Sunday, 23 August 2015

Manomasa Torillas Review and Torillas Meatball recipe - Very Tasty indeed

I had been sent some Manomasa Tortillas chips to sample, I am the first to admit me and my family are a bunch of snackers and we love torillas chip at the best of times.  I had only seen the Manomasa brand online.  I have never actually had the opportunity to eat them before now.  

The Manomasa are corn flour tortillas (perfect if you are a Coeliac and want Gluten free). The Manomasa Brand was born in the back streets of Mexico, paying great homage to 'The Totopo', a traditional flat corn tortilla (flat bread). The Totopo would be baked in the a clay oven and unlike any other tortillas The Totopo had salt added to the Masa (corn dough) and holes are made in the disk prior to baking.

Manomasa uses traditional Mexican techniques to create authentic style tortillas, they are much thinner then other tortillas I have eaten.  Also do not be fooled they are nothing like the thick Nachos you may have brought in supermarkets.

There are 6 flavours, each has a new and tasty combination, fairly original with a ingredient global twist.  The different flavours have unique shaped tortillas on the front their packets.  So do not be alarmed to open the Manchego & Green Olive to find the tortillas rectangle shaped.

These tortillas are packed with flavours and deliciously put together, hopefully to meet everyones individual taste needs. My favourite's are the Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn & Tomatillo Salsa both flavorful, bursting with exciting flavours, the texture in my mouth is really something too.  My least favourite were the Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper maybe because I expected them to tasty more like crisps and they did not.  However my other half and youngest son voted these ones the best.

Manchego & Green Olive: RECIPE No.15 The DIPPER layered with juicy Mediterranean olives, subtly sweet PIMIENTO and tangy MANCHEGO CHEESE

Green Lemon & Pink Peppercorn: RECIPE No. 86 The TOSTADA is packed with creamy beans, pepped up with zesty GREEN LEMON and delicate FRUITINESS

Chipotle & Lime: RECIPE No. 24 The TOTOPO with smoky chipotle chilli & zingy lime with RED BELL PEPPERS, GUAJILLO chilli & TOMATO PUMPKIN SEEDS

Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper: RECIPE No. 34 The SIXER with a pinch of salt & twist of cracked BLACK PEPPER crunch full of golden LINSEEDS, brown linseeds poppy, CARAWAY & sunflower seeds
White Cheddar: RECIPE No. 51 The SUPER SCOOP with creamy Cheddar cheese and CILANTRO. A rich WHITE CORN chip liberally scattered with GOLDEN LINSEEDS.

Tomatillo Salsa: RECIPE No. 63 THE TOTOPO GRANDE with fruity Peruvian Amarillo chilli, a crunch of RED and WHITE QUINOA SEEDS, blended with tingling TOMATILLO SALSA.

I thought it would be a shame just munch them all up as this could so easily be done.  I made a meal with some of the Manomasa Tortillas chips.

We are huge fan of Latin style dishes.  I cooked up a storm in the kitchen and made a family favourite Meatballs.  


Recipe: Main Dish, Gluten-Free
Cooking Type: Oven or Actifry 2in1
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 6


500g Minced beef
One small Onion
2 cloves of garlic
One 160g packet of Manomasa Tortillas chips (I use the Manchego & Green Olive) I like the idea of added a cheesy twist to my meatballs
A vegetable stock cube
1tsp of mixed herbs
5g of cumin
A table spoon of Tomato puree
1 egg
Add Salt and Pepper

One Large Onion diced
3 Garlic cloves crushed
10ml Oil
2 Tins 400g of chopped tomatoes
A big dollop of Tomato puree
10g mixed herbs
1 x Vegetable stock cube and
1 x Beef stock Cube
150ml of boiled water
10g cumin
A sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper

Pinch of Salt
10ml Oil
1 and half cups of rice
Boiled water - use the same cup and double the water.
(3 cups of boiled water)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Gas mark 4

Rice: Boil the kettle.  Add the oil, the rice and salt to a medium sized pan (make sure you have a pan with a lid).  Cook the rice on a medium heat, until the rice looks white, this should take about 10/15 minutes.
Then add the double quantity of water of rice, to the rice.  Cover the Pan with it's lid and bring to boiling point.  Will be ready in 2 minutes (not any longer)
Then reduce the heat to it lowest setting for 25 minutes.  Turn off the heat and keep covered until ready to serve.        

Meatballs: I blitzed the onion and garlic in the food processor, for 5 seconds, they will look finely chopped up.
Then added the Tortillas Chips blitzed all until they resemble fine crumbs.

In a large bowl add all the ingredients and mix very well.  
Roll the meat into balls, not too big, so they fit in the palm of your hands.
Put them in a baking tray and let them cook in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes
Actifry Option: Actifry 2 in 1 - Cook in the top tray for 20 minutes

While the meatballs are cooking, make the sauce.

Sauce: Add the Oil to a large heavy pan
Add the Onion and Garlic
cook until golden brown
Add Herbs, Spices & Puree
Mix it all up
Add the 2 tins of tomatoes
make sure it's all cooking on a low heat
Crumble both cubes and add to the tomato sauce mixture
mix well for a couple of minutes.
If the sauce get too thick add some boiled water
cover pan and let it simmer, keep checking it not burning until the meatballs have cooked.

Once the meatballs have cooked, add them to the sauce.  Ensure they are completely covered in the sauce.  Keep them simmering in the sauce for 10 minutes and add boiled water starts to get thick.
 Done ready to serve:

If you want to add some extras.
You could make a homemade Guacamole and Nacho style tortillas.

One avocado peeled and deseeded
3 thin Spring onions, peeled and chopped
2 small fresh tomatoes
(one little green chilli optional)
Salt to taste

Blitzed with a hand mixute, make it chunky or smooth, however you like, its ready to serve with the Manomasa Tortillas.

Nacho style Tortillas:
2 big handfuls of Manomasa tortillas
add sliced JalapeƱos
a handful of grated cheese on top and quickly grill until the cheese has melted. Done

Our dinner tasted fantastic, I make meatballs a lot.  These actually were a lot lighted then the plain meat ones I always make. We could taste a hint of cheese from the tortillas, they came out really nice.  This was really easy to make and I had four empty plates and plenty food leftover for 2nds.

We have ready enjoyed Manomasa Tortillas.  I can't wait indulge again soon.  If you get a chance to make them, please let me know how it went.

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Disclaimer: this is an unsponsored post, I was sent a few packets of Manomasa to sample and give my honest opinion on them.