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. It’s made from a corn tortilla, which is wrapped around ingredients like meat, cheese, beans, potatoes and vegetables. Then, it’s covered in a chilli pepper 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 the ultimate dishes when it comes to Mexican cooking. 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. This is one of the most popular Mexican dishes all over the country, so you won’t find it hard to come by when you’re 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 tea. 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?
Guacamole is one of the most popular dips on earth. It’s made from avocados (fruit of the moment, in case you didn’t already know), which are mashed together to create a smooth, paste-like consistency. On top of that, onions, lime juice, cayenne pepper and jalapeños can all be added to give the green stuff even more flavour. Fun fact? It’s also known as ‘guac’ in Mexico.
Chicken quesadillas (serves 2-4)
400g baby plum tomatoes, diced
½ white onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
25g fresh coriander, chopped
1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to season
3 tbsp olive oil
1 skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
½ onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
4 large flour tortillas
125g cheddar cheese, grated
125g mozzarella cheese, grated
Garnishes, to serve: pico de gallo (a type of salsa) and soured cream
Prepare the pico de gallo by combining the chopped tomatoes, 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 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan until it’s piping hot. Then, add in the chicken strips 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 sliced onion and green pepper until tender. Stir in the minced 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 ¼ of the mix along one side of a tortilla wrap and fold over to form a semi-circle. Repeat three times with the rest of the ingredients. Note: 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 ½ tbsp of olive oil. Add two quesadillas and cook until golden brown underneath before flipping over to the other side. They will take approximately two minutes on each side.
Slice up the quesadillas and serve with soured cream and the remaining pico de gallo.
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