Gorditas de Picadillo

Hola amigos! How are you these days? I am fine, just a little busy with my family and work, that is why I haven’t been posting many recipes anymore, but today I have this delicious recipe for mince beef gorditas.

Gorditas are these little maize masa parcels that you can fill with almost anything you want. They are easy to make and delicious.

I am filling mine with Picadillo, which is mince beef with chopped potatoes and lots of vegetables.

Ingredients

For the Picadillo

  • 500 gr mince beef
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper finely chopped
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cut in small cubes
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 cup pitted green olives cut in halves
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 2 cleaned, deseeded & stem off guajillo chillies (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of water

For the refried beans

  • 2 cups of cooked black beans or 1 unsalted black beans tin
  • 1/4 chopped onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • Salt to taste

For the gorditas

  • 3 cups of maseca or Mexican maize flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Lukewarm water

To garnish

  • 1 cup of shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Spicy salsa of your choice
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbled

Method

How to make the Picadillo

  1. Heat the oil in medium heat in a large saucepan or a casserole dish. Once hot, fry the onion and garlic for 2 min, then add the mince beef and cook for 5 min making sure to stir continuously, so the beef doesn’t cook in big chunks. Add salt, pepper and a pinch of oregano. Then add the water.
  2. Once the beef is almost cooked, add the rest of the vegetables, except the guajillo chillies and put the saucepan lid on, lower the heat and let cook for 10 min. Mixing from time to time to help the picadillo to cook throughly.
  3. While the picadillo is cooking, put the guajillo chillies in hot boiling water for 10 min. Once soft, put them in a blender with a bit of the water. Blend well until getting a sauce. Add the sauce to the picadillo. Cook for 10 more min or until the vegetables are cooked and set aside.

How to make refried beans

  1. Heat the oil at medium heat in a saucepan. Then add the onion and garlic and fry for two min.
  2. Then add the beans (get rid off of some of the water that they come in)
  3. Season with salt and once they start boiling, mash them with a potato masher until smooth, leaving some texture. Set aside.

How to make the gorditas

  1. Pour the maize flour in a large bowl and add the salt, then little by little start adding the lukewarm water and mix at the same time with one hand, until all the flour comes together to form a dough.
  2. There is no need to work the dough. The flour is gluten free, so once the dough is form, make sure it is moist enough that it doesn’t stick on your hands, but not too moist, otherwise it will be very sticky.
  3. Once the dough is ready, make little dough ball the size of a golf ball. Put a large frying pan or a comal (flat griddle) to heat at medium heat. Once hot, make the gorditas, flatten each dough ball individually with your hands, making a thin patty (see pic). Put them to cook on the frying pan (there is no need to use oil). 2 min on each side approximately.
  4. While you are cooking some, you can wrap in a clean kitchen tablecloth the ones that are ready, to keep them hot.
  5. When they are all ready. With a sharp knife, make an incision on each one, making like little pockets.

To serve the gorditas

  1. Open a gordita and spread some refried beans. Then fill them with some picadillo.
  2. Add lettuce, sour cream, feta cheese and spicy salsa and enjoy!

Listo!

Provecho!

Enchiladas Suizas (Swiss Enchiladas)

This is one of those recipes that I have very near to my heart because these lovely enchiladas were my dad’s favourite enchiladas. Every time he used to make them, we kind of used to lick the plate, I used to have around five!

I have been cooking these enchiladas for years, but I have never been able to recreate the flavour of my dad’s enchiladas, he used to have a special touch for food and he used to be able to make the simplest dish to taste amazing. Do you have a family recipe close to your heart as well? Let me know which one! I would love to know.

The story of these delicious enchiladas is quite interesting, apparently there was this guy that used to cook for Maximilian I, the only emperor that Mexico has ever had, and once the Mexican revolution started the guy went back to his home town Coahuila (a place in Mexico), taking with him some of the recipes that he used to cook for the emperor. Once back in Coahuila, he opened a restaurant where he mixed some of the recipes he learned at the palace with some traditional Mexican dishes and this is how these enchiladas were born, because the story says that they represent the Swiss Alps.

What a great story, right? I love the way recipes change according to necessities or time. Well, here is my recipe, probably a bit different from the original recipe, but in my family they are a whole success!

Enchiladas Suizas (Swiss Enchiladas)

Yield: 4

Enchiladas Suizas (Swiss Enchiladas)

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 large fresh poblano pepper or a green pepper
  • 3 fresh tomatillos (if can’t find them, do not worry)
  • 1 medium onion
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese
  • 1 cup double cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup grated Monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • You will need
  • An oven ceramic dish

Instructions

  1. Put the two chicken breasts in a saucepan in water, add salt. Once cooked. Let it cool and shred. Chop 1/2 an onion and some coriander and mix it with the chicken. Set aside.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, make the salsa. Charr the poblano directly over the hob burner. Once is blacken all around, wrap it in a plastic bag and leave aside for 10 min. Cut roughly the tomatillos. Then remove the poblano from the bag and take the skin, stem & seeds off.
  3. Add the flesh of the poblano pepper into a blender together with some fresh coriander, tomatillos and some of the stock where you cooked the chicken. Blend until smooth. Add salt to taste. Once ready set aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  5. Heat the oil on a frying pan and fry each tortilla individually. Stuff each tortilla as soon as you fry it with the shredded chicken, onion & coriander mix. Roll it and place it on the baking dish. Repeat the same method until you finish.
  6. Pour the creamy poblano sauce over the rolled tortillas and scatter the cheese. Place the enchiladas in the oven for 10 min or until the cheese has melted.
  7. Serve with some chopped coriander on top & sliced onion. Enjoy with some tomato rice and a nice agua fresca. Enjoy!
  8. Listo!
  9. Provecho!
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Black Beans Tlacoyos with Red & Green Salsa

Tlacoyos are one of the most popular antojitos that Mexico has brought to the world. The origin of the Tlacoyos go back to prehispanic times. These little patties are made with corn dough and filled with refried beans or cheese or any other delicious filling that you can think of. They are not difficult to make and the result is wonderful! Continue reading “Black Beans Tlacoyos with Red & Green Salsa”

Tostadas de Ensalada de Nopal (Cactus Salad Tostadas)

There are two ways to make this salad, the first one is to buy fresh cactus and cook them yourself, that would be the best option as the cactus would be more crunchy and fresh, but if you, like me, live in a country where there is no cactus at all then buy the cactus in a jar, I know they won’t taste the same, but it would be ok. I usually remove all the onions and chillies that they come with, then I wash them very well several times and sometimes I even leave them for half an hour to soak in clean water and the taste of vinegar goes away. Try to do these tricks and hope for the best.
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