I can usually be found at my favorite chips and salsa establishment on Friday nights but must admit, I get a huge thrill in making taco night here at the Westover household, a weekly tradition. Sure, cheese dip with the chips and even a little extra cheese dip poured all over the quesadilla is a great thing, but believe it or not, taco time can be healthy! VeRy HeAlThY!
For starters: Crunchy Lime and Cilantro Slaw. Mix the juice of 1 lime with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and whisk together. Pop it in the fridge while you mix the veggies. I buy the shredded cabbage because its, well, easy.
Chop up some cilantro (i like cilantro A LOT), half a red onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper and as much jalapeño as you can handle. Add it to the slaw and pour on the dressing. Give it a taste and make sure its just perfect. Do this now because your taste buds might get a little confused after your first margarita.
We are taco people. Not so much burrito people, or enchilada people. Tacos make us smile. Its too hard to decide between chicken or steak, so have them both. You only live once!
I don't like using "taco" packets. I like to season the chicken and sirloin with salt, pepper and a hefty hefty hefty amount of cumin. Once the chicken is cooked throughout, use 2 forks and shred it. Be sure to keep the sirloin rare and slice it against the grain. Add 2 or 3 Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce and a dash or two, a splash or a few of Cholula hot sauce.
Layer either a hard taco shell or a whole wheat flour tortilla with the Crunchy Cilantro and Lime Slaw, the chicken and/or steak, and all the fixins...
Jalapenos, shredded cheddar cheese, green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, lime, avocado, red onion and cilantro. Oh, and don't forget the black beans!