Satisfying Fideo Seco

If you love noodles or pasta, this dish is definitively for you!

Honestly, even if you don’t like pasta… fideo seco is a mouthwatering dish, which you can top with an array of garnishes, from soured cream to chipotle to avocado. Fideo Seco is usually complemented by some refried beans.

This dish is very easy to make, and it’s also a crowd pleaser, so why not try it out for your next family gathering or get together?

The recipe is also easily cut, so for all of those who want to make less, simply halve the recipe and use a smaller baking pan.

Finally, you can also sprinkle cheese on top of the fideos before baking for a delicious take on this classic dish.

Indeed, why not complement this great dish with some agua de melon (melon water)? You can find the recipe for this lovely and natural fruit drink here.

In my opinion, no dish is truly complete without a dessert… this dish’s heat factor is definitively nicely completed with the flan’s lovely sweetness and texture.

As always, provecho!

Crazy about beans

Beans. I’m pretty sure we’ve all tasted some sort of dish partly or completely made from beans.

They’re one of those special ingredients that show up everywhere, in different forms, but which are always welcome. When served warm, they remind me of my childhood in Mexico, of the fresh tortillas and the nopales and all my favourite dishes.

Lately, I’ve been asked how to prepare refried beans (image below). I’ve added a whole bean section under the Cooking Basics tab. Perhaps you’ll all find some great recipes there!

They’re pretty basic, yet pretty important in Mexican cuisine. The most used variety are black pinto beans and bayo beans, which are used to make dishes such as cooked beans, bean broth, refried beans, beans with rice… the list goes on and on. Seriously.

If you’ve only ever tasted sweet beans (the ones most people eat from cans in Britain, not that there’s anything wrong with it…), I have to say, you’re missing out.

White beans, a variety found mostly in Britain (top images)
Black beans, traditionally used in Mexican cuisine (bottom images)

So, if you’re looking for a new way to eat beans, why not try eating them with tortillas or as a soup? What are your favourite bean recipes?

Remember that all dishes taste best paired with an authentic Mexican drink! My favourite drink to pair with frijoles is Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea).