Carnitas Taco: Did you know that Carnitas, or slow-cooked pork, is full of Vitamins A and C? Our Carnitas Tacos are topped with avocado and onion-cilantro which makes for a fresh contrast to munch on around lunch or dinner time.
Chipotle Chicken Taco: Our shredded chicken mixed with a red sauce and a salsa queso fresco will give you the flavor bomb you need. However, is all that sauce healthy? Maybe not, so don’t be afraid to add in a few delectable veggie toppings!.
Grilled Fish Taco: Calling all seafood lovers! Cabbage salad, avocado and pico de gallo will top off your grilled Mexican Bass taco for a light, crisp finish in each bite. It’s the perfect entree for a hot day!
Grilled Veggies Taco: Zucchini, yellow squash, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, avocado, salsa and jack cheese. What more could you ask for? Whether you’ve given up meat entirely, or you’d just like to try something new, this is the taco that should be on your 2018 bucket list!
A Wonderful Way To Celebrate The Holidays
We are finally in the last month of the year; the weather is at it’s lowest temperatures, decorations are up, and Christmas is closing in. Christmas is a joyful time of unveiling presents and gathering with your family for delicious home cooking. However the holiday is ultimately celebrated for one day, but there is another Christmas tradition that is celebrated across Latin America for numerous days. It is ‘Las Posadas’, a wonderful tradition that has been celebrated for over 400 years. This is a nine day celebration that strongly continues today in Latin communities. The holiday may not be recognized to Westerners, but it is indeed a wonderful way to spend Christmas with your family.
Nine Days of Celebration
‘Las Posadas’ is a series of procession and parties held every night from December 16th to December 24th, leading up to Christmas Day. The nine days symbolize the “novenario”, the nine days of religious observance based on the number of months, Mary had Jesus in her womb. Posadas are usually held in neighborhoods in Mexico and is quickly becoming popular in the US. On each evening, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter is performed, by a man or a woman, young or old.
Re-enactments and Festivities
Every evening, the re-enactment will take place at a different house as the performers dress in costume with Mary sometimes riding a donkey. The process of Las Posadas is that Mary and Joseph travel from house to house, asking each resident for shelter by singing a special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada). They are given permission to enter when the resident of the house sings back to them offering festive foods such as hot tamales and hot ponche. Attendants may dress as shepherds and angels, holding candlesticks and paper lanterns along the way. The ritual ends when the entire procession is in the house, giving a prayer. The rituals are often followed by Christmas carols, Christmas star pinatas for the children, and a feast.
Nochebuena and Misa de Gallo
The last day of the Posadas is Christmas Eve. On this day, families will celebrate Nochebuena (“goodnight” in Spanish). As claimed by writer Connor Adams Sheets, Nochebuena is the biggest Christmas feast for the culture, usually held in family households. The dinner often features roast pork (lechon) surrounded by plates of traditional Mexican sides such as rice, beans, tamales, and salads. The celebration of Nochebuena usually lasts until the next morning on Christmas Day. The evening’s festivities is topped off with Misa de Gallo (Mass of Roosters), a midnight mass that commemorates the birth of Jesus and based on the legend of the rooster who announced to the world his birth. Sparklers and fireworks are brought out celebrating until the dawn of Christmas morning. Christmas presents are also opened at midnight and Christmas Day is used as a full day of rest, recuperating from the festivities from the night before.
Call Us For Our Holiday Catering
We’re happy to offer great hospitality and great food for our catering services. Let us help you out with you Nochebuena or Posadas feast. Our tasty tacos, freshly homemade tortillas, fajitas, rotisserie chicken, and scrumptious salads can always come in handy whenever you’re planning a big feast. Let us supply you with the freshest ingredients during the holidays. You can arrange our catering, simply by calling us at 818-612-3875 or visit our site for more info. Whether you’re planning on celebrating Las Posadas, Christmas Day, or simply a nice winter’s day, make sure to spend it with your family and friends. Happy holidays!
