Chile de Arbol Ahi Tuna Tacos

Are you in the habit of freezing foods that you made too much of? I never used to be that person. I always had good intentions to freeze leftovers, then I would end up throwing them out when they were too old and growing  a foreign sumptin, sumptin on top, lol! Well, I have been reformed for a few years now and I have to say it works out great for us. I found what works for me and I cannot remember the last time I had to throw leftover food out. Of course, unless it’s some food item that cannot be frozen, then we have to eat it until gone, ha, ha, ha! The star freezer recipe of this delicious tuna taco is the oil and vinegar based chile de arbol salsa I prepared quite a while back.  In Spanish it is called  Salsa de Aceite Estilo Carretas. I had just about 3/4 of a cup left and I packed it in 1/4 cup storage containers. It freezes well and it is perfect for a kicked up marinade or added spice for many foods. I do incorporate dried chile peppers in many of my recipes, but there are times when I have so many, that I will prepare this salsa to preserve them even longer. If you have never tried ahi tuna steaks for fear of them being fishy tasting or hard to cook, I would urge you to pick some up soon! Just 3 minutes per side and you have the most perfect medium/rare, tender, melt in mouth fish you will ever have.  Fish tacos never tasted so good!

Chile de Arbol Ahi Tuna Tacos

Chile de Arbol Ahi Tuna Tacos

Ingredients
2 ahi tuna steaks(about 1 one pound total)
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
1/4 to 1/3 cup chile de arbol oil and vinegar based salsa(see link below)
Grapeseed or olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 lime
*1/4 to 1/3 cup white wine, beer or chicken broth

For Garnish
Pico de gallo
Avocado slices

Chile de Arbol Ahi Tuna Tacos

Tips~ This oil and vinegar based salsa can be used as a basting sauce for grilled chicken, pork or steak.  Heat level on salsa is between 6 and 8.

Chile de Arbol Tuna Steak Tacos

Directions

1. Season the tuna lightly with salt and pepper on both sides. Generously brush  with the chile de arbol salsa on both sides. Cover and marinate for 1 hour.

2. Remove tuna from refrigerator 20 to 25 minutes before you cook it. Preheat 2 tablespoons of grapeseed or olive oil  in a skillet to medium heat for a few minutes. When pan is very hot, sear tuna for 3 minutes per side. Remove from pan onto plate. and tent with foil paper.

3. To that same skillet, add 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, juice of 1 lime, 1/4 cup white wine, beer or chicken broth. Taste for  salt and pepper and cook at a low simmer for 5 minutes. Slice thin or into small chunks.  Pour sauce from pan over tuna. Serve with warm tortillas, pico de gallo and avocado slices. Yields 2 dinner servings or 4 starter servings.

Salsa de Aceite Estilo Las Carretas- Oil and Vinegar Based Chile de Arbol Salsa. Click onto picture to see full recipe.

Oil and Vinegar Based Chile de Arbol Salsa

Tips~ When preparing this salsa, I would suggest tearing or cutting them into smaller pieces before you cook them in the oil.

 

Chile de Arbol Ahi Tuna Steak Tacos

Tips~ Take the extra sauce and cover warm corn tortillas with it before adding tuna. 

Chile de Arbol Tuna Steak Tacos

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Chicken Avocado Salad

This recipe for Chicken Avocado Salad was inspired by those delicious oversized chicken tostadas from Mexico. There was this little “hole in the wall” restaurant that my parents would take us to everytime we visited Monterrey. Tostadas de la Siberia were as I said, oversized corn tortilla tostadas loaded with shredded chicken, fresh guacamole,  mexican crema and sometimes served with thinly sliced tomato. Topped with an extra tostada for scooping and pickled jalapeños on the side.  This was my first time trying Cabot Greek style yogurt  in a chicken recipe. I have enjoyed it in various dip and dressing recipes. The flavor profile is very much like sour cream, so I knew it would be great in this recipe. Besides serving it on a tostada, which is the most traditional  way, you could serve this is in a soft warm corn tortilla. It’s dipped in hot oil just to soften the tortilla and then, filled and rolled like a hearty flauta or taquito. The corn tortilla whether soft or crunchy  pairs well with this chicken, avocado  and crema flavors.

 

Mexican Inspired Chicken Avocado Salad

Chicken Avocado Salad
Ingredients
 4 1/2 to 5 cups cooked chicken, shredded
*I used both breast and thigh meat that was previously cooked  on the grill
3 roma tomatoes, diced, optional, but tasty!
2 avocados, diced or mashed
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, minced
1 to 2 tablespoons of brine from pickled jalapeños
1/3 to 1/2 cup red onion, finely diced
1 to 2 cloves garlic, grated
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 full cup plain Greek yogurt
salt to taste
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Chicken Avocado Salad

 

Chicken Avocado Salad~Cabot Greek YogurtDirections

Combine all of the ingredients. Taste for salt and pepper. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve over a salad, with tostadas, soft corn or flour tortilla(wrap), saltines or with crusty rolls. Yields up to 6 to 8 servings.

Chicken Avocado Salad

The image below shows you exactly how it is typically served in the restaurants in Mexico.  If you wanted to serve a more authentic version, use mexican crema instead of yogurt and serve in layers as shown. For easy serving, you could also mix it all together when serving in a potluck or picnic setting.

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Chicken Avocado Salad

 

Chile Verde Sauce

As a child my family and I traveled through Arizona and New Mexico on our cross-country trips we made twice a year from California to Monterrey, Mexico. This sauce is a combination of my love for Mexico and my love for the Southwest… I would love to live in Santa Fe one day. This is a great sauce for your favorite filled enchiladas, taquitos, chiles rellenos, burritos, tamales and base for pork chile verde. You can use whatever green chile is available in your area, such as Hatch, New Mexico or Anaheim.

 

Chile Verde Sauce

Chile Verde Sauce

Ingredients

8 to 10 Anaheim peppers
5 tomatillos
4 serrano or jalapeño chile peppers
1 medium white onion, roughly chopped
5 to 7 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons crushed cumin seeds
1/3 cup masa harina
1/2 cup water
3 cups chicken  or vegetable broth
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons olive  oil or oil of your choice

Fresh Chiles Verdes

Fresh Tomatillos

Stove Top Roasting Green Chiles

Tips~ When I only need to roast a few green chiles, I use my small comal on the stove top. Heat to medium and turn as needed.

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil paper, lay the Anaheim peppers on baking sheet, drizzle with a little oil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, turning after 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cover with a clean kitchen towel, set aside to cool.

2. In a medium pot, combine the tomatillos,onions, garlic and serrano peppers, cover with water. Cook on medium heat until the tomatillos go from bright green to an opaque olive color. Remove from heat and set aside.

3. Peel the blistered skins from the Anaheim peppers, remove the stems and seeds and chop roughly. Drain the liquid from the tomatillo mixture. Combine  peppers, tomatillo mixture, cumin, 2 cups of chicken broth, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Blend on high until smooth. Strain sauce through a wire mesh strainer into a large bowl.

4. In a large sauce pan, heat oil to medium heat. While the oil is heating, combine the masa harina and 1/2 cup water to make a slurry, set aside. When oil is hot, add the strained chile sauce and bring to a boil. Lower heat and while the sauce is simmering, add the masa harina slurry, stir well to combine .Add in 1 more cup of broth, taste for salt and continue cooking sauce for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until sauce becomes thick. Yields about 6 cups.

Chile Verde Sauce