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MEXICAN BURRITO BOWL




This super easy to prepare meal is perfect for anyone short on time as it only takes 20 minutes to prepare and once served up looks like a delicious work of art.

This recipe is really simple and good value for money. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover rice and what’s more, it’s a complete meal with protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and jam-packed with vitamins and minerals. If you'd prefer a vegetarian version, you can simply leave out the chicken and add my Creole mix to the beans, and if the kids don’t like spice, just separate some of the chicken and keep it plain.


It makes for an easy family feast or if you are having a party you can make a giant version of this dish for a grazing table. Add accompaniments like some tortilla chips, a big bowl of guacamole and some flat pieces of bread and everyone can help themselves 'family style'. Trust me it tastes as good as it looks.


Did you know? It’s suggested that as early as 10,000 BC, Mesoamerican cultures living in the region of what is now Central America and Mexico were using corn tortillas to wrap their traditional foods before the arrival of Europeans to the Americas. According to legend, the burrito as we know it today was invented by a man named Juan Méndez, a street vendor in Chihuahua, Mexico. During the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s, Méndez needed a way to keep his food warm whilst transporting it on his small donkey from his home to the market. So, he decided to wrap his street food in a giant flour tortilla and cover it with aluminium foil. His customers loved it and the rest, as they say, is history.


Chef Dylan Tip: Please don’t overcook the chicken until it is dry and tough. Remember, the residual heat from the pan will keep cooking the chicken once you take it off the heat. Juicy tender chicken is what you’re aiming for. So, make sure the pan is nice and hot before you add the chicken and try to spread out the chunks so that they are all not in just one part of the pan.


East Coast, Australia 2008

Travelling up the east coast with my brother Mitchell in our old 1980s beat-up van, affectionally named Hermia from Shakespeare’s play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, we crossed paths with a young, short 5ft 6 indigenous Mexican named Luis Antonio. He was also travelling the east coast on a gap year before he was to return home to begin medical school back in Mexico City. We got on so well. He decided to join us as we embarked on our next intrepid adventure, a four-day trek across Fraser Island.


The next day we organised to go shopping for all the food we would need for our trip. Whilst walking down one of the aisles in the supermarket, Luis, in his thick Mexican accent, suddenly declared, “Tonight, boys, I’m going to make for you the best Mexican burrito bowl you have ever had in your whole life”. “It will be the first burrito bowl I’ve ever had!” quipped Mitchell. “Noooooo!!!” moaned Luis rubbing his eyes in disbelief. “You can’t be serious? You never had Mexican food or what?” he said with a gobsmacked look on his face. Always the larrikin, with a smirk, Mitchell replied, “Had nachos at the RSL once”.


Quick as a flash, much to my amusement, Luis suddenly had his arm around Mitchell’s neck in a headlock whilst rubbing his hair vigorously and joked, “You insult my culture, you little rat. You think that’s Mexican?”. “Alright! Alright!” cried Mitchell. “I’m sorry!” Luis let go, and we all laughed at the state of Mitchell’s now roughed up hair. Luis puffed up his chest and proudly stated, “You are in for a treat tonight, boys… you are going to eat real authentic Mexican food made by a real authentic Mexican!”


Try out this recipe to make a Mexican-inspired feast that would make even Luis Antonio proud.


PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOKING TIME: 10 mins

SERVINGS: 2


INGREDIENTS

  • 300g chicken breast, sliced into 2 cm chunks

  • 2 tbsps CREOLE

  • 1 tbs olive oil

  • 2 cups cooked rice

  • 1 spring onion, sliced

  • 1 x 125g canned corn kernels, drained

  • 1 x 400g red kidney beans, drained

  • 1/4 bunch coriander leaves, chopped

SALSA TO ACCOMPANY

  • 2 tbsps olive oil

  • 1 tbs white wine vinegar

  • 1x ripe tomato diced

  • 1/2 small red onion, diced

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

  • A handful of herbs, finely sliced

  • 50g cheddar, grated

  • 2 tbsps sour cream

METHOD

  1. Mix CREOLE with olive oil in a bowl and coat chicken pieces. Marinate for 20mins MAX.

  2. Get a medium-sized fry pan to high heat, add some oil and fry chicken for 2 mins, then toss and fry until crispy and cooked through.

  3. To make the salsa mix the tomato, red onion and garlic in a bowl and sliced herbs, then add two tbs of olive oil and vinegar to coat.

ASSEMBLE

  1. Get two serving bowls ready.

  2. Warm rice in a heatproof bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds and mix into the rice the sliced spring onion and coriander.

  3. Warm kidney beans in the microwave for 1 min.

  4. Place warm rice into a serving bowl, followed by chicken pieces, then warm kidney beans, add corn, then the salsa mix.

  5. Finish with a generous dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese.


TO SERVE


Garnish with coriander and tuck into a bowl of healthy deliciousness.

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