Roasted Carrot & Parsnip, Beef & Sundried Tomato Tacos with Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 pound skirt steak
2 medium carrots, cut into thin 2 inch strips
2 medium parsnips, cut into thin two inch strips
½ medium white onion, halved and sliced
½ cup sundried tomatoes, chopped fine (good quality ones)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper, cracked
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
Avocado oil or canola oil
Whole what tortillas
Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Season the skirt steak with a little salt, pepper, and cumin and set aside. In a medium bowl toss together the carrots, parsnips, onions, sundried tomatoes and spices with the oil until the items are mixed and coated with the oil. Lay the vegetable mixture across a baking sheet and place. Bake for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are just about tender. Place the skirt steak across the top of the vegetables and bake for another 8 minutes, 4 minutes per side or until desired cook stage. Take out of the oven, let the meat rest for a few minutes and then slice it up in thin slices. Heat up the whole wheat tortillas on a gas grill. Place some meat and some vegetables on the tortilla and drizzle on some Chimichurri over the top!

Red Chili Parsley Chimichurri

Makes 1 ½ cups

Ingredients

1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano leaves, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red shallot, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 fresh red chili, chopped fine, seeds and all
½ cup avocado oil or olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar (good quality)
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Directions

Mix together all ingredients and let stand for at least two hours before serving.

Roasted Cauliflower & Spinach Whole Wheat Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 cups cauliflower florets (bite size)
1 medium red onion, halved and sliced
2 cups baby spinach
Whole wheat tortillas
Sharp cheddar cheese (I use a local raw jalapeno)
Lime Wedges or tomatillo sauce ( I used my frozen tomatillos from the summer, which I freeze whole in zip lock bags)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Whisk together the oil, spices, salt, lime juice and zest and mix together with cauliflower florets. Place on a baking sheet and bake until tender and slightly browned about 35 minutes. In a sauté pan heat a little olive oil and sauté red onions for a few minutes, add the roasted cauliflower and baby spinach and sauté until the spinach is wilted but not overly cooked. Heat the tortillas up on a gas stove (preferably) or in the oven. Place a few spoonfuls of the cauliflower mixture in each tortilla and top with grated cheese. Squeeze a little lime juice on it along with tomatillo sauce and serve!

Jamaican Jerk Pulled Chicken and Sweet Turnip Tacos & Cotija Cheese

November 18th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 chicken breasts, chopped large
2 medium turnips, cubed small
1 ½ cups, chopped turnip greens
Cotija cheese, fresh and crumbled
Jamaican Mango Pepper Sauce
Quinoa Tortillas

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°.

In a large bowl mix together all ingredients except chicken, pepper sauce and tortillas until well-mixed. Place the chicken chunks into the sauce mixture and marinate for at least a few hours and up to overnight. Arrange the mixture on a large baking sheet and place in the oven to roast. Roast for about 30 minutes or until the turnips are tender and the chicken is done. Shred the chicken chunks and mix together well. Place some of the chicken and turnip mixture on warm quinoa tortillas ( I heat my tortillas up on my gas stove right over the open flame!), then place a little cotija cheese and pepper sauce on the top.

Summer Squash and Portobello Taco

August 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 white onion, chopped fine
2 zucchinis, chopped fine
1 portabella mushroom, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
1 jalapeño, chopped fine
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, soft or hard, for serving
Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Avocado (optional)

Directions

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil and avocado oil. Sauté onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add zucchini, peppers and jalapeño and cook, about 3-4 minutes more. Add the portabellas and cook another few minutes (3-4). Add lime juice, zest, cumin and season with salt. Serve with tortillas. Garnish with cheese and avocado.

Huevos Ranchero’s de Nissa

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Avocado or canola oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
½ jalapeño, deseeded and chopped
½ red pepper, chopped small
½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
6 eggs
Salt
Ger-Nis Tabasco
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Avocado (optional)
¼ cup cotija cheese
Corn tortillas, warmed

Directions

In a medium sauté pan, heat oil on medium heat and sauté onions for a few minutes. Add peppers and sauté another few minutes (3 minutes). Add the cherry tomatoes next and sauté for a few seconds. Crack the eggs into the pan one by one and mix gently and cook until eggs are just done, a few minutes. Make sure not to overcook the eggs. Season with salt and serve with Tabasco and avocado, cheese and tortillas.

Guatamalan Pollo en Peppian Tacos (Chicken Tacos with Pumpkin Seed Sauce)

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 20 tacos

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
2 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
Tortillas, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock, blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tortillas.

Shredded Chicken Mole Verde Tostadas

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tostadas

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 chicken breast, skinless
2 chicken thighs, skinless
2 chicken legs, skinless
½ large white onion (half reserved), chopped
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup green pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 whole allspice berries
3 cloves
5 black peppercorns
1 pound tomatillos, cut in quarters
3 fresh serrano chilies, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
2 cups chicken stock, reserved from poaching chicken
15-20 tostada shells (corn tortillas cooked in oil)

DIRECTIONS

In a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, add water, chicken, half the white onion, black pepper and allspice and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a bowl and reserve liquid. After chicken has cooled, shred chicken with a fork removing from the bone and set aside. Preheat oven to broil. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place the pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, allspice berries, cloves, peppercorns, tomatillos, serrano chilies, garlic, and poblano peppers, and broil, about 3-4 minutes or until the pumpkin seeds start to char. Remove from oven and place in a blender with the cilantro leaves and chicken stock; blend until smooth. Mix in with chicken and serve with warm tostada shells.

