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Fajita and Taco Night!

 

 

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This week’s recipe is Chicken Fajitas and Beef Tacos, a family favorite is chicken tacos so we decide to try something new this week. I’ve personally never made fajitas at home before so this was all new to me. However everything pulled together nicely and the family wanted me to make them again = success!

Once again I need to apologize for the lack of photographs. When we transferred to WP no all of the photos made the trip.

I started out by reading through the directions on the back of the Old El Paso Fajitas kit box, I wanted to familiarize myself with the steps but I also wanted to make sure I had all the ingredients on hand before I started.

Ingredients I gathered before I started:

1 – Old El Paso Fajitas kit: Soft fajita shells, dry seasoning, liquid fajita sauce.

1 – 2lb bag of pre-cooked chicken breast strips (I had this on hand for salads. Using regular chicken, cut up into bite size to cook in with the seasoning is also recommended).

1 – lb of ground hamburger.

1 – pkg taco seasoning.

Extra taco shells.

1 – can fat-free refried beans (our family prefers fat-free).

Sliced bell peppers (I used a half a pepper for the one pound of chicken I was cooking).

Chopped lettuce.

Salsa.

Shredded cheese.

Sour cream.

Black Olives (granddaughter eats an entire can before the meal is even served).

Wholly Guacamole (we like to keep the little 100 calorie packets on hand for individual use).

Along with any toppings, your family likes for tacos or fajitas. I like to chop everything up and set out the individual serving dishes on our bar family style. Allow each person to build/create their own individual creation!

Since I was using precooked chicken strips, I added 1/2 cup less water than the directions called for. Another thing; the first time around I only used 1 – 2lb bag of pre-cooked chicken. The second time I used 2 – 2 lb bags for our family. I placed the precooked chicken into my non-stick skillet along with the dry seasoning packet and water minus 1/2 cup for the fajitas on med-low heat.

In a separate sauce type pan I added 3/4 cup of water a pkg of taco seasoning and 1 lb of ground hamburger on med to med-high heat. I use a med sized saucepan with a lid; As the meat is cooking with the lid on. I remove the lid often and stir/chop the hamburger with… secret to my ground beef being easy to chop up, brown and serve quickly… I use an “s” shaped potato masher. Works like a charm in the sauce pan and my hamburger always ends up chopped well without the hassle of using a spatula.

As the ground beef is browning and the chicken and fajita sauce is thickening. I start setting out my topping, plates etc for a family style meal.

Just as the sauce is starting to thicken up with my chicken I add in my sliced pepper so they will just be slightly cooked and not soggy. Keep and eye on your hamburger it should finish up about the same time as your chicken since the chicken was cooking at a lower heat temp.

I then place my hamburger/taco meat and chicken/fajita meat into separate bowls. Now we are ready to sit down to a meal that took me approximately 45 minutes from start to finish. Clean up was a breeze since I conned everyone into helping 😉

Cilantro and Wholly Grilled Burgers and Wholly Stuffed Grilled jalapeño peppers (Psst… with bacon) recipes can be found here.

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