Fajita

Fajita

Fajita is a Mexican dish made out of grilled skirt steak, peppers and onions served with flour or corn tortilla. The name came from the Spanish word “faja” means belt and “fajita” means small belt which somehow describes the meat part where this dish is made of, the skirt steak a part of beef that is considered a throw away during the old days. It is not the most tender part but it is prized for being so flavourful.


History suggests that this dish had been invented during the 1930’s as this beef part alongside with other offal such as hide; head and meat trimmings are given to Mexican cowboys (vaqueros) as a part of their pay. These cowboys then cooked it in open flame such as grill or campfire after a day’s work, but due to this part being small it was never sold commercially hence this type of dish was only familiar to vaqueros, butchers, and their close friends and families but thanks to Sonny Falcon this dish was commercialised in 1969 and we can enjoy a very good wrap that was totally unknown to the public during those times. Initially it was sold on rodeos, fairs and outdoor festivals in Mexico and Tex-Mex it was not yet called a fajita yet but as “Tacos la carbon” (The coal Tacos) then later became “Tacos a la Ninfa” (Tacos to the Nymph) until in 1990 and then with the help of Marketing of different fast food restaurants the name “fajita” was born.

Ingredients

700g beef steak but skirt steak works best
1 large white onion, sliced
1 red capsicum, sliced
1 yellow capsicum, sliced
1 green capsicum, sliced
juice from 1 lemon
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
handful cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil + extra
salt
frehsly ground black pepper


Method

  1. In a bowl mix together lemon, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, cilantro, olive oil and salt. Pour mixture on beef then marinate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Set a cast iron griddle over high heat then cook the steak for 2-3 minutes on each side, once steak are cooked set it aside to let the meat rest.
  3. Once beef have rested properly, thinly slice beef then set it aside.
  4. In a bowl add capsicum, onions and small amount of olive oil, toss to coat then place in the griddle. Cook peppers for 3 minutes but let it stand without stirring for long periods to sear.
  5. Add beef into the griddle, mix then serve.
  6. Serve with tortillas, salsa, shredded lettuce, sour cream and guacamole.

And one last thing, can you guys do me a favour, I want to win the Starbuck’s coffee contest at http://www.favedietsblog.com/november-blog-hop-giveaway-favorite-vegetable-recipes/, you can help me by voting my Pork and Cabbage in Black Bean Sauce recipe which I posted yesterday by hitting the like button (its the 13th item) in that site or this link (Like). Thanks!

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  1. I love fajitas. I haven’t made any in such a long time.. but I think this weekend would be a good time to make them. I need something before I start cooking for Thanksgiving next week.

  2. I have this once a while Raymund at TGIF though you know not beef for sure, its a lovely meal and looks good.

    Btw, where to like as click on the Red Colored “Link”, it brings me back to your recipe and I have to sign in with password to do this??

    • rsmacaalay says:

      Thanks for noticing that, I will check it should not suppose to ask your password it is just a link click counter I copied from that site (thats why it goes back to the same page, it will just refresh), the password one must be a glitch.

  3. Kristy says:

    We love fajitas! I haven’t made them at home in a long time. We usually do shrimp, but this version is one Mike would prefer I believe. Looks delicious Raymund. I especially love the cast iron pan!

  4. One of my weeknight favorites! Looks great.

  5. Eri says:

    Your fajitas looks so better than mine haha!!! thank you so much for the story behind the recipe again!! I voted for the pork and i think that I’m going to make it today!
    Have a great weekend!!

  6. Fajitas are one of the pleasures of living in Tex-Mex country! 🙂

  7. Judy says:

    This is making me so hungry right now! Simply delicious, I too use multicolored peppers 🙂

  8. Meri says:

    Fajitas are my favorite thing to get at Mexican restaurants- I like to put it together myself, that’s my favorite part. Well, that and the peppers and onions part obviously 🙂

  9. kiwidutch says:

    Love the look of this recipe …and yes I just voted for your other one too 🙂
    Good Luck in the competition!

  10. Carolyn Chan says:

    I love fajitas and they are so delicious and simple.

  11. I love fajitas…..
    They are simply delicious and fast fix for anytime…
    These looks really yummy.

  12. Love 2 Type says:

    already voted for you.. goodluck.. fajitas.. that sounds delicious and easy… i still have no idea where to find capsicum here though.

  13. Fabulous photo! Just voted Raymond. This fajita dish is definitely worth my vote!

  14. There is just always something so tempting about fajitas.

  15. foodjaunts says:

    We always get fajitas anytime we go out they’re so amazing. We like them with a mix of chicken, chorizo and shrimp (yum!).

    Here’s what I know about the history. Another translation of faja is girdle. The reason they were named fajitas is because the meat is from the part of the cow where the “girdle” would be. Lol, I think I watched a tv show on food origins that talked about that.

  16. My husband makes fajita once in a while…well, not it seems like a long time ago though. We love preparing fajita at home! Yours look delicious!

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