chipotle turkey & tomatillo fajitas

In culinary experiments, dinner, easy weeknight meals, ethnic food, lunch, tapas on 11.05.11 at 5:02 pm

tomatillos. green tomatoes. whatever you call them, they are pretty fantastic.

i was surprised to stumble upon some fresh tomatillos in the produce aisle the other day. intrigued by the vibrant green hue beneath the husk, the tomatillos quickly became the inspiration for my weeknight culinary experiment. tomatillos are a staple ingredient of mexican cooking, so i thought fajitas were just the ticket that night. olé!

the turkey:
– heat up 1.5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (evo0) in large saucepan on high heat
– sauté 1/4 white onion (peeled, diced) until slightly browned
– add 500g extra-lean ground turkey to pan
– add a dash of salt
– season w/ 1 tsp dean & deluca chipotle bayou blend (combo of spices incl chipotle powder, ground paprika, cumin, coriander, granulated onion, garlic powder)
– add 1 cup crimini mushrooms (diced)
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– divide & fold the ground turkey into pieces as it cooks for approx 4-5min until no longer pink. reduce heat to medium.

the tomatillo:
– add 1 tomatillo (husk removed, rough chop) to turkey, onions & mushrooms in pan
– sprinkle 1 tsp dean & deluca chipotle bayou blend
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– drizzle hot sauce over turkey & tomatillo (optional)
– fold ingredients & simmer on medium heat, until well combined and meat is cooked
– remove from heat & set aside

the fajitas:
– toast 4 whole-wheat or corn tortillas (or heat them up in the microwave for 10sec)
– add a portion of chipotle turkey & tomatillo along the centre of each tortilla
– season w/ ground black peppercorns
– add a dollop of light sour cream (optional)
– add some slices of  haas avocado
– sprinkle w/ light mozzarella (grated)
– fold the tortillas over on both sides to form the fajitas
– heat up in the microwave for 15sec to melt the cheese

(tip: you might need to use a toothpick to keep the fajitas in place while melting the cheese. just remember to remove the toothpick before noshing on the fajitas! :) 

  1. Wow, I wish I could have a taste of it


  2. You can’t go wrong with fajitas. These look very, very right!


  3. Tomatillos are fantastic and we were so fortunate to have a plant in our garden this year. This sound like a great dinner to me.


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