Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Quick Mexican Dishes

By default, Mexican food and by that I mean Taco Bell comes to the rescue of all desi's when they want to try anything non-Indian, specially when they are new to this country. After a while one does dare and try from the abundance of cuisines available here. My story is no different. Initially, I always carried my faithful lunch box to work and whenever it was time to go out for lunch as a group I used to find it difficult to eat out. I started experimenting and appreciating other cuisines and always asked my colleagues for advise. Now I do enjoy other stuff but it is nowhere near compared to what all my hubby has experimented with. He is always very eager to try all new stuff and sometimes I feel guilty of not being able to give him company on such occasions. Mexican food is a different story, I like it a lot and have learnt to cook a few of their veg dishes. I feel it is pretty simple and the combinations that one can whip up are quite a few. Today I made Veg Quesadilla and Pizza.

Veg Quesadilla
2 onion chopped
1 cup chopped veg - bell pepper, corn, zucchini
1/2 cup Bean paste (blend re fried beans with taco sauce)
1tsp taco seasoning
2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves (yup i love garlic)
8 small flour tortilla
1 cup monterey jack cheese OR 4 cheese blend

Heat oil, add crushed pepper & garlic, saute a min. Add onion & veg, saute a few minutes. Add taco seasoning.
Heat a griddle, spray oil. Heat a tortilla, spread 1tbsp bean paste, 1tbsp veg, sprinkle cheese and cover with another tortilla. When one side is crisp turn over and cook other side. It's done, Tadaaa..
Quesadilla can be made just with cheese or beans paste & cheese and it tastes equally good.

Small flour tortilla
chopped onion & bell pepper
chopped garlic
tomato ketchup

Butter one side of tortilla & put that side down on a baking tray, sprinkle cheese, add veg on top along with garlic and bake in toaster oven for 10-15mins at 350C till crisp. Dot with ketchup and serve. This sounds too simple, but do give it a try and you will be surprised how good it tastes!
(BTW this is not an authentic Mex Pizza but just a simpler version which can be put together without a fuss in a few mins. For the real Mex Pizza you can visit one of my fav blogs - http://thespicewholovedme.blogspot.com/search/label/Mexican%20Food )


Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hey im visting your blog for the first time.You have a nice blog going on here.

Richa said...

Thanks for stopping by, Soumya. It's very encouraging for newbie's like me to get positive feedback from you.

trupti said...

Hi Richa....Mexican food is my fav! I love it..I could probably live at Taco bell! yours looks delish!