Celebrate with Fajitas and ‘Ritas

I’m dying for Mexican food right now, you guys. My hope is that Brian and I will be going out for tacos and stuff (mostly margaritas, but whatever) if he agrees to it, of course. Otherwise it might be blender ‘ritas and tacos at home for this girl. Either way, it’s fiesta time, my friends. And what good is a fiesta without food that leaves you ready for a siesta (I know. Bad joke. Don’t care)?

Brian: May the 5th be with you!
Me: Huh?
Brian: Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Me: Oh. Yeah. You too. Wait. We should get tacos and margaritas for dinner tonight.
Brian: …
Me: I mean, it’s the only logical thing to do.
Brian: I guess…
Me: Or we could skip the tacos and just get margaritas.
Brian: I’d rather have the tacos.
Me: Okay, we’ll compromise. You can get tacos, and I’ll get margaritas.
Posted by Quirky Chrissy on Tuesday, May 5, 2015

So, if you’re sitting at home thinking about restaurant-quality fajitas for dinner tonight, I’ve got the perfect recipe (although, maybe not quite a full recipe as I’m a big fan of throwing shit in a pan and hoping it turns out). Allow me to light the path to Cinco de Happiness. Taco night and fajita night are both really big deals in our house. Brian loves pico de gallo the way I love cheese. It’s a staple. So any meal that includes his favorite staple is a win in Brian’s book. And I just love stuff with lots of ingredients. So there’s that.

I’ll warn you now, that this recipe isn’t for those who want everything homemade from scratch. That’s a rare occurrence around here, what with our crazy busy schedules. This is designed to be easy. Feel free to substitute the cooking part of the chicken with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. I’m not saying we’ve never done that in order to save 30 minutes. (Spoiler alert – we do it all the time).

STORIES

Easy Fully Loaded Fajitas

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 Bell Peppers – I use red, orange, or yellow, but you can rock any color combo you like
  • 1 Red Onion – feel free to use your favorite onion – I like red best
  • 3 Tbs Olive Oil – to cook veggies and chicken
  • 1 lb Chicken – you could do steak too, but I’ve always been partial to chicken fajitas
  • Fajita Seasoning – you can cheat and buy a packet from the grocery store or if you’re experimental, sprinkle in a teaspoon or so of each of these (Pro-tip: use the cayenne pepper to preferred heat):
    • Paprika
    • Cumin
    • Chili Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Garlic Powder
    • Cayenne Pepper
    • Black Pepper
    • Salt
  • 8 Flour Tortillas – Brian prefers corn always, but I prefer flour for loaded fajitas because they hold together better
  • Guacamole – homemade recipe below
  • Pico de Gallo – we usually get ours from Trader Joe’s
  • Tomato Salsa – because sometimes you want more than just pico, amiright?
  • Trader Joe’s Corn Salsa – this stuff is fucking amazing
  • Sour Cream – I feel like it brings all the flavors together

Step 1: Slice peppers and onions into strips

Step 2: Saute peppers and onions in 1 Tbs of olive oil 

Step 3: Slice chicken into thin strips

Step 4: Saute chicken in 2 Tbs of olive oil

Step 5: Once the chicken is cooked all the way through, add the fajita seasoning

Step 6: Combine the veggies and chicken in one pan, allowing the seasoning to cover the chicken, peppers and onions

Step 7: Heat the tortillas in the microwave (wrap them in a damp paper towel and heat on high for 20-30 seconds)

Serve and enjoy.

I love guacamole. I love homemade guacamole even more. And when it all comes down to it, this easy recipe is DELICIOUS!

Homemade Guacamole

We’re big advocates for the simplest recipes. Guacamole is easy when you’ve got fresh avocados and a few key ingredients (lime and pico). I used to get all crafty and creative with the guac recipes, but then we tried this, and it was easy. And fucking magical.

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1 Lime (zest and juice) or 2 Packets True Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Pico de Gallo
  • Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Step 1: Cut avocados in slices or cubes

Step 2: Mash avocados

Step 3: Add the other ingredients and mix well

BOOM.Fully Loaded Fajitas

What are some of your favorite go-to recipes for Cinco de Mayo? Have you tried making homemade guacamole? Will you be drinking margaritas with me tonight?

