Chorizo-Chicken Lettuce Wraps

by zydecopaws on May 6, 2012

Spring showed up today and the temperature actually got over 50° without raining. And there was a big bright thing in the sky; I believe it is called the sun. We haven’t seen it in awhile, so I’m not really sure.

To celebrate I fixed some chorizo-chicken lettuce wraps, a perfect dish for Seis De Mayo, not to be confused with the day before when all of the US celebrates what they believe is the Mexican equivalent of Independence Day in the States. But isn’t.

Undeterred by all this, a chub of chorizo spent some time in a cast iron fry pan on the grill with some onions and peppers while the chicken breasts (dusted with granulated garlic, chili powder, and cayenne pepper) were grilling.

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Shortly after that picture was taken, black and pinto beans were added to the chorizo. When the chicken was just about done, it was removed, sliced into small cubes, and mixed in with the chorizo. The whole mess spent another five minutes on the grill, and was then removed to the table for assembly.

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Butter lettuce took the place of tortillas and received a spoonful of the chicken-chorizo mixture, a sprinkling of grated cheese, a small handful of tomatoes, and a heaping tablespoon of fresh guacamole. The resulting wraps were a huge hit with the family, at least while the larger lettuce leaves lasted. And when the leaves got smaller, the kids had even more fun making appetizer-sized wraps.

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This was a great ending to a wonderful day (even though I spent part of it pressure-washing a deck) with a nice light meal (well, mostly; chorizo isn’t exactly the healthiest of meats) that didn’t send me staggering off to the couch immediately after.

Now if that sun thing will just make another appearance tomorrow, I might even be able to mow the swamp…

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Rick May 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

Outdoor chicken has been the menu around here also, thighs on Fri. and leg quarters on Sat. but, neither as good looking as yours. I was too hungry to decorate a plate……;)
OH! that sun thing that you mention is hangin’ out down here, near 80* for the last couple of days… I’ve been mowing “the jungle” around here, good luck with the swamp!


zydecopaws May 7, 2012 at 9:00 am

They claim it is supposed to get to 80°F here today, but I’ll believe it when I see it. And the swamp is up to its usual spring stunts; it’s already claimed one riding mower that we had to haul out with a tow rope.


Chris May 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

Nice! Chroizo is a fav of ours and it really rocks these wraps. Even the “app wraps”.


zydecopaws May 12, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I already have requests to make this one again next time Auntie shows up. Maybe this is why she keeps coming back so often…


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