Buffalo Chicken Taquitos – 12sp

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.

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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla – 9sp

Come a Sunday afternoon I often roast a nice big whole chicken that I can pull apart and use throughout the week for lunches and evening meals. It’s a great way to make sure you have fresh ingredients at hand and keep the cost down at the same time. As a result, I’m always looking for new ways to use up said chicken (as you will see by my last Lebanese Salad recipe).

Being a huge fun of pulled pork, I decided that I would give the whole pulled chicken a whirl but by speeding up the process a little. As a result I made a lovely and tasty chipotle BBQ sauce, poured it over the cooked chicken and voila!! The BBQ chicken in this form could be used in so many different ways (in a burger, a thin, with rice, with sweet potato or BNS fries…..) but I decided to try something new.

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Mince Beef Taco’s – 6sp

Mexican food is one of my favourite cuisines. There are so many different textures and flavours and more often than not, the ingredients are uber healthy too. I often cook with mince, usually closer to payday when it’s all I have left in the freezer, and this week I fancied a brand new new use for it (over and above chilli, bolognaise and lasagne) and so I decided to combine Mexican and mince and voila, it gave me tacos. These really were delicious and a real ‘sharing’ meal. I just whacked everything including the pan of mince in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in. The OH had his with Uncle Ben’s Spicy Mexican Rice (5sp for half a packet) but I just had mine with the taco shells and lots of salad and it was nice and filling enough without.


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Mexican Beef Chilli – 8sp

I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s new Money Saving Meals series with interest as the last series didn’t really inspire me. This series on the other hand has left my mouth watering with every recipe so when I saw him do a version of one of my all time favourite meals, chilli, last week, I knew I had to give it a go. It may look a bit daunting as it takes quite a long time to cook however its actually very easy to prepare and once in the oven, can basically be left to cook until its perfect. The smells coming out of the kitchen while it was in the oven were incredible too. This would be a great meal for a dinner party as everything can just be whacked in the middle of the table and everything can be prepared in advance. I whipped up a 0sp salsa and a fresh guacamole to go with it and I have to say, it was one of the nicest things I’ve tasted in ages. The chilli itself is only 8sp per person so you can treat yourself with a mixture of the accompaniments. Jamie uses a beef shin here but I found beef brisket on offer in good ole Morrison’s for £4! I just cooked it for four and a half hours rather than five and a half.


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