Steak Fajita Recipe

Steak Fajita, a marinated skirt or flank steak served with onions, colorful bell pepper strips, and traditional flour tortillas for the best sizzling dinner in minutes! 

Steak Fajita Recipe

A fajita in Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine is any stripped grilled meat, optionally served with stripped peppers and onions usually served on a flour or corn tortilla. The term initially referred to skirt steak, the cut of beef first used in the dish.

The tradition of marinating and grilling meat began in the 1940s with Mexican ranch workers living in West Texas near the Mexican border. The workers would tenderize the meat by pounding it and marinating it in lime juice before cooking it over an open fire. Then they’d serve it with various condiments rolled in a flour tortilla.

What do you need to make Fajitas?
Meat -  Flank steak or skirt steak is the best beef cut for fajitas. The most important thing you can do when making fajitas is to marinate them properly.

Bell Peppers - Fresh green, yellow & red bell peppers, cored & sliced lengthwise

Onion - Large white onion, thinly sliced

Seasonings - All seasonings can be modified to taste. Chile powder and cayenne pepper can be reduced or increased to taste.

Juice - Orange juice or lime juice.  Why citrus juice? Acids like citrus juice tenderize meat by breaking down its fibers.

How to Make Steak Fajita

  • Grill marinated meat, or sear meat in a cast-iron skillet until the desired doneness. Cut your steak into strips. 

Steak Fajita Recipe

  • Cut the beef against the grain. Cutting against the grain means to cut through the fibers and make them shorter. This makes the meat more tender and easier to chew
  • In a large skillet, saute peppers and onions in oil until crisp-tender.

Steak Fajita Recipe

  •  Add meat to peppers and onions. Remove and keep warm.

guacamole for steak fajita

How Do You Store Steak Fajitas?
  • Properly stored, the cooked steak will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. 
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked steak, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap it tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.

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Steak Fajita