Chipotle Inspired Turkey Fajita and Rice Stack

5 06 2013

This meal was inspired by Chipotle! It can be easy to make your own fast food right at home….albeit not as “fast” as they would make it, I guarantee it will be healthier for you! And a healthy meal is better than a fast meal any day!

Chipotle Inspired Turkey Fajita Rice Stack

Chipotle Inspired Turkey Fajita Rice Stack

The following serves 4 (compliments of This Girl):

  • Olive oil
  • 1 package ground turkey or ground chicken
  • Couple teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 Chipotle in adobe and sauce
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • Brown rice
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 large can (28 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chilles
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 and a half red onion – 1 sliced and half diced
  • 2 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Handful of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Reduced fat Mexican cheese, shredded

In a large skillet, heat a little olive oil over medium-high heat and add ground turkey or chicken. Break up with a wooden spoon and cook until browned. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Next add in 2 – 3 teaspoons of ground cumin and 2 Chipotle in adobe and a few small spoons of the adobe sauce. Mash up the Chipotles well with the back of your wooden spoon right into the meat and mix together well. Lower heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes, then taste. If you like it spicier, you can add another Chipotle or a little more of the adobe sauce. You may also want to adjust the cumin seasoning and add a little more. If the meat looks dry, add a little chicken stock. Next, add the sliced red peppers and onion right to the turkey or chicken and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

In another large skillet, heat a little olive oil over medium high heat and add half a diced onion and minced garlic. Cook for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften, stirring occasionally. Add a teaspoon of ground cumin and a teaspoon of dried oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Next add the black beans and the diced green chilles. Cook for 5 or so minutes over medium heat, turning occasionally. Next add the juice of 1 lime and turn the heat back to low. Taste and adjust seasoning, such as salt, as needed. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Make brown rice according to the package directions. Add the zest of 1 lime to the liquid before you bring to a boil. This will add flavor to the rice. Make 1 serving per person (the zest of 1 lime should be enough for 4 servings).

In a bowl, toss romaine lettuce with a little lime juice and olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

To serve: divide rice among plates and top with beans, then the turkey, pepper and onion mixture, followed by the dressed lettuce and finally top with some Mexican cheese. Pairs perfectly with a margarita….I prefer the Skinny Girl brand 🙂

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