Showing posts with label Mexican. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mexican. Show all posts

Mexican-style Spicy Pulled Brisket Fajitas

Brisket of beef is a cheaper cut of meat that requires slow cooking and when I say slow cooked I really mean it!  Yes 12 hours in a slow cooker is what's needed to get perfect melt in your mouth beef.  I'd never cooked brisket before and fancied it would be rather nice cooked in a spicy tomato based sauce.  The result we perfect and well worth the wait. 

Once done, simply pile onto soft warm tortillas and top with a corn and black bean salsa.
If you cook a bigger piece of brisket than I did, once cooled it can easily be popped into the freezer making this meal perfect for an informal dinner party with friends or family.
 I recently bought a fridge freezer from Argos and find it really helps cooking more than you need and freezing the rest – it makes the next meal easy, fast and stress free.

Print Recipe

To make 6 Fajitas - you will need:
650g beef brisket
1 packet of shop bought spice mix for fajitas
1 jar of shop bought fajita cooking sauce
1/2 a Knorr beef stock cube dissolved in 100ml hot water

How to do it:
Without removing any string from the brisket (or it will fall apart during cooking) roll it in the packet mix to coat well.
Pour the cooking sauce into a slow cooker and stir in the beef stock.
Pop the spice coated brisket in - the liquid should be enough to cover the brisket and put the lid on a cook on low for 12 hours. 
Remove the brisket and pop onto a board.  Remove the string and shred using two forks.  The meat will literally fall apart and be delicious.  Put the meat into a bowl and add just 1 tablespoon of the cooking liquid and stir through and keep warm.
**If you plan to freeze this then make sure the beef has cooled before popping into a suitable container and freezing along with a little of the cooking liquid. Be sure to re-heat gently until piping hot.

To make the Salsa:
1 x red bell pepper - deseeded and cut into small dice
1/2 a cucumber - peeled and de-seeded cut into small dice
1 x large tomato - halved then de-seeded and diced
1 x small tin of sweet corn - drained well of liquid
1 x small tin of Black Eyed Beans - drained of liquid then rinse under cold running water and drain well
squeeze of lime juice
Put all the prepared salsa ingredients into a bowl.  Season with a little salt if you think it needs it and a squeeze of lime juice then stir again to mix.

When you are ready to serve:
Warm the corn tortillas in a microwave as per packet instructions add the shredded beef and top with the salsa and enjoy! 

Old El Paso Products and Casserole Recipe Mixes

I have to say I quite like the Old El Paso range of products and we particularly like their fajita packet spice mix.  Me being me, I can't help but deviate from what you're 'supposed' to do and as the spice mix is included in their fajita meal kit I took it out and dabbled.  
I cooked sliced chicken fillets in a little oil in a hot frying pan.  The chicken becomes glazed and is smokey and delicious.  Add sliced peppers and onions to the pan stirring for a couple of minutes and serve with shredded lettuce, cucumber and top with either soured cream or guacamole then tuck in.

One Pan Rice Meals 'Chilli and Garlic' for Chicken - all you do is add sliced pepper, onion and chicken.  There's also a Family Friendly, Extra Mild One Pan Rice Meal too which is great if you don't like it hot! 

Family and Friends Mexican-themed Fun Night In

For a quick and easy meal, tacos or tortillas make a great dinner the whole family will enjoy.  But how about holding a Mexican-themed dinner party for family and friends?
Mexican food is vibrant, colourful and tasty and can mostly be prepared in advance.  There's no need for any fancy cooking equipment or amazing cooking skills, making it the ideal choice for a fun night in. 
Meat, Chicken or Vegetarian?
Minced beef, thinly sliced beef and chicken are all good choices.  For vegetarians or for anyone wanting to try to eat less meat, Old el Paso have a seriously great recipe for spicy bean and cheese vegetarian burger tacos – now how good do they sound?!   All you need is their Stand and Stuff Dinner kit which includes the spice mix.  To make the burgers you just need cheese, breadcrumbs, kidney beans and pinto beans, red and green bell pepper, an egg and some freshly chopped coriander.  Shredded lettuce is good for serving and the whole meal can be made in 20 minutes.

Another idea - Quesadillas:
Not only do they look good but they take minutes to make.
First prepare your ingredients, chopping and slicing. Pop a soft corn or flour tortilla into a really hot frying pan and top with your choice of filling.  Add another tortilla on top like a sandwich, turn to cook the other side and serve.

