Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday Night at the Horvath's

I was feeling like dinner needed a little "kick" tonight.  We just joined a Fruit and Vegetable Co-op that some friends of ours run, so I had lot's of tomatoes and onions to use.

Fresh Pico de Gallo

3 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 medium onion, white or yellow, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (or more if you are inclined to do so)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (ditto on the above)
Juice of 1 medium lime
Fajita seasoning to taste

Combine first five ingredients and stir well.  Then I just start adding the fajita seasoning and tasting as I go (have some tortilla chips handy.  It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.)

Pico is always better served the same day, but it tastes decent the next day.  If you are going to serve it at a party, I would chop all ingredients beforehand and mix together right before serving.

Courtney's Guacamole

(Now, I need you to be prepared, because this is a very complicated recipe. 
Only seasoned chefs need attempt this one...)

Take 3 to 4 ripe avocados and mash to your desired consistency.  

Add approx. 3/4 cup fresh pico de gallo to the mashed avocado.



The Horvath's Taco Salad

(I know that there are a lot of ways to put together a Taco Salad. But this blog is called "Hello, You've Reached the Horvath's", so we are going to stick with the way that we make it at our house.)

Green leaf or Romaine lettuce (Really, anything but iceburg.  Run far, far away from iceburg.  It has no nutritional value at all)
Tortilla Chips, broken into small pieces   (A great dish to prepare when you are down to the bottom of the bag!)
Beans, black or pinto                                                           
Corn (we like the canned or frozen Mexican corn)
1 lb. lean ground beef, browned and drained - then add taco seasonings
Shredded cheddar cheese (which I forgot to add tonight)
Sour cream (which we were out of)
Fresh Pico de Gallo (or if you aren't feeling up to it, break open a jar of salsa)

If you are feeling crazy, squeeze some lime juice over the salad for a little extra zing.  

Now, since I am feeling the need to add a few new recipes to my repertoire, I am going to tag Amy, Sarah, KarahJulia and Molly to post a favorite dinner recipe on their blogs!


Jen said...

Looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

And it was yummy indeed! Steve

juliadhull said...

Wow...that looks good, I only wish we could have had some with you! And I so love pico de gallo, I pretty much like a ton of it in each bite of whatever I'm eating. And I guess Fruit/Vegetable co-ops are the thing now? Everyone I know in Arizona is in one now!

juliadhull said...

and another thing! You drive me you ever take a bad picture? Look at that picture of the pico...the cutting board, little cilantro on the side, knife and pepper...I mean that is a great picture....of a bowl of PICO DE GALLO!

Karah said...

Oh yummmmmm

Awesome post!

Ok - now I'll need to cook a family favorite and blog about it. hmmmm. What to make....