Looking for a low budget way to have a great time on a Friday night? Not in the mood to go out to the bar? Just want to hang out and watch the Yankees game…that’s what I’ll be doing tonight! Why not kick up the heat with a Mexican Fiesta night? Invite some friends over and cook up these few simple and delicious dishes!

Here’s a tip…and probably my favorite…Make things from scratch! By doing this you save calories and aren’t eating any yucky preservatives. Plus, believe it or not, it’s actually fun!

Another thing about me, I don’t like to measure. Here’s another tip…taste your food! Use a recipe as a base, but adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste.

Guacamole

Mash up avocados and mix with chopped tomato, onion, cilantro and jalapeno. Mix in salt and lime juice. Enjoy with chips!

Salsa

Throw seeded tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime and salt into a mini Cuisinart chopper. Pulse until you reach your desired consistency. Enjoy this with chips too!

Chicken or Beef Fajitas

Marinate chicken or beef for about 15 minutes in beer (like Corona), olive oil, cumin, chile powder, salt, cilantro and my favorite ingredient these days, Cholula hot sauce in Chipolte Flavor.

Grill up the chicken and slice it into strips.

In a separate pan saute sliced peppers and onions in olive oil until tender but still crisp. While they are cooking add in cumin, chile powder, salt and Cholula.

Mix the chicken in with the peppers and onions. Serve with warmed tortillas, sour cream and your homemade guacamole and salsa!

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