Did you know that April 30 is Día del Niño – a day for celebrating children — in Mexico? Many thanks to HERDEZ® Brand for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to celebrate Día del Niño with a special dish I’ve prepared with my children – homemade fajitas! If you’d like a simple meal that’s perfect for small hands to prepare, you’ll love my Easy Mexican Fajitas recipe plus, some simple tips for cooking with kids. #HERDEZkids #Herdez #Diadelnino You can also learn how you can enter to WIN a prize worth $1,000!
Celebrate in the Kitchen!
With a diverse family, ancestry from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Norway, and Texas (a country-like state all unto itself!) my husband and I merge a variety of backgrounds and experiences. One thing we can both agree on, is a shared love of food. All kinds of food – especially the tasty kind! Eating together is very important to our family and I want to pass along a love of mealtimes and cooking to our two children. Spending time together with my boys in the kitchen creates wonderful memories and teaches them a valuable life skill – how to cook!
HERDEZ® Brand cares about authenticity in both food and culture. In honor of the authentic holiday, Día del Niño, the HERDEZ® Brand encourages family and friends to celebrate their youngest family members by passing down beloved traditions where the heart of each celebration starts: in the kitchen.
An Easy Mexican Fajitas Recipe for Family Mealtimes
Fajitas are a marvelous dish to make with young children. At ages five and four, my boys are too young to cook over an open flame or do any cutting or prep work themselves. But they can put together a dish – and that makes Easy Mexican Fajitas the perfect meal to create with them.
Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway
Would you like to enter to WIN a prize valued at $1,000? Enter the Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway on the HERDEZ® Brand Facebook and Instagram pages by taking a photo of you and your child making a meal together to be entered to win. All entries will have the opportunity to win one of the following prizes:
- Grand Prize: 2 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $1000
- 2nd Place: 1 cooking classes for 2 (parent & child) plus $300
- 3rd Place: A cooking gift basket for a child “chef”
- Weekly prizes/honorable mentions: Child size Día del Niño apron
Follow this link: Enter the Celebrate Your Chef Giveaway to enter for a chance to WIN!
Additionally, there will be Weekly Día del Niño Trivia questions on the HERDEZ® brand Facebook giving fans another opportunity to win a child size Día del Niño apron. Make sure to follow HERDEZ® on Facebook so you don’t miss any of their great contests or giveaways.
- 1 Jar of HERDEZ® Salsa Casera OR
- 1 Jar of HERDEZ® Salsa Verde
- 1 Jar Doña María Mole (to marinade the bell peppers and onions)
- 1 1/2 lbs. Skinless boneless chicken breasts
- 1 1/2 lbs. Top Siloin Steak
- 2-4 Tablespoons of butter (2 Tablespoons per pan of meat)
- 2 Tablespoons Fajita seasoning
- 1 Cup Red Grape Tomatoes
- 2 Cups fresh Green leaf lettuce
- 6-8 Flour Tortilla Shells (soft)
- 2 Cups shredded cheese – any flavor
- 2 Fresh Bell Peppers – orange and yellow
- 1 Medium to Large White Onion
- 2 Fresh Limes
- 1 Cup Sour Cream
Easy Mexican Fajitas Directions
Step 1: Wash and prepare all the produce. Shred the lettuce and cut the tomatoes into halves or fourths. Cut the bell peppers and onions into strips. Set aside in separate bowls or containers. Once complete, cut the steak and the chicken into strips – approx. 3 inches long by about 1 – 1/2 inches wide.
Step 2: Grill the chicken and steak. Prepare the pan first by heating up one to two tablespoons of the butter and using it to liberally coat the pan. Lay your chicken or meat in the pan on the hot butter and sprinkle on the fajita seasoning. You’ll want to cook the each meat for 6-7 minutes each (on medium to medium high heat) turning half way through cooking. Be careful not to over-crowd the pan as it makes it harder to ensure each piece is cooked equally. Chicken may take longer. When it doubt, cut a piece open to ensure it’s cooked all the way through. You can place meats in the oven on warm (165 degrees) – covered with aluminum foil to keep them warm while you prepare other ingredients.
Now is also a good time to heat the flour tortillas. You can wrap them in damp paper towels to make sure they stay soft and do not dry out. Just don’t get the paper towels too wet – you don;t want soggy tortillas.
Step 3: Grill the bell peppers and onions. Prepare the pan first by heating up one to two tablespoons of the butter and using it to liberally coat the pan. Lay your vegetables into the pan on the hot butter and simmer, flipping throughout the cooking cycle (8-10 minutes). Open the Doña María Mole and create a “sauce” from the contents by adding 1/4 cup of water to one tablespoon of Doña María Mole (condensed). Microwave the mixture on high for 30-60 seconds and stir until liquid. Reheat or add more water if needed.
Sprinkle the Doña María Mole over the tops of the veggies in the pan. It adds a wonderful Mexican flavor and a beautiful brown sear to your vegetables.
Step 4: Prepare the Ingredients for Assembly. I cut our tortillas in half to make them easier for my boys to assemble. I placed everything into separate bowls and created a sort of assembly line for our Fajitas. I had the boys wash their hands and put on their chef’s hats and aprons and together we made Fajitas!
Step 5: Assemble your Fajitas. There is no right or wrong way to assemble Fajitas, but I did try to show the boys to layer from hottest to coldest. First the tortilla, then the meat, onions and peppers, then the cheese and sour cream. Roll it up and sprinkle on more cheese, a squeeze of lime, fresh cilantro, and a spoonful of HERDEZ® Salsa Casera (red) or HERDEZ® Salsa Verde (green).
Easy Mexican Fajitas – Chicken
Served with refried beans topped with shredded cheddar cheese and Mexican yellow rice topped with bell peppers and cilantro, this Easy Mexican Fajitas – Chicken dish is TASTY! Top it with HERDEZ® for even more flavor!
Easy Mexican Fajitas – Steak
Where to find HERDEZ®
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How does your family celebrate Día del Niño?
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