Puerco en Salsa Verde (Pork in a Green Sauce)

Hello there! It is been a while since my last post, but I have been very busy.

Today I am sharing with you a delicious recipe made with pork belly, tomatillos, jalapeños and lots of love! Puerco en Salsa Verde is one of my absolute favourite dishes ever, especially if you add some sort of greens, in this occasion, I added some spinach, which gives the dish a more satisfying flavour and you’ll feel good to see the green bits in it.

The salsa is made with tomatillos, if you can’t find fresh tomatillos in London, do not hesitate to buy tin ones, the flavour will just change slightly, but they will taste good. I cooked my pork in advance as I wanted the pieces to be very tender and then I added the sauce. I served mine pork in green sauce with some tomato rice and refried beans, but if you want to you can serve them in tacos and add some fresh raw veggies to eat them.

So I hope you are all ok and you haven’t miss as much as I did. Please do not forget to leave a comment, they mean a lot to me!

Love,

Karla

Puerco en Salsa Verde

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 500 gr pork belly cut in chunks
  • 1 peeled white onion
  • 3 peeled garlic cloves
  • 5 fresh tomatillos roughly chopped
  • 2 fresh jalapeños, stem off and chopped
  • A bunch of fresh spinach chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • One tbsp of vegetable oil

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a casserole dish (dutch oven) and sealed the pieces of pork, making sure to not over crowd the pan while sealing the pork.
  2. Then add a pint of water, salt to taste, ground black pepper, oregano, half an onion & a garlic clove. Bring it to a boil and then low the heat down, put the lid on and cook the pork slowly until tender (around an hour)
  3. Once the pork is ready, blend tomatillos together with the rest of the onion, garlic and add one jalapeño chopped. Blend until smooth.
  4. Once you have the salsa, add it to the cooked pork and let it cook for 15 min.

When the salsa is cooked add the spinach and stir for a minute or two. Serve with some Mexican rice and refried beans or shred the pieces of pork and serve it as a taco garnish them with chopped onion and fresh coriander.*Note: If you want to make it spicier, just add more jalapeños. You can add other type of greens if you do not have spinach.Listo!Provecho!

Macarela en Salsa Verde (Mackerel in a Green Sauce)

These days I puzzle very much about how to eat more fish in our diet, you know, I grew up in a fish town (Ensenada) and we used to eat fish at least twice a week and here in London I really struggle to cook fish in different ways.

So I decided that I am going to be in a mission and I will try to cook fish in a different way every time we eat at home, which is once a week, I am also going to try to eat different types, not only the easy option (cod or haddock), so today I bought some mackerel, I have cooked mackerel in the past, I think I have a mackerel with green pipian in my blog. Today’s recipe is very simple, it is mackerel fillets in a tomatillo sauce with some asparagus and pickled red onion, it is such a simple recipe, but very flavoursome, I especially like combination of the tangy green salsa with the fish, it is the perfect combination.

So here is the quick recipe, if you like it do not forget to leave me a comment! Thanks for reading!

Serves 2

Prep 10 min

Cook 30 min

Ingredients

  • 4 mackerel fillets
  • 3 fresh tomatillos cut in chunks
  • 1/2 onion cut in chunks
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeño
  • Small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro)
  • 12 asparagus
  • 1 small red onion
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp table salt to pickle the onion
  • Pinch of oregano
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • Salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180. Have a saucepan and frying pan ready.
  2. Place the tomatillo, onion, garlic and jalapeño in a saucepan and add 1/4 cup of water. Cook for 10 min.
  3. While the veggies are cooking, place the asparagus on a baking tray, sprinkle 1 tbsp of oil, some salt & pepper and place them in the oven for 15 min.
  4. Then make the red pickle onion. Cut the onion in thin slices a d add the tbsp of table salt and set aside.
  5. Heat the frying pan and place the fillets one by one skin down. Press down each fillet with your fingers to avoid the fish to curl up.
  6. Place a saucepan lid on top of the fish to cook the top.
  7. While the fillets are cooking finish making the pickled onion. Rinse the onion with fresh water to get rid off the salt. Squeeze the juice of a lime and add a pinch of oregano and a pinch of salt and set aside.
  8. Make the salsa. Put all the veggies in a blender. Then once blended add the fresh coriander, salt & pepper to seasoned and set aside.
  9. Take your asparagus out of the oven and set aside.
  10. Cut some lime wedges.
  11. By now the mackerel fillets have to be cooked. The skin has to be crispy.
  12. Serve two mackerel fillets per person with some asparagus, pickled onion and drizzle some green salsa on top & finish off by squeezing some lime to get that extra tangy flavour. Enjoy!

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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!

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Provecho!

Gallina Pinta (Ox Tail, Pinto Beans and Maize Soup)

 
This is a traditional recipe from the state of Sonora in Mexico. Sonora is located in the north of Mexico, bordered by the states of Baja California, Chihuahua and Sinaloa.

If we translate the name of this dish into English it would be, “spotted hen”,  I know, it doesn’t make any sense, as the dish isn’t cook with chicken, but apparently they call it like that because of the combination of colours between the beans and the maize.

This recipe was given to me by my brother’s mother-in-law, she invited us for lunch one afternoon and surprised us with this delicious meal. It is very easy to cook and extremely yummy, El inglés, my husband, had seconds.

Serves 5

Prep 10 min

Cook over 1 hr 

Ingredients 

  • 500 gr ox tail or beef skirt cut in chunks 
  • 150 gr pinto beans
  • 1 kg Maize or Hominy
  • 1 small onion cut in half
  • 1/2 green California pepper or green pepper
  • 2.5 L water
  • Salt to taste 
  • A pinch dried oregano

To garnish

  • Chopped coriander
  • Chopped onion
  • Limes cut in quarters 
  • Spicy salsa or dry chillie flakes

Method

Put the beans and meat to cook in a large sauce pan with the water, cook until the beans are partially cook, then add the onion, green chillie and salt, cook for 15 min and add the maize and add the pinch of oregano. Cook until the meat is tender and the beans are cook properly.

Garnish with coriander, juice lime to taste, onion and spicy salsa or chillie flakes.

Tips

  • If you find dried maize, add the maize at the beginning with the beans and meat.
  • You can get tin maize or hominy in www.mexmarket.co.uk

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Provecho!