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On The Border Recipes

Updated June 14, 2019 2.5k votes 1.7k voters 339.3k views7 items

On The Border recipes - the easy way to prepare the best dishes from the On The Border Mexican Grill menu. These are copycat recipes, not necessarily made the same way as they are prepared at On The Border Mexican Grill, but closely modeled on the flavors and textures of On The Border popular food, so you can bring these exotic tastes to your own table for a fraction of the cost.

On the Border is a casual dining chain of Tex-Mex food. Menu favorites include items like fajitas, enchiladas, and nachos, and the restaurant also features a wide variety of margaritas.

From Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits to Buffalo Wild Wings hot sauce, chain and franchise restaurants are popular destinations around the world. Eating out too frequently can be costly, not to mention that it's hard to control portion size, ingredients, or the style of cooking to suit your preferences.

Making On The Border recipes on your own allows you to save money while enjoying your favorite menu items from the casual dining spot. This list collections the best copycat On The Border recipes from around the Web.
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    On The Border Guacamole

    On The Border Guacamole
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    2 fresh avocados
    1 lime wedge
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 Tbs. diced tomato
    1 1/2 Tbs. fresh jalapenos, diced fine
    1 Tbs. red onion, diced fine
    1 tsp. chopped cilantro

    - Mix all ingredients together; stir well.
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  • 2

    Queso Dip

    Queso Dip
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    2 slices bacon, chopped
    2 tbsp. chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 can (14.5 oz.) whole tomatoes, undrained
    1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    1/2 tsp. dried whole oregano
    4 c. (16 oz.) grated American cheese

    - In a large saucepan, cook bacon until crisp; add onion and garlic.
    - Cook until onion is soft for 5 minutes.
    - Stir in tomatoes, chilies, cumin, salt, oregano and pepper; blend well.
    - Reduce heat to low; add cheese, stir until melted.
    - Serve hot with tortilla or corn chips.
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  • 3

    On The Border Fajitas

    * Marinade
    1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    1/3 cup water
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 large clove garlic, pressed
    3 teaspoons vinegar
    2 teaspoons soy sauce
    1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Dash onion powder

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves or 1 pound top sirloin or a combination of 1 chicken breast half and 1/2 pound sirloin
    1 Spanish onion, sliced
    * Fajitas sauce
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    2 tablespoons water
    1/2 teaspoon lime juice
    Dash ground black pepper
    Dash salt
    * On the Side
    1/2 cup pico de gallo
    1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup guacamole
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 cup shredded lettuce
    6-8 6-inch flour tortillas

    - Combine all ingredients for marinade in a small bowl.
    - Soak your choice of meat in marinade for 2 hours or more.
    - When meat has marinated, preheat your barbecue or stove top grill to high.
    - Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat; saute onion slices in oil for 5 minutes.
    - Combine soy sauce, water, and lime juice in a small bowl; pour it over onions.
    - Add black pepper; continue to saute for 4-5 minutes and season salt to taste.
    - While sauteing onions, grill meat for 4-5 minutes per side or until done.
    - While meat and onions are cooking, heat up another skillet over high heat.
    - When the meat is done, remove it from the grill; slice meat into thin strips.
    - Remove the extra pan from heat; dump onions and the rest of the liquid.
    - Add meat to pan; serve immediately with pico de gallo, Cheddar cheese, guacamole, and sour cream arranged on a separate plate on a bed of shredded lettuce.
    - Steam tortillas in a moist towel in the microwave for 30 seconds; serve on the side.
    - Serve salsa also, if desired.
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  • 4

    Sour Cream Sauce for Enchiladas and Chimichangas

    Sour Cream Sauce for Enchiladas and Chimichangas
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    1/4 cup flour
    1/4 cup melted butter
    1/2 cup shredded monterrey jack cheese
    1/2 cup sour cream
    chili powder to taste

    - Blend flour and butter in saucepan.
    - Stir in reserved broth and 1 C. jack cheese, 1-1/2 cups sour cream and additional chili powder.
    - Pour over enchiladas; bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
    - Sprinkle with remaining jack cheese; put back in oven until cheese melts.
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