Versatile V8® Beverages Help Operators Enhance Mexican Cuisine
With 68 percent of guests saying they find the flavors in Mexican food appealing, it’s the second-most popular ethnic cuisine in the United States.1 V8® 100% Vegetable Juice from Campbell’s Foodservice is available in a 46-ounce format for operators’ back-of-house use in Mexican entrées and sides for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as desserts.
Using insights and trends, Campbell’s culinary team developed recipes that chefs can replicate or adapt for Mexican menu options that are more nutritious. Guests say a healthy food or beverage is one that’s loaded with fruits and vegetables,2 and V8® 100% Vegetable Juice contains a blend of flavors from tomato, carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach juices.
“The versatile taste of V8® 100% Vegetable Juice makes it ideal for Mexican meals,” Campbell’s Foodservice Executive Chef Gerald Drummond said. “We understand how important it is for chefs to have a variety of ways to use an ingredient on their menus, and they can use V8® Original, Low Sodium or Spicy Hot to complement savory meats, sweet fruits and more. It’s also gluten free and vegan friendly, which is helpful when trying to accommodate guests with different dietary restrictions and preferences.”
The following recipes are just a few ways to incorporate V8® juices:
- Mexican Scrambled Eggs Made with V8® Spicy Hot 100% Vegetable Juice and Pace® Salsas: Spanish chorizo and V8® Spicy Hot 100% Vegetable Juice heat up a breakfast staple—serving the eggs with toasted bread, in a wrap or with a side of yellow grits can balance the flavor profile (pictured)
- Black Bean and Oyster Mushroom Enchiladas Made with V8® Spicy Hot 100% Vegetable Juice: Corn tortillas are filled with black beans and roasted mushrooms, then coated with a chipotle tomato sauce—adding meat or leaving out the cheese garnish turns this vegetarian lunch or dinner entrée into a protein-packed or vegan offering
- Tomato and Peach Cobbler Made with V8® Original 100% Vegetable Juice: A brown sugar crumb mixture covers a fruity blend made with tomatoes and peaches—topping this treat with ice cream or yogurt makes it even sweeter
“V8® makes it easy for our customers to create simple and innovative dishes that are full of flavor and vegetable nutrition,” said Melissa Price, Director of Marketing, Campbell’s Foodservice. “Operators in any segment can pair V8® with a variety of Mexican ingredients to give guests the ethnic eating experiences they’re seeking.”
1Technomic Flavor Consumer Trend Report, 2017.
2Technomic Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report, 2016.