Fajitas, derived from the Mexican word for skirt steak, were created by Mexican farmhands, who grilled this cut of meat, wrapped it in flour tortillas, and ate them out of hand. Although originally made with skirt steak, they now are made with everything from shrimp and lobster to portobello mushrooms.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Yield: Serves 6
- Fajita Marinade
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon chipotle or regular chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 beef flank steak, about 1 1/2 pounds
- 3 medium bell peppers, a mix of red, green, and yellow, cored, seeded and cut into 12 wedges
- 1 large Vidalia or other sweet onion, cut into 16 wedges
- 12 (8-inch) flour tortillas, stacked and wrapped in foil
- 1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
- 3 ripe medium Haas avocados, halved, peeled, and cut into thin wedges
- 1 cup bottled salsa
- 6 scallions, white and light green parts, sliced
- Sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
2. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and onion, and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 6 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Stack the tortillas ad wrap the tightly in a sheet of aluminum foil. Place the wrapped tortillas in the oven to heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn the oven off and keep the tortillas in the oven until ready to use.
4. Preheat a gas grill to medium-high, or prepare a moderately hot charcoal grill fire. Grill the steak, covered, for 10 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Alternatively, preheat the broiler. Place the steak on a broiler-pan rack and broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat source for about 5 minutes on each side for medium-rare, 7 minutes on each side for medium.
5. Remove the steak to a cutting board, and let it rest for 5 minutes. Reheat the peppers and onions. Thinly slice the steak across the grain. Place a few strips of meat in the center of each tortilla. Top with peppers and onion, lettuce, avocado, salsa, scallions, sour cream, and cilantro. Roll up and eat out of hand.
Recipe Notes• After the meat gets cooked, you should let it rest for a few minutes and cut it across the grain diagonally in to thin strips.
• Always warm up the tortilla before wrapping the fajitas. The warming up procedure will make the tortillas soft and tender. It will also enhance the flavor and taste. It is quite easy to warm up the tortillas – you can do it in your oven or microwave or on the pan.