Thursday, 7 April 2011

Mexican Food? It's easy as 1, 2, 3


There's no denying that Mexican food is continuing to captivate us Brits: you only have to visit your local supermarket to see how demand is being met. Last year, Mexican food sales grew by a whopping 8.5% on 2009, exceeding just over £139M. While El Paso and Discovery dominate the market, many of the supermarkets are catching up, offering their own branded products for Mexican dishes. From Marks & Spencer's Chipotle Ketchup (which I can highly recommend) to Tesco Enchiladas, there's no shortage of choice.

The latest testament to our growing demand for Mexican food at home is the announcement that Santa Maria (aka Discovery) is investing £500,000 in the Milton Keynes plant. The company is also launching new concepts, including 'Mexican 3-Step', a way to prepare dishes from a few base ingredients. If you've ever cooked authentic Mexican food from scratch, you'll know how time consuming and ingredient-laden it can be so it will be interesting to see how this compares.

If you're more of a 'hands-on' cook, then how about trying our a couple of recipes from Eva Longoria's new cookbook. Eva is one of those celebrities who has time to dabble in the kitchen as well as owning a couple of restaurants. Inspired by her Texas/Mexican roots, her book is available now at Amazon.co.uk.

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