Monday, 11 July 2016

574. Veggie Mini Taco Boats

Mexican is a popular cuisine

  The Mexican cuisine staples are corn, beans, chili peppers, avocados,tomatoes, honey and chocolate. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire,Mexican cuisine has a strong Spanish influence. They introduced meats(beef, chicken, goat and sheep) and dairy products, mainly cheese and various spices and herbs and grains like wheat and rice.Traditionally, the inhabitants of Mexico were nomadic hunters and gatherers. Corn tortillas with bean paste was a common meal. They also ate wild game, fish and local fruits. During the slave trade era the cuisine was influenced also by African and Asian elements. Most rural areas still prepare meals using corn, beans and chili peppers as their main ingredients. Dishes vary from region to region. The most popular food in Mexico is enchiladas.  What we know as Mexican cuisine is also popularly known as TexMex cuisine. Mexican cuisine is as popular as Chinese, Italian, Indian and Japanese cuisines.
  Did you know that the the popular salsa is the Spanish word for sauce? Salsa can be smooth or chunky, cooked or uncooked. Tomatoes, tomatillos, chipotle and avocados are popular ingredients for salsas.
   Traditionally Mexicans did not cook in an oven but over open fires, using skillets and ceramic wares. They also steamed their food by wrapping it in banana or cactus leaves and suspended over boiling water.
   My preparation for the 48th #FoodieMonday#Bloghop theme #Mexican Cuisine is not a typical traditional preparation but a modern preparation, Taco boats. These boats are prepared by the popular Mexican style food brand Old El Paso. My initial plan was to make burritos. I was browsing done the aisle at Metro, a supermarket in Montreal, I first saw all those different flavoured tortillas and got excited. I picked up the cheese and chipotle flavoured ones. As I walked a bit further looking for black beans I saw these packets of cute mini taco boats. So put the tortillas back and grabbed a packet  of the boats. These are things I don't get back home easily. I have to make my own tortillas. So preparing this dish was easy for me. Hubby and my son loved it and its on the menu again soon.
   The advantage of using these boats is that one can serve them as finger food without getting too messy, any filling can be used. To fill salads the boats can be wrapped in foil and baked for a while. On cooling fill with your favourite salad. Use them as dessert cups too.













Veggie Mini Taco Boats
Makes 12 mini boats

12 ready made mini taco boats
1½ cups cooked black or red beans
1½ cups cooked sweet corn
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup diced bell pepper, any colour
¾ cup tomato salsa sauce
1 tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro/coriander
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
½ cup sour cream
  1. Heat oil in a wide pan over medium low heat. When it is hot, add chopped onion, garlic and bell pepper and saute till they are soft. 
  2. Add beans, corn, salt and the sauce.
  3. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. The mixture should not be runny. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. Add chipotle powder and cilantro and mix well.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  6. Lay out the mini boats on a baking tray. 
  7. Fill the boats with the prepared filling.
  8. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  9. Bake the boats for 15-20 minutes or till the cheese melts and the rim of the boats turn light brown.
  10. Serve the boats immediately topped with sour cream.
Tips:
  • Make a filling of your choice.
  • Serve the mini boats with guacamole if your like.
  • You can use ready made salsa sauce if you like.
You may want to check out the following:
mini taco salad cups

Sending this recipe for the following event:

Blog Hop

19 comments:

  1. Looks very tempting and yummy !

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  2. These mini taco boats are simply irrestible

    ReplyDelete
  3. Loved these taco boats Di. Indeed no messy fingers and hands relishing the salads right with these taco boats.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful share Mayuri. Boat looks so lovely and yummy too.

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  5. These are so cute! We are Mexican food obsessed, so they sound perfect for us!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Danii... we too love Mexican food.

      Delete
  6. simply wow boats to feed the crowd...lovely share dee

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    1. Yes Nisa and I'm sure you get them where you live.

      Delete
  7. Sure looks delicious........

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  8. I am in love with those boats Dee...lovely share...enjoyed reading the write up too.

    ReplyDelete
  9. WoW !! These cute taco boats looks so creamy and delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. They look so beautiful and delicious... :) Will definitely try!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love these cute Taco Boats. I am sure my kids will love it. Bookmarking this recipe.