Tortillas, Tacos or Wraps?
A hard decision to make, purely because there are so many choices available in the supermarket these days!  Do you fancy crispy crunchy tortillas, flour tortillas, wholewheat tortillas or a lovely soft floury wrap?  Fajitas are great and of course you can make them really mild for anyone that’s not too keen on spice and kids love them.

Once you’ve made a choice, you can fill your tacos, tortillas or wraps with meat and vegetables or just veg. 

Salads and other bits and bobs:
Sliced bell peppers in any colour you fancy, onions, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato and in my opinion, grated cheese as far as I'm concerned is a must!
 Dips, salsas, sour cream and guacamole can be bought from the shop ready prepared.

Tequila sunrise is great since it’s so colourful and of course you can make a non-alcoholic version for the kids using pineapple.  Or what about Mojito which always goes down well. 

Whatever you decide to serve, enjoy your relaxed night in!  

Cheat's Char-Grilled Pepper Salsa Recipe

My salsa recipe is so easy to make and requires no cooking at all.  Salsa adds vibrant colours to chicken or fish and of course Mexican dishes and as a dip for tortillas. 
No need to fuss around roasting or char-grilling peppers, just buy a jar of ready char-grilled ones and apart from a bit of chopping your all set to go.

So simple you don't really need a recipe - just throw the lot into a bowl as you go:

Quesadillas from Weight Watchers Supper Club app

Weight Watchers have launched a really good Supper Club app on FaceBook.  There's a great range of recipes that are easy to make and don't cost much either but more importantly they are healthy and look delicious too.
The easy to follow Weight Watchers ProPoints plan means that being on a diet doesn't have to mean eating boring food. 

 It's very easy to browse the recipes - just pop over to the Weight Watchers Supper Club app and at the top of the page select 'Browse Recipes' where you'll find this recipe and many more.

The Best Guacamole Recipe

Simply the best guacamole ever - once you make this you will never buy it ready made from a supermarket again.  This recipe by Thomasina Miers from her book 'Mexican Food Made Simple' takes minutes to make and tastes amazing.
 Flavours of lime and chilli with tomato, red onion are perfectly balanced.

Picadillo - Mexican Fruity Chilli

Okay I know this sounds a bit odd, regular chilli made with the usual minced meat, but with the addition of banana, apples and raisins?..... 
 However, if you saw Thomasina Miers cooking this on her TV series 'Mexican Food made Simple' on Channel 5 then I'm pretty sure you'd want to make it too.  It was totally delicious, very hot but the heat is nicely balanced with the sweetness from the raisins.  Yes I will make this again and again.

Baked Eggs with Leftover Chilli and Tortilla Wraps

Ever made too much Chilli con Carne and then wondered what to do with the rest?  I always make too much and have come up with all manner of things to do with it!  
 You can stretch it out further by adding a few other tasty bits and bobs, such as tomato, spring onion, jalapeno peppers and cheese - you must have cheese!  This particular concoction of mine even uses up the odd tortilla wrap you might have floating about somewhere too!
Please note the serving dish you use must be able to go into the oven.

How to Make Huevos Rancheros - Eggs Mexican-Style

Eggs cooked in a spicy Mexican style tomato, pepper and bean chilli mixture served in individual bowls.  Up to the point before adding the eggs you can make these earlier the same day - ideal if you have guests coming.
 Huevos Rancheros is a classic Mexican breakfast dish of which there are many different versions - this is my experiment but it worked!
 Crispy crunchy tortillas for dipping and a dollop of soured cream is all that's needed.

Jan's Roasted Pepper Salsa Recipe

Salsa is the perfect side dish to my cheesy topped spicy potato wedges - recipe to follow.  Slight cooking involved in this as you have to char your peppers!  Roasting them till they're nicely charred results in soft, sweet and delicious peppers.
   Of course roasted peppers can be used in whatever else you fancy - you don't have to make salsa with them.
A nice bit of charring going on there, I think you'll agree?
Salsa doesn't need to be really spicy hot - but personally I can't quite see why you wouldn't want it at least a bit spicy.

