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Summer time is the time for outdoor entertaining and bringing family and friends together with fresh new recipes! I love trying new ways to serve family favorites so I decided to add some bite to my traditional fajitas with a coffee rub and put a new spin on my salsa recipe for our Summer Fiesta.
You can’t have a fiesta without traditional chips and salsa and every good hostess knows to provide appetizers for the guests. Chips, salsa and guacamole are always crowd-pleasers so I started with a batch of Salsa to kick off our fiesta.
Pollo bouillon is the secret (not so secret anymore) ingredient in my Salsa so when I found the MAGGI® Pollo y Tomate Bouillon tablets at Walmart in the Mexican Food aisle, I knew it would be perfect for my salsa.
6 Roma tomatoes or 2 cans of diced tomatoes
1/4 cup Water
1 tablet MAGGI® Pollo y Tomate Bouillon (crumbled)
1 Jalapeno (remove the seeds and veins for mild salsa)
Juice from 1 Lime
1/2 Bunch of Cilantro
4 Green Onions
4 Garlic Cloves
Salt & Black Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend in short spurts to desired consistency. Pour into airtight container and chill until your guests arrive.
Now for the main course, Coffee Rubbed Steak Fajitas. I have seen a lot of rubs on the market lately, and the coffee rubs are intriguing. So after a bit of research, I decided to concoct a coffee rub of my own using NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ coffee.
Steak Fajitas Coffee Rub
2 tbs Brown Sugar
1 tbs NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ Instant coffee
1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Cheyenne pepper
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Most of the coffee rubs I have seen are for traditional barbecue dishes, but I discovered that adding cumin directly on the meat (and not in the rub) adds depth and gives it a tasty Mexican flair! Something about the combination of the coffee, cumin and hint of cocoa powder, is reminiscent of traditional mole dishes.
Coffee Rubbed Steak Fajitas
2 lbs Beef Flap Meat Steak
Coffee Rub (see above)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 Orange Bell Pepper
2 Red Bell Peppers
I like to use my broiler for fajitas, it’s easy clean-up. Don’t want to heat up the kitchen? Fire up the grill and grill up this dish while your guests mingle!
Set Broiler on high. Season the steak with salt and cumin, then generously rub with the coffee rub, covering the steak entirely. Broil for 12 minutes (for medium rare) flipping the steak once.
While the steak is broiling, slice the bell peppers and onions and place them on a large cookie sheet. Drizzle olive oil, salt and cumin and toss. Set it in the broiler for 6 minutes (put them in when you flip the steak).
Once cooked to your preference, slice the steak and mix it with the peppers and onions. Plate on a large platter and add some grilled onions, lime and a jalapeno for garnish. Serve with fresh flour tortillas and Salsa.
Now that the menu is set, it’s time to move on to the fun party details! My favorite part of planning a fiesta is the freedom to use as many colors as I like! I usually try to keep my party color palette to a limit of 3 colors, but with fiestas, the more colors – the more festive! So I brought out all my brightest table linens and traditional Mexican decorations to set the stage.
Starting with the food table, I layered linens and lace and added a a paper flower banner for a backdrop. I also displayed a few bright flowers and my abuelita’s molcajete for decor.
For the dining table, I set out my red dinnerware with white eyelet napkins and added a tray of tortilla chips with my salsa, chips and guacamole.
Aqua Frescas are another must for a Summer Fiesta. For the drink table, I made a batch of Jamaica (Hibsicus Tea) and served Pan Dulce for dessert. I added my son’s sombrero, guitar and some flowers to the table to add more detail. To carry out the them, hung paper flower banners around the backyard.
With just a few bright linens, and some fun traditional Mexican decorations, you can have a festive Summer Fiesta in no time at all!
Don’t forget to stop at your local Walmart to Flavor Your Summer!
You can find the MAGGI® Pollo y Tomate Bouillon in the Mexican Foods aisle. You can’t beat the price at .58 cents per box of 8!
You can find the NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ instant coffee in the Coffee aisle at only $5.54, it’s a great deal!
I hope you are inspired to plan your own Summer Fiesta and to try new ways to serve your favorite Mexican dishes!
Thank you for visiting!