With the wife and I on the Weight Watchers plan, I’ve been avoiding some of my favorite Mexican dishes. Now that I think about it, this really isn’t necessary if I’m carefully what I choose and how I prepare the dishes. Take fajitas for example. A protein, seasoning and some veggies. Made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts and not much oil the fajitas themselves are only 1 point per serving. I can live with a diet that includes chicken fajitas, can’t you? Well, that leads me to the sides. Made carefully many of the sides are 0 to only 2 points per serving. Follow along with me and I’ll show you how I prepared everything.
The night before I mixed up some blue corn masa to make up some tortillas. (This is the one item I couldn’t cheat on to lower the point value. 3 tortillas = 5 points)
I also got out the onion and bell peppers to cut up
and mixed up the fajitas seasoning.
1/2 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt to taste
1/4 tsp. Chipotle pepper 1/4 tsp. Oregano
The next day started out by making a batch of my Mexican rice. (1 Point per serving) Started out by sautéing the veggies.
I measured out 2 cups of Brown rice, 1/2 tsp. of salt and 1 tbsp. of OO and put this in the rice maker. I now added 1 cup of Clamato Picante juice and 3 cups of chicken stock.
Next, I added the veggies to the pot.
I closed the lid and pressed start. Here are the results.
Next up was the Guacamole. (2 points per serving) Cut up 1 medium Hass avocado.
Now I added 1 tbsp. of light mayo, some granulated garlic, 5 heaping tbsp. of my Pico de Gallo, some fresh squeezed lime juice and mixed this up and covered.
Next up were some frijoles. I sautéed some diced onion, 1/2 a jalapeno, some bell pepper and corn and then added two kinds of black beans. (0 points per serving)
I now got out 3 boneless skinless breasts and coated them with the fajitas seasoning.
I took them and the cut-up veggies out to my gas grill side burner.
Now I needed to make the tortillas, so I rolled up 6 balls of masa about the size of a golf ball. I flatted them a little to make them easier to press out.
I was some issues with the masa sticking to the press so had to experiment with dusting the bottom with some of the blue core masa.
I heated them up on a C.I. griddle, very lightly sprayed with some OO.
Next I sprayed my 12” Camp Chef C.I. skillet with some OO. After it was heated it up I put the 3 breast in and cooked them for 8 minutes per side.
Once they were cooked I removed them to a cutting board and was left with the fond.
I dumped in the onions and bell peppers and let them start to cook.
While them were cooking I sliced up the chicken.
Now I dumped in the chicken
and stirred it in and continued to cook until the veggies had soften.
Now I brought it all in and plated it up with a Modelo Negra.
Here is a shot once I took it inside to eat.
Gratuitous side shot close ups.
OMG!!! This was so delicious!
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The wife and I are doing the Weight Watchers program so I’m eating quite a bit differently that I did in the past. This was cooked inside on the stove top, but thought I’d share it anyway. (As it was delicious!)
cooking spray (I used some Red Pepper infused OO spray)
1 medium Golden Potato, Diced into approximately ½” pieces
½ cup onion, chopped
1 medium poblano chile, seeded and diced. (Mine was small so I added some Bell Pepper I had left over)
1 cup corn
1 cup black beans, drained
1 cup zucchini, Diced into approximately ½” pieces (I used a Mexican Squash)
1 tsp cumin (I used ½ tsp of Fajita seasoning and ½ tsp of cummin)
1 pinch salt, or to taste
½ cup, green variety (I used 2 Tbsp of the Hatch Chile and 4 tbsp of Herdez salsa verde - plus extra for garnish)
4 large eggs
2 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro (for garnish)
Here a pic of most of the ingredients I used.
I started out by dicing up the potato and putting it in a slightly sprayed Non-Stick skillet to start cooking.
Once it started to brown, I put the onion, poblano and bell peppers.
Once it started to sweat, I added the black beans, corn, squash and seasoning. I let this cook for approximately 6 to 7 minutes.
After that I stirred in the Hatch chilies and Salsa Verde and let that cook another minute.
I then made 4 depressions in the mixture and crack the eggs in them.
