the art of mexican food

August 31, 2011

The two winners of the Rudi’s Back to School GIveaway are #106 – Lauren @ Teen Eat and Live and #167 — Debbie @ Accidently Delish! Congrats ladies — please email me by Friday night to claim your prize!

Ask and you shall receive.

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I wasn’t surprised that many of you told me how good my Mexican dinner looked in my meal planning post a few days ago. I also wasn’t surprised that you asked me for the recipe either. I’m not being cocky — it just really is that good. Like so good that I usually make it once a week — or cry when I forget to buy refried beans at the grocery store. Which usually results in trudging myself to the store mid-week for that Mexican fix I know and crave all too well.

It’s a good thing the Husband loves Mexican food as well — although it took him a while to get use to my way of spicing things up once we got married. The food, you sick tickets — sheesh. The first time I made the Husband fajitas, his mouth was “on fire” and he could “only eat one” — pansy. You’ll be happy to know the Husband has since let his taste buds acquire some more spicy guys in his mouth so he is able to enjoy our Mexican fiestas a little bit more.

More often than not, when we go out for dinner, we usually hit up our favorite hole in the wall Mexican joint so we can dominate the chips and salsa (if I remember to bring my own crackers), and I can’t live without the creamy goodness that is guacamole. Basically because that is the only time I get to eat guacamole because I refuse to shell out $2 each time I want to buy an avocado. That, my friends, is insanity.

Which brings me to my favorite Mexican meal — because really, when it comes to Mexican food, I want it all. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a mariachi band serenading me as I eat.. I can’t have that? Tell that to my niece and nephew who I hired for this weekend.

So, what’s on the plate, you ask?

  1. Sautéed Mexican vegetables — simply whatever veggies you have on hand sautéed in 1-2 tbsp. olive oil with some Mexican spices (salt, pepper, garlic, chili powder, and cumin — you CANNOT skimp on the cumin. It’s my favorite.)
  2. Trader Joe’s Traditional Vegetarian Refried Beans — the absolute best refried beans in the entire universe. I could eat a can of these in one sitting. And now is the time when I will avoid all eye contact with you because it has happened in the past. And now is also the time when I will pretend like it was not a painful experience for all involved parties.
  3. Mexican Quinoa — This is a variation of my Simple Spanish Rice recipe — just use quinoa in place of the rice and adjust the cooking time. And adjust the spices to your liking.

Top it all with some salsa and nutritional yeast, and I will be on the couch for the rest of the night, thankyouverymuch.

Question: What is your favorite Mexican meal?

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

sweet and savvy August 31, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Cumin is Definitely the best for Mexican food!! I couldn’t live without it!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 31, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Congrats to the winners! I love salsa. guac and chips personally! Bahah I will for sure be on the couch the rest of the night too :)

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Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) August 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm

AAAH as soon as I read the refried beans thing, I thought “I’ve eaten a whole can of them before!”, and then you said the same thing!! Haha no shame they are SO good!! :D

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 31, 2011 at 5:35 pm

What is your favorite Mexican meal? = margaritas, chips, salsa, and guac. :)

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cleaneatingchelsey August 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Oh I love the margaritas!!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm

I love the simple deliciousness!! ….One question: where is the margarita?! ;)

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries August 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Oh yes, Mexican food is one of my greatest loves! Your dish looks great AND healthy…I’ll need to try that one. My favorite Mexican dish is a toss up between enchiladas (pretty much any kind) and chicken soft tacos.

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cleaneatingchelsey August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Loved my enchiladas that I ate last night!

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Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 31, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Chili Rellenos! More or less stuffed pablano peppers. Those and any variation of pinto/refried beans. Mexican food is all about the spices. It doesn’t have to be fattening, though it can be.

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cleaneatingchelsey August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I love them too but don’t want to stuff them with fake cheese! Any ideas?

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Ashley @ coffee cake and cardio August 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I’ve had some delicious ones with pinto beans, black beans, tomatoes,and hominy. It was like a meatless chili inside with lots of yummy spices. I haven’t made one myself in a long time… Maybe I need to do that soon :)

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Lauren August 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Ahhh! Thanks so much :D I know you don’t pick the winners but it’s pretty cool anyways! I emailed you already so let me know if you have any issues
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I love Mexican food! We probably eat it at least once a week though I make myself quesadillas pretty often. Refried beans are the best part of the meal though, my favorite! Spanish quinoa is genius. I have to remember to try that sometime!

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cleaneatingchelsey August 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Congrats Lauren! I’ll check my email!

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles August 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Oh, Mexican! Lucky for me, the bf lovessss spice. In his food. His acid reflux, not so much. Talk about a painful experience for all involved.

The day I discovered cumin I nearly died!

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cleaneatingchelsey August 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

out of love I’m hoping?

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles August 31, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Oh my god yes. So delicious.

