It goes without saying that tacos are one of Mexico’s staple dishes. And we’re betting you’ve tried them before, too. This traditional dish is made from a folded flour tortilla that’s filled with tonnes of delicious fillings. Think beef, pork, chicken, fried vegetables and grated cheese. Plus, many food stalls in Mexico offer radishes, slices of lime, and pickled chillies as an accompaniment to your meal – so it’s up to you how spicy you have it.
E is for enchiladas. We think this dish takes the crown in Mexico. The filling – you can choose between meat, cheese, beans, potatoes and vegetables, or add it all – is wrapped in a corn tortilla, Then, it’s covered in a chilli sauce and baked until crispy. It can also be served with spicy rice and salsa. It’s said that the rolling of tortillas around other food dates back to Mayan times, where the tortillas were wrapped around fish. Fast forward to today, and it’s still one of the most popular meals on the planet.
Fajitas are one of Mexico's most well-known dishes. They’re usually made with tortilla wraps, which are filled to the brim with fried strips of chicken or pork, grilled red and green peppers, chopped onions, topped with freshly-made salsa, grated cheese and soured cream. They're eaten all over Mexico, so won't be hard to find anywhere in the Cactus State.
Churros may be a popular pastry dessert, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These sweet treats are made from prism-shaped dough, which is deep-fried until it becomes crunchy. They’re mostly sold at street food stalls and taste best when freshly made. Plus, they usually come drizzled in toppings like melted chocolate, icing sugar, or cinnamon, so they’re really moreish. Can’t decide what topping you’ll have? We suggest going for all three. Drooling, yet?
Everyone loves guacamole. It’s made from avocados, which are mashed together to create a smooth, paste-like consistency. Then, onions, lime juice, cayenne pepper and jalapeños are added to give the green stuff even more flavour. Want to feel like a local? This tasty dip is also known as ‘guac’ in Mexico.
Chicken quesadillas (serves 2-4)
For the pico de gallo:
400g of baby plum tomatoes, diced
Half a white onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp of lime juice
25g of fresh coriander, chopped
1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to season
For the chicken quesadillas:
3 tbsp of olive oil
1 skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Half an onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
4 large flour tortillas
125g of cheddar cheese, grated
125g of mozzarella cheese, grated
Sour cream, to serve
Prepare the pico de gallo by combining the chopped tomatoes, half of the white onion, lime juice, coriander, fresh chilli, and salt and pepper in a bowl before setting aside.
Next, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil in a large frying pan until it’s piping hot. Then, add in the chicken strips and spices and fry until golden brown. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl before setting aside.
Put another tablespoon of olive oil in the hot pan and fry the remaining sliced onion and green pepper until tender. Stir in the crushed garlic and fry for another minute. Add this to the chicken with all of the grated cheese and half of the pico de gallo. Stir well and season with salt and pepper.
Now it’s time to prepare the quesadillas. Place a quarter of the mix along one side of a tortilla wrap and fold over to form a semi-circle. Repeat three more times with the rest of the ingredients. You’ll be able to cook two quesadillas in the pan at a time.
Clean the large frying pan and then put it back onto the heat with half a tablespoon of olive oil. Add two quesadillas and cook until golden brown underneath before flipping over to the other side. They’ll take approximately two minutes on each side.
Slice up the quesadillas and serve with sour cream and the remaining pico de gallo
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