Late to the explosion of world cuisine in India and a slightly newer entrant to join the Indian food party is Mexican cuisine. A glorious combination of Mesoamerican food with a touch of European flavours and Spanish elements, the hallmarks of Mexican cuisine are beans, corn and chillies. Also common are native Mexican ingredients and produce like avocados, tomatoes, cocoa and vanilla. Contrary to popular belief, Mexican food is not complicated to make. Neither is it difficult to source ingredients for. This week’s Saturday Night Dinner is a Mexican spread that is wholesome, covers all the essentials and most importantly, that can be made quite easily right in your home. With a little preparation and a good shopping list, you can throw this meal together quite easily and perk up a weekend dinner with your family.
As usual, pick a minimum of one dish from every set below to make a 3-course meal. Of course, you can feel free to choose more, if more than one item in each row catches your fancy!
1 - Appetizers
Begin with a crisp and refreshing Summer Lettuce Salad that is a crowd-pleaser and pairs well with most meals. And because no Mexican meal is complete without guacamole and salsa to dig your nachos into, try this Spicy Grilled Pineapple Salsa and this Easy Guacamole to go with it.
2 - Main Course
The mains are a hearty collection including this Mexican Inspired Stuffed Oven Roasted Peppers that combine vegetables, rice, proteins all in one. And it's oven roasted and delicious to boot! Where there is Mexican food, there must be tacos, so try our Vegetarian Mexican Tacos with Baked Beans or these Bean, Spinach and Corn Quesadillas.
3 - Desserts
If you're likely to have any room for a sweet something at the end of this meal, we have some comforting classics for you. Old Fashioned Bread Pudding, Caramel Custard and a hearty Apple Crumble Pie to finish it all off.