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Welcome Home Fiesta! Real Margaritas and Skillet-Grilled Burritos…

Food and good drinks can really turn anything into a celebration.
Yesterday afternoon, my husband came back from his 5 day trip to Arizona and we greeted him with a Welcome Home Daddy “fiesta”. Honestly, I was so desperate for a little excitement (other than the new Olivia show coming to Nick Jr., cute I know…) that this homecoming celebration was more for me than anyone else!

I decided to whip up my favorite adult beverage to go along with our chips and salsa…margaritas!! These aren’t your typical bar margaritas, these are the real deal. They are made from fresh squeezed limes and orange juice…none of that sugary sour mix that always seems to give me a headache (or maybe it’s the tequila…??). The lime juice may be too much for some, but adding the orange juice sweetens it up naturally and makes them even more delicious.

Real Margaritas
Recipe from Barefoot Contessa

1 lime, halved
Kosher salt
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 limes)
1/4 – 1/3 cup orange juice (not part of original recipe, this is my personal add in – fresh squeezed if you have it!)
1 cup Triple Sec
3 cups ice
1 cup white tequila (use the good stuff if you have it!)

If you like margaritas served in a glass with salt, rub the outside rims of six glasses with a cut lime and dip each glass lightly into a plate of kosher salt.

Combine the lime juice, orange juice, Triple Sec, and ice in a blender and puree until completely blended. Add the tequila and puree for 2 seconds more. Serve over ice.

If you prefer frozen margaritas, halve each of the ingredients, double the ice, and blend in two batches. Serve with a cut lime.

(for a printable version of this recipe click here)

Dinner was easy, thanks to the deli at my grocery store. I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Publix and shredded the white meat to use for these burritos. I’m a little bummed, because after looking at my pictures, I realized I forgot to add the black beans!! I guess that happens when you are drinking margaritas while cooking dinner!

These were great…easy and delicious. They are a perfect weeknight dinner. I used a nonstick grill pan and loved seeing the grill marks on the crispy tortillas. The dipping sauce was good too…I think it was lacking a little seasoning though. A little garlic salt and fresh ground pepper might be just what it was missing.

Skillet-Grilled Burritos
Recipe adapted from Southern Living

2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (I used shredded rotisserie chicken)
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 red pepper, chopped
1 cup cooked spinach, chopped
1 cup shredded 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese
Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce (recipe below)
8 whole wheat flour tortillas, warmed
Cooking Spray

Toss together first 6 ingredients and 1/2 cup Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce. Spread 3/4 cup chicken mixture just below center of each tortilla. Fold opposite sides of tortillas over filling, and roll up. Coat burritos with cooking spray.

Coat a hot griddle or non stick skillet with cooking spray. Cook burritos, in batches, on hot griddle over medium heat, pressing gently with spatula, 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa and remaining Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce.

(for a printable version of this recipe click here

Creamy Cilantro-Jalapeno Sauce
Recipe from Southern Living

1 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 TB diced pickled jalapeno peppers (did not have these on hand, subbed chopped green chiles)
2 tsp chopped yellow onion (subbed green onions)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp lime zest

Stir together all ingredients in small bowl. Cover and chill for 30 minutes. Store in airtight container for up to 2 days.

(for a printable version of this recipe click here)


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26 Responses to “Welcome Home Fiesta! Real Margaritas and Skillet-Grilled Burritos…”

  1. Lisa posted January 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Welcome home Larry. And what a great welcome it must have been with the food and drinks.

  2. melissa posted January 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    A hearty welcome back to your hub!

    I love the burritos. Weeknight perfection – and glad to see you used a nonstick grill pan cause that’s all I have!

  3. Erica posted January 20, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    oh my gosh it all looks amazing- Especially the burritos! I love publix. Best food store ever! Glad the husband is home.

  4. Maria posted January 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    The perfect welcome home gift! The burritos look amazing!

  5. Bob posted January 20, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Looks good to me! I’ll take one of each. 🙂

  6. Paula posted January 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Glad your hubby made it home safe and sound! I bet you were both happy to have him home again. Love your welcome home fiesta! I don’t know if I’ve ever had a real margarita; guess it’s time I try one! Love those grill marks on your burritos … great chicken filling, too! YUM!

  7. 5 Star Foodie posted January 20, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Both the margaritas and the burritos look great!

  8. Bridgett posted January 21, 2009 at 12:35 am

    I would be so happy to come home to this feast, especially a perfect margarita.

  9. Carrian posted January 21, 2009 at 12:40 am

    I have never heard of Publix, but apparently it’s wonderful based on the comments. Oh and yes, one of those burritos please!!

  10. Mary Ann posted January 21, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Wow- you got that post up fast! These do look delicious and healthy. How fun to have your hubby back!

  11. Girl Japan posted January 21, 2009 at 6:20 am

    Oh my goodness Aggie, these look stupendous..

    I have to stock up on my next trip to Costo… what type of Griddle did you use? Can I use a fry pan…

  12. Jenny posted January 21, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Mmmm! Those skillet grilled burritos look wonderful! I bet your hubby was thrilled with your good food as a welcome home!

  13. Aggie posted January 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I used a non stick grill pan that I got from Pampered Chef a while back. But any non stick pan would work! Spraying them with the non stick spray helps crisp them up.

  14. Barbara Bakes posted January 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Love the grill marks on the burrito – good idea!

  15. Katherine Aucoin posted January 21, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    This was a real welcome home celbration! Everything looks wonderful and I have a special fondnes for margaritias!

  16. Jeena posted January 21, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    I love those grilled burritos I coudl just have a plate now!

  17. Gloria Chadwick posted January 21, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    This is a perfect Tex-Mex dinner. I LOVE it! And Publix is wonderful; I shopped there when I visited my cousin in Florida. It was one of my favorite things that I did there. LOL

  18. TBC posted January 22, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know about my blog being featured on Finest Foodies.:)

  19. Theresa posted January 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

    What a great gift to give!! The margaritas and burritos look amazing!

  20. EAT! posted January 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    A Mexican Fiesta is one of my favorite types of parties. Wveryone is always happy with the food options.

    And who could resist a margarita?!

  21. RecipeGirl posted January 22, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Yum yum YUM! It all looks great. My hubby travels often and doesn’t get such a nice dinner upon his return (I try though!)

  22. Colleen posted January 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Those burritos look awesome! I’ll take a margarita too!

  23. Cathy posted January 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Now I’m hungry (and thirsty?). What a fabulous welcome home dinner!! This will be showing up on our menu soon!

  24. biz319 posted January 22, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, I am going to have to recreate your meal – love the cilantro/jalapeno combination!

    Now I am hungry!

    Can I add you to my blog roll so I can find you again? If not, no big.

  25. Maria posted May 3, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Everything looks tasty!


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