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Colourful, tasty and (pretty) healthy: what’s not to like about Mexican food?

While we have to admit a slight addiction to fajitas, guacamole and nachos, there is more to Mexican food than these delicious staples.

To mix things up a little, we have gathered some super tasty recipe you will absolutely love!

1. Easy chilli con carne

2. Arroz con pollo

3. Chicken quesadillas

4. Mexican salad

5. Shredded beef tacos



If you fancy a bit of free Mexican grub tomorrow, then you're in a lot of luck.

Zambrero is a new restaurant in Dublin, only opening it's doors to the public tomorrow – and they want you to enjoy free food all day.

Leinster rugby star Darragh Fanning has brought this deadly Meixcan franchise to Dublin and it's looking like it's going to be a good one.

The new restaurant is situated in The Station on Hatch Street, so head down from 10am to enjoy a burrito (or two).

And not only is the restaurant being totally sound giving out free food, there's a great cause behind it all. For every burrito or burrito bowl sold in Zambrero, it will donate a meal to the Plate4Plate programme for people in need.

Now, we just can't wait to get our munch ooon tomorrow. 


Have you seen a cooler group of friends? We know Taylor Swift and her girl gang are super slick, but we didn't realise these three beauties were BFFs… and now, we're kinda in love. 

Adele, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone were spotted going for a Mexican dinner last night, and we're sure there was plenty of reason to celebrate between the three of them. 

The women are not only known for their talents, but their awesome sense of humour too, so we're sure their night was pretty fun. 

The trio chose an upscale Mexican restaurant, Cosme, for their night out after Adele had finished up her appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

The two stylish actress arrived at the restaurant first and waited for the 25-year-old singer to head over after her television appearance.

It was clear that the ladies were in great moods when they left to restaurant too, as they were seen giggling in their car (which we're sure was down to a margarita or two). 

Adele and Jennifer in particular, have reason for celebration with Jennifer's Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 absolutely dominating the box office and Adele's album, 25, setting high sales records.

We just have one question though, how can we get into their crew? 


Quesadillas are a great meal to make midweek.

There aren’t a lot of ingredients and they are so versatile you can put anything you like in them.

What you’ll need:

Serves 2

  • 4 wraps
  • 1/2 tin of refried beans
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 2 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 spring onion
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 8 slices of jarred jalapeños

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Place one wrap on a plate and using a spoon, spread 1 tbsp. of refried bean over the base of the wrap. Repeat on another wrap.
  2. Sprinkle the cheese, sliced spring onion, spinach and chopped jalapeños over each wrap.
  3. Heat oil in a large frying pan and when it is hot, place one wrap in the pan and place another plain wrap on top, pressing down to seal the filling inside.
  4. Carefully turn over and cook the other side until it is golden.
  5. Repeat with the next wrap.
  6. Serve with sour cream and anything else you like such as salsa or guacamole.

If you prefer you can make this with different veggies as well as some cooked chicken, beef or prawns. Like we said, anything you like!


Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast and can be served alongside tortilla wraps, guacamole, refried beans and some hot jalapeños.

Although it seems like a lot of ingredients, the actual base recipe is very economical.

What you’ll need:

  • 400g tin of tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red or green chilli pepper
  • Handful of fresh spinach
  • 1 chorizo sausage, chopped roughly
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs

What you’ll need to do:

  1. In a cast-iron frying pan (or one you can put under the grill), add some oil and when it is hot, add the finely chopped onion, chilli pepper and garlic.
  2. When they have softened, add the chorizo, smoked paprika and  roughly chopped peppers.
  3. When the chorizo cooks a little and begins to release its oil, add the tin of tomatoes.
  4. Add the sugar and season to taste.
  5. Cook for about 10mins over medium heat or until the chorizo is cooked. Add the torn spinach.
  6. Make two wells in the middle of the mixture and crack an egg in each.
  7. Place the pan under the grill until the egg has cooked to your liking.
  8. Enjoy!

Everybody loves hot chocolate. It’s so comforting and sweet, happiness in a cup if you will.

Homemade hot chocolate is almost too easy to put together and so perfect for those days we need thawing out.

What you’ll need:

  • 125ml cream
  • 125ml full-fat milk
  • 50g good quality dark chocolate, grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need to do:

  1. In a saucepan, heat up the milk and cream.
  2. Add the grated chocolate, cinnamon and nutmeg and heat to melt and combine.
  3. Pour into mugs and top with fluffy marshmallows.

What else you can do:

Orange hot chocolate – Simply add orange zest to the saucpan when simmering and strain it out when serving.
Mexican hot chocolate – Add a teaspoon of cayenne or chilli powder, if you dare!
Peppermint hot chocolate – Melt two or three After Eights into the saucepan.


This recipe is everything you need; healthy, filling and so easy to make.

