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Mexican cuisine from the grill

It's easy to make Mexican food right from the grill!
It's easy to make Mexican food right from the grill!
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Hopefully, this week, you've picked up some valuable information on grilling and are discovering how fun and creative it can be! So far, I've discussed choosing a grill for those who are shopping for one, as well as including recipes that can put the grill to use. If you're new to grilling, you'll soon discover that it's a relaxing and enjoyable way to cook. If you missed my earlier columns regarding grilling, here are the links to those:

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-barbecue-season-is-underway

http://www.examiner.com/article/grilling-pork-with-the-flavor-of-hawaii

If you're like most Americans, you enjoy Mexican food. This type of cuisine has a flavor and style that's unique and hard to match! With the popularity of Mexican restaurants, it's easy to enjoy good food with the flavor of Mexico whenever you want to have it. However, you can enjoy that same Mexican flavor at home by simply lighting your grill!

The recipe I'm passing along today is for "Fajitas". This is a classic Mexican dish that uses flour tortillas, filled with grilled steak and topped with refried beans, guacamole and salsa. This recipe enables you to capture the flavor of grilled steak in a Mexican dish. Serve this with a salad and a Mexican snack chip. For dessert, a slice of sweet, cold watermelon would refresh the palate!

Like the recipe from yesterday, this can also be prepared in the oven. Just prepare the recipe as above, except place the packets of meat and tortillas in the oven, baking them at 375 degrees. It's a wonderful entree, regardless of how you prepare it!

In the event you aren't familiar with guacamole, it's a condiment made from avacados. I'm also adding a recipe for the guacamole, in case you don't already have a recipe for it. It's easy to do and can be made ahead. This also makes a great dip with Mexican chips or crackers.

So, if you're in the mood for Mexican food, but don't want to have to leave home, go no further than your grill with these recipe!

FAJITAS

  • 1 lb. Boneless Top Round Steak, 1 inch thick, slightly frozen

Marinade:

  • 1/4 C. Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tbls. Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbls. Honey
  • 2 Tsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 10 Flour Tortillas (measuring 8-10 inches)
  • 1 16 oz. Can Refried Beans, heated (optional)
  • Spicy Guacamole (recipe follows)
  • Tomato Salsa (found in the Mexican section of the grocer)

Grilling method: Cut the steak crosswise into strips 1/8 inch thick; cut strips into 2 to 3 inch pieces; place meat in a plastic bag, non-metal bowl or baking dish; in a small bowl, combine oil, lime juice, honey, chili powder and garlic; pour over steak, turning to coat; seal bag or cover dish and marinate for at least 6 hours or overnight under refrigeration, turning once or twice; when ready to cook, place meat and marinade in a single layer on a sheet of heavy-duty foil; wrap securely with a double-fold seal; place foil packet on the grill 4-6 inches from medium-high coals; cook for 15 minutes or until meat is tender and no longer pink (for a gas grilll, follow manufacturer's directions); meanwhile, wrap tortillas in a sheet of heavy-duty foil; heat on the grill until thoroughly heated and steaming, turning occasionally; to serve, place meat on the center of each tortilla; top with refried beans, Spicy Guacamole and Tomato Salsa; roll envelope fashion. Serves 5.

Conventional method: Prepare meat and marinade as directed above; wrap meat and tortillas in foil; preheat oven to 375 degrees and place packets of meat and tortillas in the oven; bake for about 15 minutes; assemble as directed above.

SPICY GUACAMOLE

  • 2 Large, Ripe Avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 2 Tbls. Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbls. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced

In a small bowl, mash the avacados; add remaining ingredients and blend well; cover and chill. Makes 1-1/4 cups.