this is the perfect meal for a big group of people, because it consists of many tiny dishes, some of which can easily prepared in advance, you don't need a big pot or anything, everybody can eat only what the want, which is great if people have allergies, or some are vegan or vegetarian and some aren't. there is something for everybody.
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Step 1: The Guacamole
- 2-3 ripe avocados
- a small onion
- a small tomato
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 or 2 limes (depends on your taste)
- chipotle, if you can get real chipotle, if not chipotle in adobo sauce, if that doesn't work either, because you live in germany or so get chipotle tabasco
squeeze the lime(s), put the juice in a bowl. scoop the avocado out of the peel into the bowl and with a fork, mash it into an even pulp.
cut tomato and onion into tiny dice. add tomato and onion to the avocado, press the garlic into it, mix everything and then add limejuice, chopped cilantro, chipotle to taste and season with salt and pepper.
Step 2: The Frijoles
so much goodness can come out of a can of beans
- 2 cans of kidney beans
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic clove
dice tomato, chilli and onion, heat some oil in a pan and fry the onion, press garlic onto the onions. after frying some minutes add diced tomato and chilli, after some more minutes add the beans and fry some more. mash everything to a coarse puree with a potato masher. Let stew some more, the puree should become dryish. season with salt, pepper and chilli and put in a bowl.
Step 3: The Chilli Sauce
- 1 small onion, or half a bigger one
- 1 or 2 garlic cloves
- some dried chilli
- 1 tomato
peel onion and garlic and remove the stem from the tomato. heat a pan whithout oil and roast all the ingredients from all sides. put all the ingredients in a blender and blend into a smooth puree. the amount of chili you use will determine how "hot" the sauce will be, i often put only some of the chilli, taste and then maybe add some more
allthough basically raw, this sauce will stay good whithout refrigeration for some weeks, i think the chillis kill the germs....
Step 4: The Mango Salsa
- a cucumber
- a tomato
- an onion
- a yellow bell pepper
- a mango
peel cucumber, onion, and mango. cut all fruit and vegetables into tiny dice and mix together in a bowl.
you don't need the whole fruits and vegetables, just make sure you put about the same amount of everything inside (except the garlic), i used half a bell pepper, one tomato, 1/3 of the cucumber, half the onion and half the mango.
put about 1/3 of the mixture in a blender and blend, then transfer the blended portion back to the rest.
season with salt, pepper, chilli and chopped cilantro and maybe a bit sugar if the mango isn't sweet enough.
Step 5: Peanut Sauce
- peanut butter, preferably chunky
- 1 tomato
- half an onion
dice onion and tomato, fry in a pan in some oil until thick. put in a bowl and add 2 generous tablespoons of peanut butter. mix. slowly add water until the desired consistency is obtained (i like it like a mayonaise), season with salt, pepper and chipotle
Step 6: The Green Rice
- 2-3 green bell peppers or if you have access to it the same amount of chiles poblanos
- 1 lime
- 1/2 an onion
- 150 g long grain rice
cut the peppers into pieces and then blend with about half a cup of water. dice the onion.
soak the rice in hot water for 15 minutes, rinse and drain. heat some oil in a pot and fry the rice with the onion for some minutes, then add the pepper-puree and keep on cooking until it thickens.
add half a liter of vegetable or chicken broth, the juice of the lime and some salt, when it starts to boil again put a lid on the rice and let it stand on very low fire until all the liquid is absorbed. add chopped cilantro.
Step 7: The Chicken
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 small onion
- a piece of carrot
- garlic cloves
- spices, like allspice, coriander, peppercorns, bay leaf, cloves, ...
peel garlic and onion, peel the carrot and cut it into chunks. crush the spices a bit (this works well with the bottom of a cup or so).
put the chicken breast in a pot with the other ingredients, cover with water and bring to boil and cook for half an hour / until the chicken is fully cooked, drain the chicken and throw spices and vegetables away, let it cool down and the pull the chicken apart into stripes and put it into a bowl.
Step 8: What Else?
in some bowls, put extra ingredients:
some limes cut into eights
stringy cheese (there is a turkish version that is available in germany that is pretty similar to the mexican version, if you can't find this sort of cheese, use some other pasta filata type of cheese like mozzarella or so)
iceberg lettuce, cut into thin strips
and of course you will need some sort of tortilla-product. they should be big tortillas, decide yourself if you want to use wheat or corn tortilla, or let the availability decide for you: i got dürüm from the turkish supermarket which are basically wheat tortillas. get at least two per person.
Step 9: Enjoy!
preheat the oven to about 180 degrees celcius. put the tortillas in the preheated oven for a few minutes, so they get warm and soft. if they are out of the oven for some time they will get harder again, so rather put only some in the oven and then later some more instead of all at once.
and please excuse that there is no picture of a rolled burrito, but i wanted to have a nice meal with my friends and not take pictures while doing so, but i bet you can imagine how it will look!
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