I could live on Mexican food. Anything wrapped in a tortilla or put on a chip is my absolute favorite. Well, maybe besides chocolate… chocolate.. quesadilla? Hmm interesting. Anyways, taco Tuesday. This is such an easy meal to entertain with because you can feed a ton of people with not a ton of food and the ingredients are on the cheaper side. And if you are just cooking for a couple of people, the leftovers are delicious.
You can use really any kind of meat you want for tacos. My favorite is shredded chicken, however, steak, beef, or fish are all delicious. I’m embarrassed to say that yet again I cheat with the chicken here and buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery. Judge away but I love the taste of it and it’s just so darn easy. If you don’t want to cheat you could put some chicken breasts in a crock pot and cook them all day with some salsa, you know, if you’re that go getter type. I also make my version of street corn for my taco Tuesday. This stuff is heavenly. I really made this recipe kind of by accident and now I can’t have tacos without it. Very simple, you start by adding some corn in a skillet with a little butter, cumin and some diced onion. You want the corn and onion to brown just slightly to get a little smoked flavor. Once you’re at this point I add the juice of one lime, a little cayenne pepper and a punch of salt. I’m not a huge fan of spicy so I don’t add much cayenne but if you like to be in pain when you eat, throw some more in by all means. Now, the beauty of the recipe. You’re going to add about 3/4 cup of mayonnaise. Yep. Just trust me and do it. I also add a tiny bit of Siracha at this point as well. Let this delicious concoction simmer for a little bit so all of those delicious flavors come together. Right before serving I add some Mexican crumbling cheese on top. Literally will change your life.
So now that your chicken is shredded and your corn is simmering away, I simply sauté some bell peppers and red onion. Again with the same flavors, I add cumin and lime. Easy simple and delicious. Next: guacamole, because you can’t have taco Tuesday without guacamole. For 4 people I usually do 4 very ripe avocados. Very important that they are ripe enough, if they aren’t ripe they’ll be too hard and won’t be mashable. So start by putting the avocado, salt, lime juice, garlic and a touch of lemon juice in a large bowl and start mashing. A fork works just fine for this. Then I like to add some diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and a little bit of pineapple (surprise!) and mix it all together. Bam. Holy guacamole.
Now, serving. This is the fun part. I like to get out several serving bowls and put each topping in a bowl so everyone can just grab what they want. I set out shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded lettuce, chicken, corn and the peppers and onions all in bowls or in the skillet it was cooked in. It looks very festive and fun. Then I’ll pop some soft tortillas in the microwave and set those out as well. Such a fun and delicious meal. Now go, fiesta away.
Peppers and onions
4 ripe avocados
1 tbsp minced garlic
Juice of one lime
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced pineapple.
Mash first 5 ingredients and fold in remaining. Top with fresh cilantro
1 bag frozen corn (or fresh whichever you prefer)
Juice of one lime
2 teaspoons cumin
1 cup diced onion
Cayenne pepper to taste
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup siracha
Brown corn, onion, cumin and lime juice in a large skillet with a couple tablespoons of butter. After you get a little color on the corn and the onions are cooked through, add cayenne pepper, mayo and siracha. Simmer on low for at least five to ten minutes, stirring occasionally.