Cross between a taco and a fajita
A new south of the border dish, a Tajico (ta-hee’-co) is the intersection of a Taco and a Fajita. Fresh lime juice is the star of this dish. It creates a bright, lively flavor with the triple combination of beef, onions and tomatoes. A one dish lunch for the girls, make it an ‘all you care to eat’ with no need for other accompaniments. Or ramp it up for supper with the boys by adding some refried beans with tortilla chips on the side. This dish is especially good for tomato lovers and best served in the summer when fresh tomatoes are harvested from your garden or purchased from a roadside vegetable and fruit market. Don’t worry if some of the juices drip down your hand cuz it’s gonna happen.
Recipe: Lime and Tomato Tajicos
Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Cook Time: 8-10 Minutes | Yield: 3 servings | Level: Easy
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, sliced thinly
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, (2 juicy limes)
- 2 tomatoes, diced with a dash of salt
- 6 flour tortillas, fajita size
1 Place oil in a non-stick frying pan on medium high heat. Add onions and fry until they become soft and have golden brown edges.
2 Add ground beef, breaking it up while stirring. Cook until no longer pink. Mix in salt.
3 Pour lime juice on meat and cook until juice is mostly absorbed and slightly thickened. The carmelized onion drippings combined with the juice will thicken just enough to help the sauce cling.
4 In the meantime, heat another non-stick small frying pan or grill pan. One at a time, warm both sides of each tortilla.
5 To serve, place meat mixture down the center of a tortilla and cover with lots of diced tomatoes. Fold together and enjoy.
Tajicos are a cross between tacos and fajitas. It combines elements of fajitas, small flour tortillas and meat grilled with onions and lime. Then add the freshness of diced tomatoes.
- Exchange flour for corn tortillas.
- Exchange ground beef for ground turkey or chicken.
- For some heat, add some minced jalapeno with the onion.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: May 30, 2012