Maui Onion Tacos Recipe for the 2012 Maui Onion Festival in Kaanapali

Maui Onion Tacos Recipe for the 2012 Maui Onion Festival in Kaanapali

Maui onion tacos recipe image P8020061Are you ready for the 2012 Maui Onion Festival?? This coming weekend, the 23rd annual Maui Onion Festival returns to Whalers Village in the famous Kaanapali Resort at West Maui. As a Kaanapali restaurant owner and chef, I wanted to celebrate the Maui onion by creating a recipe to remind you of the great food you enjoyed at the Maui Onion festival during your Maui vacation! Below, you’ll find my Sweet Maui Onion Tacos recipe paired with a Pickled Onion Salsa recipe.  When fresh Maui onions are available, we serve these Maui onion tacos at my CJs Deli Diner Comfort Zone Maui restaurant in West Maui. I think you will find my Maui onion tacos recipe easy to make at home and it will be an enjoyable reminder of your Maui vacation.

SWEET MAUI ONION TACOS With Pickled Onion Salsa
by Maui Chef Christian Jorgensen of CJ’s Comfort Zone Deli & Diner Maui Restaurant
Sweet Maui Onion Taco Ingredients:
Serves 8
  3 Medium Size Maui Onions
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
5 Small Red Chili
1 Cup Vinegar
2 Cups Fresh Mango Chunks
1 Cup Maui Gold Pineapple

1 Cup Rice Vinegar
1 Teaspoon Cumin
3 Pieces Star Anise
2 Oz. Chopped Thai Basil
To Taste: Salt / Pepper / Chili

Salsa Ingredients:  
  3 Medium Size Maui Onions
2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
5 Small Red Chili

1 Cup Vinegar
1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoon Tummeric

1. In Heavy Sauce Pan, Sauté Onions, Garlic, Anise and Chili in Oil until Golden Brown (Caramelized) (10 minutes)
2. Add Cumin, Mango, and Pineapple – Stir for 2 minutes
3. Deglaze with Vinegar
4. Simmer for 10 minutes
5. Season with Salt and Pepper
6. Cool Down.
7. Lace Toasted Papadam (Indian Chick Pea Flat Breads) with Compote
8. Decorate with Crispy Maui Onions, Cilantro or Micro Greens
9. Serve with Pickled Maui Onion Salsa

If you miss CJ’s Deli & Diner Comfort Zone Maui restaurant during the 2012 Maui Onion The Maui onion festival at Kaanapali Whalers Village logo 2012Festival, try my Maui Sweet Onion Tacos recipe! Then, please leave comments to tell us if your family enjoyed my Maui Onion recipe! Or, share a picture on my Facebook restaurant or Maui catering page! Be sure to remember our complete Maui catering services for an upcoming Maui social event, a Maui barbecue or a catered Maui wedding reception.

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CJ’s Kaanapali Diner Review

My daughter and I visited Maui a couple of weeks ago and came to your restaurant 3 times. I just wanted to thank you for your willingness to meet our gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free requirements. We loved being able to eat out safely and wish we had a CJ’s at home! I just wrote you a stellar review on Trip Advisor. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the summer!

Kelley MacCabe
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Review

Wonderful for a Sunday Brunch since you can order breakfast until 11:00am! Had a ‘custom’ 3 ingredient omelette (I chose mushrooms, feta and spinach) with nicely crunchy on the outside and soft inside home potatoes, yummy. Hubby had the pancakes with fresh fruit! These are light fluffy slightly sweet batter pancakes, not those heavy bland ones (OK I admit it, I had to have a few bites of his breakfast…) Service was fast and friendly :0). The menu is EXTENSIVE, we live here and love it!

Kathy, Lahaina, Maui
CJ’s Deli and Diner Maui Restaurant Review

Fact: CJ’s Maui onion soup will melt your face off it’s so good. Best I’ve ever had. It gets 20 stars.
Alas, it’s not on the menu every day… But when my fiancee and I went this past summer and were lucky to meet Chef CJ in person and mentioned that we had been thinking about the onion soup since the last time we visited two years earlier, he was kind enough to put it on the next day’s menu. We went back the following day and ordered it, and it was amazing, just as we had remembered. Another fact: the onion soup at CJ’s is better than the onion soup at Mama’s Fish House (and at like 1/4th of the price). Really. It’s that good. Part of me wants to reverse engineer CJ’s onion soup recipe, quit my job, and make millions selling onion soup to the mainland masses! (or: CJ, wanna make a deal?)
I think that the loco moco gravy is made from the same goodness. So that’s great too. The potato salad is tasty as well.
The to-go lunch plate is respectable.

Jonny S, San Diego, CA
Maui Chef CJ Prepares Mushroom Soup for Kaanapali Restaurant Guest

On a previous visit to Maui, I had the most delicious mushroom soup at CJ’s Deli and Diner in Kaanapali. When I arrived in Maui this week, I emailed the restaurant and asked what day they might have the soup. The owner and chef, Christian Jorgensen (CJ), promptly replied even though he was on vacation in Vegas. He gave me a number to call to check on the soup of the day. Then when he returned to Maui on Friday, he emailed me to let me know he would have the soup for me on Saturday. When I got there, he was so friendly and the soup was even more scrumptious than I had remembered. I really appreciated how valued he made me feel as a customer.

Linda D.
CJs Maui Restaurant Customer

Good Morning, My wife and I spent last week in Maui. Your early bird special was the best. After we found you, we ate breakfast there every morning. You had two regular coffees that we just loved.

James T Wilson Jr
Maui Restaurant Customer

The best burger I ever had! Great Service! Fantastic Food!! Simply Awesome.

Pat Janostin, Champlin MN
Kaanapali Restaurant Customer Comment

Thanks for all the Good Food. Best we have ad since we hit the island 5 days ago!

Jeff and Myra V., Ontario, Ohio

CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comments on CJ’s Private Luau in her Blog

Aloha, Just wanted to let you know that this post was up last Friday and it will be included (linked) with all of our Hawaii properties. Thank you both for excellent service. You made our trip to Maui very memorable! Feel free to comment on the post. It’s always good to have additional information and your input.

Nancy Solomon, Travel Writer
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

Aloha, We were in to see you many times during our stay last month in Ka’anapali, couple of things for you:
Need to order some more of your CJ’s roasted Kona Coffee. I see it’s not yet on your website, only the Maui Coffee Co. stuff. We ran out last weekend and are having withdrawls, please help!! Need 2 bags urgently!!
Secondly, your claim about having the best corned beef hash on the island. I think you’ve understated this because it’s the best I’ve had any where in the world! And that covers a lot of ground as I’ve been to every continent multiple times. Just the best anywhere, period!! Don’t suppose you would have that for delivery to Indiana would you? Maybe by the pound(s)?
Great people and even better food, Mahalo CJ’s. Seriously though, please let me know about that coffee. How do we get some ordered and shipped to Indiana?

Bill Clark, Valparaiso, In.
CJ’s Maui Restaurant Customer Comment

​CJ’s Deli & Diner Rocks! Been here several times while visiting Maui – each time we tried different meals and each time we LOVED the food, service and atmosphere. Only suggestion would be to provide regular dinner napkins along with this paper type – because we’re messy!

Aloha and Mahalo from Detroit