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Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone!  Even though this is somewhat of a fake holiday...yes, it's a day in Mexico, but they don't even take the day off work and they take the day off work for everything.  Mother's Day?  They're off.  (They don't celebrate it on a Sunday.)

It's a great excuse for us to have some tacos, guac, and margaritas.  Coronas too?  Okay!

Inspired by the holiday (not really, it's sort-of a coincidence) I made some fajita tacos!  Man, not only were they super easy.  They are super delicious!  

I used Budget Bytes Oven Fajitas recipe and just left out the chicken, which I'm sure you could replace with potatoes or something if you feel it's lacking and want a vegetarian taco like me.  I thought it was wonderful.

Don't skip warming up your tortillas!  Chicagoans, I recommend El Milagro tortillas, especially if you're a small household and only want a few tortillas.  In Mexico most people have tortilla warming skillets.  Not joking!  I have a normal skillet and I warm each side for a few seconds.  It's easy and totally worth the extra step!  It makes a lovely difference with those tortillas.

If I was going all out with this meal I would have made my, also easy, rice cooker Spanish Rice recipe.  You could easily adjust this to the stove top if you don't have a rice cooker.

2 tbs olive oil (can use up to 1/4 cup)
1 onion, chopped fine
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups medium or long-grain white rice
2 1/2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock if vegetarian)  
1 tbs tomato paste
pinch of oregano
1 tsp salt

Press the saute button.  Add rice, olive oil, onion and garlic.  Using a long-handled wooden spoon, stir ingredients frequently and allow to saute for roughly 5 minutes, or until onion is soft.  Add remaining ingredients.  The rice cooker will automatically switch to simmer mode.  Place the lid securely on the rice cooker and allow to cook.  Serves 4 to 6.

Enjoy!

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