Fish or Chicken Taco Bowls

What to eat when it is 100 outside??? light and easy fare that takes no time to cook. This recipe was inspired by a recipe from the Demarleathome website. I simplified the recipe so it would not take 15 minutes to cook but only a few minutes;-)

Recipe for 4 people: 4 soft Mexican tortilla shells (white or whole wheat), 2-3 tilapia or catfish filet, 1 mango ripe but firm to touch, 1 large avocado ripe but firm also, 1 lime, 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup of italian bread crumb such as panko, 1 egg, 1 tsp of demarleathome zesty Mediterranean Herb blend, 1/4 of boston lettuce chopped, 1/2 cup of greek yogurt or fat free sour cream.

Take the large round mold tray and lay a tortilla in each opening. Set aside.

Cut the fish in small strips and place them in a bowl. Add 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp of pepper, 1 egg and stir well to coat the fish with the egg mixture. In another bowl, add 1/2 cup of panko breadcrumb and 1 tsp of zesty mediterranean herb and mix well. Take the fish out of the bowl, and place the fish strips in the bread crumbs. Stir well to coat the fish with the bread crumbs. Place the fish strips on the silpat and cook in the oven for 4-5 minutes in an already warm oven of 400. At the same time, place the large round tray in the oven also to cook the tortillas.

While the tortillas  and the fish strips are cooking, prepare the salsa. Peel the mango and the avocado. Slice and cut in small cubes the fruits. Place those cubes into a large bowl. Add the zest of a lime, the juice of a lime, 1 tbsp of chopped cilantro, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp of pepper to the fruit and mix well.

The sauce/ dressing: mix the sour cream/ or the greek yoghurt and 1tbsp of cilantro and mix well.

To serve, place each tortilla cup on a plate. Fill the cup with about 1/2 cup of chopped lettuce. Top the lettuce with about 1/3 cup of mango/avocado salsa. Place the fish on top of the mango salsa and add a dollop of the sour cream mixture. C’est tout!!

NB: if you don’t like fish, you may substitute the fish with chicken. Tenderize 2 chicken breasts, cut the chicken strips into small strips and coat the chicken with the pank mixture as explained above. Cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes at 400.

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Ground Beef Tacos a la Cecile;-)

If you know me, you will know that I like challenges. Life would be too boring if you were not setting up challenges or boundaries to cross. As I was shopping for my ingredients for my Mexican Dinner, I decided that I could make my own tacos and tacos seasonings.

Tacos:  from my reading, I learned that tacos are actually fried tortillas. Did you know that? I learned something today;-)

So you can decide to make your own tortilla as explained in one of my blog’s entry,

Ingredients for 8 tortillas: 6 oz of flour ( I used whole wheat flour), 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of water.

In a bowl, mix the flour and the salt, and slowly add the water and mix well. Out of the dough, make a ball that you will cut in 8 pieces.  Roll each little balls out, and with a rolling-pin, flatten the ball to make a disk of about 9 inches. Repeat the process for each ball of dough.

Turn up the heat on your stove to medium/ high and cook your tortilla in a frying pan for 1 minute on each side. Do not use grease or fat!!!! Set aside.

Of course you can decide to buy the tortillas instead which is much quicker.

To make the tacos you will need  1/2 cup of olive oil, and the tortillas ( 1-2 per person).

In a large frying pan, warm up 1/4 cup of olive oil. Place one tortilla at a time and fry it one side for 1 minutes until it becomes golden, with a fork, or with tongs, turn the tortilla and fry it for 1-2 minutes as well. With a fork, fold the tortilla in half and hold it so that the tortilla will assume the shape of a taco. With a tong, remove the tortilla from the frying pan and rest it on a plate that you would have previously layer with paper towel. ( The towel will absorb some of the oil). Set aside until you have fixed the rest of the taco fillings.

The Meat Filling: 1 lb of ground beef ( I used ground sirloin), 1 tsp of dehydrated garlic powder, 2 tsp of paprika, 1 tsp of hot chili pepper, 1/8 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of butter, 1 tsp of flour, 1/4 cup of water., sour cream, 1 cup of cheddar cheese, 1/2 white onion chopped thinly, a few sweet red pepper chopped.

In a frying pan, melt 1 tsp of butter and when it starts to sizzle, throw in the ground beef. Cook the ground beef until it turns to a brown color. Add all the seasonings mentioned above ( garlic, chili pepper, salt, paprika) and stir well. Add the flour and the water and mix well. Turn the heat to high and bring to boil. Lower the temperature and cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.

To eat place the taco in your hands and fill it up as you wish. We filled it up this way:

ground beef, sour cream, chopped onions, chopped red pepper, cheddar cheese.

Yummy, isn’t it’-)

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!