Chef Jonathan: We wanted to try something new and fun this week for our blog, and what says fun more than a fiesta! I made the Chicken Mango Tacos, but due to the unripeness of the mangoes, I’ve renamed it, Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Tacos. Despite the mango situation, it was fairly easy as long as you remove all the seeds from the Jalapeño peppers. I also added cilantro, which added a nice garnish. I also made Bobby’s guacamole, which is a nice recipe, although I added lots of garlic, because that’s my preference. For the Virgin Margaritas, I ended up adding some lemon juice and sugar, because there wasn’t much taste. I also garnished with a lime quarter. I love all these recipes, and I will likely use them all again. Enjoy!
Karen: I LOVE tacos but we usually pile on the cheddar cheese and sour cream when we make them. I found some newer recipes quite refreshing. They’re taken from this month’s Food Network Magazine. I made the “Chicken and Vegetables” tacos and the “Chicken-Mango” tacos. I also assembled Bobby Flay’s guacamole recipe.
All of the recipes were very easy to make. I followed each recipe as directed. My only mistake was putting too much cayenne on the chicken for the “Chicken-Mango” recipe. It made me, my husband and one guest cough uncontrollably. Thankfully, the “dust” settled and we were able to enjoy the meal.
I placed the ingredients in separate bowls instead of putting together the tacos for everyone. My dinner guests had fun mixing the different ideas together and creating their own Mexican masterpieces.
I also served Virgin Margaritas. They were pretty good.
I highly recommend trying these recipes. Happy Cinqo De Mayo!
Chicken-Mango Taco: Mix 1 chopped mango, 2 tablespoons each minced red onion and scallion, 1 teaspoon each minced jalapeno and lime juice, and salt. Season 1 pound chicken cutlets with salt and cayenne; grill and slice. Serve in tortillas with the mango salsa.
Chicken and Vegetable Taco: Saute 1/4 cup chopped onion and 1 teaspoon each minced garlic and jalapeno in oil. Add 1 1/2 cups each corn and chopped zucchini; cook until crisp-tender. Stir in 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, and cilantro, lime juice and salt to taste. Serve in tortillas.
Bobby Flay’s Guacamole:
- 4 ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted, and chopped
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
- 2 limes, juiced
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
Virgin Margaritas: Ingredients:
1/4 Cup orange juice
2 tbsp Kosher salt
1/2 Lime, cut into 4 wedges
4 Cups ice cubes
How to make Virgin Margarita:
Put the salt in a shallow dish and rub the rim of each margarita glass
Dip the rims into the salt and keep the lime wedges aside.a glasses with a lime wedge.