    ReplyDelete

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Monday, 11 July 2016

574. Veggie Mini Taco Boats

Mexican is a popular cuisine

  The Mexican cuisine staples are corn, beans, chili peppers, avocados,tomatoes, honey and chocolate. After the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire,Mexican cuisine has a strong Spanish influence. They introduced meats(beef, chicken, goat and sheep) and dairy products, mainly cheese and various spices and herbs and grains like wheat and rice.Traditionally, the inhabitants of Mexico were nomadic hunters and gatherers. Corn tortillas with bean paste was a common meal. They also ate wild game, fish and local fruits. During the slave trade era the cuisine was influenced also by African and Asian elements. Most rural areas still prepare meals using corn, beans and chili peppers as their main ingredients. Dishes vary from region to region. The most popular food in Mexico is enchiladas.  What we know as Mexican cuisine is also popularly known as TexMex cuisine. Mexican cuisine is as popular as Chinese, Italian, Indian and Japanese cuisines.
  Did you know that the the popular salsa is the Spanish word for sauce? Salsa can be smooth or chunky, cooked or uncooked. Tomatoes, tomatillos, chipotle and avocados are popular ingredients for salsas.
   Traditionally Mexicans did not cook in an oven but over open fires, using skillets and ceramic wares. They also steamed their food by wrapping it in banana or cactus leaves and suspended over boiling water.
   My preparation for the 48th #FoodieMonday#Bloghop theme #Mexican Cuisine is not a typical traditional preparation but a modern preparation, Taco boats. These boats are prepared by the popular Mexican style food brand Old El Paso. My initial plan was to make burritos. I was browsing done the aisle at Metro, a supermarket in Montreal, I first saw all those different flavoured tortillas and got excited. I picked up the cheese and chipotle flavoured ones. As I walked a bit further looking for black beans I saw these packets of cute mini taco boats. So put the tortillas back and grabbed a packet  of the boats. These are things I don't get back home easily. I have to make my own tortillas. So preparing this dish was easy for me. Hubby and my son loved it and its on the menu again soon.
   The advantage of using these boats is that one can serve them as finger food without getting too messy, any filling can be used. To fill salads the boats can be wrapped in foil and baked for a while. On cooling fill with your favourite salad. Use them as dessert cups too.













Veggie Mini Taco Boats
Makes 12 mini boats

12 ready made mini taco boats
1½ cups cooked black or red beans
1½ cups cooked sweet corn
1 cup chopped onion
½ cup diced bell pepper, any colour
¾ cup tomato salsa sauce
1 tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro/coriander
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
½ cup sour cream
  1. Heat oil in a wide pan over medium low heat. When it is hot, add chopped onion, garlic and bell pepper and saute till they are soft. 
  2. Add beans, corn, salt and the sauce.
  3. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. The mixture should not be runny. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. Add chipotle powder and cilantro and mix well.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  6. Lay out the mini boats on a baking tray. 
  7. Fill the boats with the prepared filling.
  8. Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  9. Bake the boats for 15-20 minutes or till the cheese melts and the rim of the boats turn light brown.
  10. Serve the boats immediately topped with sour cream.
Tips:
  • Make a filling of your choice.
  • Serve the mini boats with guacamole if your like.
  • You can use ready made salsa sauce if you like.
You may want to check out the following:
mini taco salad cups

Sending this recipe for the following event:

Blog Hop

Pin It

19 comments:

  1. Looks very tempting and yummy !

    ReplyDelete
  2. These mini taco boats are simply irrestible

    ReplyDelete
  3. Loved these taco boats Di. Indeed no messy fingers and hands relishing the salads right with these taco boats.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful share Mayuri. Boat looks so lovely and yummy too.

    ReplyDelete
  5. These are so cute! We are Mexican food obsessed, so they sound perfect for us!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Danii... we too love Mexican food.

      Delete
  6. simply wow boats to feed the crowd...lovely share dee

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Nisa and I'm sure you get them where you live.

      Delete
  7. Sure looks delicious........

    ReplyDelete
  8. I am in love with those boats Dee...lovely share...enjoyed reading the write up too.

    ReplyDelete
  9. WoW !! These cute taco boats looks so creamy and delicious :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. They look so beautiful and delicious... :) Will definitely try!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love these cute Taco Boats. I am sure my kids will love it. Bookmarking this recipe.

    ReplyDelete

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