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Tuesday
May052009

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrate From Your Couch

On this rainy (and cold and windy and overall miserable) Cinco de Mayo, no one would blame you for just wanting to get home, put on some comfy clothes and do your celebratory drinking from your very own couch. (After all, Fringe is on tonight and I can't get enough Joshua Jackson OR John Noble!) But if you still want to add some Mexican flair to your night, we've got your at-home guide to Cinco de Mayo!

1) No celebration is complete without Coronas, so pick up a 6-er on your way home tonight - and don't forget the lime!
2) For easy snacks, try Tostitos and Queso dip!
3) For dinner, try my Easy Enchiladas (recipe below). They are delicious, easy, and quick! I will be making them this evening, so I'm praying Morton Williams still has my ingredients by the time I get there!

Rachel's Easy Enchiladas
What you need:
1 lb chicken, cubed
Small soft tortillas
1 small can green chiles
1 can enchilada sauce (recommended Ortega or El Paso)
Shredded cheese
Salt & Pepper
Olive oil, about 1 tbsp
Extras:
Sides – corn, rice & beans of choice (I like yellow rice & black beans, yum!)
Fixin’s - sour cream, lettuce, chopped tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350. Coat bottom of baking dish with small amount (2 tbsp) of enchilada sauce and set aside.
Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a pan and sautee chicken until just cooked through. In mixing bowl, mix cooked chicken, half of enchilada sauce, green chiles (to your own taste!), shredded cheese (to your liking).
Place tortillas in between two paper towel on plate in microwave for 15 seconds to soften them. Fill each tortilla with chicken mixture, roll up, and place in baking dish. Pour remainder of enchilada sauce over the tortillas, sprinkle with lots of shredded cheese, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Add your own spin by creating your own sides! I will be having corn and black beans!
* For spicy, spicy version, try adding some cayenne pepper to your chicken filling!
* Make it healthy! Substitute whole wheat tortillas, reduced fat cheese, reduced fat sour cream, and brown rice!

Hope this brightens your rainy Tuesday! Any other suggestions for a home-grown Cinco de Mayo?