Happiness is . . . Tacos!

Who can resist delicious Mexican food? Glorious guacamole; spicy salsa; sweet, smoky onions and peppers with deeply flavoured meat is a joy to behold (and eat!). As a family we enjoy Taco Tuesdays – assembling the tacos, dipping into the guac with crisp tortillas and piling on the salsa and sour cream with cheese (or without, for some!) is always a clamorous, joyful affair. I think what makes it so enjoyable is the ability for each person to choose whatever toppings they want. Options is the key to pleasing everyone in our home, (as I’m sure it is with any children in the house).

There are a few techniques to really make those tacos pop, giving the onions time to caramelise for one and mixing a touch of sour cream into the guacamole for another. If you’re short on time or spices you can use a good quality fajita seasoning mix. See the full recipe below for more tips.

Fajitas:

  • packet of soft tortilla wraps
  • 3 large onions
  • 3 mixed coloured peppers
  • 500g boneless skinless thighs cut into small pieces
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt and pepper to your taste

Guacamole:

  • 3 ripe avocados
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • A generous squeeze of lime
  • 1/4 finely chopped red onion
  • A generous pinch of coriander
  • A couple of cherry/small roma tomatoes chopped finely
  • Tortilla crisps to serve

Mexican Rice:

Mexican rice:

  • 2 cups of a day old cooked, yellow rice (add 1tsp turmeric to make it yellow)
  • 1 medium roma tomato chopped
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1/2 a medium onion
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika (regular is fine if you don’t have any smoked)
  • 1 tsp chili powder (more if you like it slightly hotter)
  • 1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
  • 1/2 can of aduki beans washed and drained

Method:

  1. Marinate chicken thighs in spices with a little oil for as much time as you have
  2. Fry onion and peppers on a gentle heat until golden and caramelised
  3. Use a hot cast iron griddle pan to sear your chicken then add to the onions and pepper mix and fry for 1 minute on a high heat
  4. Place fajita mixture in the oven to stay warm whilst you prep the guacamole and rice. (Place the tortilla wraps in some foil to heat up in the oven)
  5. For the rice add some oil to a pan and fry off onions and peppers
  6. Turn up the heat and add rice and spices fry for 5 minutes
  7. Add the chopped roma tomatoes in the last 2 minutes
  8. For the guacamole peel and mash the avocados
  9. Add sour cream
  10. Add chopped onion, coriander and squeeze of lime top with tomatoes when serving

Serve with cheese, without cheese, with sour cream, without sour cream, whatever floats your boat! Enjoy Taco Tuesday!