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Christmas party, Guerrilla Tacos-style

Guerrilla Tacos chef Wes Avila and his wife, Tanya Mueller, host a seasonal gathering of friends at their Glendale loft. Family tradition has guided Avila’s choices for the meal, though he gives these traditional Mexican dishes a contemporary California spin. The menu: vegetable tamales and tacos, as well as the hot beverage champurrado.

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A plate of tortillas that were made with yams.

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Vegetable tamales set out for guests. Avila has stuffed them with butternut squash, tomatillos and Roma tomatoes, chiles and cheese.

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Tamales on the plate and ready for eating at Wes Avila’s pre-Christmas gathering.

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A cup of champurrado is served at chef Wes Avila’s home.

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A drought-friendly vegetable taco.

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Vegetable tamales.

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Chef Wes Avila rolls tortilla dough.

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Balls of tortilla dough made with yams.

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Chef Wes Avila makes tortillas for tacos. Yam is incorporated into dough.

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A look at the feast.

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Joaquin Pinto, left, Sara Kenas, Amy Lebrun and Martha Pinto share a laugh at the gathering.

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Vegetable filling for drought-friendly tacos.

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