Amongst many others, Mexican food is by far one of my favourites. A couple of years back I used to work in a Mexican restaurant in Canterbury and the food there is amazing. Until then I sort of had a vague concept of tacos, fajitas, salsa, and all the usual things we normally associate Mexican food with. The truth is I had no clue how to actually make it,so I can say that, that was my first proper introduction to this wonderfully flavoured type of cooking. Thinking of all those tacos, the guacamole, the salsas makes my mouth water to this day. So for today’s recipe I thought I would have my healthy take on the tacos so created this beaut which is not only delicious but also guilt free.
Makes around 8
2 large Romaine lettuces
2 large chicken legs (about 4 drums if that is what you want to use)
3 ripe avocados
250g cherry tomatoes
1 ½ limes
1 ½ red onion
3 garlic cloves
1 handful of coriander
A couple of sprigs of chives
1 pot of sour cream
1 red or green chilli finely chopped and deseeded (if you like it extra hot leave the seeds in)
1 nob of butter
A handful of cheddar cheer
Prepare your deep saucepan on medium heat with a nob of butter in to melt. Add the chicken and brown on all sides but do not cook it fully. Then add boiling water (until the chicken is covered) to the pan and a dash of salt and leave to simmer on medium heat for around 45 mins.
While your chicken is cooking, make your GUACAMOLE by cutting 1/3 cherry tomatoes in small cubes, then finely chop the garlic, one red onion and add the chilli. Next, take your avocados and with the blade of your knife go all around the fruit and then just twist to reveal the stone. Once you have taken the stone out scoop the avocado with a spoon and add to the rest of your ingredients. Mash your avocado in with a fork while mixing with the rest of the ingredients. Then, finely chop your coriander and add it in along with the juice of 1 lime. Now that is your guacamole done!
For the salsa you simply chop or blitz the rest of your tomatoes along with ½ red onion and ½ of lime juice. Chill both the guacamole and the salsa until it’s time to serve.For the rest of the elements just grate your cheese and leave on the side and mix in the finely chopped chives with the sour cream.
By the time you have done all this your chicken should be ready. Take the meat out and leave to cool until it is ready to be handled. Then remove the bones and pull the chicken apart with two forks until it looks like pulled chicken. To serve just wash the romaine lettuce and use it as tacos adding whatever you like to it. I hope you enjoyed this one as well. Have a fantastic weekend guys, I will be back on Monday.
P.S. For a veggie version just replace the meat with grilled halloumi or sauteed garlic mushrooms