These open-face salbutes, are a more weeknight-friendly version of pibil, a commonly-eaten dish of the southwest region of Mexico.

Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 cup water

  • 1 medium red onion, sliced

  • ¼ cup white vinegar or lime juice

  • ½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano or marjoram, crushed

  • 2 ½ cup shredded cooked turkey or chicken

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 12 corn tortillas

  • 3 cup shredded lettuce

  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced

  • 1 cucumber, sliced

  • 1 avocado, sliced

  • Spicy red salsa (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan heat 2 cups water. Once boiling, remove from heat. Add onion. Stir and let sit 2 minutes; drain.

  2. Place onion in a glass bowl. Add vinegar, oregano, and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt. (Refrigerate pickled red onions up to 2 weeks.)

  3. Place turkey in a bowl and season with garlic powder, onion powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Mix well.

  4. In a large frying pan heat oil over medium. Once hot, place two tortillas at a time into the oil to lightly fry them. As you work, transfer tortillas to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.

  5. To assemble salbutes, top tortillas with lettuce, turkey, tomatoes, cucumber, and avocado. Add pickled onions and, if you like, serve with red salsa. Serves 6.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 139mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 11.1mg 56%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 584mg 12%
Folate, total 77.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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