On the National front, we’ve got two awesome days to celebrate. The first is Brave Heart Day and the other is Super Hero Day. When it comes right down to the nuts and bolts of it, they are one and the same. Super Heroes don’t always wear capes. And Brave Hearts are more than a Mel Gibson movie.
Each year on April 28 we honor the brave families who are dealing with pediatric cancer. The focus of the day is on the children and those who care for them. The purpose of Brave Hearts Day is to bring attention to a phone app called Spotlight Hope. This simple app helps families facing pediatric cancer to plug into local resources. The app offers everything from financial help to rides to the doctor and other support.
Families who are facing pediatric cancer and those children who are fighting such a brave and difficult fight are truly super heroes. Heroes are ordinary people who rise to extraordinary heights when faced with difficult choices or unimaginable situations. For those of us who have never had to face such challenges, we should be grateful. And be there for those who were not so fortunate.
As for superheroes – these are people who rise to the challenges of life and make a choice to put others ahead of themselves. The fireman who runs into a burning building is a superhero. The soldier who lays his life down for our freedoms is a superhero. The medical worker who showed up every day before we knew what Covid-19 was, how to stay safe or how to treat it are all superheroes. Even teachers can be superheroes. Look around, the world is filled with amazing human beings. Praise be!
What does all this have to do with Carnitas Asada? Nothing. But brave hearts and superheroes are too important to ignore.
Carnitas Asada Fajitas
2 tablespoons New Mexican Red Chili Powder
2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
2 teaspoon Ground Jalapeno Pepper
1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
3 lbs Carnitas Asada
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 Orange Bell Pepper
4 large Jalapeno Pepper
2 Serrano Peppers
2 Yellow Waxed Pepper
1 Yellow Onion
2 tablespoons Lime Juice
1/4 cup Beef Stock
10 Flour Tortillas
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Spicy Guacamole
In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, kosher salt, ground jalapeno pepper, cayenne pepper and cumin. Dampen Carnitas Asada meat with water or lime juice, rub seasoning deep into the steak. Set aside and let rub flavor the meat for 1 hour. When ready, cut Fajita meat against the grain into thin strips. Set aside.
Stem, core and slice all the peppers into thin strips, set aside in a large mixing bow.. Peel onion, cut into thin slivers, toss into the bowl with the peppers.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat until very hot. Add lime juice, swirl the pan. Lower heat to medium-high. Add all the peppers and onions. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes. While the vegetables cook, warm tortillas.
When the vegetables are tender, press them against one side of the skillet, creating a large opening for the meat. Add just a hint of olive oil into the empty side of the skillet. Fill with steak. Let sizzle a few minutes, stir-fry the meat until just cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Add beef stock, mix meat and vegetables together. Let simmer for a few minutes for flavors to merge.
Spread sour cream and Guacamole over tortillas. Fill center with meat-vegetable mixture. Wrap tortilla around filling, and enjoy!
Great with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans. Don’t forget the Margaritas!