Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's Cinco de Mayo! Fiesta!

from Wikipedia: "Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a voluntarily-observed holiday that commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza SeguĂ­n. It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States. 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. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico."

Matt Garratti, a paramedic in murder mystery Final Sin, (and SOON to have his own story...) just loves Mexican food. While he was up in the Hudson Valley area of New York he found a favorite restaurant which served a terrific Pulled Chicken Taco. Since he and his wife Sudah moved to North Carolina (oops, spoiler alert) he convinced the restaurant manager to give him the recipe.

And now in honor of Cinco de Mayo he wants to share this recipe with you -

Pulled Chicken Taco
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
cayenne powder
chopped cilantro
diced tomato
muenster cheese

  • Boil the chicken breasts until done and set aside until they're cool enough to handle. With two forks, pull the meat apart and place in a small pot on low heat.
  • Mix in just enough applesauce to hold the chicken together---add the cayenne, and chopped cilantro. Simmer until heated through.
  • Generously fill the bottom of a corn taco shell with the chicken mixture, top with shredded lettuce, diced tomato and shredded muenster cheese.
  • Add hot sauce to taste (Matt likes A LOT of this)
  • Serve with Mexican Rice and Refried Beans. Enjoy!

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