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!

Frijoles Charros (Charro Beans)

Beans, glorious beans! There are so many recipes that you can do with beans. In Mexico, we eat beans almost in every meal, refried beans, beans caldo, beans with tacos, beans with eggs, beans, beans, beans! We do love them! And who doesn’t! They are easy to cook and full of protein and despite the bad reputation they have for giving you a errr funny tummy aka gas! They are just very versatile.

This recipe is not for a veggie lover, in fact, if it wasn’t because the tomatoes, coriander, jalapeño & onion, this recipe would be a meat lover affair. They are call “Frijoles Charros”, a charro in Mexico is a cowboy, so this dish was originally from the north of Mexico, it contains a lot of meat because charros would only have meat (mainly pork) and pulses (pinto beans) in their diet. The recipe always changes from family to family. This is my recipe.

For this recipe you have to cook your pinto beans in advance, I will give you the quick recipe for them. I cooked mine the night before.

Serves 4

Prep 15 min with cooked pinto beans

Cook 30 min plus 1 hr for pinto beans

Ingredients

To cook the Pinto Beans

  • 300 gr pinto beans cooked with juice
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Water
  • 1/2 tsp salt

To cook the Charro Beans

  • 300 gr cooked pinto beans
  • 5 rashes of smoked bacon chopped
  • 2 cooking chorizo sausages skin off & chopped
  • 5 herb chipolatas skin off & chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chilli chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin (optional)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

To garnish

  • Lime wedges (optional)
  • Crumbled feta cheese
  • Fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • Avocado (optional)

Method

Cooking the beans

  1. Cook the beans. Soak them in water 2 hrs before cooking.
  2. Rinse them and put them in a casserole dish (dutch oven) cover them with water, add half an onion and a garlic clove.
  3. Bring them to a boil at high heat and then low the heat all the way down. Cook for 45 min.
  4. Check them to see of they are soft. Add salt right at the end.
  5. Once cooked, remove the onion and garlic.

Cooking the Charro Beans

  1. Have all your ingredients ready and chopped.
  2. Heat one tbsp of oil. Start by frying the bacon. Then after 3 min add the chorizo, then the herb sausages. Fry for 7 min.
  3. Add the onion & garlic and garlic. Then tomato, jalapeño & coriander and continue frying for 5 min until the meats are cooked. Set aside.
  4. If you cooked your beans the night before (like I did). Heat them and once hot add the meats mixture.
  5. Add a pinch of oregano & ground black pepper, bit of paprika and ground cumin for more flavour. Cook for 7 min and they are done.
  6. Serve with feta, more fresh coriander & avocado. Enjoy!

Listo!

Provecho!

Crema de Calabacitas a la Mexicana (Mexican Style Courgettes Cream)

Today’s recipe is a favourite of mine and my hubby! He usually doesn’t like courgettes Mexican style, which I love, but he likes soups, so I came with the amazing idea of doing create something that we both like and this is how this creamy soup came along! It is great for children as well, my two little pollitos love it very much and to let people know what they are eating, I garnish the soup with proper Mexican style courgettes and some yummy feta. Continue reading “Crema de Calabacitas a la Mexicana (Mexican Style Courgettes Cream)”

Sopa Conde (Black Bean Soup)

Good morning! A new week! Wow the time is flying, we are now in February, soon it will be spring.

As you probably know, if you have been reading my posts, today in my house is beans cooking day, I always cook beans every Monday and freeze them so I can use them through out the week. So today I cooked black beans, you can find the frijoles de la olla recipe here in my blog, so you, as me, can have beans for a week. Continue reading “Sopa Conde (Black Bean Soup)”

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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