After weeks of anticipation, last week finally brought with it my turn at Come Dine With Me-dia. And when I say anticipation I definitely mean that people were waiting anxiously to mock me relentlessly for my lack of any kind of cooking skill. But despite this lack of faith I’d call it a successful night, despite burning a dorito to the top of the grill.
So I present you Katie’s Mexican Extravaganza. Here are the recipes I used to make even the worst of cooks look passable.
You will need:
- One bag of tortilla chips
- One pot of salsa
This literally couldn’t be easier. And I’m aware of that. I don’t even know why I’m bothering to tell you how to do it. If you don’t know how to make nachos then you’re beyond help and probably should refrain from throwing any kind of dinner parties. Or throwing anything, that could be dangerous.
I do have an extra tip though. If you make them in a dish, do it in layers so that you have sauce and cheese in the middle. There’s nothing worse than just ending up with a bowl of dry chips. Also, despite claiming that it “couldn’t be easier” I did manage to catch part of it on the grill, resulting in some lovely charred tortilla.
This is an equally lazy option as I didn’t even have to finish making them. However this take a little more preparation than the nachos, and some actual cooking was involved. I also needed to make two sets as some pesky vegetarians were present.
You will need:
- Tortilla wraps
- Chicken breasts
- Fajita seasoning (in a packet or make your own, I obviously used a packet)
- Red pepper
- Kidney beans
This will not be a comprehensive set of instructions. I basically made it up as I went along. If in doubt, add fajita seasoning.
So for starters I cooked the chicken separately from the rest, coated it in the fajita seasoning and left it simmering while doing all the veggie stuff.
Cook the rice while lightly roasting the peppers. When cooked mix them together with a healthy helping o that all important seasoning. Add kidney beans.
It’s that simple (that’s why I did it).
We’re not going to talk about desert as I tried to be clever and create my own Mexican themed pudding but it went disastrously wrong and I had to run to Tesco and buy a pie. Typical.