El Dia de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead
So, the month of October is finally upon us, as is the cooling of the weather and the ever-popular holiday of Halloween. However, Halloween is not the only important holiday that takes occurs at the end of October. We also have another festival that is today celebrated across the world but originated in Mexico. It is the Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, El Dia de Los Muertos. Believed to have been celebrated in some form or another for three millennia, it is one of the oldest holidays in human history, and strongly lives on today. However, what is it?
El Dia de Los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated across Mexico. It starts on October 31st and ends November 2nd. It is a festival largely influenced by pre-Columbian indigenous cultures to Mexico as a means of honoring one’s ancestors. As described by the late writer Frances Ann Day, El Diade Los Muertos consists of three separate dates. October 31st is All Hallows Eve, a date in which children make altars to invite the spirits of dead children to return from the dead to visit the living. November 1st is All Saints Day, when it is believed adult spirits come to visit their living descendents. November 2nd is All Souls Day, when families visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of their loved ones. Graves are decorated in colorful ways, including flowers and marigolds, lit candles, tequila and other agave-sourced alcoholic beverages for the adult spirits, toys for the children spirits, and the favorite candy of each departed family member. In addition to setting up altars, family members will often have picnics at the gravesites of their loved ones, where they will enjoy eating their loved ones’ favorite foods. This can be difficult, for as we all know cooking for large company can be both costly as well time consuming. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to!
Introducing Day of the Dead catering at Benny’s Tacos
We are happy to announce that we at Benny’s Tacos perform Day of the Dead catering. Let us take the edge off your El Dia De Los Muertos celebration. Whether you want delicious tacos with fresh handmade tortillas, cool salads made with the freshest of ingredients, high-quality chicken, quesadillas, churros, or more, we have you covered with the freshest Mexican food in Los Angeles. Allow us to handle your Day of the Dead catering so you can instead spend more time this holiday celebrating with your family. Open every day of the week from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM, we are always around to prepare delicious hot meals for your family and friends.
For the entire month of October (and November!), we will be offering 10% off of all catering. Simply call Benny directly at 818-612-3875 to get this special. To find out more information on our day of the dead catering service and how it works, you can visit our catering page.
We look forward to serving you!
Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie is West LA’s reliable Mexican food hub for delicious rotisserie chicken, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, and so much more. We want to help you navigate our menu when you’re looking for healthy choices. We also want to give you some tips to avoid foods in high calories, sodium, and fat. Some individuals may worry that this cuisine will be detrimental to their current diet; rest assured, you won’t have to worry. The common misconception about Mexican food is that it’s not good for you and we’re here to help disprove it.
Mexican Food is one of the most Popular Cuisines in the USMexican food has become one of the most eaten cuisines in the US and has become a constant staple in the average Americans’ diet. A lot of the items in the menu of Mexican restaurants in the US can be loaded with sodium and saturated fat. Nachos smothered with melted cheese and a hearty dose of sour cream can certainly give an individual a fatty sensation. Furthermore, when the average Mexican entrees include beef, chicken, cheese, fried tortillas in huge bulks; how can you eat healthy?
Skip the Chips and SalsaThe basket of delectable tortilla chips and savory salsa is often irresistible, but if you are worried about your diet, then it would be better a large basket of only that. Chips & salsa contains too much fat and calories.
Chicken Instead of Ground BeefIt’s widely known that chicken is much healthier to eat than ground beef. For those who may not know, or need a little convincing beef (and red meats in general) tend to have more cholesterol and saturated fat than chicken according to Heart.org. White meat, like chicken also contains fewer calories, for those who still want to have Mexican food but are shaving off a few calories. At Benny’s, not only do we have Rotisserie chicken but Chipotle chicken as well. So choose chicken as your preferred protein for your burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and even nachos! With Rotisserie chicken we also offer it as a Whole chicken, Half chicken, or Quarter chicken, for those who are looking for a great chicken dish without all the extra ingredients that come with items like burritos and nachos.
