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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