Why I Love Cooking Mexican Food
Now I am not being biased when I say that I absolutley love cooking and eating Mexican food, just because i'm of Mexican decent. But lets face it. Everyone loves Mexican food, dont they?
Not only is it delicious but when it comes to preparing a meal, one will find preperation is simple and actually quite cost efficiant.
A great thing that I have found regarding Mexican dishes is that you can't really ever go wrong. All ingrediants blend together really well. Whether a chicken, beef or pork dish; beans, tortillas, salsa rice all work in perfect harmony.
In this blog, I plan to go over a few simple recipies and how tos.
Basic Ingredients For Any Meal
- Shredded Chicken, Beef, Pork
- Ground Beff
- Vegetables-Lettuce, Tomatoes, Avacado
If you have any combination of these items in your refridgerator or pantry, you can usually throw together a meal.
Tacos. Who doesn't love a taco? They are probably the easiest of all the meals one can make. They allow one to be creative and can be custom to different tastes.
Fist deciding what kind of tortilla or shell you would like. Most people like the hard corn shell. Easy to pack and eat. Soft tacos are usually warm flour tortillas. Based on preference, they are both good.
After you choose your meat, cooked and seasoned to your liking, add your toppings.
Usually just adding cheese, lettuce and tomato is enough.
Getting creative means guacamole, cilantro, corn, black beans or whatever you may like.
It is very difficult to mess up a taco.
One can even buy a ready to make 'taco kit'. Those are good for a first time taco maker. It comes with tortillas, salsa and a taco seasoning for your meat. Once you use that once, you may not use it again. One may find that buying these ingrediants seperatly is not only cheaper but in much larger quantity.
Serve with rice or beans.
Tostadas are very similar to a hard shell taco. Only difference is the shell is fried flat. They can be purchased ready to go. I purchase them about 25 for $2.50. They last a long time. Great deal.
One may add all the same ingredients to the tostada as a taco.
A tostada can be toasted or baked. After adding my meat, cheese and beans. I place them on a baking sheet and put in the oven at 350 until cheese is melted. Add the fresh ingredients such as the lettuce after so the crispness is still there.
I have started using the tostadas for breakfat.
- Breakfast Sausage
- Preheat oven to 350
- Fry an egg
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Brown ground breakfast sausage
- Layer cheese on top of tostada
- Add sausage on top of cheese
- Layer a little more cheese on top of sausage
- Add fried egg
- Layer more cheese if you would like
- Place in oven on baking sheet until cheese is melted.
It may sound like a lot of cheese, but it keeps everything held together.
You can also make the same thing but instead of sausage, spread a layer of refried beans on the tostada. Add egg and cheese as before.
Refried beans can be purchased canned at store for about .80 a can.
Enchiladas are basically a different version of a rolled taco. Can be made with chicken, beef or ground beef.
These take a little more time to assemble but worth it in the end.
- Corn tortillas
- Chicken, cooked and cut in small pieces
- Can of enchilada sauce
- Preheat oven to 350
- Place tortillas on a microvable plate and heat for about 30 seconds to a minute until they are soft and dont break when rolled or bent
- Fill each tortilla with chicken and cheese
- Roll and place in a baking dish
- When they are all rolled, pour enchilada sauce all over
- Sprinkle with more cheese
- Bake for about 10 minutes until cheese is melted
There is a dish that I grew up on and make on a regular basis called Chilaquilas. This dish is basically Enchiladas in a big pot. Much faster to make, same ingrediants and flavor.
- Corn Tortilas about 10 cut in one inch squares
- 1/2 lb Chicken, cooked and cut in small pieces
- Can of Enchilada sauce
- Oil for frying
- Heat oil in a pan about one or two inches
- Pour Enchilada sauce in large pot heated low-medium
- Add cut tortillas to the oil
- Fry until some are a bit crispy. Dont burn or over cook
- Add them to the sauce
- Add chicken
- Add cheese
- Stir serve with shredded cabbage