Tequila Pico Di Gallo

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Do you stand up straight or does your posture suck like mine does? My posture was built on good intentions, but it’s just so much more… comfortable… to just slump and schlep about. Because of this, my body has grown to love the nice rounded position. Because of this, my posing coach has assigned me homework.

So daily, all day, every day, I am focusing on standing up straight. Not just normal person straight. We are talking model straight. Chest up, shoulders back, butt out. Practically be able to balance things on the shelf of my non-existent butt. And it’s even more uncomfortable than it sounds.

I do this when I walk, sit, stand. I try to only stop when my back muscles cramp so badly that I can’t take it anymore. When I finally unstraighten, you should hear the cracking of my back. Someone standing by me in a meeting the other day turned to ask what that noise was. Sorry, I have bubble wrap shoved down the back of my shirt. Ignore me.

Oh if only I’d started standing straight earlier in life, this would be so much easier. Lesson learned, fate. Point taken. I will confirm though that my abs look amazing when stretched out like I’m being pulled apart in a medieval torture device. Lose skin, be gone with you. So make sure to do as your mother told you and stand up straight.

On a completely unrelated topic, does anyone else remember Pee Wee Herman and his dance in the platform shoes? De da da dah de de da dahhhh, tequila! Ha, now you’ve got that earworm going, don’t you? After a trip to the farmer’s market this weekend, my fridge was stocked with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and avocado since all are in season right now and cheap as heck.

What better way to take advantage of these veggies than making pico di gallo! Not just any pico though. That would not be Quest-like at all. I decided to try my hand at tequila pico. It’s like the margarita version of pico and went great piled on top of my burger.

The taste and colors were amazing. To give you an idea of how good it was… The Kid doesn’t like my burgers (sheesh!), but the next day she asked if we had leftovers. I’d already taken them for lunch. You snooze you lose at the Quest House.

The amount of alcohol used in the whole pico di gallo batch is minimal and divide that by 4 to get the per serving amount. It’s just a half teaspoon per serving. If you’re still concerned with making this for children, you can eliminate the tequila altogether. I do highly recommend using it for the adult version as it adds a nice unique flavor.

Tequila Pico Di GalloChipotle Burgers with Tequila Pico Di Gallo

  • 2 medium beefsteak tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup onion
  • 1/2 fresh avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp tequila
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 lb ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • Choice of hamburger buns, kaiser rolls, or sandwich bread (optional)

Chop your tomatoes, onion, and avocado into small pieces. I made mine the size that you see in store bought pico di gallo, approximately 1/4 in cubes. My 2 tomatoes made approximately 1 1/2 cups of chopped tomatoes, and the half avocado was 2 oz on my food scale. You can use as much or as little of each as your family prefers.

Place the tomatoes, onion and avocado in a bowl. Chop the cilantro roughly and add it to the mixture. Stir in the lime juice, tequila, and salt. Toss to coat and refrigerate while you make the burgers. Preheat your grill to medium or use the broiler on your oven. Mix the ground beef and chipotle pepper in a bowl and shape into patties.

Grill or broil, turning halfway through cooking, until cooked to desired doneness. Serve patties topped with piles of pico di gallo. Makes approximately 4 servings at 175 calories each (not including bread/buns) – 18g protein, 8g carbs, and 8g fat.

I served The Kid’s on 2 slices of toasted white bread since we didn’t have any hamburger buns. I had mine open faced on a slice of high protein oatmeal bread. I seriously could have eaten the entire bowl of pico in one sitting, but I was able to control myself. That was some good stuff. I will definitely make it again to use in tacos, on salads, and by spoon.

If you’re looking for another recipe with tequila, try my tequila lime chicken. It’s my most clicked recipe to date.

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