Friday, February 6, 2009


A mouth watering, healthy dinner that sizzles doesn't have to burn a hole in one's pocket and is achievable if one is adventurous enough to try this and they can all be churned out from your very own kitchen.

Fajita has come to describe just about anything cooked and eaten, rolled up, in a flour tortilla. Fajitas are terrific even for an informal dinner party. There is something inherently festive about them and their accompanying dishes. Or perhaps it's the margaritas and Mexican beer that so often go hand-in-hand with this Tex-Mex treat. Guacamole puts the finishing touch on a fajita and it is a dish with millions of fans. Just pick the variation most agreeable as there are so many out there. (The classic one, made with ripe avocados, Serrano chillies, cilantro and lime based marinate is a good choice to start.)

Taco shells can be tossed into the oven under low heat while waiting for the meat dish. When it's ready to serve, just pull those warm taco shells out and everyone can dish their own. it's both fun and interactive. This also enables the host to work a little lesser through the night. Just set out lettuce, cheddar cheese, grilled or fried onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and olives into its own bowls. Don't forget those salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

You 're in for a great evening.

Spicy Cucumber Salsa

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 small red/green pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro or parsley
some barbecue sauce mixture
chill them before serving.

Fruit Salsa

2 large cups of chopped assorted fruits.
( pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, mango )

Taco Snacks
1 pound ground beef
1 package (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix
fried onions
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup sour cream
1 large cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Red Hot sauce (optional)

good for about 30 round tortilla chips

Mexican Stir Fry Fajitas

1 pound beef sirloin, thinly sliced
1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
Beef gravy
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon ground cumin

(beef dish is good for about 8-10 flour heated tortillas. To increase accordingly if necessary)