Series 1 - Episode 1

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Tommi whips up a few fresh Mexican recipes to blow you away. There’s a guacamole full of fire, a Mexican chile with some surprising ingredients and a raspberry sorbet laced with tequila.

Who knew pork scratchings were a huge hit in Mexico? Tommi finds some as big as bathmats and tests out the tiny British versions on some rather dubious moustachioed men.

Plus she invites three armed policemen to lunch and meets a man who knows all there is to know about Mexico’s sacred spirit - mescal.

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  • William Cook

    over 1 year ago

    William Cook

    Here is something ... Chili is MEXICAN TEXAS WAS FROM MEXICO when the chili were born !! daaah

  • Ange

    almost 2 years ago

    Ange

    It looks like you have to buy the book to get the exact recipe, but the recipe (sort of) is online. http://earner.hubpages.com/hub/Mexican-Food-Made-Simple-Chilli-Recipe That gives the ingredients and method and rough ingredients - but you need to buy the book, which I'm off to do.

  • Ange

    almost 2 years ago

    Ange

    It looks like you have to buy the book to get the exact recipe, but the recipe (sort of) is online. http://www.channel5.com/shows/mexican-food-made-simple/episodes/episode-1-342 That gives the ingredients and method and rough ingredients - but you need to buy the book, which I'm off to do.

  • mary clynch

    2 years ago

    mary clynch

    Could someone please put up the Mexican chilli recipe that I just saw on a repeat programme last night. I have never made one and quite liked the look of Tommi's recipe. Would love to try it. Thank you.

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  • steve

    2 years ago

    steve

    pork scratchings or fried pig skin... Yuk

  • acdp

    over 2 years ago

    acdp

    another mexican here assuring you we DONT use peaches or pomegranate in guacamole... and tomatoes are ALWAYS available. also, i think people are confused about the chilli... she does mention that chili con carne is NOT mexican, and instead she is making picadillo (which is actually mexican). the man at the restaurant in mexico makes CHILE RELLENO, which means "filled chili", which is why (i guess) she calles her recipe CHILE... so you wont be finding a chili con carne recipe here...

  • MagMex

    over 2 years ago

    MagMex

    Thanks Thomasina, for showing more about the real Mexican food. Lots of fresh nice ingredients. For those asking about the chilli - I am sorry, I have to tell you that it is not Mexican food, but a dish from the US. Maybe that is why you will not find it here :-)

  • Patricia

    over 2 years ago

    Patricia

    I have never been a fan of Mexican food, but that's all changed after watching the very vibrant M.F.M.E. It's great! The dishes that Tommi does look fab. Being a veggie, I can't comment on the meaty stuff, but I adore the recipes I can eat. Avocados, limes, chillies etc.......WOW!!

  • Eric Brenes

    over 2 years ago

    Eric Brenes

    Urgh, No subtitles :-( Sorry , Turned away from CH 5 once again.

  • Eddiekibble

    over 2 years ago

    Eddiekibble

    @Yazbeth Torreblanca Hernandez. I do not believe she said she is preparing authentic Mexican food, but her "simple twist" on your recipes... it is in her dialogue...

  • Eddiekibble

    over 2 years ago

    Eddiekibble

    Only just discovered this series - awesome series, fantastic and infectious presentation. Any plans to repeat it all?

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  • Paul

    over 2 years ago

    Paul

    the second vegetable is jalapeños

  • Steve

    over 2 years ago

    Steve

    I too am looking for that second vegetable that was in the liquidiser, any ideas?

  • Jayne

    over 2 years ago

    Jayne

    I think I can managed to put the chilli together but was intrigued by the second vegetable she put in the liquidiser. Any ideas anyone? It looked like it could be a courgette but seemed slightly the wrong shape.

  • Yazbeth Torreblanca Hernandez

    over 2 years ago

    Yazbeth Torreblanca Hernandez

    I am Mexican and from the south! Hey Lady, how on earth do you DARE to claim that your cooking is Mexican food!Have more respect for a food that has been protected by the word heritage convention. If your purpose is purely to make money go for it but don't lie, say that your food is BRIT-MEX just like the TEX-MEX! nonsense. I am very offended!

  • juanita

    over 2 years ago

    juanita

    Im mexican too and never have i even found pomegranates and peaches in it either.!!!

  • Jo

    over 2 years ago

    Jo

    I love the program, alot of good information, but frustratingly a little obvious in marketing the book by with-holding certain information like the basics of griddle roasting the vegetables to make a tomato sauce. A quick search of the web on roasted veg mexican however did bring up a useful video

  • Peter Beaman

    over 2 years ago

    Peter Beaman

    I have been cooking Mexican food for a number of years and never found in my experience pomegranates or peaches in guacamole! I have stayed in different regions of Mexico so would have noticed this fact in Taquerias or Taco market places

  • sandra

    over 2 years ago

    sandra

    I mean, I've got nothing against a good bowl of chili, but people should know it's 100% Texan, not Mexican. I wonder how that misinformation even got started?

  • sandra

    over 2 years ago

    sandra

    Chili is NOT Mexican! Why does everyone thng so? It was "invented" in Texas, not Mexico.

  • Laura Lopez Miller

    almost 3 years ago

    Laura Lopez Miller

    chili is not a MEXICAN dish people, IT's AMERICAN!

  • virginia

    almost 3 years ago

    virginia

    I am mexican.l No pomegranates nor peaches in guacamole. Incidentally, tomatoes are NECER out of season

  • Gordon

    almost 3 years ago

    Gordon

    I can't find a fruit chile on the internet. I would like more detail than is shown about vegetables for sauce.

