In 1810, a priest in the town of Dolores named Hidalgo, had been garnering support for a revolt against the Spanish government. Father Hidalgo called for locals to join the cause and revolt in a famous speech called the “Grito of Dolores.” This “Cry for Independence” is now repeated at night on September 15th by the President of Mexico from the National Palace and throughout Mexico by government officials.
Families in Mexico now celebrate this day listening to the “Grito” in their town or city, watching the fireworks or parades, and definitely spending time with family and friends at large dinners.
I am sharing with you three very easy Mexican meals that are perfect for busy families.
The first are salbutes. You will need lettuce, avocado, tomato, corn tortillas, corn oil, and then shredded chicken (either from a smoked chicken, boiled chicken breast, or a rotisserie chicken). Lightly fry the tortillas on both sides, and then assemble as in the picture! It is often served with a habanero and cabbage salsa, if you like it spicy :).
The next 2 dishes use a crock pot, or slow cooker. If you do not have one, you could also make the meat in a pressure cooker. To make cochinita pibil, cook a pork tenderloin rubbed with achiote paste and half submerged with orange and lime juice. The tender meat shreds easily and is served on a corn tortilla with purple onions marinated in lime juice and salt.
The last dish is chicken tinga. Cook the chicken breasts with salt, onions, garlic, tomatoes, chorizo, and as much as you can add of a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in the crock-pot until tender and shreddable. Serve on tostadas with your favorite toppings!
I hope that you’ve enjoy these Mexican meals with your kids!
Kid World Citizen
Becky is the mom of 4 bilingual, multicultural, active kids ages 4-7; she and her husband are doing their best to raise them as compassionate world citizens, and lifelong learners. She founded Kid World Citizen, where parents and teachers can find global activities to do at home that help enrich little minds. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. In her free time loves to cook and travel and is a wannabe triathlete.