Friday, October 21, 2011

Portabella Mushroom Fajitas

I have to admit I was a little skeptical making these fajitas since my husband is such a meat-lover. I was also worried that they wouldn't be substantial enough to fill us up for dinner, but, luckily, I was wrong. Marinated portabella mushrooms replace the meat in this recipe and are sauteed along with your classic bell peppers and onions. The marinade for the mushrooms smelled divine and it tasted even better. After the mushrooms finished marinating, these fajitas literally came together in 15 minutes. I cannot stress the importance of good toppings on these babies!! We ate ours topped with homemade guacamole, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and cilantro -the perfect Mexican combination. Top it all off with a side of black beans or rice and you've got yourself a quick and delicious meal! (Recipe and picture courtesy of Good Life Eats.)


For the Fajita filling:

  • 8 oz. small portabella mushrooms

  • 1 green bell pepper

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1 large yellow onion

  • 4-6 flour tortillas, warmed

For the Portabella Marinade:

  • 1 Tbsp. water

  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin

  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

Slice the mushrooms in 1/3 to 1/4 inch thick slices. Combine the ingredients for the marinade and whisk until well combined. Add the mushroom slices, tossing to coat, and let marinade for 20-30 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the peppers and onions into strips, discarding the seeds, stem, and ribbing from the peppers and skins from the onion. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 tsp. olive oil to the pan. Add the onions and peppers, cooking until the onions are slightly translucent (about 5 minutes). Stir frequently. Add the mushrooms and the marinade. Cook until the marinade is absorbed and the mushrooms are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Fill warmed tortillas with the vegetable mixture and top with cheese, sour cream, cilantro, salsa and guacamole.

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