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Smoky pork & black bean tacos

We couldn’t not share with you this recipe for Mexican pork chilli with a smoky barbecued flavour, served in crispy tortilla shells with ripe avocado. It would just be wrong not to.

 

pork recipe

 

Prep:10 mins Cook:15 mins Serves: 4

 

What you need:

 

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp each smoked paprika and ground cumin
  • 500g pack lean pork mince
  • 300ml passata
  • 5 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 400g can black beans, drained
  • small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 8 taco shells
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced
  • ½ iceberg lettuce, finely shredded
  • soured cream, to serve (optional)

 

What you need to do:

 

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened. Sprinkle over the spices and cook for 1 min more. Add the mince, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, and stir until cooked through.
  2. Stir the passata and barbecue sauce into the pan along with 4 tbsp water. Increase the heat and allow the sauce to bubble and reduce until it clings to the meat. Add the beans, season and cook for a further 2 mins, then stir in the coriander. Heat the tacos following pack instructions.
  3. Use the pork and bean mix to fill the tacos, top with slices of avocado, shredded iceberg lettuce and a dollop of soured cream, if you like.

 

Feeling in the Mexican spirit? There’s still time to enter our #MeForMexico competition to win a luxury 7 night holiday for 2 to Mexico by entering here.

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Tequila Time!

With all this talk of Mexico and our #MeForMexico competition (which you can still enter here by the way) it’s inevitable our minds turn to the native drink which we’ve all blamed for our vague recollection of the night before.

 

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But there’s so much more to this drink, than just the ritualistic method of shotting it with a lick of salt and a slice of lime.

 

For instance, we reckon you won’t have known (cause we didn’t) that…

 

 

  • There are 4 different types of tequila

 

Blanco

Also known as silver Blanco is a clear tequila that is not aged and fresh and fruity in flavour.

 

Joven

Joven or gold tequila usually isn’t aged and caramels are added to create a rich, tawny colour.

 

Reposado

Reposado or “rested” tequilas are aged in wood tanks or barrels for at least two months and are mellower than the Blancos and Jovens.

 

Añejo

Añejo tequila must be aged in oak barrels for twelve months or more and is gold to amber in colour with a soft, smooth, complex flavour.

 

 

  • Tequila is like Champagne Not that we’re encouraging you to drink flutes full of the stuff! In the sense that it has a ‘Domination of Origin’ or called after the place it’s produced to you and me.

 

  • Tequila once required human sacrifice or blood The Aztecs believed tequila was a gift from the Gods, so to ensure plentiful supplies would offer a human sacrifice.

 

  • Tequila is derived from the blue agave plant – not a cactus as many (including us) may have thought.

 

  • Tequila goes bad If it’s barrel-aged for too long, it doesn’t necessarily go bad, but you end up with something more like whisky (not necessarily a bad thing either!)

 

 

 

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A Mexican Tale

To complement the floral prints, floaty styles and soft pastel shades of our Vintage Traveller collection, our buyers also took to Mexico for inspiration this season.

 

Head Buyer, Caroline, said “Inspiration has come in so many forms, from the traditional designs and fabrics found within the Bajio region to the vivid colours on show in the spice markets in Central Mexico.”

 

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“In Mexico we loved the fresco we found painted on the side of a little local cantina so we channelled that into the embroidery on these jeans.”

 

Mexicana Embroidered Slim Jeans
£34.95

 

LB358A

 

Why not team it up with our Terrific Tribal Top with adjustable straps and sweet ribbon detail to add a little fiesta freshness to your look?

 

Terrific Tribal Top 
£19.95

 

LT536A

 

 

Shop the new collection here and inject a carnival of colours into your wardrobe that’ll have you salsa’in till dawn!

 

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A perfect Day in Mexico

We’ll be honest – we’ve been getting a little jealous in the office that two insanely lucky people who win our #MeForMexico competition are going to be jetting off to (damn-even its nickname’s cool) ‘The Land of Enchantment’.

 

So we started dreaming up our perfect day in Mexico for when (not if, when) we get to go.

 

Morning

 

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Get up early. We know – we all love a lay in, but come on people, the sun’s up and we’re in Mexico!

Head to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca. It’s a low-key fishing village and port with a unpretentious beach that’s all about the waves.
It’s best for advanced surfers, but hey, if the waves get too crazy we can grab some breakfast at Carmen’s Cafecito – a buzzy breakfast spot serving pastries, juices and local specialities.

 

Afternoon

 

la-olita

 

 

What better way to spend the afternoon then on an exhilarating scenic drive on the back of none other than our beautiful Bonnie (we’d have got her there somehow)! Purring our way up the windy mountain roads, we’d head towards a tiny café, recommended by some mates, for some authentic Mexican grub. At La Olita at the top of the hill of Avenida Las Brisas we’d devour some phenomenal tasting fish tacos, washed down with a cheeky Mezcal cocktail.

 

 

Evening

 

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So we’ve surfed and enjoyed a ride – now it’s time to find some beats! For this we’re heading down to  under a set of shady palm trees on Marinero beach. Promoting ‘Blues, Beer and BBQ’ – this is the place to grab a plastic chair, dig our toes into the sand and dive into a rib dinner with the locals. Yes. Please.

 

What would your perfect day include?

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Fancy a wee trip to Mexico?

Yep, you did hear us right – as part of our #MeForMexico competition, we’re whizzing two insanely lucky people off on an adventure of the senses in Mexico!

 

And all you have to do is find our Wandering Stars.

 

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It’s really that simple. 10 of our Joe Browns stars have gone wandering onto 10 of our new season styles and you have to find just one of them! Tell us where on our website you found the sneaky little thing and you’ll be entered into our competition to win an amazing luxury 7 night holiday for two to Mexico, courtesy of The Travel Club and Paradisus Playa Del Carmen Hotel.

 

So what are you waiting for? Click here for all the details and get searching!

 

Good Luck!

 

Joe 🙂

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