I’m on a mission to eliminate packet mixes and packet foods from my pantry. Completely. And it’s going well. But people say…how do you have Mexican? Well it’s easy and it tastes better, is better for you and actually uses real ingredients. Seriously have you read the back of a burrito kit? You can make this homemade Mexican fiesta with very little extra effort and with ingredients you’ve probably already got. It’s also fun for the kids as they can get involved with mixing the tortillas and rolling them out which in itself makes the whole venture worthwhile because the kids are entertained.
I’m going to walk you through four little recipes that will get you away from packet mix tortillas, taco mince and salsa for life. You can ditch the guacamole in a jar too! You don’t need anything crazy weird and you won’t need any amazing new tools. So…I’m giving you a challenge make your next mexican meal without a packet mix. I dare you! Then pop over to facebook and instagram and tag me in your spectacular photos. I’m really looking forward to seeing what Mexican looks like for you without the packets.
So, apart from the recipes I’m giving you here, to complete your mexican feast you will need: sour cream, lettuce of some description, grated cheese.
This taco mince recipe makes enough for two nights of Mexican, or one lot for 4 adults plus a couple of kiddies. Ideal if you’re having people around.
Now. The reason I put that in the slowcooker? It can keep cooking while you do the rest of the stuff (it doesn’t take two hours to do the other stuff, don’t panic!).
salsa. We also added corn last week and it made it really yummy!Next: grate the cheese, chop your lettuce. Prep your salsa, using this recipe here:
Holy moly, what about the guacamole? Double the ingredients if you are serving 4+ so that you don’t run out.
And finally the thing that brings it all together. The tortillas. Don’t make the same mistake as me and cook these like they are flatbreads. You want light colouring on them, not dark brown. They need to remain soft and pliable. This makes 32 tortillas. Why? Because if you’re having a lot of people around you’ll need a lot of tortillas. And if you’re not? Freeze the tortillas to have with the leftover taco mince! The kids had great fun rolling tortillas as well, so make sure you save some for them to do.
Enjoy! Make sure you tell me about your variations on this theme! What do you include in your Mexican fiesta?