I covered the skillet to help the tops of the eggs cook.
And afterwards I plated it up with some wheat toast.
As I said, this was delicious and except for the toast, it was zero points for the Purple Program we’re on!
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Wanted to start Super Bowl Sunday out right. I decided on Huevos Rancheros.
Started out making the sauce by sautéing some onions and bell pepper.
Once they had started to wilt, I added a can of diced tomato.
After that had cooked for a few minutes, I added a small can of rojas enchilada sauce and let this simmer for 15 minutes.
After the sauce was done, I cooked up some potatoes. (While these were cooking, I cooked up some black beans inside)
Grilled up some tortillas.
And finally cooked up some eggs. (these were for the wife’s dish)
With everything ready, I plated it up. Here are these pics served up with some orange juice and coffee.
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I love Tacos al pastor but have never made them myself. They are a popular street food here in SoCal and Mexico and I finally decided to try my hand at making some. Forgive me as this is a long one.
I started out by thawing a Pork Butt I had in the freezer that I had purchased on sale for $.99 a lb. (7.93 lbs.)
I unwrapped it and found there was still some ice crystals on it. (which is what I was hoping for to make cutting it easier)
I cut it in half and deboned the other half.
I proceeded to cut it all up into approximately 3/8” slices.
I placed this into a large container, covered it and placed it into the fridge. I now gathered up the ingredients for the al pastor marinade.
Here’s the recipe I used. (It’s a combination of several recipes I watched on YouTube) Not shown in the picture are the pineapple juice and the vinegar.
8 lb bone-in pork shoulder (deboned)
4 tablespoons achiote paste (I used 1 – 3.5 oz. brick)
2 guajillo peppers (seeded and re-hydrated)
2 ancho peppers (seeded and re-hydrated)
3 Chipotle peppers + all the adobo sauce from 1 - 7 oz. can
5 garlic cloves
¼ small white or yellow onion
1 oz. Piloncillo (substitute brown sugar if you can find it)
1 tbsp. dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon (preferably Mexican)
1 tsp, cloves
½ cup pineapple juice
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup OO
¼ cup of the water from re-hydrating the peppers
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup lime juice
1 pineapple, skinned and sliced into 1-inch (2 cm) rounds (for the spit/trompo)
(Note: I only had some small guajillo chiles so I used 6 of them)
Everybody went into the pool for a spin.
I poured some marinade into the bottom of a very large bowl and then some pork slices.
I repeated this process until all the pork was in the bowl and pour the rest of the marinade over the top. I then stirred it until everything had a nice coating.
Now how will I cook this? Tacos al pastor is a dish developed in central Mexico that is based on shawarma spit grilled meat brought by Lebanese immigrants. It is traditionally cooked on a vertical spit known as a trompo. I don’t have such an exotic grill, so I had to improvise. I had found this indoor grill plate at a local thrift store for $2.17
and used it to create a vertical spit.
I now peeled and sliced up the pineapple
And started my vertical trompo stack adding a slice of pineapple and red onion after every 6 or 7 layers of meat.
I place the stack in the center of my weber redhead with coals all around it.
I then setup my craving station.
Here it is after approximately 30 minutes.
After approximately 75 minutes I removed the trompo and craved off the outer charred layer. (The char is an important part of the taste profile)
I then placed the trompo back in the redhead to char the outside again.
I then repeated the process another 3 times.
After I had trimmed off the outside 3 times I set up my taco cart errrr bar
and started to assemble my street taco plate.
Here it is served up with a Modelo Especial.
This was a little on the spicy side but oh so delicious!
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I’ve made these numerous times and I’ve posted the recipes as well so I’m only posting a few pics of this cook. See Links:
Enchiladas / Sauce:
Started out making the sauce.
Roasting the veggies and cooking the chicken.
Once everything was done I mixed the chicken with some slivered onion and some cheese. I rolled / wrapped up a dozen enchiladas. I covered them with more sauce and some cheese and baked them on the kamado for 25 minutes.
I plated some up with some fresh made Mexican rice, Frijoles’, some radish and a Modelo Negra.
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