Mexican cuisine has never been so popular in the UK. Wahaca, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Wrapchic or Tortilla are only a few of the names sharing the Mexican restaurant market.
Taco Bell, one of the most famous American Mexican restaurant chain has also decided to open a second branch in Scotland, for the culinary pleasure of many Scots we imagine.
Made famous through home-cooking dinner kits, Mexican food has now surpassed Indian food when it comes to ordering take away in Britain.
If you too are a fan of the cuisine coming from the other side of the Atlantic, you might want to give a go at learning how to cook your favourite Mexican dishes: enchilada, quesadilla, tortilla, nacho chips, guacamole, salsa, empanada or guacamole, it will all taste even better if you cooked it yourself.
“I’ve seen zero evidence of any nation on Earth other than Mexico even remotely having the slightest clue what Mexican food is about or even come close to reproducing it. It is perhaps the most misunderstood country and cuisine on Earth.”
– Anthony Bourdain, American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality.
To make taco by hand in the traditional way takes a long time. Here a chef is preparing the masa dough before it can be cooked. ( by Ted’s photos)
If you are based in the capital and are growing tired of always ordering the same dishes at your local Mexican restaurant, why not try to learn how to cook new recipes for yourself?
Given the enormous amount of restaurants in London, and thanks to the foodie community there, you will find plenty of cookery classes where you will be able to hone your chef skills and learn more about Mexican dishes.
The Jamie Oliver Cookery School located in Shepherd’s Bush offers a well-reviewed Mexican Street Food Class. The professional chef that will be your tutor on the day will demonstrate all the dishes you will be preparing including hand-pressed corn tortillas, smashed guacamole and chunky salsa.
You will also prepare various fillings using the freshest ingredients, and of course, you will get to dine on your lovingly prepared meal.
At the Cookery School London near Oxford Circus, you will be able to join in on a Mex Mex cooking class. Guided by Kelly Peak, the director of Cool Chile Company, you will get acquainted with Mexican spices and ingredients before putting on your apron and getting to it.
The three-hour session will introduce you to traditional Mexican cooking techniques such as grilling tomatoes, preparing salsa or making homemade tortillas.
You will also get to cook Crunchy tortillas topped with shredded chicken in chipotle, tomato and tomatillo sauce, fish in a spicy pumpkin seed, roasted tomatillo and green chile sauce, Spinach salad with hibiscus flower dressing and a classic Mexican dessert, Arroz con Leche (Mexican rice pudding).
For the vegans out there, Mexican food can also be for you. Join Red’s Try My Kitchen Class and learn how to cook spicy Tex-Mex food. From burritos, enchiladas, nachos, tacos and tortillas, Red will use her 20 years of experience to guide you through the intricacy of Mexican gastronomy.
Red holds the cooking classes in her own kitchen located in East London and all groups are made up of maximum four people so you will be sure to be hands-on when cooking and prep time comes.
“Mexican food is far more varied than people think. It changes like dialects. I was brought up in Jalisco by the sea on a basic diet – tomatoes, chillis, peppers of every size and rice, which is a Mexican staple. The Pacific coast has a huge array of seafood.”
– Gael Garcia Bernal, Mexican film actor, director, model and producer.
Tacos are traditionally made one by one before being sold. (Ted’s photos)
If you are living in North West England you probably need some Mexican spices to warm you up on chilly days.
Food Sorcery: Cookery and Barista School holds many different types of cooking classes and workshops all year long and they often have a Mexican cookery class on their monthly program.
Bases in the Waterside Hotel in the Didsbury suburb of Manchester, this three hours Mexican cookery class will teach you how to use traditional Mexican cooking methods and flavours.
You will get to prepare soft corn tacos and flour tortillas from scratch as well as the salsas to go with it. Quesadillas, tamales, frijoles and churros are also on the menu, and you will be offered a glass of vino to go along with all the food you cooked.
The Wilmslow Cookery School offers a similar three-hour workshop focusing on Mexican street food dishes ideal to be prepared and eaten on the go. You will have the opportunity to cook dishes such as Chipotle Chicken, Fresh tortillas, smokey black beans in a fresh tomato sauce, Blackened salsas, green rice and dips.
Your guiding chef will also introduce you to the different Mexican chillis and will teach you how to get the right smoke flavours into your dishes.
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien, English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor
If you are based in Birmingham, you will also get a chance to master Mexican cuisine as the Urban Artisan Food School will cover your need for Mexican staple.
With them, you will be able to explore less common ingredients which are an essential part of the daily food lives of Mexicans such as quinoa, corn tortillas, chayote, black beans, ancho and chipotle.
You can also take part in the Harbone Food School, where under the supervision of professional chef Charlotte Pike you will learn all the secrets of Mexican food. Chef Pike trained under Diana Kennedy, a reference when it comes to Mexican cuisine.
During the three-hour evening session, you will be taught how to make dishes such as a Mexican spiced salad with butternut squash, chorizo and pumpkin pesto or spicy beef tacos with homemade tortillas.
Note that if you are vegetarians, the school will gladly accommodate and knock £10 off the class price.
Tamales, which are very time consuming to prepare, are usually cooked by groups of women sharing the different tasks. ( by flickr4jazz)
If two Taco Bell restaurants in Scotland is not enough to fill your appetite, it might be time to take some Mexican cooking classes adventure yourself into traditional Mexican dishes.
The Cook School Glasgow can help you with that. They offer a four-hour masterclass on Mexican food. The chefs that will guide you through the workshop will demonstrate how to use the bold flavours of Mexican cuisine.
On the menu, some very traditional dishes such as chicken and peanut mole, Pulled pork tostadas with jalapeno mayonnaise, Chilli con Carne with coriander rice, smoked cheese and sour cream and Churros with chocolate dipping sauce.
Barriga llena, corazón contento.
Full stomach, happy heart.
– Mexican saying
If you’re not to keen on travelling out of the comfort of your kitchen, you can also find much Mexican online cooking class that will teach you everything to know about Mexican cuisine without the hassle of the commute.
Tastemade offers such a class. In the form of a series of videos by Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack, a professional recipe developer and food writer.
Through the videos, you will be guided in the making of traditional Mexican staples such as Frijoles de la olla, Salsa Casera or Red Enchiladas. Of course, you will have to subscribe to the website (for a fee) to access the full class and without the presence of a chef in your kitchen, you will have to rely solely on your taste buds to determine if you followed the recipe correctly.
Douglas Cullen, an avid home cook and food writer for the Mexican Food Journal offers hands-on lessons in his kitchen of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. However, he also offers Skype lessons if you can’t make it to Mexico.
Douglas has been living in Mexico for the past 20 years and has been travelling throughout the country from Mexico City to Oaxaca, from Guanajuato to Queretaro and Guadalajara. He knows Mexican cuisine like the back of his hands and has become familiar with the regional specialities unique to Mexico culinary heritage.
Over Skype, Douglas will join you in your kitchen to guide you through the steps of cooking your favourite Mexican dishes. Ahead of the class Douglas will give you a call and give you instructions regarding the ingredients, equipment and set-up needed for the cooking session. He will even send you a shopping checklist to make sure you’re not missing anything.
Quesadillas usually contain cheese and other fillings in a corn tortilla.
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