There is nothing better than a classic chilli con carne and I’m always looking for ways to mix things up to put a little twist on an everyday classic. Last week my friends and I went out for a few gins and the bar we were in served a small tapas dish with each drink. One of the dishes was a tiny bowl of the most delicious chorizo and chicken chilli and as soon as I tasted it I knew I needed to recreate it in my kitchen at home. The result was delicious and enjoyed by both my friends and family. I served the chilli with rice, homemade guacamole, a little light cheese and a sprinkle of jalapenos. Because the chilli itself is so low in points, you can have a little bit of what you fancy with it, whether that be rice, a jacket potato, chips, nachos or even a pita bread.
This is an incredibly easy recipe that I threw together one night when I wanted something quick, easy, low in points and packed with flavour. You could serve these taco’s with taco shells (which are around 2sp each) or mini tortilla (3sp each – my hubby likes them this way), or if like me you love a good salad, you can serve with a mix of any 0sp salad ingredients you fancy (see my suggestions below).
A Taquito is something I had never tasted or even heard of before I went visited Mexico and since it has been a whole year since we jetted off, I thought it was time to come up with another recipe inspired by my time there.
A Taquito is simply a rolled up, stuffed tortilla. Usually fried, these lovely creations are rolled tighter and so are thinner than an enchilada, and the top is not covered in sauce in the same way an enchilada would be.
One of our favourite go to meals in our house are Chicken Fajitas. Not only are the quick and easy to make but they are delightfully low in points and bursting with flavour. This week, after having my regular craving for Fajitas but having no wraps or salsa in the house, I decided to turn our favourite dish into a pasta dish. My OH loved this one. The flavours or the spices burst through whilst the sour cream mellows the whole dish out a little. The sprinkling of fresh avocado on top adds a lovely freshness too!
As most of you know I am a little bit obsessed with Mexican cuisine so this week, when I defrosted some chicken breast, I thought, time for a new recipe! Having wanted to get some pineapple salsa on the go for a while too, I thought now was the perfect time to pair them up.
The main buffet restaurant in the hotel we stayed at in Mexico was amazing. I’m usually very fussy about ‘buffet’ style food (I often feel like you never get a proper meal) but there were so many areas where fabulous food was being cooked fresh in front of you, I would probably have been happy to eat here every night (I didn’t though, there were another 9 restaurants to choose from!).
As many of my regular readers will know, Mexican food is hands down my favourite cuisine and as a result, you will already find a plethora of Mexican recipes on my website. My love for Mexican cuisine is just one of the reasons I was super excited for my recent trip to the country itself. I couldn’t wait to get there and experience ‘real’ Mexican food (and eat guacamole until I turned green) and so one of the first things I tried to arrange when we arrived was an authentic Mexican cooking class.
As most of you know, one of the easiest cheats I employ when it comes to cooking up home cooked meals throughout the busy working week is to roast an extra-large chicken on a Sunday, shred it up and pop into a container in the fridge when cool. I then use it throughout the week for both salads and wraps at lunch time and quick and easy evening meals.
Who doesn’t love guacamole. It basically a combination of all my favourite foods/flavours, avocado, lime, chilli and mexico. You can whip up this guacamole so quickly and whack it as an accompaniment to most dishes to up the flavour. I add a fresh chilli for some real heat but if you don’t like it too hot (or don’t have any chillies handy) it is just as good with a large pinch of chilli flakes. I keep everything nice and chunky so its got a good bite but if you prefer it smooth mash the avocado well and chop everything a bit smaller.
One of my lovely friends got me a bottle of Chimichurri dressing for Christmas and, knowing how nice it was in a steak recipe I previously created, I decided to try and create something new. After asking my OH what meat he fancied, his response was ‘pork, or prawns, or both’ so I decided to give both a whirl. If you are making this at home, feel free to make one or the other. I’ve posted the points for both so you can decide which fits in best with your day – a bit of a pick and mix! If you have the points left you might even fancy both.