Melbourne seems to be going crazy for Mexican lately! I tried Mamasita when it first opened, and Fonda Mexican is down the road from my work so I’ve been there a couple of times too. There’s still so many other places I want to try I can’t keep up. However I still love making Mexican at home. It might not be quite as authentic – in fact probably more ‘Old El Paso’ than anything , but I love it anyway!
Mexican take 1
The other week I tried a new recipe I found via All Things Delicious for Mexican soup. The idea of Mexican soup intrigued me – essentially you take all the ingredients of a good burrito but make it a soup instead. It even includes tortillas!
While we enjoyed the soup (it kind of tasted like Mexican minestrone) I’m not sure we’ll repeat this recipe. M summarized it well when he declared ‘it was good – but it would have been better wrapped in a tortilla!’
Mexican take 2
We visited our friends at their beach house in Rye recently and they cooked up a scrumptious Mexican feast for us! We’ve had Nat and James’ burritos before and I swear I could eat them every day! What makes them so good is that there is so much delicious filling in them. A hot and spicy mix of chicken cooked up with capsicum, refried beans, onion and lots of chilli, Mexican rice, lettuce, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and cheese – yum!
Paired with some good wine, fun company and fantastic dessert (more to come on that later) there’s nothing better than a Mexican night with friends!
Nat and James’ chicken burrito filling
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tspn garlic powder
- 1 tbs conflour
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 chicken breast cut into pieces
- 1 green capsicum, cut into thin strips
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tbs fresh lime juice
- Put all ingredients into a plastic zip lock bag and toss to mix.
- Allow to marinate in fridge for around 30 mins.
- Heat 1 tbspn oil in pan and cook mixture on high heat, stirring occasionally until chicken, capsicum and onion are tender and cooked through.
- Remove from heat and stir in lime juice.
Serve with a choice of other burrito fillings and build your own burrito!