Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Easy and Quick Mexican Family Meal with Santa Maria #Review

One of my favourite meal growing up in the Pacific Northwest of the USA was my mother's Mexican nachos. She would put a tray of tortilla chips covered in cheese in the oven until the chips were crispy and cheese melted. She would season ground beef with Taco Seasoning Mix and put in the middle of the tray of tortilla chips. She then would add sour cream, chopped olives and chopped tomatoes on top.
My family enjoy Mexican meal night in our home here in the UK. My children love taking flour tortillas and fill them with cheese, salsa and sour cream. A plate of cheesy tortilla chips are always included also. Santa Maria sent us some of their products for one of our Mexican meal nights. We were sent Tortilla Chips, Plain Flour Soft Tortillas, Taco Seasoning Mix, Fajita Seasoning Mix (Hot) and BBQ & Grill Mesquite.
I recently discovered that my son love guacamole so I quickly made some from 2 ripe avocados, 1 tomato and lime to create a very mild version. Santa Maria has a Guacamole Style Topping or you could this Avocado Dressing recipe to add some flavour to fajitas or tacos. 
Husband and I really enjoy having fajitas with our Mexican meal. My husband is a vegetarian so we used some pre-sliced package of red onion, peppers and sliced courgettes from the store. The Fajita Seasoning Mix (Hot) can be used to spice up your meat or vegetables of choice. I added about 2 tablespoons of seasoning mix to a 1/4 cup of water then poured into the hot frying pan with the vegetables. Add a little more water and seasoning if needed.
Once the seasoned vegetables were finished then put in a Plain Flour Soft Tortillas with a little grated cheese, sour cream and salsa.
Since it is family tradition, I made some cheesy tortilla chips. These chips are made with sunflower oil and baked over an open flame. My preferred method of making a tray of cheese tortilla chips is in the oven. Simply turn on the oven to medium heat while you are starting to prepare the meal. The oven does not need to preheated to a certain temperature but warmed up. The heat of the oven warms up the oils in the tortilla chips and makes them crisper. The cheese melts a little slower in the oven but more evenly. The above plate was done in the microwave for quickness but prefer the oven method. We had tons of tortilla chips leftover from our meal and a couple days later they are still crispy.
I put some fresh guacamole, sour cream and salsa in the middle of the cheese tortilla chips. My children love dipping the chips. We did not get an opportunity to use the BBQ & Grill Mesquite in this meal but it is suggested you could use it to spice up eggs or nuts. Santa Maria has a huge range of spices. I personally would love to try the Japanese Wasabi & Sesame and Lime Pepper

Thank you for Santa Maria for sending us these products for our Mexican family meal. Besides have a huge range of products, there is also many delicious recipes featured on their website. Below is a Pinterest board of my favourite recipes ideas for Santa Maria.

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