Fajitas are traditionally made with skirt steak, along with grilled onions and peppers. They are a delicious Mexican food that's sure to please your family or guests. If you always order fajitas at Mexican restaurants, try making your own.
Ingredients and supplies:
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (fresh is best)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Skirt steak
- 1 large onion
- 2 bell peppers, any color
- 8 flour tortillas
- Shredded cheese
- Shredded iceberg lettuce
- Sour Cream
- Grill or stovetop
- Aluminum foil
Marinate the steak and prepare the toppings. For best results, start this process the night before you plan to make the fajitas, or in the morning of that day. Plan to marinate the steak for at least an hour. In a plastic bag or bowl, combine the lime juice and steak, and shake to allow the juice to coat both sides of the steak. Then refrigerate to allow time for the acid in the lime juice to tenderize the steak.
Ahead of time, you can also shred the cheese and prepare bowls of the other toppings. Refrigerate them, and they'll be ready to serve while the steak, vegetables, and tortillas are hot. Otherwise you'll be trying to cook the steak and vegetables while getting these ingredients ready as well.
Grill the steak. For best results, grill the steak on the barbecue. If you don't have a grill available, you can also cook it on the stovetop. Heat a large pan (preferably cast iron) on high heat, and add a teaspoon of oil. Be aware that the oil may splatter when you add the steak, so watch out. Cool the steak for 3 minutes on each side. Once it's cooked, slice the steak into thin strips. Keep it very hot until serving.
Cook the vegetables. Slice the onion and peppers, and toss with a tablespoon of olive oil. Use a cast iron skillet, if you have one. In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook until the onion is translucent, stirring occasionally but letting them brown. This should take about 5 minutes.
Warm the tortillas. While the pepper and onions are cooking, warm the tortillas by wrapping them in foil and then placing them in a 275 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes. You can also heat them in the microwave, but they may turn out a little soggier. Make sure they are kept warm until serving.
Serve. Serve with nachos or chips and salsa as an appetizer. Include small bowls of the toppings so that each person can make their own fajitas with their preferred toppings.
The key to good steak fajitas is to make sure everything is hot when it's served. Fajitas are a delicious meal for any occasion.