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I’ve been answering the dreaded ‘what’s for tea?’ question for over 20 years now, so Hello Fresh is really the ultimate dream for me. I don’t mind the actual cooking so much you see, as the PLANNING. After such a long time it’s really difficult to think up new twists on stuff kids like, (plain pasta, dry bread etc), and then if you do find a recipe you like you have to go shopping, and spend £2.99 on red wine vinegar, knowing you’ll never use more than one tablespoon of it.
I’ve used Hello Fresh quite a few times in the past, as they totally cut out all the tedious and wasteful bits of cooking, and just present you with recipes and ingredients, nicely prepared for you in the exact amounts you need. Honestly, it’s bliss, even if it’s only for a couple of nights out of every week.
What I hadn’t realised though was that Hello Fresh, who are the UK’s leading recipe box people, also have a recipe archive, so you can benefit from their food knowledge without having to necessarily buy a box. Even if it does mean having to go shopping yourself, it still cuts out the THOUGHT part, which is the worst bit in my opinion.
Hello Fresh asked me if I’d like to have a go at recreating one of their recipes, so I chose Mexican spiced chilli tostadas. Even though Belle won’t eat things like peas, she will eat spiced Mexican food and guacamole, so I knew she’d enjoy this one. It sneaks in all kinds of wholesome stuff but still presents like a delicious treat from a street market – who’s not going to love that?
If you fancy giving it a go, I’m going to talk you through it now.
Mexican Spiced Chilli Tostadas – what you need
To make your own Mexican spiced chilli tostadas for TWO PEOPLE, you will need:
- 2 wholemeal tortilla
- 1 onion
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 yellow pepper (or orange in my case – it doesn’t really matter)
- 1 tin a red kidney beans
- 250g beef mince
- 1.5 tsp Mexican spice
- 1 tin tomatoes
- Half a beef stock pot
- 30g cheese (Hello Fresh say cheddar, but a bit of mozzeralla might be nice too?)
- 1 avocado
- A small bunch of coriander
- Half a lime
- A splosh of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
So many good things right? Honestly, you’ll eat this and it’s so delicious, but there are so many wholesome ingredients – you won’t know whether to feel guilty or virtuous. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions.
Mexican Spiced Chilli Tostadas – what you do
I made my tostadas in a slightly different order to Hello Fresh, but only because they are allowing you a bit more prep time and I like to charge through things, doing several things at once, so you’re welcome to take this at your own pace.
First off, get the oven on. You’re going to want it up to 220 degrees to toast your tortillas later on.
Then I heated a glug of olive oil in a frying pan and, when it was hot, fried off my beef mince for around five minutes until browned. While the beef is cooking, chop the onions and pepper, and then add these to the pan. Cook for another five minutes.
Meanwhile, finely chop or grate your garlic, drain and rinse the kidney beans and open your tomatoes. Once the onions are softened nicely, add the garlic and Mexican spice and stir for a minute before adding the tomatoes, kidney beans, beef stock and a couple of tablespoons of water. Give it all a good mix and leave to simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce is thick. If you find it’s sticking, you can always add a splash more water.
While the beef mixture is cooking, pop your tortillas onto a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and pop in the oven. You want them to crisp up, so that when you’re eating you can break them up and use them to scoop up your toppings. It should take about five minutes, but keep an eye on them.
Meanwhile, roughly mash your avocado with lime juice and a few sprigs of coriander, chopped, to make your guacamole. Grate your cheese too, ready for assembly.
Once everything is ready, it’s time to put it all together. Start with your toasted tortilla, heap on some beef, and then top with guac and cheese. I found there was quit a bit of beef, so either you can be generous with your portions or keep some in the fridge for lunch the next day.
You CAN use cutlery, if you’re fancy, but I preferred to use my crispy tortilla to scoop the gooey beef and cheese mixture stright into my mouth. I tell myself it’s all part of the delicious street food experience.
And that’s it – Mexican spice chilli tostadas, courtesy of Hello Fresh. Very tasty if I do say so myself.
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