The flavors of Mexican food can be complex and intense. However, very few Mexican recipes are complicated and are thus ideal for the novice chef.
While not actually traditional Mexican food (technically they are Tex-Mex), fajitas are still one of the most popular items on Mexican restaurant menus. Grilled strips of meat are served sizzling hot with onions, bell peppers, cheese, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and tortillas. But you don’t need to go to a restaurant to enjoy your own delicious fajita feast.
The recipe below is for classic fajitas, made with grilled strips of skirt steak. Chicken or shrimp can be substituted for steak. Or make all three and have a fajita party!
Steak Fajitas Recipe (Serves 4)
· 1 lb of flank steak or skirt steak
· 2 teaspoons of olive oil, divided
· 1 large yellow onion, peeled and sliced into strips
· 2 large bell peppers, sliced into strips
· Juice of 1 lime
· 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
· 2 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
· 1/2-teaspoon ground cumin
· 1/2 fresh Jalape�o pepper, seeded, finely chopped
· 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
· Shredded cheese
· Shredded lettuce
· Sour cream
· Flour tortillas
1) Mix all marinade ingredients together, and marinate the steak for at least an hour.
2) Add a teaspoon of olive oil to a large skillet. Fry the steak over high heat on each side for 3 minutes. Remove from pan and let sit for 5 minutes.
3) Reduce the pan heat to medium high. Add one teaspoon of olive oil and cook the onions and bell peppers, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes, until the onions are slightly translucent.
4) Slice the meat against the grain at a slanted angle
5) Serve immediately with the onions and bell peppers, shredded cheese, salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and warm flour tortillas.