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Grab your sombrero, it’s Cinco de Mayo!

Jasper's ready for a fiesta!

Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican pride and heritage, a day to celebrate Latin American culture and commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5th in 1962.

Mexican food is one of my favorites!  Tacos, fajitas, corn burritos, quesadillas, rice, beans, corn chips, guacamole, salsa… the gluten free possibilities are endless! What better way to celebrate Mexican tradition this Cinco de Mayo than with chipotle chicken fajitas, tortilla chips, and homemade mango salsa!

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

1 fresh squeezed lime

2 teaspoons oregano

1 teaspoon brown sugar

2 teaspoons chipotle pepper sauce

2 teaspoons minced garlic (I used jarred minced garlic in olive oil)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 pound chicken strips (cut into cubes)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 cup shallots (sliced thin)

4 large corn tortillas

Directions

1) In a large bowl combine lime juice, oregano, brown sugar, chipotle pepper sauce, minced garlic and salt. Add chicken, toss in mixture until coated evenly. Hold aside.

Chipotle Chicken Mixture (before cooked)

2) Heat olive oil in a pan on medium-high heat. Add shallots and saute until tender. Remove shallots from pan and place in a bowl.

Shallots

3) Add chicken to pan and saute until cooked all the way through. Combine chicken and shallots in bowl.

Chipotle Chicken

4) Warm corn tortillas on a pan. Fill with chicken and shallot mixture. Serve with rice.

Large Corn Tortillas

*Alternative* Chipotle Pork Fajita

*Note* You can also try the same recipe using pork! In the past Luke has made this using pork tenderloin and soft white corn tortillas! (shown above)

Mango Salsa

Chips and Salsa... my favorite snack!

Ingredients

2 mangos

1 tomato

1 red bell pepper

1 cup red onion

2 limes, fresh squeezed

1/4 cup minced cilantro

1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp.salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Directions

1) Combine mango, tomato, red bell pepper, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper in a large dish. Chill.

2) Serve with your favorite corn chips!

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Date Night at Pochito’s!

Luke and I LOVE going out for Mexican food. Not only is it delicious, but most of the menu items are made from corn and I tend to have a lot of gluten free options.

The other night we decided to check out the new Pochito’s Mexican Restaurant and Cantina in Manchester. It was excellent!  The food was amazing and the service was great.  Although I am usually pretty sure what I am allowed to eat at a Mexican restaurant, I still always make it a point to ask which items are gluten free and let the waitress know that I can not have wheat.

33 South Commercial Street in the Mill Building (right near the Fishercat Stadium)

After the waitress explained to me that I could order almost anything on the menu (as long as it was on either a soft or hard corn tortilla), the owner of the restaurant was nice enough to come over to our table to let me know that he would take care of me.  He let me know that when creating his menu he kept the gluten free diet in mind, because his wife also has to eat gluten free. He assured me that his chips, corn tortillas, salsa were all gluten free, as well as all the beef, chicken, fish, and veggies (some places will add flour to their marinades or rubs).

One thing I loved about the menu at Pochito’s is that you can “make your own fiesta”.  I ordered a vegetarian “fiesta” for only $9.00.  I was allowed choose two of the following: Enchilada, Chile Relleno, Burrito, Tostada, Taco, or Quesadilla.  Each item made with grilled vegetables, mushrooms, spinach, and cheese.  The meal also came with a side of rice and beans.

I ordered a vegetarian taco on a soft corn tortilla and tostada with veggies.  A tostada is basically an open faced taco pizza.  I asked for both with light cheese and a side of rice. Yum!

Vegetarian Tostada

Vegetarian Taco on a Soft Corn Tortilla

And of course the best part of Mexican Restaurants... Chips & Salsa!!

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