Come visit us in Santa Monica to check out our great Mexican menu, full of healthy or healthier options that actually taste good!
Have a Hangover?At Benny’s Tacos, we make delicious Mexican food that also happens to be the best hangover food! We all know the feeling of having one too many at a party, or just on a regular night out. Waking up the next day could feel like a chore!
So what do you do? Drink a gallon of water and take ibuprofen. But why do that when a hearty, delicious meal can do the trick? In fact, greasy food is great as a preventive measure when drinking. According to Greatist, chomping down on it either during a night out or before going out can help absorb alcohol later as you’re drinking it. Assuming you forgot to stop by Benny’s Tacos before getting too intoxicated, we still have things on the menu that can serve as really good hangover food for the day after.
Menudo SoupOur homemade Mexican soup is actually one of our traditional hangover remedies. We make it with special ingredients (like beef, tripe, chile powder, green onions and a lot more!) and served with corn tortillas. Menudo is traditionally eaten on the weekends, which is why we only offer it on Saturdays and Sundays.
According to Latin Life Menudo, “is said to stimulate the senses, rejuvenate the insides, and clear the head.” And we can guess why, the spices! The spices we use really warm your body up. Meanwhile, stimulating your senses helps relieve your headache and that pesky overall hangover feeling that you have. If you really want to sweat the hangover out, toss in some hot sauce, to give those spices a real kick! You’ll find out why Menudo is the best food for hangovers when you try ours.
Too Hungover to Make FoodHangovers are a real nightmare! You’ve spent the morning trying to get out of bed and function, and by lunch or early evening, you’re finally ready to eat something. But you feel too weak, too tired, and too lazy to cook or prepare food (even the thought of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich seems like a huge task). That’s why you should come to Benny’s Tacos! If you’re going to be hungover, you might as well indulge in some tasty Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and even rotisserie chicken can help you feel normal again with each bite. Let us cook and serve you while you consider the thought of drinking again. And if you don’t want to dine in, you can order your food to go, or if you feel too tired to make the trip you can order online from our two locations (in Westchester and Santa Monica). We have several options to order from like Grubhub, Eat24, UberEats, Doordash, and more! Let our delicious Mexican food cure your hangover.
A Celebration You Can’t Miss
On March 24-25, the Latin Food Fest, America’s largest annual Hispanic Culinary celebration will arrive for the fifth time. This time, the fest will land adjacent to the famous Santa Monica pier, hoping to draw thousands of attendees, showcasing the masterworks of diverse Latin American cuisines while helping to bring awareness and raise funds for the fight against hunger for the Campanile Foundation. The fifth annual Latin Food Fest will also take place in San Diego, from August 18-19 and Orange County from November 10-11, 2017.
Why Celebrate?The purpose of the Latin Food Fest is to celebrate the diversity of Latin American nations in the culinary world. The fest will highlight toothsome and savory dishes and beverages from a plethora of chefs, restaurants, and caterers; utilizing the tastes of Central and South America and the Caribbean cuisines. Attendees will be able to chow down on various Latin American dishes, from Cuban sandwiches, tacos, tamales, and llapingachos. There will also be tastings of wine and spirit brands from destinations such as Argentina and Chile.
EventsThe events planned for the Latin Food Fest will certainly psych any foodie up. The fest will launch with the “Havana Nights Supperclub”, then the “Chefs Night Out Kickoff Party” on March 24. The next day will include “Gran Tasting”, the ultimate tasting experience, the energetic street food party “Mercado”, and chef’s dinner.
The Gran TastingThe “Gran Tasting” is where restaurants, caterers, chefs, wineries, and distillers will be given the opportunity to showcase their finest dishes and products. All incoming attendees will have a grand time at every one of these events. Their palates will also be deeply satisfied as well.
