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Fajita love’n

Fajitas are a taste and fun meal to make.  I have several ways I like to make them (go figure) here’s one fast and easy way that can be done with a protein of choice.  First off for the best taste, make your own fajita season mix (spice rub as it were)

  • 2 tsps cumin
  • 2 tsps chili powder, if you like it more smoky use ancho chili powder
  • 1tsp paprika, again try different ones of variety (I like sweet or hot)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne, more if you like it hotter
  • zest of one lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together and rub on protein of choice and let sit for up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Little lessen:

Fajita commonly refers to any grilled meat that is served in a corn or flour tortilla, popular meats include but not exclusively chicken, pork, shrimp and different cuts of beef.  The traditional meat for fajita and where its name sake comes from is skirt steak.  Word of the wise, “faja” means belt or girdle in Spanish, the diminutive form of faja is fajita. 

The rest:

Last time I used Chicken and will use it as the example.  If use other meats times may need to be adjusted!

  • 1.5 # chicken tenders
  • 1 onion sliced in to half ringlets
  • 1 green bell pepper slice into thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into thin strips
  • 1 jalapeño pepper sliced into thin strips (devein and deseed for less heat) or to taste
  • 2 glugs or so of canola oil (or other oil that can handle higher heat)
  • juice of one lime

 

Toppings as you like

  • Cheese (shreeded co-jack or mex blend work well)
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce (not as common)
  • Tomatoes diced
  • Guacamole (I also like grilled avocado)
  • Taco sauce, salsa or pico de gallo
  • Tortillas (corn or flour)
  • Others?

After marinating meat (see above) heat up two heavier frying pans on mid high heat, add oil and then in one pan add the onions and peppers, stir and turn often, cook until soften but not limp.  In the other pan add the meat and cook through, this shouldn’t take too long 5 – 8 minutes, when meat is done squeeze lime juice over.  Heat up tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds or in the oven.  Add meat, onions and peppers to tortillas and your toppings of choice.

You can also through meat and veggies on the grill, I though bring out my cast iron pan for the veggies, I just like how they turn out in the pan.  Warming the tortillas on the grill too!

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