May 28, 2013

Tex-Mex Vegan BBQ for Memorial Day

On Memorial Day my husband and I threw ourselves a Tex-Mex Vegan BBQ. To be clear, I wanted a pretty even melding of the Tex and the Mex. A fusion, if you will. I was not necessarily looking to stay in the confines of the delicious regional cuisine of the same name. Of course the Tex-Mex we all know and love influences much of what I touch so I don’t know how successful I was! 

We started off with some drinks and snacks while the grill got going!

  • You know we had some margaritas! Hand squeezed lime juice, agave nectar and tequila were the only ingredients in this classic cocktail. 
  • We needed something the keep our appetites satiated so we snacked on some chips and salsa. The salsa was Roasted Habanero Hot Salsa made by a small salsa company in San Antonio, Tio Mike’s. I’m in love with this salsa! It’s so flavorful with a generous heat.
  • Naturally the margaritas ran out so we switched to beer. We bought some Good JuJu by Left Hand Brewing Company and a small growler at The Growler Room, a new business in Austin dedicated to filling your growlers. Look at that amazing Come and Fill It growler that I bought there! Google “Battle of Gonzales” if you need some context. It’s a really bitchin growler.

It didn’t take long for our food to get on and off the grill. Mealtime was really good!

We had:
  • Grilled portabellas with BBQ sauce, caramelized onions and avocado on Texas Toast
  • Carne Asada made with Gardein Beefless Tips on homemade Mitad Y Mitad Tortillas – I marinated the beefless tips in orange juice, lime juice, garlic, jalapelo, cilantro, cumin and olive oil for a few hours before grilling!
  • Texas Toast – broiled of course
  • Dessert – Peaches with Lime Whipped Cream and a drizzle of Pineapple Tequila syrup. This dessert will be getting it’s own post!

It was a wonderful kick off to summer! I look forward to more BBQs, more summer food and obviously more margaritas. Hello Summer!