Like a lot of food in the UK, my idea of Mexican food is probably so far removed from what it should be that it barely resembles its native cousins anymore.
But I don’t care, because I love it. I’m sure if I ever get to Mexico I will adore the original, but I think I will always have a special place in my heart (stomach) for my version.
Until last year if I ever made Mexican food at home I always used a packet mix, but recently I’ve been trying to cut as many E-numbers out of my diet as possible. With a few herbs and spices you can create delicious fresh flavours that are not only better for you, but work out cheaper as well.
These burritos resemble the American dish rather than the Mexican, which sometimes only contain meat or beans. To me, a burrito is more like a giant create-your-own sandwich, the combinations of ingredients is endless. I like mine full of salad and sour cream with a liberal dousing of tabasco between each bite, whereas my lovely boyfriend prefers his with savoury rice and tangy salsa.
I love the idea of having a build your own burrito table instead of a BBQ for a summer party, with plenty of Corona and nachos.
This pork most closely resembles the carnitas style of cooking, but with fewer ingredients and no lard. You are also left with a rich delicious stock, which works great as a spicy sauce, but would also be delicious added to soups.
Spicy Pulled Pork
Shoulder of pork
15 dried birds eye chillis
5 bay leaves
1 tbsp peppercorns
5 cloves of garlic
1-2 litres of water
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker (or a casserole dish in an oven on a low heat) and top up with water to about 2/3rds of the way up the joint. Leave to cook for 6-8 hours depending on how much time you have.
When it comes to serve remove from the pot and pull apart and shred with 2 forks.
Strain the stock left in the bottom of the pot and fridge/freeze until you need it.
200ml pulled pork stock (see above)
2 tbsp plain flour
Mix together in a pan over a medium heat, until reduced by half.
Burrito Fillings – not including meat
(starred are the ones feature in the .gif below)
spicy rice plain boiled rice black beans refried beans grated cheese lettuce*
tomatoes* cucumber* peppers roasted peppers* spring onions fresh coriander
avocado* onions jalapenos guacamole salsa salsa verde
sour cream* cream cheese creme fraiche tabasco spicy gravy*
Before I forget (and as I’m enjoying one of many delicious cups of tea from it right now) how awesome is this mug! The super lovely Aileen posted it to me, in the most incredibly sparkly box I bet the post office has ever handled. Not only does it please the techno-nerd in me, but it also has a sealable lid which I’m sure will massively reduce the number of keyboard casualties I have caused – although I now know where the spare keyboards are kept, it did make for an awkward monthly conversation with my manager when I first started my job!