Baked Corn & Wheat Cumin Cilantro Chips

April 5th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes approximately 3 cups

Ingredients

10-12 whole wheat tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
12-15 corn tortillas, cut into 3 inch triangles
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
Juice of 1 lime
Salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut tortillas and place in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl mix the cilantro, oil, cumin seeds, lime juice and salt, mix well and then toss over tortillas. Lay tortillas flat on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and place in the oven and cook for about 7-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Fresh Tortillas (Masa Fresca)

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 pound masa (10 small tortillas)

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup masa harina
¾ cups very hot water

DIRECTIONS

Mix the salt and the masa harina together and then add the hot water a little bit at a time, until the mixture resembles a course meal. Mix it together and form dough. Turn dough onto a clean dusted surface and knead until pliable and smooth, about 5-7 minutes. If the dough is sticky add more masa, if the dough is dry add a little bit more hot water. Once the dough is formed into a soft dough, form into a disk shape, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Divide the dough into 15-18 small balls. Place each ball of dough between 2 layers of plastic wrap and press into a tortilla press. Place the cooked tortillas on a hot pan (cast iron or flat grill type pan is best) and cook on each side about 45 seconds or until lightly browned. Place the tortillas in a warm towel while the others are cooking.

Cumin-Zucchini & Bell Pepper Tacos

February 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 white onion, sliced thin
2 zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin
1 red bell pepper, sliced in strips
1 jalapeño, deseeded and thinly sliced
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
Salt
Tortillas, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add canola oil. Sauté sliced onion until translucent, 5 minutes. Add zucchini, peppers and jalapeño and cook, 7 minutes more. Add lime juice, zest, cumin and season with salt. Serve with tortillas.

Shredded Chipotle Chicken Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ tablespoon cumin
½ tablespoon chili powder
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
Zest of 1 lime
1 chicken breast
Salt/pepper
1½ tablespoons canola oil
½ a large white onion, chopped medium
1 poblano pepper, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
3 whole chipotle peppers in adobe, chopped
¼ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons chicken stock
Tortillas, for serving

For garnish:

Pickled onions
Avocadoes

DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine all spices and lime zest and mix well. Rub all over chicken breasts and season with salt and pepper. In a medium heavy bottom skillet heat canola oil and brown chicken breasts on each side until brown. Remove from pan and set aside, add onions and poblanos and cook until tender.
Add lime juice, chipotles, tomato sauce and chicken stock. Stir well. Place chicken breasts back in pan with sauce and cook for about 15 minutes on a gentle boil or until tender. Take out chicken and shred with a fork. Place meat back in pan.

Serve on flour or corn tortillas garnished with pickled onions and avocadoes.

Jamaican Jerk Pulled Pork Tacos

February 22nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS

½ a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
½ habañero pepper, deseeded and chopped
½ tablespoon lime zest
½ tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon allspice, ground
½ teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated
½ tablespoon black pepper, ground
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons brown sugar
1½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound pork butt
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons orange juice
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Tortillas, for serving

For garnish:

Mangoes
Pickled onions

DIRECTIONS

In a food processor place all ingredients except the pork butt, lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar.
Pulse until the mixture is ground into a course paste. Rub the mixture all over the pork butt, let stand for 10 minutes. In a large cast iron pan over high heat, add canola oil. Brown the pork butt so that all sides are well seared. Add the lime juice, orange juice and cider vinegar; stir scraping the bottom of the pan to remove the cooked bits and pieces. Add the entire mixture to a heated crock pot and let cook for about 4 hours or until pork butt falls apart. Take the port butt out and pull apart with a fork and then place back in the crock pot and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve on tortillas with mangoes and pickled onions.

Masa Fresca

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 pounds of Masa – enough to make at least 24 small tortillas

INGREDIENTS

1 pound dried corn
Water
1 teaspoon cal (mineral lime)

PREPARATION

Rinse the corn, and put it into a pot with enough water to cover the kernels by at least 1-inch. Add the cal, and bring the water up to a slow simmer oven a medium-low flame. Simmer the corn until it is soft enough to easily bite through but not mushy. Allow the corn to cool to room temperature in its own cooking liquid.

Grind the corn in a grain mill using a coarse setting. Add a little bit of the cooking liquid in order to get the dough to the right consistency.

The ground corn may need to be passed through the mill a second time on a finer setting with a little bit more cooking liquid in order to make the dough workable.

Knead the dough by hand until it is smooth and able to stick together in one large mass.

©Recipe Property of Jacques Gautier, Palo Santo

Fish Tacos with Cilantro Crème Fraiche

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

For Sauce

1 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped fine (set aside half for tacos)
½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
Pinch of lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
Pinch of cumin
2 teaspoons salt

For Tacos

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 medium red onion, cut in half and sliced thin
½ jalapeño, reserved from sauce
1½ pounds halibut or snapper fillet (or other white flaky fish)
2 tablespoons fresh tomato salsa
1 teaspoon cumin
Juice of 1 lime
Salt
12 corn tortillas

PREPARATION

For the sauce, combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk until blended and creamy. Set aside.

In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, add oil and cook onion and jalapeño, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add fish and cook until almost done, 5 to 7 minutes. Then add salsa, cumin, lime juice; season with salt and cook until all liquid is gone and fish is cooked through.

Meanwhile, warm tortillas on gas burner (or in oven). Serve tacos with fish and sauce drizzled over.

Grilled Flour and Corn Tortillas

November 12th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

PREPARATION

A simple and easy approach to cooking tortillas is to throw them on the grill. Put them on low heat away from direct fire for just a minute on each side. Corn tortillas can be moistened before in order to maintain a soft texture.

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