Zaza Mexican Kitchen on Marco Island, Florida

Dining Outside the Home: Zaza Mexican Kitchen on Marco Island, Florida! Tucked away next to a local bike shop, a blend of kitchen aromas fill the parking lot with hypnotic haziness. The breeze reveals the familiarity of slow-cooked meats like woodsmoke curlicues. Something inside you says this is going to taste pretty good. Using fresh ingredients is a must when combining Latin secrets with Mexican family recipes. There is no other way to cook. The taqueria ambiance slightly resembles Old Mexico living as well. Go ahead, begin with hand-cut chips and salsa. Wash them down with an original agave wine margarita. Ahhh. Then dig in to a platter of sizzling fajitas, spiced carnitas, soft tacos, loaded enchiladas, or cheesy quesadillas. On second thought, better plan on a return visit. Your stomach will thank you.

Diablo Verde Enchiladas

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Country Casual Cravings: Diablo Verde Enchiladas! If you understand a little Spanish, you’re already familiar with the term “diablo”. Typically it refers to devil. In reference to food, it translates to spicy or sometimes fiery ingredients that crank things up a level. In this case I used jalapeño peppers, but you are certainly welcome to increase the heat by substituting serrano peppers instead. Since I want to keep my husband around a little longer, I played it safe. You choose.

DIABLO VERDE ENCHILADAS

Ingredients:

2 cups precooked turkey, shredded

1/2 teaspoon chili-lime seasoning

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

12 ounces queso blanco dip

10 flour tortillas

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons flour

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons pickled jalapeños, diced

1/4 cup taco sauce

1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Salsa verde, to taste

Fresh cilantro, for garnish

Green onion snips, for garnish

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a 9”x13” pan with nonstick oil. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine shredded turkey, chili-lime seasoning, dried oregano, garlic powder, and queso blanco dip. Mix well. Divide the mixture between the 10 flour tortillas, spreading the meat across the center of each tortilla. Roll them up, placing each seam-side-down in the prepared baking dish. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm butter. Do not scorch. Whisk in flour; cook one minute to thicken, stirring constantly. Add chicken broth; whisk until smooth. Add Greek yogurt and diced jalapeños. Do not allow mixture to boil. Reduce heat if necessary. Remove sauce from heat. Carefully pour over enchiladas. Spoon taco sauce over all. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven when cheese is slightly browned and bubbly. Garnish with salsa verde, fresh cilantro, and green onion snips to taste. Serve immediately.