Thursday’s Dish: Not Your Ordinary Tacos

We had our third Savory Kids/LiveMom event this past Monday. Tacos were on the menu, but Not Your Ordinary Tacos! The kids made Fish Tacos with Summer Peach Salsa, Family-Style Chicken Fajita Tacos with Erin’s Quick and Easy Guacamole, and Veggie Tacos in Lettuce Wraps (see below for recipes).

The kids helped with every step, from mixing the marinade for the chicken …

… to cooking the chicken …

… to stirring up the veggie taco filling.

They made guacamole and peach salsa (from Parker County cling peaches — yum!) while waiting for the chicken and fish to cook. It took a little while, so in the meantime, two of the girls entertained us by singing “Love Potion Number 9.”

Finally, it was time to dig in. Everything was a hit, including the veggie tacos, which garnered this thumbs up.

Our thanks to Savory Spice Shop’s Karen Aboussie and her great staff for making the Savory Kids classes such great learning and eating experiences!

In fact, the events were such a success that Savory Spice Shop is doing more: Afternoon classes will be held in July, from 2-3:30 p.m. What better way to introduce kids to more flavors than by tasting and trying new things in this interactive setting?

The cost will be $6 per child (ages 7-12), and they must be accompanied by one adult. Classes are very limited so be sure to register quickly, either in the store, on the phone 512.524.1093 or by email at

The dates for July Savory Kids classes are:

July 12   Pasta, Pasta and More

July 19   Not Just Ordinary Burgers

July 26   A Trip to India

Watch Savory Spice Shop’s Facebook page for updates.

Peach Salsa

6 ripe peaches, cut into small chunks

2 Tablespoons dehydrated diced mixed bell peppers (or fresh)

2 Tablespoons lime juice

1 teaspoon LaPlata Peak Latino Spice

1/2 cup diced red onion

1 Tablespoon minced dried mango

1 Tablespoon minced crystallized ginger

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

In large bowl, stir together all ingredients. Let sit for 5 minutes, then toss again and serve. Yield: About 1 1/2 cups.

Erin’s Quick and Easy Guacamole
Advertisement2 large, ripe avocados

2 teaspoons Mt. Elbert All-Purpose Seasoning

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1/4 cup diced tomato

1 Tablespoon diced red onion

Mash avocados to desired consistency. Add Mt. Elbert All-Purpose Seasoning and lime juice and stir. Fold in tomatoes and onions. Yield: About 1 1/2 cups.

Family-Style Chicken Fajitas

4 Tablespoons Family-Style Fajita Seasoning

1 cup chicken broth or stock

1 pound sliced chicken

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1/2 lime, juiced

Mix fajita seasoning with broth and set aside. In a pan over medium-high heat, brown chicken in the oil and drain. Working in same pan, reduce heat to medium-low, pour broth over chicken, and stir thoroughly. Cook for 5-6 minutes. stirring. Reduce heat to low, squeeze in lime juice, and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Serve with corn or flour tortillas or over rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Veggie Tacos in Lettuce Wraps

2 bunches spinach, washed thoroughly

1 can black beans, drained

1/2 cup freeze-dried corn kernels

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon Carribean-Style Adobo Seasoning

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 each red and yellow bell peppers, sliced thinly

1 head iceburg lettuce, halved, rinsed and drained

In pan over medium heat, sauté bell pepper slices in olive oil until softened. Set aside. Coarsely chop spinach and add to large bowl with black beans, corn and red onion. Mix lightly. Add sour cream and seasoning and stir to coat. Serve mixture inside a lettuce leaf with a few slices of sautéed bell pepper. Yield: 4-6 tacos.

(All the seasonings and specialty items in the above recipes are available at Savory Spice Shop.)

Written by: Shannon Oelrich

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