Mexican Recipes

Have you ever wondered why Mexican food tastes so good? At Fiesta, we offer an array of Mexican dishes. We cannot tell you our secret Mexican recipes but we can enlighten you on its history and our favourite Mexican food.

Our first favourite is the Burrito. Did you know the Burrito originated in a taco street stand in Mexico, by a man named Juan Mendez in 1910-1921? It is suggested he tried to find a way to keep his food warm for his taco street stand. In doing so he came up with the idea to wrap a homemade flour tortilla with a napkin.

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Such a simple idea, right?

It was believed Juan Mendez’s food was a hit, in his local town. Burritos were then sold in areas of Northern Mexico using two main ingredients i.e. meat, beans, potatoes, chile rajas (green chilli & onion) or cheese in the burrito wrapped in a flour tortilla. In Mexico, the burrito was called “tacos de harina” or “flour wheat tacos”. At Fiesta, we serve burrito especiales with main ingredients including poached chicken, frijole & corn, spicy beef or chilli con carne.

Another favourite classic Mexican dish of Fiesta is Fajitas. They are often associated with the idea of “make it yourself tacos” with ingredients used such as beef, vegetables, chicken or fish with onion and pepper cooked in a skillet. In Tex Mex terms fajita are referred to as “little strap”. This is because the steak used is carved into long and thin pieces.

In the 1950’s Mexican cowboys called “Vaqueros” ate skirt steak. The vaqueros experimented different ways in which they could cook or prepare the meat. Their favourite way was to marinate the steak in tequila or lime juice. They found this made the steak tender and was sliced across the grain to prevent it from becoming tough. However, it was not until later that the first Fajita was publicly revealed at the Boerne Bergestfest. After that, during the next 20 years, the world became a Fajita craze!

Our last favourite dish is Quesadillas or “little cheesy things”. This dish got its name from the Spanish word “queso” meaning cheese. A quesadilla is a tortilla that is filled with ingredients such as cheese, beans, potato, chicken or beef and is then folded over. After it has then been folded over it is heated on a griddle to ooze the melted cheese with the rest of the ingredients.  In other words, it is a pretty fancy delicious Mexican toasted sandwich!

Now that you know the history of our favourite dishes you may be feeling a little bit hungry.

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Don’t forget to join us today to try our classic Mexican food.
We are open from 5 PM to late located in South Yarra, Victoria.

See you there!

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Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

Did you know?

….Father’s Day was first celebrated in the USA in 1910. It was introduced to complement Mother’s Day which has been around in many different cultures for thousands of years.  Father’s Day is a time for showing your gratitude to your Father for all he has done for you.

The Fiesta Team hope you all have a lovely Day!

Oh and don’t forget to book a table early at Fiesta for Father’s Day (Sunday 1st September 2013); we don’t want you to be disappointed!

El Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

Day of the dead is a Mexican tradition that remembers and celebrates those who have passed away. El dia de los muertos is celebrated on November 1 & 2 of each year. On the 1st of November “el dia de los innocentes” or the day of the children is celebrated and on the 2nd of November celebrates “el dia de todas las almas” or all souls day.

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What happens?

Makeup inspired by “sugar skulls” is worn by women and some men. The makeup consists of using bright colours, distinctive floral patterns and miscellaneous shapes to honour their loved ones.

As part of this tradition, Mexican’s believe their loved ones spirits return. Those who are living place   offerings at the cemetery or alter (created in an empty room in the home). Offerings such as the spirits personal belongs, favourite food, beverages, cigarette or toys for children. This gives a time for the living to share these items with them. Other items such as photos, wreaths, crosses, candles, flowers (marigolds) and pan de muerto (bread of the dead) are also used.

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What does this represent?

It is believed, the spirits need food and light to guide them. The offerings are also suggested to represent four elements earth, wind, water and fire.

To celebrate El dia de los muertos at Fiesta we will be offering a special cocktail called Citrus Ofrenda (citrus offering).

Don’t miss out!

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Happy Three Hours!

Facebook Margarita

To all our margarita fans, your lucky day has arrived. We are offering for today only
(September 19, 2013) 1/2 price margaritas. Yes, you read correctly – “HALF PRICE!”

If you have never tried one of our famous margaritas, you will be glad you did.
Our delicious flavours are:

Lemon
Strawberry
Midori Pineapple
Ocean Blue
Sambuca
Mango

We look forward to seeing our Margarita fans today,

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The Origin of Tequila

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In 1521, Tequila was known for various names such as ‘mezcal brandy, agave wine and mezcal tequila’. It was believed to be ‘named after Tequila, a small town in a valley in Jalisco state, México’ where the most famous beverage is made. The meaning behind the name Tequila is Nahuatl term, ‘the place of harvesting plants’.

It was originally believed to be consumed by rancheros, bandidos and used as a ritualistic drink by religious authorities from boiling and fermenting agave plants. Today tequila is consumed on it’s own as a shot with lime and salt or used as a mixer in cocktails, margaritas and punch. At Fiesta our tequila based cocktails are Tequila Sunrise, Envy and Juan Collins.

Tequila is most famous for its distinct woody aroma or peppery flavour although just like any other liquor it comes in a variety of different flavours and ages. At Fiesta we serve Puerto Vallarta (House Tequila), Jose Cuervo Especial Gold, Sauza Gold, EL Jimador Reposado, Don Julio Blanco, El Capricho Anejo Blue, Antigua 1800 Anejo Premium and Patron Silver.

If reading this made you thirsty, come and join us at Fiesta Mexican Restaurant for a shot of tequila today!

Fresh Chunky Salsa

Salsa is at the heart of Mexican cooking! It can liven up most dishes and add that much-needed kick. This flavourful combination will get your party started and is sure to bring you a lot of compliments! You won’t believe how tasty this recipe is. Its a very simple dish to make at home and takes very little prep time. The art of Mexican cooking is to taste as you go, so you can really understand the flavour combinations and add to your recipe according to your tastes. What we are aiming for with this recipe is a good balance between spicy, acidic, and mildly pungent.

Today, we are posting a recipe for a more chunky style salsa, which means you won’t need to use a blender. All you will need is a very sharp knife, a decent sized bowl and the ingredients listed below!

Ingredients (diced):

Salsa2 cups tomatoes, 1/4 cup red onion, 1 red capsicum (green is okay too), 1 teaspoon minced garlic, cilantro, paprika, salt, and lemon juice.

Method:

Combine the tomatoes, onion, capsicum in a bowl. Add the garlic slowly. As you taste your salsa you will notice the addition of garlic really enhances the flavour. Still, go slow with it until you get to a taste you like. Add a generous amount of finely chopped cilantro, and paprika. Taste as you go. Finally, add the salt and lemon juice. Only a small amount will suit most people. And remember, since your salsa is already acidic (the tomatoes) you will only need to add a small amount of lemon juice. Some people prefer to substitute this with some vinegar. Mix and serve! Mexican cooking at its finest!

Don’t forget to come visit us at Fiesta! Our staff are very friendly, and if you ask (shhh!), they will give you some pretty decent tips on how to cook Mexican!

Cheers!

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