Fiesta Night with the Jorgeys

We L-O-V-E fiesta nights.  I inherited my love for American-ized Mexican food from my parents. They have frequented the same Mexican restaurant down the street from their house at least once a week for the past decade or so.  When I was in high school, they would go on Friday nights.  On Saturday morning, I’d wake up, eat my mom’s left over beans and chicken-chimichunga for breakfast.  I’d then run the 5 miles to my high school and go to gymnastics practice for 3 hours.

My choice of Mexican has changed drastically.  First off, I don’t usually eat it for breakfast these days.  There’s also a lot less cheese, chicken, and lard involved…but don’t worry, its very delicious.

Our fiesta nights vary depending on which continent we are living on.  For example, limes were nearly impossible to find in Cape Town.  In Korea, I’ve had a difficult time finding cilantro and avos are about $3 a piece so they are sort of a luxury purchase.  North America is pretty simple.   No matter where we are, we always make due.

Korean Style--black beans, Swiss Chard, nutritional yeast/olive oil sauce, brown rice, pico

Here are some things we like to include:

  • rice with salt, pepper, lime juice, cilantro
  • black beans or lentils with cayenne pepper
  • sautéed bell peppers and onions with olive oil, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
  • pico de giuo (recipe to follow)
  • guacamole (recipe to follow)
  • shredded lettuce
  • nutritional yeast (to replace cheese and for a kick of B-12).
  • whole wheat or spelt tortillas OR lettuce wraps

Pico de giuo:

In a bowl, mix together:

  • 2-4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 bell pepper of your choosing
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 avacado, diced
  • 1/2 cup black beans (optional)
  • juice from 2 limes
  • dash or two of cayenne pepper
  • dash of chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • In a bowl, mix together:
  • 2 avocadoes, mushed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • juice from 1 lime
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
¡Buen provecho!

One thought on “Fiesta Night with the Jorgeys

  1. Kim

    We’ve been going to Mazatlan for at least 15 years. Date night was Friday, unless there was a kid thing to do. These days, date night is Burito Monday where two can eat buritos, beans and rice…all the chips and salsa you could imagine AND a couple of margaritas … all for $15 bucks. Such a deal! And they’re friendly…say hi to our favorite: Karen if you stop by.

    After going to the same place all these years, you get to know all the other regulars…they kind of fill in the void when your entire social life has been wrapped around the other parents on your kid’s sports team…and then your kid grows up and lives on the other side of the world.

    Can’t wait for you guys to get home! Be safe!


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