Thursday, September 1, 2011

~ Mexican Botano Platter ~

This is a very old "Texas" recipe from along the Texas-Mexico border.  Botano means snack or appetizer. It is like a fajita appetizer and serves at least 12. It is a great accompaniment to a mexican style dinner, adding spanish rice, warm flour tortillas, etc.  Use as a snack for watching football or just having guests for drinks and appetizers.  A great margarita or icy cold beer is the perfect drink to add!

2 pounds beef skirt steak
2 pounds boneless chicken breasts and thighs
Use can also use shrimp if  you choose ~ just don't overcook.
2 teaspoons fajita seasoning
2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt to taste
lemon pepper to taste
~ Use any of your favorite seasonings.
1 medium green bell
1 medium onion, chopped
1/3 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 c. refried beans (Using black beans is really good!)
1 (16 ounce) package shredded mexican cheese
Sour cream, chopped tomatoes and sliced jalapeno peppers to garnish
Your favorite guacamole!
The original recipe called for frying quartered tortillas in hot oil, however, you can use your favorite tortilla chips and save lots of fat and time.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Rub beef and chicken with fajita seasoning and 2 teaspoons garlic powder. Cut beef and chicken into 1-inch strips, and set aside. (You can season meat and marinate overnight.)     
In a saucepan, warm refried beans over medium-low heat   
Lightly spray a skillet with olive oil or vegetable oil and heat to medium heat;  stir in beef, chicken, bell pepper, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes; then stir in cilantro. Sprinkle fresh lime juice over all.    
Layer the tortilla pieces along the bottom of a large baking dish. Spread refried beans evenly over tortilla pieces.  Spread meat mixture evenly on top of beans and sprinkle cheese over all.

Bake in preheated oven until cheese and beans are bubbly, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and drop sour cream and guacamole by tablespoonfuls in various places across the top. Sprinkle tomatoes and jalapenos on top.

This makes a LOT. I recommend serving all condiments on the side and allow guests to garnish as they choose.  Ole!

I'm joining ~


  1. Wow, Pat, I love dishes like this, only problem, it is just me at home and I am not planning for company for a while...wonder if I can cut it somehow....I love your Mexican recipes. I also am interested in the photo of the young girl in your header. Is there a story to it? xo,

  2. This dish looks so tasty. I cannotw ait to try it out. Love your blog. Very nice. Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful scone recipe to share today.

  3. Good Golly Miss Molly! We would LOVE this! It looks wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

  4. Oh yum. Sometimes I just crave Mexican food. I wouldn't want to eat it all the time, but I do love it and this looks like a great meal (hardly a snack)!!

  5. Oh Pat, that looks absolutely delicious. Yum, yum.

  6. Why oh WHY must you tempt us with these amazing looking dishes ?! (Especially after I shared with you that I love all things Mexican!) This looks so, so good, and I know I'll be adding it to the list of recipes of yours that I will be trying!

  7. I just copied this to save it for one of our family get togethers. My kids will LOVE this- I will post pictures when I make it! xo Diana (with a link back to you, of course)

  8. I read your bio and felt a kindred spirit! Let's have coffee, eat Mexican, read magazines and watch Something's Gotta Give! i'm your newest follower!

  9. Beautiful blog!
    I love your recipes, presentation of dishes and all that you write about your life.
    I have added to your followers.
    If you want, come and visit me, you're welcome

  10. Hi Sweet Gypsy! This looks delish!! Why don't you link up to my first Potpourri Friday party and help make it a big succes!

    I have finally used my gift certificate (I'm so excited) and the item is own it's way. I'll be doing a post on it when it arrives. You have to wait to see what it is! Or, maybe I'll break down and tell you!

    You are a come link up!

  11. Oh my gosh this looks incredible! I love anything Mexican. Thank you for visiting my blog. Yes, years ago I went to Olla-Podrida in Dallas and loved the place. My blog, though, is named after an 18th-century British periodical.

  12. This looks like great football food! Can't wait to try it!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you will link up again next week!

  13. HI Pat! Thanks so much for stopping by! This recipe sounds (and looks) delicious!!! Thanks!!! XO, Pinky

  14. Pat, Pat,'ve made me so hungry with this post! I want some! I'm going to be adding the ingredients to the shopping list for this upcoming week. Yum! I hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Oh YUMM Pat, it looks so yummy! Mexican is my favorite food in the whole wide world!! Thanks!

  16. This looks like more than a snack! Yum! This is the perfect one course meal and it sounds delicious.

  17. We love Mexican dishes and this looks tasty! Will have to give your recipe a try!

  18. We, living here in West Texas, LOVE this kind of food. During Super Bowl and also with our home fellowship gatherings, we often have Mexican Stack..adding everything under the sun to it. :)
    I will make this dish...FOR SURE.
    xo bj

  19. That's an interesting dish with beef, chicken and shrimp. Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  20. Hi Pat,
    We finally have cool weather, Wa Hoo!
    We actually stood outside in a little bit of rain yesterday, there is hope. I just love a Mexican Botano Platter and your recipe looks awesome, good food! Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  21. Yummy! my dh would love that. Thanks for the recipe.

  22. Hi Pat,

    Oh my, I am craving this after reading all the ingredients. I like just about anything with a Mexican flare. Yummy!




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