Thursday 5 May 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

Today is Cinco de Mayo – Spanish for the fifth of May.  It is a day widely celebrated in Mexico and the USA as a day of celebration for Mexican heritage and pride and to commemorate a day of freedom and democracy during the first years of the civil war.

As my dad is now an American citizen and I have spent a lot of time in California, I feel a certain affiliation for Cinco de Mayo as it’s always a great time of celebration, PLUS, Mexican food is my absolute favourite food to eat - Vegetarian Fajitas are a weekly tradition in our house, closely followed by nachos, quesadillas, burritos and all things Mexican.

Mexican food over here doesn’t compare to Mexican food in the Americas.  I personally don’t rate Chiquitos, but I used to frequently visit Chiljis in Hatfield, which served good food until it closed down .  So if anyone knows of an amazing Mexican restaurant please let me know!!!

I am under the impression that once you have sampled great Mexican food, the dishes served in England don’t compare.  My mouth salivates every time I think of sitting in the Californian sun, sipping a cold, fresh margarita and eating a vegetarian quesadilla made with jack cheese and served with freshly made Pico de Gallo, guacamole and sour cream – Heaven.

For now though (or at least until the youngest is old enough to handle a twelve hour plane ride), to pay homage to the humble Quesadilla, here is my home-made vegetarian version of Quesadillas.

To make 4 Quesadillas:

8 Tortillas
1 Onion
1 Red pepper
1 Green Pepper
150g Cheeses – whatever you like – cheddar, red Leicester, Edam, jack – whatever you have
Refried Beans (Optional – we love them, the kids hate them!)

1) Peel, deseed and finely chop the onions and peppers
2) Grate the cheeses into a bowl
3) Add the vegetables and mix together in the bowl
4) Take 2 tortillas for each quesadilla and spread a thin layer of the refried beans (if using) on each.  (Alternatively, you could fill half the tortilla and fold it over rather than using 2 tortillas for each).
5) Split the mixed cheese and vegetable mixture between the 4 quesadillas, using it to sandwich the tortillas together
6) Place the quesadilla in a dry, non stick frying pan and fry for about a minute and a half each side until the inside is warm and the cheese is melted, but the outside is still crispy
7) Serve with Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa and maybe even a Margarita or two!


  1. If your children don't like the refried beans, have you tried it with baked beans for them? My 11yr old loves cheesy bean quesadillas!

  2. Thanks for the tip Sharon - I will have to give those a try!



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