huge. Now I have to say is that is a way to make a meal go a long way. No one complained that they were still hungry after that meal….
Aldi is super friendly to my grocery budget. I save lots by buying my canned goods, pasta, spices, bread and bakery goods there ….and have found some great seasonal buys also!
My best Aldi experience is finding baking supply and chocolate in great quality and price.
A Mexican Night sounds fun AND tasty. And I LOVE Aldi! It is and has been my main grocery store for a long time!
Thanks for this opportunity!
Gina Florencia says
Nice tacos! Great giveaway! Cheers Gina F
These look amazing! I can’t wait to get the ingredients on my next trip to Aldi’s to make this!
Great dinner party tip! Those tacos look delicious! My local Aldi always has a great produce selection. I like to pop in for fresh produce at great prices. Their natural foods selection is really nice also.
This is so awesome. Last week I went and bought 25 bags of the frozen fruit and berries. I took them home and made all of my daughters classmates homemade popsicles!
I’ve always loved ALDI for quality but their prices are great too!
Kelly D says
I always like that Aldi’s has a great selection of fresh produce. I can always count on them to have fruits and veggies that I need to prepare healthy meals for my family.
Heather B says
Aldi has the best produce and cereals the kids love!
Lisa S says
Aldi has great produce! Can’t wait to make these tacos.
Gina M says
We recently had several Aldi stores built in the Richmond, VA, so naturally they are my new favorite grocer. I love the amount of money I save, the small-scale, ease of shopping, and excellent variety of products. My grandfather shopped at Aldi stores in NY years ago, and I had be writing to Aldi for years requesting them to come to Richmond. I was so pleased when they did.
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I love going there for my produce. The prices are fantastic and my veggies and fruits taste great.
kelly tupick says
I was amazed at the excellent produce section that have!
Lynda M. says
I heard that Harrisonburg is getting an Aldi sometime next year – I hope it’s true! I’ve stopped into the one in Waynesboro and love the prices on organic produce!
This all looks so yummy!
I’ve bought shrimp at Aldi for a much lower price than at other stores. Aldi has great prices!
Kristen Brooks says
I love the products they have at ALDI and nowhere else!
I want these tacos asap! I love trying new taco recipes!
Kimberly Flickinger says
I get the best product at ALDI, love their prices. They are now building one closer to my house.
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
Thanks for all of the great tips! I am an Aldi shopper too! Love it! This recipe is a new one for me, and I can’t wait to try it!
Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet says
I love the pork/pineapple combo, yum!
I love Aldi’s fresh produce, cheese and baking supplies! Their chocolate chips are yummy! Perfect for warm chocolate chip cookies!
katerina @ diethood.com says
YUMMY!! My family would LOVE this!! I bet it tastes amaaazing!!
I love buying produce at Aldi, so much cheaper than all the other stores and it’s good too. I also love the French brioche, the Italian bread and every once in a while I find some delicious imported Italian pasta
Priscilla @ShesCookin says
Can’t go wrong with Tacos Pastor! I love all the toppings, but have a hard time keeping enough tortillas warmed for a party. Great tips, Paula!
Love Aldi. I have discovered that Wednesdays are best days to go there. Awesome deals
I’m lucky enough to have an Aldi within two miles of my home so I find a lot of great deals there all the time. From fresh produce to delicious apple pies right off the shelf to the Special Buys, I’ve found them all at Aldi.
Jennifer Wright says
I always find exactly what I need when I visit ALDI. I’m so glad I have a store so close to my job.
Those tacos look amaaaazing! And we’re obsessed with Aldi ?
I just recently started shopping at ALDI and love their produce section and how many organic products they carry
Aldi’s always has great fruit and vegetables for very reasonable prices so every time I shop there I’m happy.
Sheila K. says
Aldi has great prices!
Donna L says
They have great deals. We have a Aldi a few miles from my home.
Personally I’ve never shopped there, however, my parents are devotees. I bet they visit 3xs a week.
Betty B. says
My favorite is I found their guacamole and its amazing! Without having to make one from scratch for 7 layer dip.
Amy Tong says
I love Aldi! They always have great items at wonderful prices! 🙂 Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
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Billy Johnson says
I love Aldi it has great bargains and variety. I shop there all the time
Heather Hayes Panjon says
I’ve had many great Aldi Experiences, However one that stands out the most is last year shopping for a family holiday dinner. The store was so well organized and clean, very easy to locate and get the items I needed. Also the cashier was very kind and helpful. Overall a great experiences that keeps me going back!
Ashly H says
An Aldi popped up near me around 5 years ago and yet I still have never actually shopped there. I keep on meaning to stop in but I just wind up stopping at my usual stores.
Rhonda M says
made this for my husband and son and they loved them,Thank you
Jessica | Novice Chef says
Taco Tuesday is screaming my name with this!
Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny says
Holy YUM! This looks SOO good!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Our favorite tacos! Wish I had these for dinner tonight!
Whenever I can’t locate something right away, their is always a kind customer service person to point me in the right direction. I also love their prices and atmosphere.
I got rave reviews for a salad bar I had made for a party — the produce came from Aldi’s!!!
amanda whitley says
my closest aldi is an hour away and i make the drive to stock up since they have unbeatable prices and a great selection.
Jenny Ham says
I went to Aldi’s and was amazed at the great choices and low prices. I bought a beef brisket there was the best brisket I ever had. They have lots of great fresh fruit and veggies.