I absolutely love Mexican food.
I love the cheap kind, the expensive kind, but I especially love making it at home. Guacamole is so much fun to make, but unfortunately I’m the only one in this house that appreciates it, so I rarely do make it. I found Pioneer Woman’s pico de gallo recipe and fell in love with it, and a couple of years ago I also found Use Real Butter (Jen Yu)‘s Shredded Beef Tacos which are AMAZING. I just love her.
Back in October, we took the kids on a Disney cruise that ported in the Keys, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and the Bahamas. It was heaven. I love Disney 🙂
Anyway, when we stopped at Cozumel, we went to see the Mayan ruins, and after that went to an authentic Mexican restaurant for lunch. My son has dubbed this meal the best of his entire life. It was very good…..but not sure I would say that.
They had a very, very lengthy menu and some of it I didn’t understand so I had a hard time deciding what to order.
I ended up ordering steak tacos that were awesome – the steak, cheese and peppers were combined and served on the side next to warm tortillas. Very good. And the service was serious – they really wanted you to be happy. I think I’m officially ready to go back on that cruise now.
Onto the recipe-
I like to make salsa, guacamole, pico, etc. but I’ve never tried making tomatillo sauce “verde sauce”, which I have a little soft spot in my heart for. I order it every now and then and when it’s good, it’s really, really good….but when it’s bad, you can pretty much live without it. I would like to perfect it at home. Here’s my first attempt-
1 lb tomatillos
1/2 onion, diced
2 tbsp Mojo sauce
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 big handful fresh cilantro, chopped
Preheat oven to 400°. Peel the sticky skins off of the tomatillos. Place top side down on a baking sheet and roast for about 20 minutes, or until brown on the bottom and a little wrinkly – they will be soft.
Place the tomatillos with the rest of the ingredients (except salt; wait until last) in a food processor. Process until salsa type consistency. Salt to taste.
Serve with tortilla chips, over burritos or in tacos!
Oh, and if you’re unsure about the Mojo, here’s a pic. I had never used it, but since I bought it I have found several handy uses for it. It’s good stuff…