Tex-Mex Grilled Steak Fajitas
This is my inaugural post in the new Tex-Mex category and it is very fitting as this is a recipe that has claims on both sides of the border. This is also a very traditional Fajitas recipe in that it is made with flank steak now if you want to be a true purist it should be skirt steak there is a slight difference but they are fairly interchangeable and either will work in my opinion rather well.
Now as I said this being the first true post to this new category section I will be working on, I wanted to explain why after almost 8 years of running Mexican food sites I am adding what many will say is the Achilles heel of Mexican food in Tex-Mex. Well just so you know I will also be adding a Mexicali one in a few months once I fill this one up a bit. See I can already hear the authentic Mexican food nuts screaming that is not Mexican food and doesn’t belong here.
Well, see over the years I have changed my stance on the subject when I started out I tried to be pure 100% traditional Mexican cuisine see the problem has surfaced over the years that this definition is open to interpretation. I mean what is authentic Mexican food has blurred over the last few years and what was once only the realm of that Americanized Tex-Mex stuff has crept south and the other has crept north. So the lines separating true Mexican from southwestern cuisine has blurred and why not.
To think that Mexican chefs are somehow stuck in a time warp and glued to a particular timeline is silly. Mexican chefs are like all other worldly chefs and many have trained all over the world just like French, Italian, and American chefs have and because of this they fuse that knowledge into the recipes and dishes they make today. So what might have been mainstay 10 years ago now is not and what wasn’t now is. Does this mean we should discount any cuisine merely for the sake of a label? So the new theme of this site is anything that is of a Mexican inspired flare and taste no matter which side of the border it is from will leave the border stuff up to Donald Trump and his crowd and will go with if it taste great eat it.
- 2 lb. flank steak
- 1 red bell peppers, sliced thinly
- 1 yellow bell peppers, sliced thinly
- 1 orange bell peppers, sliced thinly
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced thinly
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 teaspoon chipotle 1chili powder
- 1 lime, juiced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 4 flour tortillas
- Sour cream
- Fresh salsa
- In a large Ziploc bag add the oil, cayenne pepper, chipotle chili powder, lime juice, and salt and pepper, seal and mix well.
- When well blended add the steak to this and turn a few times until steak is well coated and place in the refrigerator to marinate for an hour turning every 15 minutes and making sure all the meat is covered.
- Preheat the grill to high.
- When steak is well marinated this can be done the night before too, remove the steak and place the marinade in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil the sauce for 5 minutes so it kills of any bacteria from the marinating process (5 minutes at 160 min for safety is imperative!).
- Place the steak on a hot grill and grill for 5 minutes per side and remove to a plate and allow to rest a full 15 minutes so that the meat tenderizes fully.
- Take all the veggies and place in a bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and toss to coat with oil.
- On the side of the grill preheat a veggie basket for grilling the veggies.
- Add the vegetables to the grill basic and grill until tender.
- When steak is fully rested, slice the meat thinly in long strips going across the grain.
- On a plate add a flour tortilla you can heat these in a toaster oven for a few minutes if you like.
- Take the cut steak strips and add them with the veggies I a bowl pour the boiled sauce and toss well.
- Top the prepared tortillas with veggie and meat combination.
- If you so chose, top with sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole if desired.
This is a pure guy food thing I mean meat flame and some added flavor and veggies and it is a filling meal with a bit of a bite to it. What more could any guy ask for. If you are like me and have a house full of guys then this is the kind of recipe that is going to keep them worshipping you as a food goddess. Guy food doesn’t get much more basic then this and the good thing is you’ll even get dad to help out with the grilling so you will be able to sit back and relax and still have a house of happy guys when dinner is done.
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