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As close as you can get to Chipotle

I made fajitas with fresh salsa and cilantro rice last night and it was excellent!! If you’re looking for something new to try, give these easy recipes a chance.

Fajitas
Marinate strips of chicken breast or flank steak for 2-5 hours:

  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Stir-fry chicken/steak, then add green peppers and onions until cooked. Serve over steamed white cilantro rice with fresh salsa (below) and sour cream.

Roasted Tomato Salsa
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 roma (plum) tomatoes
  • 8 cloves garlic, unpeeled
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. Preheat the broiler
  2. In a medium baking dish, place tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeno pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Checking often, boil 5-10 minutes or until the outside of vegetables is charred.
  4. Remove vegetables from heat. Remove and discard tomato cores, jalapeno stem, and garlic skins.
  5. In a food processor, coarsely chop the charred vegetables. Transfer to a medium bowl and mix in cumin, salt, lime juice, and cilantro.

Nutritional information:

  • Servings per recipe: 24
  • Calories per serving: 17
  • Total fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 28mg
  • Dietary fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 0.4g

Chips
Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg flat tortillas
  • lime juice
  • olive oil
  • seasoned salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Cut each tortilla into 8 triangles, like a pizza.
  3. Arrange on cookie sheet or in baking dish.
  4. Combine 3 parts olive oil with 1 part lime juice in small bowl.
  5. Brush oil/juice mixture on both sides of tortilla wedges.
  6. Sprinkle seasoned salt on one side.
  7. Checking often, bake until light brown. Chips will be crispy on one side and softer on the other side.
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2 Responses

  1. I’m going to try you recipe this week – sounds yummy! 🙂

  2. Let me know how it turns out! I added chopped cilantro and a chicken bullion cube to the rice in the rice cooker and it turned out great.

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