  • Barry

    almost 3 years ago

    Barry

    i thought mexican food was already easy? so she's making the easy easier? Is that for stoopid people?

  • Martin Frobisher

    almost 3 years ago

    Martin Frobisher

    Number one, what is with people asking for chile recipes? Just look one up on the internet?? Why do you need to see it on TV? It's not representative of Mexican food, it's a bit like watching a program on Indian food and asking for the chicken tikka masala recipe. 2. The presenter needs to know her spice, allspice is native to southern Mexico, you will find it in the cooking there, it's not an import, it's an important spice in the caribbean and central america.

  • Martin Frobisher

    almost 3 years ago

    Martin Frobisher

    Why do posh, or rather upper-middle class, women call good things 'AMAZING' all time. Rather annoying, much like Americans and their 'awesome'. Good program though.

  • Peter Hargreaves

    almost 3 years ago

    Peter Hargreaves

    What is the point of subsidary recipes. Best dish "chilli" THIS RECIPE MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE or programme is a waste of space!

  • alyson

    almost 3 years ago

    alyson

    where is the chilli recipe

  • Tom Beeker

    almost 3 years ago

    Tom Beeker

    agreed, the main recipe want is the chile.

  • Frank Duffy

    almost 3 years ago

    Frank Duffy

    as before, wheres the chilli recipe

  • Dom

    almost 3 years ago

    Dom

    Anyone know where to get one of those pestle and mortar she has in her kitchen ? I need one of them. Ty.

  • Ambar

    almost 3 years ago

    Ambar

    @Carlos - I agree! I'm half Mexican (from my Mother) and I have NEVER seen pomegranates and peaches in the guacamole! My Grandmother and Mother cook traditional Mexican cuisine and never used them for that. But other than that, quite pleased with the program, finally no more of these ridiculous excuses for 'Mexican' cooking - chili con carne (American), Burritos (American) and Chimichungas! Need I say where the last is from...? TRUE Mexican food is full of flavour, not just packed with chili!

  • Tim Mole

    almost 3 years ago

    Tim Mole

    Me as well, Where's the CHILLI

  • karen holdcroft

    almost 3 years ago

    karen holdcroft

    cant find the chilli recilpe?

  • Demand_FIVE

    almost 3 years ago

    Demand_FIVE

    Thanks for all your comments. We’re only able to publish selected written recipes from the programme, but if you’d like another chance to see Tommi making Mexican chilli, the full episode will be available to watch on Demand 5 until the end of October.

  • A Halestrap

    almost 3 years ago

    A Halestrap

    Very good prog. but again.... where is the recipe for the mexican chilli ?????? pls e mail it to me.

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  • Claudia Esc-Smith

    almost 3 years ago

    Claudia Esc-Smith

    Ollie: The chilaquiles verdes (green chilaquiles) are GREAT for breakfast! you eat them when you have a hangover, or even without it!, but for the green sauce you need green tomatos, they´re quite hard to find here. If you find them let me know!

  • rupert

    almost 3 years ago

    rupert

    the book's already in the shops - it came out some months ago now.

  • flinty

    almost 3 years ago

    flinty

    Fantastic, love spicy food, thanks, will watch all the shows, and yes where is the recipe for that fab Mexican chilli?

  • Claudia Esc-Smith

    almost 3 years ago

    Claudia Esc-Smith

    Good Programme, I`m mexican and the only thing i did was enjoying while crying! I miss my food, country and people!!. Thanks for making such a wonderful prog.

  • peaham

    almost 3 years ago

    peaham

    Books already out...

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  • wibbs

    almost 3 years ago

    wibbs

    please dont mess about wheres the recipe for mexican chilli?

  • ian

    almost 3 years ago

    ian

    wheres the recipe for mexican chilli?

  • James Gray

    almost 3 years ago

    James Gray

    Fab food, colourful, exciting, informative. Why aren't there more cookery programmes like this??

  • El Yam Yam

    almost 3 years ago

    El Yam Yam

    Real Pork Scratchings come from the Black Country - those were too big, loike.

  • Ollie

    almost 3 years ago

    Ollie

    I found a green sauce kind of chili here http://britmex.co.uk/content/green-sauce-chilaquiles

  • Ivan Fallon

    almost 3 years ago

    Ivan Fallon

    Great stuff. really enjoyed it. I shall watch and learn each week. Brilliantly produced.

  • Carlos

    almost 3 years ago

    Carlos

    Mexican's put peaches and pomegranates in Gucamole??? I nor one member of my family (and I'm Mexican!) have ever heard of such a thing! The oldest member is 100 yrs old - we can go and ask her!

  • Ivan Fallon

    almost 3 years ago

    Ivan Fallon

    I love it! And I shall watch every program. I already have my Sky recorder set.

  • LivvyMG

    almost 3 years ago

    LivvyMG

    Where's the sorbet recipe?

  • Judy Grahame

    almost 3 years ago

    Judy Grahame

    Wonderful programme. I'm off to my local Mexican restaurant

  • duguid

    almost 3 years ago

    duguid

    fantastico

  • stephen dodds

    almost 3 years ago

    stephen dodds

    Can't find recipe for mexican chilli

  • Judy Grahame

    almost 3 years ago

    Judy Grahame

    Wonderful programme. I'm off to my local Mexican restaurant

  • peckerdunne

    almost 3 years ago

    peckerdunne

    Looks really interesting. I suppose a book is in the offing.

  • tclb

    almost 3 years ago

    tclb

    great but? wheres the chilli recipe

  • Diver

    almost 3 years ago

    Diver

    Really enjoyed that thankyou

  • me

    almost 3 years ago

    me

    urgh!

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