Difficulty Level: Prep Chef
What is Cinco De Mayo really? If you asked most Americans what they’re celebrating, they’ll likely tell you one of two things:
- Mexico’s Independence Day
- Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Cinco De Mayo actually celebrates Mexico’s victory over France in the Franco-Mexican war in 1862, which was after Mexico’s independence from Spain.
On this day in Mexico, families go to cemeteries to visit their deceased relatives. In Puebla (where the battle happened) there are parades and reenactments of the battle with people dressed up in Mexican and French uniforms.
What I’m making today is not a full on traditional Mexican victory meal, but my family sure thinks it is!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup packed cilantro
- Juice of 2 limes
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 3 green onions, cut in 1-inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 chicken breasts, flattened
- 2 delmonico steaks, flattened (you can also use skirt or flank steaks)
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
- 6″ tortillas
How to make it:
- Put cilantro, lime juice, broth, green onions, garlic, jalapeno, honey and a pinch of salt in a blender. Puree until smooth.
- Reserve 2 tablespoons of the puree and DO NOT RINSE OUT THE BLENDER.
- Put chicken and steak in a bowl and peppers and onions in another. Divide the remaining puree evenly between the meats and veggies. Toss well to coat and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Add avocado, 1/2 cup water and reserved puree to the blender. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Cook the chicken until it has nice char marks and is fully cooked, remove then cook the steaks the same. Let the meat rest while you cook the veggies.
- Cook the veggies in the same skillet until they are soft and a little charred.
- Heat tortillas on the stove until just warmed through.
- Assemble fajitas- put some chicken and steak on a tortilla, then veggies. Top with the spiced yogurt and avocado cilantro sauce.