I am always on the lookout for something new to try in the kitchen – recipe or product. So the first time I stumbled on this McCormick Grill Mates Mexican Fiesta Marinade was actually on a trip to Kansas City when I decided to veer off through Jamesport, MO. I found this at an Amish Grocery Store. I picked it up, tried it and just loved it. But – then I was a bit dismayed because I couldn’t find it in any of my local stores or in any of the city grocery stores. I began to wonder if it was just a trial product that was closed out but then months later I started seeing on the shelves. I have been using this McCormick Grill Mates Mexican Fiesta Marinade ever since to make Chicken Fajitas.
When I make these I simply follow package directions and let the trimmed halved chicken breasts soak in the marinade all day. Then I grill them, let them rest and then slice them into strips for the fajitas. I typically cut up a color variety of sweet bell peppers along with some white onion and either grill that alongside the chicken in a grill basket designed to hold vegetables or sometimes just heat the pepper/onion mixture up in a skillet with a little bit of oil added on the stovetop while the chicken is resting.
A long time ago a guy who worked in a Mexican restaurant told me that the best way to fill flour and corn soft shells is to layer the lettuce first – followed by the cheese – and then your meat toppings. Doing so prevents the juices from the meat soaking right away into the shell causing it to fall apart. I have been making my soft shell tacos in that layered combination ever since. So, if you are not doing that and suffering through soggy shells – give that layering idea a try!
We have our Chicken Fajitas served here alongside Refried BLACK beans that have been seasoned with salt, pepper, lime juice and cilantro as well as a scoop of guacamole (made with McCormick Guacamole Mix) and a few chips. It makes a great – fast – easy – healthy meal.