Thursday, August 28, 2008

Fajitas



What are fajitas? Fajitas are strips of meat or chicken that started out being marinaded in lime juice and spices and then grilled to a medium rare perfection. Along with the chicken or beef, onion and peppers are grilled alongside to give the grilled meat it's exceptional flavor.

The fajitas are served with warm flour or corn tortillas, sour cream, salsa such as pico de gallo, and guacamole. It's a wonderful weekend meal prepared over the outdoor grill. Of course if it's raining or storming, grill the beef or chicken indoors over a grill pan. I love my grill pan. You can cook any cut of meat or chicken and attain the same beautiful grill marks made on your charcoal grill. So go ahead, marinade a couple of chicken breasts and a piece of skirt steak, or flank if you prefer. Make some guacamole, pico de gallo, and caramelize some onion slices. Grab a Corona beer, sit back and enjoy.

Tequila-Lime Marinated Fajitas

1 pound chicken breast
1 pound beef skirt (or flank)

Marinade
½ cup lime juice
½ cup tequila
1 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeños, seeds removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons oil, separated

Combine marinade ingredients and mix well. Place the meat into one 1-gallon size zip lock bag and the chicken into another. Pour half of the marinade into each bag. Squeezing out the air, zip each bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Use remaining oil to oil the grates of your barbecue grill. Get grill HOT. Grill quickly to a medium rare. Slice cuts of meat into thin strips and serve immediately.

If you are cooking up the fajitas indoors, cut the chicken breasts and skirt steak into thin strips before adding to a heated grill pan.

Heat large skillet (preferably cast iron) with 1 tablespoon oil. Cook meats (one at a time) discarding marinade. Cook 8 to 10 minutes for beef and 5 to 8 minutes for chicken.Serve hot with warm flour tortillas, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream and grilled onions. Serves approximately 4.

Aprovecho queridos amigos.
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Mexican Word of the Day: Chicken
My wife wanted me to go to the store, pero chicken go herself.
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17 comments:

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Hey Teresa! I made fajitas today, too! For lunch! I'm posting about them tomorrow. I used your Mexican rice recipe. Is it OK if I repost it? I'll link back to you and everything.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

OH Teresa I love Fajitas and i love Lime Juice. That pictures looks like I am right there at the table eating them with you and Bob. hmmmmm I wish. Great job.

Michele said...

and here I am...making a pot roast...when I should have made fajitas instead! Your food always looks sooooo delicous.

Esi said...

Fajitas are one of my favorite foods!! Whenever I order them (because I have never made them myself) I get them with no peppers and the onions well done...so delish!!

Debinhawaii said...

Your fajitas look amazing--I am now craving them!

RecipeGirl said...

Fajitas sound like a great idea for dinner tonight. I've been craving Mex food (thus my visit to your blog!) That tequila marinade sounds great!

Foodycat said...

I love fajitas - although I suspect what I have had is nowhere as good as your real deal!

Megan said...

I just want to pick up that planned and say "lunch is served!"

Megan said...

Sorry, I meant platter, not planned. LOL
I just want to pick up that platter and say, "Lunch is served!"
It looks sooo good!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

YUMMY! I love fajitas and I haven't had them in ages. Thanks for the reminder...now I am also starving!

VG said...

Yum...I love fajitas.

BTW,You have been TAGGED Teresa. Please check out my ‘Stop Food Waste’ post. Hope you will participate.

Regards, VG.

ARLENE said...

I love fajitas! I usually wimp out and use a spice mix, but next time I'm using the marinade you have here. I even like fajitas with grilled veggies as the filling.

Adam said...

I love chicken fajitas. I always knew they had that certain something, and now I think it might be the lime juice :)_

Awesome job, they look great with the caramelized onions.

Sophie said...

So delicious; fajitas are always good, I never get tired of them :). BTW, your word of the days always make me laugh! I just told my husband about the 'chicken' word of the day and he almost fell off his chair laughing (he needed the laugh too, because he's been studying all day :).

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