Teaching myself to cook, one recipe at a time.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Steak Fajitas

Hubby and I love to order steak fajitas at Mexican restaurants. We split an appetizer and then an order of these. They’re always so yummy when someone else makes them.

But I’ve never managed to make steak fajitas worth writing home about.


Mainly because my method was: (a) buy package of pre-cut “stir fry beef” from the grocery store, (b) sauté this with a packet of “fajita seasoning.”

Meh. Underwhelming.

(Is that a word? I’ve heard it used so many times that it has lost that sense of being wrong)

So it had been a long time since I made steak fajitas. Then, somewhat recently, I was inspired to try again. I had a pound of sirloin leftover from a wine fondue night, so I thought I’d turn it into something else. I found a recipe and went with it.

First, I made a marinade. Some soy sauce…


Some red wine vinegar…


Some light corn syrup (I have such few things to do with corn syrup that I was a bit excited about this!)


Some hot sauce… For this, I finally opened the tabasco sauce that was a favor at my friend Diane’s wedding. Another friend had seen it at my house this summer and asked why I hadn’t opened it, what I was possibly saving it for. I didn't have an answer, so maybe it was time.



Also, some black pepper


Here it is, all whisked together.


This was my sirloin. The recipe said to use flank steak, but this was nice too.


After I sliced it up, I smooshed it in the dish with the marinade.


Then I cut up some veggies (onion and green pepper):


And smooshed them in there, too:


Then I put it in the fridge for about 24 hours before sautéing it and serving.

And forgot all about taking pictures.

Luckily, I made it again soon after this. This time, I used skirt steak:




This time around, I whipped up some guacamole to go with it. I started with a lot.


Then I ate a lot while I waited for hubby to get home. I couldn’t help myself. I was hungry.



Ooops. In my defense, that is a very small bowl.

Anyway, when he was about 10 minutes away, he texted me to let me know that he was almost home. I threw everything in a hot pan and sautéed it just long enough to cook the meat. I wanted the veggies to be crispish, not too tender.



When I served, I sprinkled the meat and veggies with some Mexican blend cheese and added a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.


Very yummy, very juicy!


This recipe is definitely a keeper. Finally, homemade fajitas that are actually pretty good! They were both juicy and flavorful, and a very easy weeknight meal if you’ve had the foresight to marinade in advance.

Give it a try!

1 comment:

  1. Looks Yummy! And thanks for the shout-out! We are out of tabasco and have been for about a year.. i find a sliver of irony in that! :D