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Hi everyone it’s Susy! Even though I am Head Chef here at Gran Luchito and spend most of my time in the kitchen, the team has asked me to give you my insights into Mexican Easter traditions and food.

Growing up in Mexico, a predominantly catholic country, you learn pretty quickly that Easter in Mexico is a very big deal culturally. It’s a time when religion, traditions, and food come together to celebrate this very special time of the year. Did you know that it’s traditional during lent to eat less meat (poultry, pork and beef), and replace it with vegetables, fish and shellfish? Well, that’s very true in Mexico. Let’s take a look!


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Cascarones – a fun Mexican tradition used for Easter. An egg shell filled with confetti used to crack over someone’s head and shower them with the confetti inside. 

Semana Santa

Holy Week is called Semana Santa, and is the seven days leading up to Easter Sunday. It’s celebrated worldwide in Catholic countries such as El Salvador, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and many more.

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Catholic brotherhoods wear a tunic and pointed
hood to hide their identities as they worship and repent. It has nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan!
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Almost every procession has an image of the
Virgin Mary, always in mourning for the death of Christ.

The week consists of one big festival with thousands of people taking part in processions, where scenes from the story of Jesus Christ’s last days before he was crucified are presented. Some say it’s a sombre event because of this, but it’s also very captivating!


Street Food

Special street food obviously plays a massive role during Easter in Mexico.

Aguas Fresca
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Aguas Frescas – These are sold in the streets around Easter time. They are refreshing fruit drinks made simply of fruit blended with water, lime juice and a bit of sweetener. Typical flavours include watermelon, cucumber, pineapple, mango, cantaloupe, peach and lemon. They are incredibly hydrating and you get the health benefits from the different fruits.

Gorditas – A typical Mexican street food dish that you will always find around Easter time. They are masa pockets filled with savoury fillings like cheese and beans, shredded beef, carnitas, chicken mole, potatoes and chorizo..the list goes on! For our gorditas recipe, we went with a classic picadillo filling (minced beef fried with potatoes) where we used Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste.  

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Sopes – These are also found everywhere, and are thick pieces of masa shaped into discs and then pinched on the edges to form a vessel. The sopes are then lightly fried and topped with various toppings. We went classic and decided to pair our sopes recipe with our delicious Gran Luchito chipotle Refried Beans, then add fried chorizo, crumbled feta on top, a spoonful of creme fraiche and Gran Luchito Tomatillo Salsa.

Esquites – Otherwise known as Mexican street corn, we couldn’t not have this on here! You can have it as a dip with some Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips, or just eaten alone like they do on the streets (in little cups). Check out our Mexican corn recipe. What makes this sweet corn recipe so irresistible is the sauce made with parmesan, lime juice, Gran Luchito Chipotle Mayo and coriander.


My Top Easy Meals For Lent

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Ceviche

Mexican Easter Menu

After living in the UK for more than 12 years now with my own little blended Mexican-British family, there is always a mix of traditions which translates into the food that I prepare for them during important celebrations such as Easter. Here in my Mexican Easter Menu are some of the recipes that I would cook during our Mexican inspired Easter. All done with a bit of Mexican flair, because who doesn’t love Mexican flavours!

Starters

What I like to do is to serve some dishes that include something traditional from my home country like shellfish and stuffed poblano peppers. This is a lovely way to begin the meal and a little taste of what’s to come.

Stuffed Peppers

Otherwise known as “Chiles rellenos”, we serve these cheese stuffed poblano peppers with a lovely sauce made out of roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion, blended smoothly with our favourite pantry ingredient, Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste.

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Chipotle Paste

Coconut Prawns

What’s not to love about fresh prawns dipped in our Gran Luchito Garlic and Guajillo Fajita & Taco Mix breadcrumbs with dried coconut flakes, and then fried until golden and crisp? To top that off we serve them with a nice fruity and spicy salsa, Gran Luchito Habanero Mango Salsa.

