I hope you all had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! I know that we sure did. We went camping with my parents for the weekend and my brother, sister (in-law) and their baby--well, not so baby any more : ( girls stopped in for a day. It was great! Wonderful weather, grilled food and lots of card playing.
We got home Monday afternoon and were exhausted for really no reason but had a lot of things to do around the house. I wanted to make something tasty for dinner since I had a little time on my hands. I came up with Steak Fajitas with Cilantro Lime Rice. Very similar to one of Mr. Schwartz's places to eat, Chipolte. Oh does he love Chipolte.
This could not have been easier as well. Just throw in the steak with the seasonings and you are good to go. If you don't feel like taking the time to make your own spice mixture by all means use one of the packets you can pick up at the grocery store. I won't hold it against you. I understand, you have things to do.
This recipe was totally approved by Mr. Schwartz. He said, "if you can figure out how to make the verde salsa at Chipolte, I will never go there again." I'd call that a success!
Musical Selection: Smooth by Santana. Kinda spicy, like these fajitas! My parents and I went to the American Idol Live concert in July and it was amazing! One of the contestants--forgive me but I can't remember who--sang Smooth and I have been re-obsessed with it ever since.
Yep, amazing. Give these a shot, you will not be disappointed!
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon beef base (or chicken if using chicken or pork)
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a few dashes of cayenne powder
a few shakes of red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Mix all of the ingredients together. Add beef, chicken or pork to the spices and refrigerate for at least two hours.
Cilantro Lime Rice
1 tablespoon of butter or margarine
2 cups long grain rice
3 3/4 cups water
juice of 2 limes
3 tablespoons (or so) chopped cilantro
Met butter or margarine in sauce pan. Add rice, water and juice of limes. Bring to a boil. Once boiling put a cover on it and reduce to medium-low. Cook according to the rice's package--probably about 15 minutes. Once rice is fully cooked, fluff with a fork and add cilantro.
To make the Fajitas:
1 red pepper
1 poblano pepper (or green if you like less spice)
1 medium/large onion
Start by slicing the peppers and onions. Add them to a skillet with vegetable or canola oil heated on medium high heat. Cook the veggies for about 3-4 minutes giving them a good char on the outside yet tender inside. Remove them from the pan and set aside. Add an additional tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the meat. Do not move the meat for at least the first minute to allow it to char. Cook meat to desired doneness...unless its chicken or pork--cook that all the way through.
Serve with desired toppings.
Recipes by: Mrs. Schwartz