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Fast fiestas

If you don't want to try Mumbai's full-service caterers, here are our picks for quick-fix Mexican meals at home

uFoodhall: Ever since the gourmet supermarket hosted the month-long “Ola Cantina The Mexican Food Festival" in April, it has had a permanent live guacamole counter (the price of their fresh dip is usually priced at 300-350 for 250g) and the in-store kitchen prepares fresh salsa varieties (there’s always a tomato version and another one made using fruits like mangoes or pineapples), sour cream, yellow cheese sauce and an excellent five-layer dip made up of refried beans, salsa, sour cream, guacamole and Cheddar cheese, sold in 250g containers. For parties, Foodhall can make a larger portion of its signature five-layer dip in a glass jar or bowl you bring from home.

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uTostitos Scoops! These imported tortilla chips by Frito-Lay North America is among our favourite food discoveries this year. They are shaped like miniature bowls; think of them as plain salted crunchy canapés that hold salsa and dips like no other packaged snack. There are hundreds of recipes for this product on websites like and Pinterest.

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uSethna’s Mexican products:Chheda Stores, the grocery store located just outside Matunga railway station (near the exit in the East), stocks ready-to-eat Mexican treats. Though slightly Indianized in taste and flavour, Sethna’s home-made enchilada hot sauce and the yellower-than-yellow garlic-flavoured cheese sauce are the quickest way to cook up a mini-fiesta meal at home. Just make sure you don’t end up buying the brand’s “Jain" products—that stuff is as far as it gets from any Mexican food.

Chheda Stores, Lakhamsi Nappu Road, outside Matunga railway station (East). For details, call 022-24144245.

uChef’s Basket Gourmet Recipe Kits: Want to cook a tasty Mexican meal but can’t find the ingredients? While the recipe-ready boxes from Chef’s Basket are currently only available to cook Black Bean Burritos (they also have a couple of pasta dishes and Thai rice and noodles), they come with every single product you will require to make the Tex-Mex-style wraps. Priced at 400, the kit comes in a cardboard box filled with six large tortilla wraps, a ready-made black bean sauce, a smoked tomato salsa, brown rice, pickled jalapeño slices and a Mexican spice mix to cook the rice. Assemble other ingredients and fold the ‘roti’-like wraps to make a burrito.

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