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Grilled Beef Fajita Taquitos with Avocado Ranch Sauce

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On June 29, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In Beef,Grill,Recipes | No Comments

I just love getting crazy in the kitchen, working hard to be creative with ingredients that I have in my pantry or freezer, to come up with a delicious and nutritious dinner for my guys! This meal is one of those!

Mission Foods challenged me to come up with a new recipe that is easy enough for a leisurely weeknight meal, and packed with powerful flavors, using one of their many delicious products.

I chose tortillas. Flour tortillas specifically, because I have a weakness for them. They hold a special place in my heart. Whether they’re stuffed with breakfast taco fixins, filled with a creamy spinach and chicken mixture and transformed into enchiladas, or loaded and grilled as taquitos. And yes (dare I admit this!?!?), I have been known to spread butter and sugar on a warm flour tortilla, roll it up and eat it for dessert.

(Don’t judge. Until you try it, anyways!)

Part of this challenge is that my recipe could be featured in Better Homes and Garden (November issue), if we all vote for it….and help it win the “Mission Eat Interesting Sweeps [5].”

And come November, when these grilled beef fajita taquitos appear in the magazine…you can say, I made that happen, because you voted for them to win!

These taquitos are sure to be a hit! The powerful flavors of fajitas, rolled into delicious tortillas that are “crispi-fied” on the grill. Add in the smokiness from grilling up the taquitos, plus the avocado-cilantro punch to the ranch dip. A warm grilled taquito, dipped in a cool sweet dip, and we’ve reached taquito perfection!

Note: I sautéed the beef and peppers on the stovetop, but they could certainly be grilled and sautéed in a grill basket, which would infuse even more of that smoky flavor into the taquitos.

Happy grillin’ and eatin’!!!

Grilled Beef Taquitos with Avocado Ranch Sauce

Makes 16 taquitos
Prep Time – 15 minutes
Grill Time – 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound beef for stir fry
  • 3 bell peppers, yellow, orange and red, seeded and sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon fajita or taco seasoning
  • 1 cup homemade ranch dressing [6]
  • ½ avocado, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 16 soft taco size Mission flour tortillas
  • Cooking spray
  • Side dish options – refried beans, rice, corn cobs

Directions

  • In a skillet or grill basket, sauté the beef strips, bell pepper strips and fajita or taco seasoning in olive oil for 5 to 7 minutes, or until beef has cooked through.
  • Prepare the ranch dressing, then stir in the lime juice, mashed avocado and cilantro leaves. Chill until ready to serve.
  • Once the beef and peppers have cooked, stir in the sour cream and cilantro leaves. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Add some beef and pepper mixture to the right third of the tortilla. Roll up, and spray the opposite side of the tortilla with cooking spray, so that it will hold tight together once you roll up all the way up. Roll tightly and place into a dish that you use to transfer them to the grill. Once they are all rolled up, fire up the grill and heat it to about 300, if you have a thermometer.
  • Grill the taquitos for 4-5 minutes on each side, watching carefully to make sure they don’t burn. Carefully roll them with tongs or a long spatula. Once all sides have been grilled and tortillas are crispy, remove them from the grill and serve.
  • Serve Grilled Beef Taquitos with Avocado Ranch Sauce and desired side dish.

And…there’s more!!!

Mission Eat Interesting Sweeps…This is your chance to win $3,000 in cash and prizes…check out all the tortilla-licious details on the Mission Eat Interesting Sweeps [5] page.

Good luck, and thanks for your vote!!!

*Disclosure: I’m working with Mission Foods on their Eat Interesting Campaign. Recipe idea is my own, opinions are my own I do receive compensation for campaigns.

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