It does not get simpler than this
When we get really hungry but are really tired to cook, I bring out my Mexican toolkit. Mexican food is so simple to put together. No hassles with serving or plating up, especially when serving tacos. This DIY meal makes it fun for the whole family to get involved.
Recently I made some rather indulgent tacos with crispy smoked paprika potatoes and refried beans. Yes, we are a potato loving family that isn’t afraid to eat all the potatoes and look like potatoes. Sorry, I didn’t get a chance to take step by step photos because we were really hungry and there was a war to get stuck into crispy potatoes.
Ingredients: 16 Cooking time: 20 minutes
- One packet of soft tortillas
- Six to eight medium potatoes, peeled and cut in small cubes
- 400 gms of refried beans
- Two medium tomatoes, chopped
- One onion, chopped
- 400 gms of corn, steamed
- One bunch of coriander, chopped
- Juice of one lemon
- One packet of taco seasoning
- Two teaspoons of smoked paprika
- 1.5 teaspoon of dried mint leaves
- Five tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- Salt to season
- Sour cream for topping
- 200 gms grated Parmesan
- Lemon wedges for garnish
Heat three tablespoons of oil in a pan. Add dried mint and smoked paprika. Once aromatic add the potatoes. Cook until potatoes are soft and crispy. Garnish with fresh coriander and parmesan.
I used canned refried beans for this dish. You can also used cooked kidney beans as an alternative, simply mash them. Empty the beans in a bowl, add a tablespoon of olive oil and one teaspoon of taco seasoning. Microwave for three to four minutes. Keep aside.
Mix the chopped onion, tomato and coriander leaves. Add one teaspoon of taco seasoning. Two tablespoons of lemon juice. Your salsa is ready.
In another bowl mix corn, remaining coriander, lemon juice and taco seasoning. Your corn salsa is ready too.
Finally microwave your tacos to heat them through. To assemble the tacos, put a layer of beans, followed by potatoes. Add tomato and onion and corn salsa. A dollop of sour cream and a drizzle of lemon. A midweek meal does not get simpler than this.