Chili's Margarita Grilled Tuna Reduced Fat Recipe

Monday, August 1, 2011

Garlic Aioli
1 head garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon vinegar
dash salt
Fat-Free Santa Fe Dressing
1/3 cup fat-free Catalina dressing
1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
Pico De Gallo
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped Spanish onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
1/8 teaspoon salt
Margarita Marinade
1 cup sweet and sour mix
2 teaspoons tequila
1 teaspoon lime juice
Searing Spice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon Schilling poultry seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 1/3 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup converted or long grain white rice (not instant rice)
1/4 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons diced carrots
2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons diced celery
1 tablespoon diced white onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
dash ground black pepper
Black Beans
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/3 cup diced white onion
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
2 15-ounce cans black beans with liquid
4 4-ounce tuna fillets (2 8-ounce fillets cut through the center)
4 corn tostada shells
1 1/3 cups shredded iceberg lettuce

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

2. Prepare the garlic aioli by roasting the garlic: Cut 1/2 inch off the toop of the papery skin from the garlic, but leave enough so that the coves stay together. Place the head of garlic ina small casserole dish or baking pan, drizzle the olive oil over it, and cover it with a lid or foil. Bake for 1 hour. Remove the garlic and let it cool until you can handle it.

3. Prepare the dressing, pico de gallo, and margarita marinade by combining the ingredients in small bowls. Cover and chill these mixtures until later.

4. Pour the searing spice ingredients into a blender or food processor and puree until you have a smooth mixture with the consistency of pesto. Set this aside.

5. Prepare the rice by bringing chicken stock and butter to a boil over medium/high heat. Add the remaining ingredients to the pan, stir, and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.

6. Prepare black beans by pouring a teaspoon of olive oil into a saucepan. Use a paper towel to wip the oil aroung the pan and then set it over medium heat. Saute the diced onion and red bell pepper in the oil for a minute or two and then add the cans of black beans, along with the liquid, to the pan. Reduce heat to medium/low, and simmer until needed. Stir occasionally.

7. Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.

8. Place your tuna fillets into the margarita marinade. Marinate for only 15 minutes and then dry the tuna on paper towels. Be sure not to marinate the tuna for more than 15 minutes or the lime juice will begin to toughen the fish.

9. Place the four tostada shells into an oven preheated to 350 degrees. Turn off the heat after 5 minutes and let the shells sit in the oven until they are needed.

10. Brush the top of each of the fillets with the searing spice blend and turn them with the spice side down onto the hot skillet. Brush additional searing spice over the topo of each fillet. Cook the fish for about 2 minutes per side or until the fish is browned on both sides and cooked through.

11. Build each dish by spooning about 3/4 cup of rice into the center of a dinner plate. Encircle the rice with a portion of the black beans. Spread a thin layer of garlic aioli onto a tostada shell and place it on the rice. Sprinkle about 1/3 cup of lettuce onto the shell next. Place a tuna fillet on top of the lettuce. Drizzle the Santa Fe dressing over the entire dish with a sweeping motion. Finally, pile about 1/3 cup of the pico de gallo on top of the tuna. Repeat for the remaining plates and serve immediately.

Makes 4 Entree size servings.


Amanda,  August 6, 2011 at 3:20 PM  

Thanks for the recipe. This is my favorite at Chili's!

Kerry's getting skinny! May 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM  

I worked at chili's for 12 years and this was one of my favorite dishes.
I am going to make it Saturday night for dinner!

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