Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Beef Fajitas and an Award

Who loves fajitas raise your hand! Forget about a written story to go with this, the pictures say it all!


In a 2 cup measuring cup, combine the juice of one orange and two limes, 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic,
3 chipolte peppers, 1 big handful of roughly chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon salt.
Pour all of the above ingredients into a blender or you can use an immersion blender and puree the ingredients until smooth. This will become your marinade for your meat.
I used a 1 lb. flat iron steak because it was economical, lean, great flavor and tender. You can also use a flank or skirt steak for this.
Place the meat in a re-sealable plastic bag and add pour in the marinade. Seal and shake to coat. Refrigerate the beef for 2 to 4 hours to flavor the beef.
While the beef is marinading, let's make some guacamole!
Half and pit 2 ripe avocados. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado into a bowl and mash the avocados with the back of a fork, leaving them a little bit chunky.
Add the juice of 2 limes, 1/2 small onion chopped, 1 clove of garlic minced, one jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped, 2 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix all ingredients together and place sheet of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole and refrigerate for least one hour.

Preheat a grill pan on medium-high heat. Drain the marinade from the beef and reserve marinade. Lightly oil the grill pan. Season liberally with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Grill the steak over medium-high heat.
Cook for 4 minutes on each side.

Transfer beef to a cutting board to rest.
Once the beef is off the grill pan and resting, add the 1 sliced red bell pepper thinly sliced and 1 medium onion thinly sliced. Squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lime over the vegetables and 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and tossed to coat the peppers and onions evenly with the olive oil and lime juice.
Grill the vegetables for about 7 to 8 minutes until they are just barely limp.

While the peppers and onions are cooking, heat up the tortillas. I used a pannini press coated with non-stick cooking spray but you can use any free burners on a medium low flame for about 30 seconds per side if you have a gas stove. Once heated remove the tortilla to a plate lined with a damp paper towel and wrap to keep warm. You can also heat your tortillas in a microwave, lightly dampen a tea towel with some water, wrap the tortillas in the damp towel and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute.
Thinly slice the steak against the grain on a diagonal. Add to the grill pan with the peppers and onions and add a couple of tablespoons of the reserved marinade and toss.
To serve, spread some guacamole on a tortilla, top with a few slices of steak, peppers and onions, and salsa. Roll up the tortilla to enclose the filling. Add some sour cream and shredded cheese too!
Lynette from Netts Nook gave me this award. I am very honored to receive this award from Lynette. She has a wonderful blog that I enjoy very much. Please stop by Netts Nook for a visit and leave her a comment!
Ole'!


37 comments:

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

It looks wonderful!

April said...

Who doesn't just love fajitas?! I certainly do, and these look great! I can't wait to try them with the marinade!!

congrats on your award!

tamilyn said...

They need to make a candle scented like this. It is my favorite smell in a mexican restaurant

gigi said...

Can't you see that I have both hands in the air??

Is there any homes for sale in you neighborhood? I need to move closer to you so I can come eat supper at your house. I'll do the dishes and take out the trash.

Poor Harry had left over Olive Garden last night. (he didn't complain but then he never complains, unless I spend to much money)

Dawn said...

Well, I'm in the mood now, even though it's 9am, that's ok--I would love to eat a beef fajitas for a morning snack!

5 Star Foodie said...

I'm raising my hand high! They looks fantastic! I would love to have some for my lunch.

Peter M said...

Fajitas have to be one of the more fun and tasty foods...love the sizzle...gets me every time!

Susie said...

That looks soooooooo yummy!! Congratulations on your award:-)

CookingCourtney said...

those look fabbb :)
congrats on the award!

Beth said...

Oh what time are you serving dinner?? I want to come to you house as that looks wonderful!!

Netts Nook said...

Your Fajitas look great can't wait to try thanks for sharing. I am hungry for your Fajitas.

Netts Nook said...

Oh I forgot thanks for the shout.

TheWritersPorch said...

Fajitas are one of my VERY favorite foods, thanks for this great recipe!
Congrats on the Award! I think your Purpose is to make sure
None of us Ever Diet Again !!!
xoxo
Carol
Oh...I'm going to New Orleans in a few minutes! Shall I kiss the ground for you?

Cheryl said...

That is making me so hungry, I need a real meal! I am trying your marinade next time!

Debbie said...

Congrats on the award and the fajitas look great. Who doesn't love fajitis!!!!

Pam said...

I could eat this every single day. Looks fantastic.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

that looks ggooooooood

Gladys said...

Here is my fajita story.

My ex BIL invited the fam over for fajita's. We all sat around the big pit BBQ and watched him as he took the grate off and threw the meat directly onto the coals. Then proceded to do the same with the tortillas. Nothing says fajita's like Matchlight!

Bridgett said...

Wow, look at that slab of beef! I am coming to your house next time you make fajitas! So yummy.

Elra said...

Unbelievably delicious, loving the recipe Katherine.
Cheers,
elra

Donna-FFW said...

Katherine--- Your fajitas look gorgeous. I so LOVE them. Will you make them for me if I bring you pineapple mango margaritas??

Reeni♥ said...

Those look sooooo good! I love your marinade, very tasty!!

Marjie said...

So I guess a fajita is like a taco with big meat? When I stuff other kinds of meat in a tortilla, I just call it a "ham-o" or "turk-o" or something like that. Never let ignorance get in the way of a good food, I always say.

The Blonde Duck said...

I admit! Your beef fajitas are tastier than mine!

Where's my plate? Sniffle. Snuffle. Wuffle.

thecleanveggie said...

love love love fajitas!! sound delicious :)

Sophie said...

Congrats on your award! Well deserved!! Your meat looks so moist & yummie:)!!! Many greets from Brussels, Belgium!!

healthydelicious said...

I had fajitas last night- love them! I like the addition of chipotles in these. Nice!

Candy Girl said...

I LOVE flat iron steak! I haven't tried using it in a fajita and love the idea. Thanks!

Debbie said...

I grilled a flat iron tonight!

MaryBeth said...

Congrats on your award, you were very deserving of it. Your fajitas look amazing, I would love some. Thanks for stopping by to look at my soup.

Suzi said...

You want to come over to my house and cook for me? That looks so very good, I will have to try it.

Priscilla said...

I adore fajitas and yours looks amazingly good!

Pam said...

So, you did all that on a grill pan on your stove??!! I like the addition of orange to the marinade.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

This looks fabulous. You are making me hungry. Yum, Yum.
Sam

Selba said...

*raises hand*

I do.. I do.. I do... :)

*drooling*

Not Another Omnivore said...

Looks fantastic! My sister got a gimicky fajita kit for Christmas...but it's fantastic!

NAOmni

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Oh how I love chipotles! Great marinade, it sounds wonderful.

Congrats on your award!