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Habanero Mango Salsa

Grilled Avocado With Chipotle Prawns

Here, I grilled avocados quickly and then served them with their skin on, providing the perfect vessel to carry a fresh king prawn salad made with a dressing using Gran Luchito Chipotle Lime Paste. A fun Easter starter that your family and friends will love.

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Chipotle Lime Paste

Mains

For my main course, I try to cook something traditional like lamb, and prepare it with Mexican flavours. My family are also big fans of having ham during Easter so I will introduce ways of having it that they will like as well. If you want an easy recipe that continues on the fishy theme, then the Chipotle Prawns are delicious and a real crowd-pleaser. A lovely recipe to share in the middle of the table with side dishes of your choice.

Lamb Barbacoa Tacos

Lamb barbacoa is a dish that’s traditional to prepare for special occasions in Mexico, and lamb is perfect in England for Easter too. So here’s my take on Mexican lamb that you can have in tacos, or just on its own with some sides. Up to you! Either way, it’s delicious.

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Chipotle Honey

Pulled Lamb Flatbreads

Here’s another take on lamb that would also work really well for Easter time. Beautifully tender lamb with fresh mint and cashew pesto, chipotle chilli crème fraîche, crunchy pea shoots and sweet bursting pomegranate seeds. All wrapped up in a tasty flatbreads!

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Chipotle Paste

Chipotle Prawns

This is a really quick recipe that is impressive and utterly delicious! I like to keep the shells and heads on the prawns while I cook as that way they retain more flavour, and the kids can get messy! Just serve them alongside crusty bread ready to be dipped into the pan juices.

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Chipotle Paste

Sides

What I normally suggest is to mix and match side dishes. Pick a starter or two that you love, a main course that will be the centrepiece, and a side or two that will compliment that main dish really well.

Mexican Green Beans

Perfect to go with your lamb, this recipe for green beans and macha is my go-to. I love sautéing veg in a bit of olive oil and adding Gran Luchito Crunchy Salsa Macha. It’s deliciously spicy, with a lovely light crunch from the ground peanuts. 

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Crunchy Salsa Macha

Mexican Salad

This light and fresh chopped Mexican salad is colourful, satisfying and a tiny bit spicy (but just the right amount!). I love adding Gran Luchito Cantina Beans, crumbled creamy feta on top, and Gran Luchito Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips which bring an extra bit of crunch and texture.

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Cantina Beans

Mexican Coleslaw

Some coleslaw works well with everything too. Pair this with your lamb tacos, chipotle chilli prawns, or anything for that matter. It’s an interesting coleslaw thanks to a combo of Gran Luchito Chipotle Mayo and Gran Luchito Smoky Chipotle Fajita & Taco Mix that do most of the work for me!

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Chipotle Mayo

Black Beans and Rice

A very popular side dish in Mexico, hearty, quick and easy to prepare. Beans and rice would work with any of the dishes I’ve mentioned here. Gran Luchito Cantina Beans are perfect for the job, and this recipe is especially delicious due to the added blend of spices and chilli.

Smoky Chipotle Fajita & Taco Mix

Dress Your Table To Impress

Last but not least, set up your table nicely ready for your family to sit together and enjoy the special Easter meal. This doesn’t have to be complicated here are a couple of elements that I would always use:

Fresh flowers

These are the best decorations there are in my opinion, as they always lift the table and make everyone feel welcome. They can even be flowers from your garden, or just a bit of greenery. Some of my favourite choices include sweet peas, colourful tulips, bright pink roses, camellias and of course daffodils. 

Colour

Mix and match your cutlery, plates and glasses. Vibrancy, colour and fun is what it’s all about!


We hope you’ve enjoyed reading Chef Susy’s blog on Mexican Easter traditions, and it’s got you thinking about that all imortant Easter Sunday meal, or just the next few weeks leading up to it! Don’t forget to tag us in your Mexican inspired Easter recipes #granluchito

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