Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cinco de Mayo Chicken Fiesta Tacos

Happy Cinco de Mayo! So, for those not in the know, here's what wikipedia says about Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico. The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. The outnumbered Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army that had not been defeated in almost 50 years. Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily. While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. A common misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day, which actually is September 16 (dieciséis de septiembre in Spanish),the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.

So in all reality Cinco de Mayo isn't a hugely celebrated holiday where I am, frankly dieciseis de septiembre is (it's my b-day!) but Cinco de Mayo is a great reason to make some Mexican food! So I present, Chicken Fiesta Tacos:

Chicken Fiesta Tacos with Mango Pineapple Salsa

1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1 Minced Jalapeno
1/3 Cup Chopped Red Onion
1/2 A Pineapple, Chopped
2 Mangoes, Chopped
1 Lime, Juiced
2 Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Chili Powder

1. Mix all ingredients together, refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

3 Tbsp Catsup
3 Tbsp Honey
2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Finely Chopped Chipotle Adobo Smoked Pepper
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tsp Paprika
3 Chicken Breasts

1. Mix all items together, marinate chicken in the sauce for at least one hour.
2. After chicken has been marinated, grill chicken.
3. Slice into fajita-style strips to serve.

Serve the chicken inside tortillas (flour, corn, wheat, your choice), place salsa over the top of the chicken, add cubed avocado, also, in proper Cinco de Mayo fashion, serve this with an ice cold Mexican beer (maybe a Sol for me?). Enjoy!


doggybloggy said...

hook me up! Here in the big apple all denominations are represented.

Chef E said...

I just got my beans made and tomatillos ready...I am a bit behind! Your tacos my dear are this cats meow...have you been cooking since you were young next to Dee?

Chef Fresco said...

We just made some chicken & mango salsa too - I like your addition of pineapple!

Reeni♥ said...

I like your marinate-lots of great flavors. These look so yummy! I had a real bad craving for tacos tonight and this isn't helping!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh that pineapple salsa is screaming my name.. It all looks so delicious. Love it.

Anonymous said...

I love that mango and pineapple salsa - awesome tacos!

Grace said...

i'm always looking for reasons to make (and eat) mexican food. i must say, your taco look particularly fabulous. i think it's the hunks of avocado that have me smitten. :)

Dee said...

These look quite tasty! Like mother like daughter. How funny that we both give the historical account before the food! Can't wait to see you soon! XOXO

girlichef said...

These look absolutely delicious...love the salsa! (wanna send it over for my chile roundup/challenge???)

Gloria Chadwick said...

Your tacos look incredible! How nice that everyone celebrates your birthday on Mexico's Independence Day! LOL :)

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

so..I am moving it is that okay lol!

you still have my old site on your blog rolls...

please update it *sobs*

Anonymous said...

The marinade for the chicken sounds sweet! Good Cinco celebration you had going on.

Chef E said...

I can totally remember the same thing happening when I come over here! lol, and I went out for tacos today, not as good as yours, but the crunch and salsa always makes me smile!

Hornsfan said...

Doggybloggy - Happy to hook anyone up with the Cinco de Mayo festivities!
Chef E - I saw your bean post, I'd kill for some delicious black beans...I learned to love food and cooking from mom and dad (he's a pretty good cook himself)!
Fresco - Thanks, I'll have to check out your version of the mango salsa!
Reeni - The marinade is a favorite combo, I love the chipotle chili in there!
Donna - Thanks, pineapple has been so good and cheap I had to find a way to bring it in.
5 Star - thanks!
Grace - the avocado could've been the meal for me :)
Mom - it's all about the priority, history then dinner :) where do you think I got that?
Girlichef - I am absolutely submitting this one to the roundup!
Gloria - Thanks, I've always gotten a kick out of my 16-Sept b-day, it's fun to have a whole country celebrate with you ;)
Christine - I'm so sorry, thought that was fixed before, I just checked it out and fixed it up :)
Duo - Thanks!