Memorial Day is around the corner, so why not take your activities outdoors and celebrate this time-honored tradition with friends, family, and the whole community? At Carolina® Rice, we believe that good food is not just for enjoying at home. That’s why we encourage you to take your culinary creativity outdoors with these delicious and easy to make street food recipes. From crave-worthy burritos to savory bites, we’ve got recipes to please all tastes!

Easy Breakfast to Go

Make the most of your day by cooking a tasty breakfast to go! This simple Breakfast Burrito features a winning combination of rice, Monterey Jack cheese, luncheon meat, and salsa. As far as breakfast recipes go, it’s a low-stress, hassle-free dish, so why not make a breakfast basket to share with friends and family at your favorite park? Just make sure you bring enough for everyone!

Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast Burrito

Tantalizing Tacos 

One of the defining features of Mexican cuisine and culture is its love of outdoor dining. Many of Mexico’s most popular dishes are perfect for eating with your hands wherever you go, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to tacos. If you’re planning a feast in the fresh air, then tacos are a great choice. These savory Black Bean and White Rice Taquitos are easy to pass around as you make your way through the neighborhood. Similarly, these Grilled Chicken Tacos with Brown Rice Salsa mix mouthwatering grilled chicken with nutty brown rice for a satisfying unique street food experience. 

Tips for Transporting Tacos

Here are some pointers to help you transfer tacos conveniently when you’re out and about.

  • Wrap tacos in aluminum foil to keep the tortillas and fillings intact while you’re on the move.
  • Make your taco fillings separately and add them to your tortillas when you’re ready to eat. This helps to avoid leakage from fillings while you’re on the go.
  • Pack your tacos gently in a sealable food bag, ensuring they remain upright.
Black Bean and White Rice Taquitos

Savory Empanadas to Share

Similar to tacos, empanadas make for the perfect portable snack to eat when you’re craving something savory. Made with crispy dough and filled with delicious ingredients, it’s no surprise that they are so popular among lovers of street food. If you like your empanada filling to be spicy, these Chorizo and Rice Empanadas are sure to hit the spot. Packed with aromatic Carolina® Basmati Rice, jalapeños, and scrumptious chorizo sausage, these easy-to-hold bakes will have everyone in your family asking for more!

Then, for those who like their empanadas meaty and cheesy, we recommend these Cheesy Rice and Beef Empanadas. Some ingredients are a match made in heaven, and that is certainly true when it comes to the combination of classic ground beef and melted cheese. In this recipe, we’ve gone for Monterey Jack, but cheddar or cotija cheese are also tasty alternatives.

Recipe for Spicy Croquettes

Portable and delicious, these Spicy Rice Croquettes with Salmon are great for sharing. Made with Carolina® Jasmine Rice, salmon, Dijon mustard, chipotle, and sour cream, these bite-sized croquettes will delight the seafood lovers in your family. Don’t be surprised if your abuela asks you for the recipe!

Spicy Rice Croquettes with Salmon

Best Sauces for Dips

What would a street food feast be without an ample supply of nachos, chips, and dips? Here are 4 dips that cover all tastes and preferences. 

  • Guacamole: A party classic that goes particularly well with nachos.
  • Pico de Gallo: For those who like their dips to come with a spicy kick!
  • Hummus: A Mediterranean dip made from chickpeas, garlic, lemon, tahini, and cumin.
  • Tzatziki: If you’re looking for something that’s both mild-flavored and refreshing, Greek Tzatziki is the way to go.

Horchata Dessert Beverage

No feast is complete without something sweet to cap things off, and that’s where our Horchata comes in. Horchata is a sweet and creamy beverage that pairs well with savory street foods. What’s more, it’s quite easy to make! Ready in 10 minutes, store it in a thermos flask to keep it chilled and refreshing all day!

Horchata made with rice and cinnamon

Alternative Occasions for Street Food Recipes

Spring and summer are well and truly the best seasons to get outdoors and spend time with loved ones. Here’s a list of possible occasions you can showcase your street food repertoire to friends and family. 

  • Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexican cuisine and culture, this momentous day has a special place in the hearts of all Americans.
  • Game Day Tailgating: Street food snacks and tailgating parties are always a winning combination.
  • Family Picnics: Treat your loved ones to a day out in the nice weather with these tasty bites and snacks.
  • Music Festivals: One way to beat the queues at festivals and concerts is to prepare premade burritos, empanadas, and tacos to take with you. You’ll save both time and money!

Make this Memorial Day a memorable one with these fun and creative street food recipes. At Carolina® Rice we encourage you to make cooking fun and #playwithyourfood. 

For more expert advice and exciting new recipes, be sure to check out our blog!

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