Tacos may seem like the ultimate dinner party dish because they're reliably good and so easy to make, but that doesn't mean you should take them lightly. You can't just throw some seasoned ground beef and random toppings into tortillas and expect to win over your guests. They need to be good. They need to be worth the trip to your apartment. We'll show you how to pull it off -- and serve tacos that'll blow your friends away -- for cheap.
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.