Friday, June 26, 2020

Easy Fajitas from @MaddieDayAuthor plus #GIVEAWAY

Maddie Day here, and I'm so excited that Nacho Average Murder comes out on Tuesday! 

I'm sharing another Mexican-themed recipe today. It's not in the book, but my partner Hugh made it the other night and I thought, that's perfect for Mystery Lovers' Kitchen! He's not an elaborate cook, so you know it will be an easy dinner. And it barely heats up the kitchen, which makes it good for summer.

Chicken Fajitas

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 green pepper, diced
Two boneless chicken thighs or one boneless chicken breast, trimmed of fat.
Chili pepper
4 flour tortillas
4 ounces pepper Jack cheese, grated

Note: The ingredients picture shows frozen chicken thighs, but the cooking pictures shows chicken breast! A consequence of not snapping the ingredients pic the first time around, LOL.

Preheat gas or charcoal grill.
Sprinkle cumin, chili pepper, and salt on chicken and rub in. Turn and repeat.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet. Saute onions and green peppers until tender and keep warm.

Grill the chicken on both sides until cooked. Remove and slice into thin strips.
Heat tortillas in microwave between damp paper towels until warm.
Put a tortilla on a plate. Lay on half the chicken, spoon half the vegetables on top, and sprinkle with cheese. Repeat for the other plate.
Serve with salsa - and guacamole, if desired - and another warm tortilla for each. I added lettuce to my plate, too.

My next book is Nacho Average Murderwhich comes out June 30 and is the seventh Country Store Mystery. I'd love to send a signed copy to one of you! 

Readers: What's your favorite Mexican or Southwestern restaurant? Or do you prefer to make Mexican-themed food at home?

Robbie Jordan is temporarily leaving Pans ’N Pancakes, her country store in South Lick, Indiana, to visit Santa Barbara, California—where wildfire smoke tinges the air, but a more immediate danger may lie in wait . . .

The next book after that is Taken Too Soon, the sixth Quaker Midwife (written by Edith Maxwell), up for preorder now!

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. Haberneros!
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

  2. I love making Mexican food at home. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Fajitas are so tasty and wonderful. Thanks for your great recipe as they are healthy and perfect. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  4. We don't have a favorite restaurant but I make some pretty good enchiladas. ckmbeg(at) gmail (dot) com Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Quesadillas are my favorite. I even make them at home when I miss them especially now. Thanks for your lovely feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Not a lot of Mexican restaurants here but I have made some at home- enchiladas, quesadillas, and nachos of course!

  7. My niece by marriage and heart is from Mexico. She is my favorite Mexican cook. Her guacamole is the best I’ve ever had.

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    2. Sue, you are the winner! Congratulations, and please check your email.

  8. I like to make fajitas at home. I have a great recipe to make them in the oven. Thanks for a chance to win!

  9. My husband loves tacos; so, sometimes I will pick up some shredded beef tacos at El Forastero Méxican Food on a Sunday when they have their special Taco Sunday price. Otherwise, I fix tacos at home. I, also, make taco pie and Spanish rice with sausage and/or chicken. I really like enchiladas but haven't made it in a long time due to the work involved in making it. Of course, I love snacking on chips and salsa and will sometime melt cheese on the chips. bluedawn95864 at gmail dot com

  10. I don't have a favorite Mexican restaurant, we have several good restaurants in the area. My favorite Mexican dish is steak fajitas.

  11. I avoid peppers. They have a habit of repeating on me. Not fun.
    But this recipe looks great.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  12. We have a plethora of Mexican, Tex-Mex & Southwestern restaurants, food trucks and taquerias all over the state, so no one fave. I also cook a lot at home, and last night used the Instant Pot to make Mexican black beans with chorizo over rice, with a big salad. Love the cover of your new book, Edith, and look forward to reading it! lola777_22 at hotmail dot com

  13. A local restaurant called ElChurritos. Awsome food.


  14. Our favorite Mexican restaurant is called San Luis. They are a local group and have a number of restaurants in our general area. Currently, we are still ordering take out from them, as we are not yet dining in at any restaurant. I also make Mexican food at home: hard and soft tacos, various types of enchiladas, guacamole, nachos, chalupas, beef fajitas, refried and rancho style beans and Spanish rice. Thanks for the chance to win a new book of yours! I love Mexican food almost as much as I love reading!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  15. Tex-Mex cheese enchiladas!

  16. I like Cancun, a restaurant located near my work. I usually get their tostada salad or quesadilla. Haven't been able to have any since March. wskwared (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. My favorite Mexican food is made by a friend's mother.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  18. Too much heat for me. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

  19. No Mexican restaurants in the area, so I make do with homemade. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. In my small city in Northern CA, Angelo's is my favorite Mexican restaurant! I love their burritos!

  21. There's a local chain here in western NC called El Chapala that I love. Thanks for the chance! JL_Minter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. We eat at a place called El Burro frequently as well as cooking Mexican food at home.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  23. My favorite Mexican dish to make is tacos. We don't have many Mexican restaurants here in Portland, OR, so I make my own.

  24. Street tacos are my new favorite mexican food! tWarner(at)aol(dot)com

  25. Our favorite Mexican Restaurant was ChiChis, but they closed a few years ago. Now I make Mexican food at home. Thank you for this chance! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  26. Sue Foster is our winner! Congratulations, Sue, and please check your email.