We’ll Be There
Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, with locations in Santa Monica and near LAX, is proud to be invited to be part of the list to exhibit our scrumptious dishes in the 2017 Gran Tasting. Benny’s Tacos will have a booth, where attendees may be able to enjoy their take on tacos, burritos, and possibly rotisserie chicken! We’ll be at the Latin Food Fest on March 25th from 11am-3pm adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. We hope you all come in hungry and leave full satisfied! We’ll see you all there!
Burrito Eating Mess
In some ways, burritos are very similar to hamburgers. They’re both some of the most casual foods in every hungry eater’s minds, both edible treasures usually devoured with your hands, both are a staple in their cultures, and both can get pretty darn messy when you eat them. Walk into any Mexican food joint and tell us that you have not seen the inside of a burrito being scattered all over a plate. Burritos are several delicious ingredients of beans, rice, sour cream, meat, cheese; all held together by a single soft tortilla; there’s no way to know how long it will hold until it falls apart. However, believe it or not, there are right and wrong ways to eat a burrito. For this blog, we want to address some tips into the perfect burrito-eating etiquette and some ways to avoid when eating them.
Things to Avoid
Let’s directly dive in to what you should not do when devouring your burrito. These are several rookie moves people may take because they simply do not know any better.
1. Unwrapping the Entire Burrito
Normally, burritos are wrapped in foil or paper. This is for good reason. The foil helps in preventing the burrito from falling apart as the wrapping may not be tight enough to hold the ingredients in. Pick it up with your bare hands; the burrito may implode right in front of you.
If you put your burrito on its side after taking a bite of it, some of the filling might drip out. Instead, place it upright, standing up if you need to put your burrito down and rest your hands. As long as the wrapping is secure and rolled well, then you can safely let go of your burrito, but if it’s not and it’s a little floppy; we recommend you to never let it go.
The Right Ways To Eat
Now, let’s discuss the cleaner and proper routes to take when chowing down a burrito.
1. Peel Down the Foil or Wrapping
While keeping the majority of the burrito wrapped in foil, peel down just over a quarter of the foil, maybe just an inch or two when you start eating. DO NOT UNWRAP THE ENTIRE BURRITO. The leftover wrapping should safely keep it all together. After unwrapping a little bit of it, stand it up and start eating!
2. Start at the Corner
As you start eating, bite the top corner of the burrito while holding it lightly. Then trim and work your way across to keep the line even. If you do start by biting in the middle, it’s more likely that the filling will fall out.
3. Use Both of Your Hands
Grabbing your burrito with both hands will keep it sound and steady. Just don’t squeeze the burrito too tightly.
4. Cut it In Half
Some burritos can come out rather big, maybe too big to handle. If you want to share or minimize the risk of spilling, cut it in half. A halved burrito may spill more, so keep a fork on your side. Also, remember to continue keeping it in the foil, peeling slowly as you work your way down.
5. The Final Finish
Best part about keeping the burrito in the foil is that you can save it or take a break anytime you want. But when are nearing the end of your meal, this is when you can fully unwrap whatever is remaining of the burrito. Unfold the upper tortilla inwards to create your own little dumpling and savor those last bites. It’ll be like your own victory lap!
Practice Your New Etiquette at Benny’s
Take your new burrito-eating etiquette to the test when you stop by Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie in West LA and Santa Monica! Come say hello to flavorful options of the ever-classic burrito! From traditional to Rotisserie Chicken to Al Pastor to Fajita style, you’ll experience unforgettable deliciousness of this dish!
Watching sports is a timeless event. Whether you’re sitting in the bleachers and watching a game live or in front of the television set in the comfort of your own home, watching a big sports game in the company of your pals is surely a great time. This type of event only gets better with delicious food. The Super Bowl, the mother of all sporting events in the US, is about occur in a few weeks, so this is a perfect opportunity to order your sports event catering for your house viewing party. From tailgates to house parties, Benny’s Tacos has excellent catering menus to order to compliment the big games that you’ll be watching.
