Mexican cuisine is a frequent dinner theme at the Eagle house. My husband and I love Mexican food and are always trying out new dishes with our own twist. My mom doesn’t eat cheese and my dad has never cared much for Mexican food, so tacos…enchiladas… taquitos…fajitas…tamales… they were a rare occurrence growing up. Don’t worry though; I’ve made up for lost time. Mexican is on the menu at least once a week. Mexican Mondays, anyone?
On the other hand, my husband grew up eating lots of Mexican food. His grandfather was born and raised in Texas and his love of Mexican food was passed on to his daughter (my mother-in-law). I had my first-ever homemade tamale at my mother-in-law’s house a few years ago per the request of my grandfather-in-law—that was his birthday dinner dish of choice. To say they were amazing would be a massive understatement!
These chicken fajita lettuce wraps may not be made-from-scratch tamales, but they are a super easy (and very healthy) Mexican dish that my husband refers to as “one of our ‘top ten’ meals that we make.”
What you’ll need for a 3 serving dinner (2 servings if you are feeding Chris Eagle):
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 onion
- 1 pepper
- 1 packet Fajita (or taco) seasoning
- 1 avocado
- 1-2 fresh jalapenos (optional)
- 1 can black beans
- 1 tomato OR 1 pack cherry tomatoes
- 1 head of Bibb lettuce (sometimes referred to as Boston or Butter lettuce)
- Other optional toppings, like cheese, sour cream, salsa, etc.
Chop the onion, pepper and 1-2 jalapenos, and sauté with a tablespoon of olive oil. Meanwhile, slice the chicken breasts, tomato / tomatoes, avocado, and drain / rinse the can of black beans. Once the onion, pepper and jalapeno mixture has cooked for a few minutes, add the sliced chicken and the fajita seasoning pack to another pan and cook on medium heat until cooked through.
While the onion/pepper mixture and chicken are cooking, lay out the Bibb lettuce on plates as ‘cups’ and fill with your toppings. Once the onion/pepper mixture and chicken are done cooking, add to your lettuce ‘cups’ and enjoy!
Pair with salsa and chips…and a margarita, of course!