In a new episode of Thrillist's series, $30 Dinner Party, host Lee Kalpakis heads to Ridgewood, Queens to meet up with Will Staford, who recently moved to NYC and wants to win over his new roommates with delicious food. Before Will came along, their old roommate regularly made great taco dinners for the household, so his plan is to one-up his predecessor with an even better taco dinner. Lee has just the plan for him: beer-braised carnitas tacos, refried beans, red cabbage slaw, and beer-rita punch to help wash it all down.
Watch as Lee and Will plot out the meal, grab all of the needed ingredients, cook each dish step-by-step together, and finally, serve the big taco dinner to his roommates. The tacos are a hit and everyone at the table is thoroughly impressed. Even better yet, the whole meal cost less than $30, with a grand total of just $28.26. That said, Lee and Will achieved their two goals: they pulled off a satisfying taco dinner party under a budget, and Will won over his new roommates. In fact, they loved the tacos so much that Will may end up cooking them a lot more than he may have bargained for.