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Makin’ Breakfast with my Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan AKA Corned Beef Hash JOY

I decided that I’d make breakfast for you since it’s kind of my thing. And with St. Patrick’s Day, I had a corned beef from the Irish deli just waiting to be used. This recipe is SUPER easy, so get ready for it.

Corned Beef Hash

Ingredients

  • 1 thick slice of corned beef (simmered the night before)
  • 5 canned whole potatoes (cooked in the corned beef pot)Corned Beef and Potatoes
  • a pinch of onion powder
  • a pinch of thyme
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Tbs Kerry Gold Irish Butter with Garlic and Herbs (you can use regular butter…but why?)

Kerry Gold Irish Butter with Garlic and Herbs

That’s all.

Steps

  1. Dice corned beef into tiny pieces
  2. Dice potatoes into tiny pieces (they should be a little sticky)Homemade Corned Beef Hash
  3. Mix potatoes and beef together
  4. Sprinkle seasonings and salt over mixture
  5. Mix well
  6. Melt butter Kerry Gold Butter in Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan
  7. Add corned beef mixtureCorned Beef Hash in Green Earth Frying Pan
  8. Fry until golden brown (or preferred crispness)2014-03-20 08.00.18

I walked about for about 5 minutes while the corned beef hash was frying and sizzling in the pan. You’ll even see in the video that I created for you how easily everything cooked up.

Look, guys! I made you a video! You’re welcome.

I received this Ozeri Green Frying Pan for free to give my honest opinion, and here it is: It worked pretty well for the first couple of months, but it didn’t last very long. And personally, I think that a pan should last a very long time. As of February 2021, I’ve been using the same non-stick pans from Calphalon (the Signature collection) and All-Clad (I opted for this All-Clad griddle instead of the Calphalon one because it was square, which fits more bacon) since mid-2016 (we registered for them for our wedding), and they’re still kicking. So if you’re looking for a great pan, I’d recommend Calphalon and/or All-Clad 100 times over.

Blog Friends, do you have a love of corned beef hash? Or breakfast in general?

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This Post is Not About Christmas. Sort of. But There Is a Sort of Lentil Soup Recipe.

So last night, Brian and I walked into the apartment around 11 PM, having left around 3 PM to go see American Hustle (really good btw) with our delightful old roommate. Former. Not actually “OLD.” As in age. DUH.

We had planned on Christmas shopping before or after the movie. And by we, I mean me. And by Christmas shopping, I mean I would go into the stores. Brian would drive the vehicle and sit in the car talking to his dad on the phone or listening to an audiobook. This plan really worked out well.

But we also decided to have dinner with Anna. At my fave restaurant, Greek Islands-YUM. And then shopping didn’t ensue until 9ish.

So when we got home to the smell of…well…food cooking, we were both quite surprised.

Until Brian looked over at the Crock Pot corner and said, there’s food in there.

Apparently I have bad luck making lentil soup, because I had completely forgotten that I threw a bunch of party leftovers into the Crock Pot to make lentil soup.

The last time I tried to make lentil soup, Brian came home to a disgusting, smelly, burnt mess in the Crock Pot (because I was out for the night–had made him “dinner”).

LUCKILY, this time, it wasn’t a total disaster, because the soup was FLIPPING delicious. It had just completely fallen off my radar. But that’s okay. Because it was full of flavor and joy.

Recipe (without a picture-because I can’t figure out how to make lentil soup not look like vomit. Instead, you’ll get a picture of the party food table-minus the veggies, because those were in a separate spot.)

Holiday display

Party Leftover Lentil Soup Recipe

  • 1 leftover previously cooked spiral cut ham on the bone
  • 1 cup leftover carrot slices, chopped
  • 10 leftover celery sticks, chopped
  • 5 leftover mini bell peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bag of lentils
  • 2 cans of chicken broth
  • 2 cans of water
  1. Toss all ingredients in the Crock Pot (or slow cooker brand of your choice)
  2. Forget about them for 8 hours
  3. Come home to the smell of delicious soup that you can pack up and eat tomorrow morning
  4. Remove the ham with tongs and a spoon (it’s going to be FALLING off the bone)
  5. Shred/slice ham, removing any excess fat and return to the soup
  6. Store or serve immediately–or eat it with a spoon right out of the Crock Pot

Have you had Crock Pot wins or fails because you forgot about them?

 

 

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