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traditional fajitas

★★★★★ 5
a recipe by
Lynne Hawkins
Lusby, MD

I found this recipe years ago when I visited the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. The book is called Simple Southwestern Cooking. I use this recipe whenever I make beef fajitas. I've altered it a bit for making chicken fajitas!

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What a great marinade! Savory and satisfying, add a little cumin for an extra zing!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 5
serves 6-8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For traditional fajitas

  • 2
    juice of 2 limes
  • 2 Tbsp
    soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil, divided
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 1/2-2 lb
    flank steak
  • 12
    medium sized flour tortillas
  • 1
    red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1
    yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1
    green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1
    white onion, sliced in strips
  • 2 md
    tomatoes, cut in wedges
  • toppings such as pico de gallo, sour cream, cheese.

How To Make traditional fajitas

  • 1
    Whisk together line juice, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, and pepper in a large ziplock bag or non-metal dish.
  • 2
    Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • 3
    When steak has marinated, cut meat into 1/2 inch strips.
  • 4
    On hot grill, grill strips until almost done. Scoot meat to one side of the grill.
  • 5
    In skillet, bring remaining marinade to a boil. Reduce heat and add peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Cook until crisp/cooked. Optional: cook the veggies on the grill with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • 6
    Serve on warm tortillas, combining meat, veggies, and your favorite toppings.
  • 7
    If you want to use chicken instead of beef, replace the soy sauce with double strength chicken boullion.

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