Big Games and Delicious Food
The Super BowlYour Super Bowl house party needs three things: beers, a television set, and a delicious abundance of food. The Super Bowl is nearly a four hour event, so amazing food should definitely be right up your alley. Football, an ice-cold beer paired with rotisserie chicken or fresh beef tacos are clearly a match made in heaven. When you have our food catered to you, you’ll be able to serve yourself some delectable eats in pre-game, half time, and post game without the food ever being too cold to serve.
Tailgates and Other Parking Lot CateringWhether it’s for soccer, football, or baseball; Los Angeles is home to several major teams with a wealth of devoted fans. Tailgating is the ultimate fan experience; chowing down on good food and getting yourself pumped up for the big game. Fans love to BBQ themselves, but tailgate catering is definitely the way to go. Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie was lucky enough to cater for several tailgate parties, particularly for ESPN, for the Los Angeles Rams during the 2016 season. It was a terrific experience encountering so many hungry hardcore football fans and meeting several friendly sports personalities. When there are many hungry fans, the catering should be able to feed plenty. Benny’s Tacos has got the whole thing covered in that department.
Mexican Food Catering is the Right Choice
Benny’s Tacos is able to offer professional sports event catering services consisting of fresh
authentic Mexican dishes, handmade tortillas, season rotisserie chicken, and homemade salsas. We’ve designed a multiple catering menus that will be able to feed a number of guests and satisfy their taste buds. We’ll arrive at your door and set up at your convenience. If you’re a company looking to cater your tailgate event, we’re the right team to call. Simply give us a 24 hours heads up and we’ll cover the rest. Call 818.612.3875 for more details. For sports event catering, call us either of our locations in Los Angeles or Santa Monica.
End the Year Just RightThis month marks another end to the year. With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it’s time to reminisce about the past year’s ups and downs, new year’s resolutions, and, most importantly, the food you’ll be serving at your annual New Year’s Eve party. Having the right type of food is crucial for any party, let alone the last party of the year, so why not go with the best type: Mexican food! Most parties usually go with the same basics such as chips, pretzels, pizza, and hot dogs. This time, if you choose to cater with Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, you’ll have on display several amazing choices to end the year with a bang. Fortunately for you, Benny’s Tacos offers catering that includes easy-to-eat, delicious Mexican cuisine. For this blog, let’s highlight the best Mexican New Year finger foods that you must get for the big party.
Ultimate Finger Foods
One thing that is always at a New Year’s Eve bash is scrumptious finger foods. When people attend an end of the year party, they usually concentrate more on champagne and cocktails than eating elaborate dinner meals. Finger foods are simple enough where people can eat, mingle, and enjoy their glasses until the clock strikes midnight. This year, put aside the usual potato chips and dip, pigs in blanket, crackers and cheese and replace them with some homemade tortilla chips and guacamole, tacos, and quesadillas.
Try our crunchy, perfectly seasoned tortilla chips and pair it with our guacamole dip. Both are made very fresh on the day it’s ordered. Quesadillas are an easy bite layered with cheese and filled with your choice of cheese, rotisserie chicken, al pastor, steak. It’s an easy staple that made even better with a side of sour cream.
Food You Can Count On
Some New Year finger foods that you can always rely on would be our tacos. A Mexican cuisine favorite that is simple, tasty, and unforgettable. Our tacos are cooked perfectly and with our catering, you can build the perfect taco that suits your tastes. We use fresh flour tortillas and you can pick from carne asada, chicken, al pastor, shrimp, carnitas, and fish. Vegetarians won’t have to worry about FOMO (“fear of missing out”) either. Veggie eaters can relish in grilled veggies and Portobello mushrooms filled in our soft tortillas. In the end, taco eating won’t be complete without that delicious fresh salsa, cheese, cilantro, onions, beans, pinto beans, grilled jalapenos, and rice.
Gotta Have the Main Dish
Even at a party where the food isn’t at the forefront, you still want to have a main dish. Benny’s Tacos has the answer for you. Our slow-cooked rotisserie chicken is one of the best in the business; marinated with garlic & special herbs and accompanied by your choice of Spanish rice, beans, or seasoned French fries. Wrap our chicken in our homemade corn & flour tortillas for maximum enjoyment.
