My goodness, Mexican food, or Tex-Mex (whatever it is we’re eating), is so, so good. On Friday, some of my girlfriends hosted a big group dinner and served fajitas. It was the perfect meal to serve to a big group. They say the recipe is simple – and it actually sounds manageable – but they also have a professional chef living with them so….take what you will from that. The fajitas were served with a huge bowl of guacamole and white wine sangria, but they’d taste great with a a few Pacificos and lime too. Recipes are below, and happy Cinco de Mayo.
Grilled Fish Tacos (via Daily Candy or loadingdocknyc.com)
1-1½ lbs. mahi mahi
A few limes
1 medium head red cabbage (or experiment with a pickled version)
1 bunch cilantro
1 red onion
8 fresh, quality tortillas (from a tortilleria)
Crema Mexicana (equal parts plain yogurt and mayo)
Salt and pepper
1. Marinate mahi mahi in fresh lime juice for an hour.
2. Break out your knife. Finely slice red cabbage, chop cilantro, and dice onion. Cut lime into wedges.
3. Place fish on griddle. Add salt and pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
4. Divide cooked fish among the tortillas.
5. Top with cabbage, cilantro, onion, and crema.
Mexican Pulled Chicken Recipe
Yield: 2-4 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion roughly chopped
1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
salt and pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup salsa (homemade is better but jarred is fine for a quick dinner!)
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 lime juiced
In a heavy pot with a lid heat olive oil to medium and add onion, cumin, chili powder and a big pinch of salt and pepper. Cook onion, stirring regularly until it starts to soften. Add chicken, salsa and chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from pot and set aside. While chicken cools bring the sauce to a simmer, uncovered and reduce by half. When the chicken is cool enough shred it with two forks. Stir chicken back into sauce and reduce heat to low. Add lime juice. Taste and adjust for seasoning.