Tacos with a difference.
We love Mexican food in our house and have been lucky enough to try really authentic food in some great restaurants around the world. That means though, when it comes to cooking it at home I want some tasty and authentic tasting too. I really like the Discovery range of Mexican food as everything they produce is handy, easy to make and more importantly, tastes just like proper Mexican food should taste.
One of my favourite Mexican dishes are tacos. So, what exactly are tacos. Well, according to an article I read, "A taco is a traditional Mexican dishcomposed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. A taco can be made with a variety of fillings, including beef, pork,chicken, seafood, vegetables and cheese, allowing for great versatility and variety. A taco is generally eaten without utensils and is often accompanied by garnishes such assalsa, avocado or guacamole, cilantro,tomatoes, minced meat, onions and lettuce."
I love really crispy taco shells and like the description above explains, I love the fact that tacos are so versatile. Generally you put meat, cheese and salsa in them but I've often added mushrooms, pineapple, different vegetables and different cheeses etc to really make them fun and interesting. The only problem with them is that they are very messy and a bit hard to fill and eat sometimes as the filling falls out of the shells quite easily. In fact, Discovery say, "Eating Taco Shells is fun, but we also know it can be messy. Our chefs have spent years perfecting our Taco Trays which have been specially developed to address this problem. Made with pure maize flour our Taco Trays deliver a great traditional Mexican flavour. This Dinner Kit has been specially put together with the perfect ingredients, Taco Trays, Taco Seasoning and Medium Salsa, to help you make a great tasting Mexican feast."
When I saw these I thought that they looked like a really interesting alternative to the taco shell and might be a bit easier to serve to my kids who can then eat them easily with their fingers. The trays are basically as the name suggests, a crispy corn tray in a rectangle shape that is flat on the bottom and has small sides all the way around it. I find these really easy to fill with lots of ingredients as you can pile them quite high with meats and cheese and then you can either pick them up with your fingers quite easily or we often use a knife and fork to cut them.
The shells are wonderful and crispy and have a really nice authentic taste to them. There are 14 shells in a packet and the kit also comes with seasoning and salsa. I find the seasoning quite strong so I only use half a packet when I am adding it to my meat. The salsa is lovely and tomatoey and gives a nice bold flavour to the tacos.
Each tray has only 42 calories and I can probably eat 2 in one sitting, 3 if I am really hungry. All in all, a fun and different way to make tacos.
I am a huge fan of Mexican. When you buy the kits it is nice and easy to make for a big group of people and the fact that you can help yourself and tuck in makes it much more exciting!
Out of fajita's , burittos and tacos, tacos are always the dish I cook the least as they are so impossinbly hard to eat, as soon as you bite into the shell it crumbles and you spill filling everywhere, most frustrating when you are just trying to get it into your mouth. As soon as I say the stand and stack trays for sale I snapped them up, this seemed the perfect solution.
With tacos I cook mushrooms and beef. I also grate some cheese and cut up some lettuce. All you have to do then is po the trays in a hot oven for about ten minutes to warm up. They are small rectangular shaped trays with a lip of about ¾ centimeter. The trays are perfect for keeping generous amounts of filling in, but also for not crumbling to nothing when you eat the, They do break, maybe in half, but enough so that you can get some of the filling in your mouth!
These are a great new addition to the Mexican kits range they are so much better than traditional tacos. I was beginning to think tacos were actually a secret diet food as you never got any in your mouth!