So, you know that I love Mexican food right? You don’t? Well, you need to check out all the Mexican recipes I have up on the blog then. They are my favourite recipes and some of the most popular on the blog as well, so I am guessing that there are lots of other Mexican food fans out there as well.
As you know, I try to provide recipes that are fairly simple and don’t have too many, if any, hard to source ingredients. That is just not my cooking style, but sometimes I will include an ingredient that might not be available in your local supermarket. But that all depends on where you shop.
Mexican food has come a long way in the UK. It was only about 10 years ago that people started seeing Mexican food as an every day meal and not something you would only eat if you were in Mexico and that came from the introduction of Old El Paso dinner kits. To be totally honest, Old El Paso are hardly authentically Mexican, but they got people interested in the cuisine, so we have to be thankful for that. Supermarkets have now started stocking all kinds of other Mexican ingredients, like dried and fresh chillies and little Mexican shops and markets are popping up all over the place. Even Mexican restaurant are improving and we are expanding beyond the chains and authentic restaurants are appearing more and more. You could say we are entering a bit of a Mexican food revolution.
But, we still have a long way to go in the UK compared to the US and how far more readily available Mexican ingredients are there. That is why I was really excited to discover Mextrade, who have shops all over London. It isn’t just the usual spice mixes that they sell, but a huge range of dried chillies, beans, sauces and salsas, flours and so much more.
Mr HHH was especially excited about the epic selection of dried chillies that we got sent and he has lovingly stored them in jars and they are now on display in the kitchen. The great thing with the dried chillies is that you can buy them in bulk and once you open the packet, keep them in an air tight jar and they will last for a couple of years. You just need to rehydrate them with boiling water and then you can make your own sauces, marinades and pastes with them.
Here are some of the recipes we have made using the dried chillies:
So if you are looking for some Mexican ingredients, go along and visit a store. I hope they will open up a shop in Manchester soon, as I will be the first in line.
What is your favourite type of chilli? Leave a comment below and it might inspire the next HHH recipe.
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