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Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. August 31, 2011 at 6:16 pm

My fave is a new dish I just made (and posted) last night actually! Cheesy Mexican Rice and Black Bean Casserole. I also add chicken, but you could omit that. I love salsa too! Tortilla chips are that one processed food that I just can’t let go.

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Cumin is my favorite too!! Anytime I use refrid beans my husband will eat it… It’s like magical food… And not just the magic fruit ;)

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Tabaitha August 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Garlic Herb & Shrimp Tacos with Avocado and cilantro lime sauce.

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Pure2raw Twins August 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

fav mexican food is guac!!! and margaritas of course :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 31, 2011 at 7:24 pm

It’s only been in the past year or so that I’ve discovered my love for Mexican. Now I can’t get enough! My favourite meal is fajita rice bowls with brown rice, spice rubbed chicken, veggies cooked in fajita spices, pico de gallo, and guac.

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 31, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I’m the biggest sucker for Mexican food, but only if I make it myself because the stuff in restaurants or fast food places kind of skeeves me out. I have nightmares of eating something that will have me paying homage to the porcelain gods all night long… so I tend to err to the side of caution and cook for myself. And really, as long as guac, salsa, cheese, beans, and tortillas are involved, I’m a happy camper :D

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake August 31, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Any kind of taco!

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Brooke (Tea & Tofu) August 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Oh, that looks AMAZING – onto next week’s meal planner it goes! I love anything Mexican – it’s all just so fresh and delicious :-) Thanks for the inspiration!

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats August 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Mexican food is the best. I used to be much like your husband until I met my Mexican loving manfriend. He has definitely gotten me to spice things up! :)

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Amy B @ Second City Randomness August 31, 2011 at 8:43 pm

You know my love of all mexican food! It’s amazing… however, I think enchiladas will always have my heart…

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kaila@ healthy helper blog! August 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Like I said the other day…I have been loving mexican food lately so I am ALL over these recipes!!

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Maria@HealthyDiaries August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I agree not to leave out the cumin! I LOVE adding cumin to everything. It has just a great distinct flavor! I really need to try those beans from Trader Joe’s.

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Lindsay@LivingLindsay August 31, 2011 at 9:24 pm

LOVE those refried beans! They really are the best!!
I love making enchiladas – my fave are butternut squash, but sometimes I just throw together a mixture of black beans, corn, salsa, and spices and roll them up, cover with green salsa, and bake. Quick and easy!

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Dorry August 31, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I remember the 1st time I ate an entire can of refried beans with my meal one night, and Billy was flabbergasted. hahahaha. Now he knows we need to open separate cans if we’re both having beans. :)

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Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

that quinoa and refried beans is outstanding!!! omg i sooo badly want to eat this!!

xoxo <3

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Faith @ For the Health of It August 31, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I got hooked on veggie enchiladas (with zucchini, squash and carrots inside) and have been a pretty big fan of those – I can’t wait to try making my own version.

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Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 31, 2011 at 10:41 pm

im obsessed with mexican food. luckily, i live in california so it’s not difficult to find :) enchiladas are the best…i could eat an entire pan full.

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Gina August 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Good to know about TJ’s refried beans! I’m a sucker beans :) and pretty much all mexican food in general!

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Sophie @ threetimesf September 1, 2011 at 2:38 am

Enchilladas are my favourite – not just Mexican, but generally my favourite meal! <3 them!!

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Tine September 1, 2011 at 3:36 am

Wow, this looks like ‘quinoa risotto’! Looks tasty!

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Cait @ Cait hates Cake September 1, 2011 at 7:03 am

Chip and salsa/guacamole. I will eat my body weight in them before even getting to the meal.

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Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips September 1, 2011 at 7:08 am

Mmm, I love Mexican food! I actually wrote about a Mexican dinner for my WIAW post yesterday – deconstructed burritos with sweet potatoes, kidney beans etc, love it! & I adore guacamole too, yum!

I’ve never actually had refried beans, what are they like? I don’t think they’re so readily available in the UK, but that may just be me not seeing them!

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char @ char on a mission September 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

Holy guacamole…I think that answers the question. And, I am SO happy you love spice. I like to challenge my taste buds and see how hot I can go. I also love the fact that my heat tolerance totally kicks the husband’s outta the water…makes you feel good inside, just a little bit ;) (or is that just the jalapenos talking? hmm…)

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e@thisnotedlife September 1, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love pretty much all mexican food mmm mmm!

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Lauren September 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

Send me some vegetarian refried beans please!! I should probably start having more Mexican themed nights around here. Joey LOVES Mexican. But his idea of Mexican also involves a crappy chain restaurant and food that comes out a little too fast. Skeptical…

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Sara @ The Foodie Diaries September 1, 2011 at 10:48 am

My favorite Mexican dish would have to be a chicken, cheese, and rice burrito with queso and chips on the side. Oh, guilty pleasures.

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Courtney September 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I LOVE quesadillas! And anything with black beans is amazing:)

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