Mexican rice and beans with tomatillo sauce

15 Mar

Man Woman has never been to Mexico. Nevertheless, we feel sufficiently informed to say that what passes as Mexican cuisine in a good part of the Anglo-Saxon world is not really Mexican food. We’re really hoping that in no country does crisps covered in cheese, covered in sour cream actually pass as food.

When in Sydney, we managed to get ourselves to Flying Fajita Sisters on Glebe Point Rd before a serendipitous Friday night at the dogs. Really. At the dogs. This was our first encounter with green sauce. My word. Sweet but tangy, gooey but refreshing – this is good shit. We’ve got big plans to go back to Casa Mexico in Bethnal Green for more Mexican supplies. Our horizons are expanded.

Mexican beans

  • 1 tin kidney beans (or 1/2 C uncooked beans, soaked overnight then cooked)
  • 1/2 capsicum diced
  • 1/2 medium red onion diced
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 C corn kernels
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 small dried ancho chili
  • lemon or lime juice

Heat a little olive oil in a pan and add coriander seeds, followed by onions and capsicum. Once these have softened, add the beans, tomato remaining spices and the ancho chili. Cook for probably another 5 or 10 minutes or until warmed through, adding lemon or lime to taste.

Tomatillo sauce

  • 10 tomatillos (1.5 cups tinned)
  • 2 tsp chopped jalepeno chillies
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 spring onion

In a small fry pan with just a tiny dash of oil, throw in halved tomatillos and cook until softened and saucy. Just before serving, add jalepenos, coriander and chopped spring onion.

Serve with guacamole and rice. Cheese not really necessary, although Man did still add substantial amounts and four kinds of chili sauce (see below).

Estimated cost: £4.10 (with guacamole and rice)

Musical accompaniment: AfroCubism


One Response to “Mexican rice and beans with tomatillo sauce”

  1. Anthony March 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    The sauce looks great! Green and spicy! I would pour more onto my rice for sure!
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