Quesadillas made with left over Chilli con Carne

More economising going on here - I'm getting good at this!  As I had some Chilli con Carne left over the other week Quesadillas came to mind.  Of course it had been frozen once it was cold, popped it into a plastic tub and into the freezer it went.  
 So, you can either have the same dinner again a week or so later, only easier than the day you made the chilli. 
Or of course, you can think up something else to do with your left over chilli.
For anyone wondering they are pronounced kay-sah-dee-yah 

Jan's Chilli con Carne - Nice and Spicy

A right nice n spicy Chilli con Carne always goes down well and is so, so easy to make.
Just the thing for cold weather or when you have friends round.

Nice and Spicy Beef Quesadillas

These are so easy to make and the filling can be almost anything you fancy at the time of making them!
I chose spicy minced beef, salsa, grated cheese and spring onions. I put some extra bits in a dish - soured cream, some more cheese and salsa, shredded lettuce and some jalapeno peppers and chilies.

First of all - Get your self two frying pans at the ready!

You will need:

500g Minced Beef (buy one with low fat content such as 5% otherwise it will end up oily and horrid)
Pack of Soft Floured Tortillas - I like the make 'Discovery'. There are 8 in a pack but I think you only want 6 for this amount of minced beef.
200g jar of Salsa
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 a Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2 Tablespoons of Water
Spring Onions - sliced
Grated Mature Cheese - a couple of good sized handfuls (sorry I didn't weigh the cheese)
A little Vegetable Oil - for frying the tortillas

And any extra bits you fancy, such as soured cream and jalapeno peppers for serving.

How to do it:

Get everything at the ready first!
Then fry your minced beef until it's on the way to being nicely browned.
Sprinkle over the paprika, cayenne and chili powder. Add the water and give it a good stir. ***Remember you can always add more of the paprika, cayenne pepper and chili but you can't take it away! So go steady with the spices and have a taste.

Once it's cooked and tastes how you want it, turn the heat down really low to keep hot. Put your second frying pan on the heat with a little oil. Add one tortilla and put a third of the minced beef into the center of the tortilla (Or a quarter if you want to use all 8 tortillas).

Put some salsa on top of the beef and then some grated cheese, spring onion and chopped parsley. Now place another tortilla on top of that making a sandwich and press down on it.

After a minute or so the tortilla at the bottom will have started to brown - when it has it's time to turn the whole thing over. Using a pallet knife, place one hand on the tortilla and turn it over.
Now cook for another minute or so and turn out onto a plate to cut into quarters.
Now do the next one QUICK!
Serve immediately.

Quick Chilli - Nigella Lawson

This chilli is most certainly quick and so very easy to make, no chopping or messing about.  Taken from Nigella Lawson's book 'Nigella Express'. 

I'll be making this again as it was really good. My beans were not the spicy kind - just mixed beans in water, so I did add the chilli flakes.

Nachos too!

You HAVE to have Nachos as well as fajitas, or you haven't been fed enough!!.......Even though Paul had eaten four Fajitas, he still managed a whole bowl of these too!
This was one of those 'Nachos Kits'. Just open the packet, and follow the 'destructions'! This one had the spicy re-fried beans that you put at the bottom of the tortilla chips, then add salsa and top with melting cheese and sour cream.......
Tex Mex Heaven!

Some Good Things for Chicken Fajitas

Some good things for Fajitas, Sour Cream, Jalapeno Peppers, Peppers, Grated Cheese, Lettuce and Salsa.

I fried some onion with some red and yellow peppers in a little oil. Then added some sliced chicken breast fillet that I'd mixed with some oil and a packet of spicy fajita mix.
I fried the chicken until it was cooked through. Then put some of the mixture onto a warm soft tortilla wrap and added some, of all, the above ingredients......Topped with soured cream........ Mmmmm!!
Only about 15,000 calories per serving - but hey!

Today - by request from the husband.....

We are having 'Tacos'! EASY or WHAT?
Get a Taco meal kit from your local supermarket. The corn taco shells, you know the ones I mean?
The kit comes with 12 taco corn shells, spicy toamto salsa and the taco seasoning. All you do is fry minced beef, add the seasoning that comes in the kit, then fill the shells with the minced beef. You then add whatever else you fancy.... lettuce, grated cheese and tomatoes are a must!
Then, you can serve with some 'refried beans' once again these are available in a can in almost any supermarket. I also like to have some jalapeno and chilli peppers.......Mmmm!!

We were extra greedy and also had some spicy potato wedges with some soured cream.

Tomorrow - I think we'll have Thai Green Chicken Curry......