Santa Maria Mexican Feast

16th September marks Mexican Independence day, and what better way to celebrate than with a host of Mexican themed food. Santa Maria sent me a selection of their products which tantilise the taste buds with a little heat and lots of flavour. Alot of their products are perfect for using up leftovers or making batch amounts and taking them for lunches.
I saw a recipe in the Waitrose newspaper which used fajita seasoning in a rice dish and works well as a vegetarian dish or you could easily add any leftover meat to extra protein. It was easy and quick and perfect for leftovers, a group meal or even as a side dish.
200g essential Waitrose Easy Cook Long Grain Rice
400g pack Waitrose Lean Aberdeen Angus Beef Mince
1 onion, chopped
2 sticks celery, sliced
28g sachet Santa Maria Medium Fajita Seasoning Mix
400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
195g can sweetcorn, drained
390g carton Cirio Finely
Chopped Tomatoes
28g pack fresh coriander

1. Cook the rice in boiling water for 12-15 minutes or until tender, then drain.
2. Meanwhile, fry the mince, onion and celery in a large saucepan for 2-3 minutes to brown. Stir in the fajita seasoning mix and cook for 1 minute.
3. Stir in the kidney beans, sweetcorn and chopped tomatoes, then half fill the tomato can with water and add to the pan. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Stir in the rice and coriander, then season and serve. 
Mexican food isn't always about big main dishes, I love smaller nibbles and Santa Maria so great tortillas which are lightly salted and perfect for dipping in guacamole or homemade salsa. Salsa is a perfect way of using up older tomatoes and can be made in advance and left in the fridge for the flavours to develop.

250g/9oz fresh tomatoes, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 mild chillies, finely chopped
bunch coriander, finely chopped
salt, to taste
lime juice, to taste
1 tbsp water

Chop everything up small and combine in a small bowl ready for serving.

Taco shells are also a great pick and mix kind of dish where you chop up any veggies and meat you have the fridge. We had a selection of chicken and salmon covered in taco seasoning to filled the crunchy bites with.  I found some red onion seasoning from a Santa Maria Pulled Pork dinner kit that was leftover and used as another side. It has a nice bit of acidity which cuts through the taco flavouring nicely.

 I had never tried enchiladas at home before so was keen to try out the Santa Maria sauce. It comes with a seasoning mix for the meat (I used mince) and a sauce to cook the meat in and cover over the wraps. The sauce became nice and thick with a great hit of flavour that works perfectly with a side salad. I used some Mediterranean wraps from Morrisons which had a nice tomatoey herb flavour which I would definitely recommend as well as the plain soft tortillas.
See what other goodies they do here.

Disclaimer: I was sent these products to review, but as always opinions are my own.


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