Monday, April 20, 2015

Chili's Copycat Low-Fat Fajitas

Chili's Copycat Low-Fat Fajitas

I love eating at Chili's this is a copycat recipe for low-fat fajitas. You may use chicken breast or skirt steak or a mixture of both. Serve Chili's Copycat Low-Fat Fajitas recipe with warm tortillas, sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole and cheddar cheese.


  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound boned, skinned chicken breasts or skirt steak
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 dash salt and black pepper
  • 1 large Spanish onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium green bell pepper, seeded, sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, seeded, sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded, sliced thin


Step 1: Combine 1/4 cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, liquid smoke, cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a zip lock plastic bag.

Step 2: Add chicken or steak to plastic bag, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or best to leave overnight.

Step 3: Combine water, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon lime juice, and a dash of salt and pepper; set aside.

Step 4: On a medium- high flame grill meat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Step 5: Cut meat into thin strips; set aside and keep warm.

Step 6: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook onion and peppers in remaining 1 tablespoon oil until brown; remove from heat; pour reserved liquid mixture over onions and peppers.

Step 7: Toss together meat, onions, and peppers.

Step 8: Serve with warm tortillas, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.

Leave off cheese, sour cream and guacamole to make them lower in fat.

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Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup

Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup

My sister Joyce took me to La Madeleine to eat lunch and I had the Tomato-Basil Soup. I was a little cautious about trying it because I do not like tomato soup. My sister was telling me how delicious this soup was and I tried a bowl and I loved it. It is so creamy and flavorful, I wanted more. When you make this Copycat La Madeleine’s Tomato-Basil Soup at home you can even have a second bowl! Enjoy.

Ingredients for Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup:

4 cups fresh tomatoes, cored, peeled, and chopped, 8-10 or 4 cups canned whole tomatoes, crushed

4 cups tomato juice, or part vegetable or part chicken stock

12 -14 basil leaves, washed fresh

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 lb sweet unsalted butter


1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Lemon juice

Directions for making Copycat La Madeleine's Tomato-Basil Soup:

Step 1: Combine tomatoes, juice and or stock in saucepan.

Step 2: Simmer 30 minutes.

Step 3: Puree, along with the basil leaves, in small batches, in blender, food processor or hand-held food blenders, right in the cooking pan.

Step 4: Return to saucepan and add cream and butter, while stirring, over low heat.

Step 5: Garnish with basil leaves and serve with your favorite bread.

This recipe serves 8 people.


Some folks like to add onion and garlic that has been minced and sautéed in 1 tablespoon olive oil into the first step.


Use fresh basil not dried basil or it will not taste like La Madeleine’s.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Applebee's Nacho Nuevos Copycat Recipe

Applebee's Nacho Nuevos Copycat Recipe

If you are a lover of Applebee's Nacho Nuevos, you will like this Copycat Applebee's Nacho Nuevos recipe. The chips are topped with spicy ground beef, black beans, queso cheese sauce, tomatoes, sour cream, shredded lettuce and jalapeños. You can easily double or triple this recipe for a party or family gathering.

Ingredients needed:

6 ounce package tortilla chips

9 ounce ground beef

1/4 cup black beans

6 ounce queso cheese sauce

1/4 cup tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup lettuce, shredded

1 package spicy taco mix

Large dollop our cream

12 jalapeño slices or as many as you desire

Directions for making:

Step 1: Use spicy taco seasoning mix according to the package directions to season your ground beef.

Step 2: Heat queso cheese sauce before adding to Nachos.

Step 3: To assemble, sprinkle black beans evenly over beef  mix and chips.

Step 4: Cover with hot queso cheese sauce.

Step 5: Sprinkle diced tomatoes over queso cheese sauce.

Step 6: Place the shredded lettuce in center of the nachos on top of cheese sauce.

Step 7: Place dollop of sour cream in center of lettuce.

Step 8: Place a chip in center of sour cream.

Step 9: Place jalapeño slice in a circular pattern around the outside of the shredded lettuce and sour cream.


Purchase Queso Cheese Sauce in jar with dips near the chip section of your grocery store.


You may omit jalapeño slices and use regular taco seasoning instead of spicy if you do not like the heat.