Sunday, May 3, 2015
Cinco de Mayo Mexican Food Roundup
We just got back from our first trip to Mexico! We had a relaxing beach vacation with some fun activities and amazing food and I'll tell you all about it soon.
I was looking through my archives and I think Mexican food is the kind of food I cook the most. Matt loves it and so do I, so I have a lot of Mexican and Mexican-inspired recipes on this blog, and I thought I'd do a round-up for Cinco de Mayo this week.
First a fantastic salsa verde that's great with chips but even better as a sauce or condiment with grilled or braised meats. We made our own from tomatillos in our garden, which grow amazingly well in our climate, but you can easily buy tomatillos in the summer, or even buy pre-made salsa verde for a tangy change from red salsa.
These tortillas are so easy to make, and masa is widely available now. It really makes sense to make your own tortillas if you like them as fresh as possible.
And if you have leftover tortillas, this soup is a great way to use them up. The crisp tortillas take the place of noodles to thicken and add body to the soup. You can make it as spicy as you like.
This simple, cheesy casserole uses both leftover tortillas and salsa verde. You can add whatever leftover meat and veggies you like to make it your own.
And one more use for leftover tortillas as lunch, dinner or a snack is these great tostadas. Once again you can add whatever you like. You can fry up tortillas yourself or buy pre-fried tostadas in most grocery stores.
Dried chilis have so much rich, deep flavour. They're really highlighted in this pork stew that's great over rice or served in tortillas.
This is another stewed meat dish. This time beef is simmered with dried chilis to create a wonderful, spicy taco filling.
There are unlimited variations you can try with fish tacos. Delicate fish can be grilled, fried or baked and added to corn or flour tortillas with a variety of toppings. Cabbage slaw is always a winner with fish.
And finally, these cheese-stuffed chilis with a charred tomato salsa are a bit of a challenge to pull together, but the effort is worth it for a rich, delicious vegetarian meal.