Monday, 3 August 2015

mextrade mexican night + giveaway!


As you may know, I love a chance to host a themed night! I've been to known to enjoy a loaded bowl of nachos with a slow cooked chilli and lime infused rice - who wouldn't? So when the lovely lot at Mextrade sent me a selection of their spicy goodies, it made perfect sense to whip up some guacamole and get those Coronas in the fridge!


I explained to Mextrade HQ that although I looove Mexican food I prefer the smoky, milder flavours - nothing that would blow my head off! They put together a parcel of Mole Doña Chonita, Refried Black Beans, Salsa para Enchiladas Verdes, Salsa de Chile Chipotle, Rajas de Jalapeño and Chipotles. In the package there were also some fragrant Hibiscus Flowers, a smoked Chipotle Meco and a beautiful painted Mexican Talavera spoon.


I hadn't tried mole before, so for those who haven't either, it's a traditional sweet and spicy made with cocoa beans, chillies, nuts and smoky spices. I decided to slow cook some beef brisket in chipotle spices for 8-10 hours and pour over mole to finish. Alongside this, I went for refried black beans, salsa, guacamole, nachos and spicy lime rice.



For this I tried out the Mextrade Salsa de Chile Chipotle, which is milder than the chipotle chillies themselves. Instead it's very smoky and sweet - just like a smooth tomato salsa with a bit more personality1



I also brought out some extra wraps, dips and the like. Mexican food makes for such good dinner parties and casual gatherings, since you can leave everything out for people to try (whether they're spice wimps or warriors!)



The chipotles and rajas de jalapeños were the hottest of the bunch, which did scare me a little. Instead these can be cooled down with soured cream or scattered with feta. I'm definitely going to try it with cream cheese for a little kick!

The Mexican products were such brilliant quality and really held their flavour in the packaging. Having been to Mexico myself, I really felt the dishes were authentic and also quite unusual without being too crazy! Mole is especially brilliant with chilli, as you can imagine the chocolate element enhances the taste so much.



If you've come this far - I'm guessing you love Mexican food too! Here's your chance to win a selection of Mextrade goodies, chosen by them based on your own spicy preferences! 

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below to enter, letting me know your favourite Mexican dish. The closing date is 12th August. Good luck!



Note: I was sent a selection of Mextrade products for my consideration. The prize is also complimentary of Mextrade.

158 comments:

  1. I love quesadillas with a side of guacamole!

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  2. I love having a mixture of dishes - enchiladas, dirty rice, as many avocados as possible,..

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  3. chilli - especially a proper Mexican one!

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  4. Chilli every time!

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  5. Nachos with refried beans, guacamole and soured cream (oh, and lashings of cheese!) is a great crowd-pleaser!

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  6. My fave and not readily found here is Chicken And Corn Chilaquiles...yummy

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  7. I LOVE tacos!

    And what a wonderful dinner you set up here :) Nachos are such an easy dish, but so tasty. Your homemade guac looks amazing too!!! x

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  8. My husband is Mexican-food crazy; for me I love fresh salsa/guacamole with nachos, or a burrito :)

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  9. Enchiladas!!!
    or Quesedillas....or nachos.....ummm, everything?

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  10. Never thought about having a mexican night, looks delicious.

    I suppose it's not exactly mexican, but a chilli (mexican style) - plenty of ancho grandes and pasilla, yum.

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  11. A bean burrito with spicy salsa, guac and all the trimmings.

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  12. I love refried beans but I very rarely get them as the rest of my family don't!

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  13. Tacos! Purely the best!

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  14. Cheesy chicken enchiladas with sour cream!!!!

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  15. Has to be frijoles - so, so delicious!

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  16. Anything veggie but especially Fajitas :-)

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  17. Cool guacamole with loads of lime. A good dollop of this with anything makes my day

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  18. I love chicken fajitas with all the trimmings :)

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  19. I love love love nachos. Start with a layer of refried beans, nachos, cheese sauce, mince and jalapeños. With a side of Sour Cream, Salsa and Guacamole!

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  20. has to be fajitas!

    ... or maybe nachos, i can't decide!

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  21. oooo thats a hard one, think its got to be enchiladas x

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  22. I love spicy chicken fajitas or enchiladas

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  23. Taco's are our favourite at the moment

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  24. My favourite Mexican dish is Enchiladas

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  25. Mexican veggie breakfast of scrambled eggs avocado etc

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  26. Hmmm everything think my most favorite has to be enchiladas followed by some sweet empanadas ;)

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  27. nachos with chilli, lots of cheese and smothered in creme fraiche (which we prefer to sour cream as it's thicker)

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  28. i love mexican food. we have fajitas once a week and occasionally my partner and i get a quiet evening we'll treat ourselves to a plate of nachos :D

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  29. Nachos with pulled chilli pork and all the extras. Heaven!

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  30. Chicken enchiladas

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  31. Mole is wonderful, I love rich, smoky, spicy flavours. I also really want to try tamales.

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  32. quesadillas with rice and black beans :)

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  33. How to choose..... If I have to a good chilli is my fave.

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  34. fajitas. Made them last night ironically. Even though they're not technically a Mexican dish (they are a western interpretation) still love them.

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  35. I have to go traditional and say Mole - it tastes like a chocolatey curry :)

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  36. chilli con carne with nachos on the side

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  37. I love quesadillas best! Cheesy deliciousness :P

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  38. Fajitas. We like to have fajita Fridays, it's a fun meal time after a hard week at work & school :)

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  39. Quesadillas, filled with refried beans and lots of cheese, and of course guacamole and salsa with it!

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