Those who know me, or have been reading this blog, know that I have lived in California for 2,5 years, and in that period of time I have grown fond of Mexican food. But my first Mexican cuisine experience was about 4 years ago, when I was invited to my friend Przemek's place, and his Mexican girlfriend cooked us traditional Tortilla Soup for dinner.
I was in love with a first try, and I took the recipe as fast as I could. This soup now is a staple in my house, and actually gets a lot of views regularly. Since that first dinner, I started experiencing with Mexican cuisine. But unfortunately, back then, the trend was just starting to grow in Dublin, and there weren't many places to go or shop at. For a very long time my favourite place was Tolteca on Baggot Street where I would eat dinner probably twice a week. Then the trend picked up, and Burrito places started popping up everywhere, but at that stage we have moved.
In the first week in California we found Sancho's Taqueria in Palo Alto on Middlefield Road, and it became our favourite instantly. Again, we ate there at least twice a week, very often just after working out in the gym nearby, and we took all our friends there. Then we tried Mamacitas in a Target parking lot in Mountain View, and we fell in love even more. Their quesadilla with home made chipotle sauce is the best thing I have ever had in my life!
I am back in Dublin for about 15 weeks now, and I still cannot find my Mamacitas. I have tried many places, but they don't taste authentic at all, so I have to make my own little Mexico here in gloomy Ireland :). Here is my take on vegetarian tacos, very colourful, healthy and delicious.
Ingredients (2 people):
- 8 small corn tortillas
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup black beans
- 1/2 cup corn
- sour cream
- 1 lime
- small can of tomatoes
- 1 tiny onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 jalapeño
Prepare salsa first. Wash cilantro and remove some of the long and tough stems. Place in a food processor. Add tomatoes, garlic, sliced jalapeño, sliced onion, pinch of salt, and juice of lime, and blitz it together until smooth. You can add a touch of cumin if you want for some extra flavour.
Prepare the vegetables, cut avocado, shred the cabbage, and place all on a plate.
Fill tortillas with a bit of everything, and add a touch of cream and salsa on top.