Finally, what’s the best finger food dessert of all time? Yes that will be those toothsome deep-fried churros, dressed with sugar and cinnamon. A quick eat and perfect dessert to your last meal of the year.
Mexican New Year TraditionsAfter party goers are finishing up their Mexican meals, be sure to remind them and yourself some Latin New Year’s Eve traditions that you can and should adapt this year. Some that will bring you good fortune would be burning candles, surrounded by lentils, beans, rice, corn, and cinnamon or throwing a bucket of water out the window. However, our favorite has to be eating 12 grapes before midnight. Instead of a midnight kiss, eating a dozen grapes will bring you good luck in the new year.
Benny’s Will Bring the Best Food to YouNow you’re thinking that maybe you won’t have time to cook and prepare all these delicious New Year finger foods we just listed, but you’ll happy to know that Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie is a local Mexican food stop that specializes in catering and delivering great Mexican foods in bulk. Call us or visit our website to learn more about out party platters and what we can do for you.
A Different Spin on ThanksgivingSwitch up your Thanksgiving this year by having a Mexican Thanksgiving! Traditionally, Thanksgiving consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, green bean casserole, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. However this Thanksgiving, you can wow your guests by sliding in items from our menu to add a Mexican Thanksgiving flare. You and your guests will be blown away at how well our items actually compliment a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
AppetizersPeople usually provide snacks ranging from pretzels and peanuts to salami and crackers. This Thanksgiving, try our nachos and supreme fries instead. With your choice of tortilla chips or French fries, you can have black or pinto beans, along with melted cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. You can have the nachos or supreme fries with steak, al pastor, rotisserie chicken, chipotle chicken, or shrimp. To compliment your Thanksgiving meal with white meat like turkey, we suggest using chicken for your nachos or supreme fries. Tired of boring chip and dip? Try ordering our guacamole as the dip you can use for your chips and crackers. You can taste the richness from our guacamole in every bite. Made from fresh avocados, we splash just the right amount of lemon juice to balance the richness out. Swap the chips out for tortilla chips and your guests will be thankful for the appetizer, while they’re anxiously waiting for the turkey dinner.
SidesYour Thanksgiving sides will be even easier with side dishes from Benny’s Tacos. Instead of green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, or mashed potatoes; try swapping the dishes out for beans or rice. Looking for something that goes well with cornbread? Our tasty pinto beans are seasoned to perfection and the texture of our refried pinto beans really contrasts with the flakiness of cornbread, creating a yummy pair. Interested in adding a little more meat to your meal? Try ordering a few of our rotisserie chicken wraps. Our wraps are created in a fresh flour tortilla with lettuce, avocado or guacamole, cheddar/jack cheese, and finished with chipotle sauce. By using side items from Benny’s Tacos you’ll be able to spend more time on the turkey and dessert, than worrying about side dishes.
Try Chicken Instead of TurkeyNot interested in cooking turkey this year (after all it takes hours to cook) or just simply couldn’t find one because it was last minute? Benny’s Tacos has you covered! We have slow-cooked rotisserie chicken that is marinated with garlic and special herbs. In fact, three of our whole chickens can be used in place of one turkey, to feed all of your guests. Our rotisserie chicken menu is a popular favorite at Benny’s with options like, whole, half, and quarter. For a holiday like Thanksgiving you might want to order our family combo with two whole chickens with your choice of two sides and a side of guacamole, garlic paste, and tortilla chips. This combo also comes with a choice of flour or corn tortillas. With so many options to choose from on our menu, you can spice up your Thanksgiving this year giving guests memorable choices like our appetizers, sides, and chicken items. At Benny’s Tacos, we pride ourselves on cooking up delicious authentic Mexican food. Any of the items on our menu will help you create the dining experience you want this Thanksgiving and your guests will appreciate the different spin this year!
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