What you’ll need:
Serves one

  • 1 wrap
  • 2 medium pieces of white fish, thawed if using frozen
  • Handful of fresh kale, chopped
  • 1 tbsp sriracha, or any hot chilli sauce

To serve (all optional)

  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Cheese

What you’ll need to do: 

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C.
  2. Cut the fish into bite size pieces.
  3. Heat a tsp olive oil in a saucepan. Add the fish.
  4. After 5mins, add the kale and continue to heat until the fish is cooked through.
  5. Stir in the sriracha and season.
  6. Set the wrap on the worktop and put the fish filling into the middle of it.
  7. Fold the wrap so it resembles a chimichanga and place on a wire wrack in the oven until it is golden brown.
  8. Serve with some salad or rice with guacamole, salsa and maybe melt some cheese on top if you like.





This guacamole recipe is perfect with tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, chilli or even as a snack with some toasted pitta.

Adjust the spice levels to your preference; you can remove all the seeds and pith of the chilli if you would like it a bit milder.

What you’ll need: 

Serves 2

  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1/2 red chilli, chopped roughly
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 spring onion, sliced finely
  • 2-3 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh coriander, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Chop the avocado and place in a bowl with the lime juice, garlic clove, red chilli, Tabasco sauce and olive oil.
  2. Using a hand blender combine all of the ingredients but leave it a little chunky if you prefer it that way.
  3. When the consistency is to your liking stir in the tomatoes, coriander and spring onion.

Going out for dinner should always be an enjoyable and fun experience; new foods, great company, nice wine. However, if you are trying to be healthy and change your eating habits it can be difficult to make the right choices.

Of course, if going out for dinner isn’t an everyday thing, by all means go for it; dessert and all! A lot of people have jobs (or social lives!) that require them to eat out quite a bit and so sometimes they need to make healthier choices.

Here we have listed some of the most popular types of restaurants and some healthy choices you can make when eating out.


  • Swap kormas for tomato-based dishes for a less calorific dish. The spicier the better in terms of metabolism – how hot can you go? Tandoori dishes are great as they are really flavoursome but don’t have a sauce and are the lightest item on the menu in an Indian restaurant.
  • Go for rice OR naan, not both. Skip the poppadoms altogether – they’re oily, not filling and definitely not healthy.


  • Have beans in your burrito instead of meat and leave out the rice. Beans are a great source of protein, low in fat and taste amazing. Even better, a lot of Mexican places often have burrito’s in a bowl, meaning less bread, more rice and veg.
  • If you are having meat, go for chicken as it is leaner than beef or pork.


  • Fried chicken is becoming popular here but good for you it ain’t. Try see if the place has chicken that isn’t deep-fried; often places will have some chicken dish that is marinated and grilled instead.
  • Skip the chips and go for a side such as salad or corn on the cob instead.


  • Go for tomato-based dishes rather than cream or cheese based sauces and your tummy will thank you for it.
  • See if you can get a sprinkling of feta on your pizza  rather than lots of melted cheese, which will leave you feeling bloated and sluggish.

Like we said, these swaps are great for people watching what they are eating or have to eat out a lot; always enjoy your meal out and treat yourself, you deserve it!


This salad is full of protein and very tasty thanks to yummy feta. Healthy and delicious – sounds perfect.

What you need:

Serves two.

  • 425g black beans/400g dried turtle beans (same thing), soaked overnight and cooked to instructions on packet
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Juice of one lime
  • 198g sweetcorn
  • 2 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped finely
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • handful of lettuce, shredded
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tortilla wraps

What you do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180.
  2. Oil an ovenproof bowl, place the tortilla wrap into the bowl. Bake in the oven until lightly golden, be careful not to burn!
  3. Remove the tortilla wrap from the bowl, it should now be in a bowl shape. Set aside.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the garlic and chilli.
  5. When softened, add the cumin and the black beans.
  6. Allow the flavours to come together for 2-3mins.
  7. Take the beans off the heat and stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the lettuce and cheese
  8. Serve in the tortilla bowl and add the lettuce and cheese on top.

Top tip: Add anything you like on top, maybe some jalapeños, black olives, guacamole or sour cream!


The Mexican Gastronomic and Cultural Festival brings the sounds, culture and taste of Mexico to Dublin for the third year running with a week long experience from Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th November.

Mexican food has become increasingly popular in Dublin over the last couple of years and this week is packed with interesting events, providing a unique experience of the flavours, colours and traditions of Mexico.

On Wednesday evening, 13th November chef Helma Honda, a specialist in authentic Mexican food, will host a conference about genuine Mexican cuisine, sharing her expertise and love of this unique cuisine. The conference will be followed by a tasting of tequila, the iconic Mexican spirit.

A competition to find ‘The Best Taco in Dublin’ takes place on Friday 15th of November, in the Mansion House, with a judging panel that includes the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Oisin Quinn, renowned chef and food writer Darina Allen and chef Helma Honda.

Foodies around Dublin have also been asked to cast their vote online for the place they think serves the best tacos in town. Voting has now opened on the taste of Mexico Dublin Facebook page, www.facebook.com/tasteofmexicodublin

The festival offers a wide range of authentic and traditional Mexican events including a variety of tastings, cookery workshop and live Mariachi music, so bring your amigos to this fiesty fiesta.

For further information visit the Embassy of Mexico’s website: www.embamex.ie.