Fabulous fajitas

Monday, December 8, 2008

I grew up in Texas and we ate a lot of different foods. Of course being so close to Mexico we ate plenty of Spanish foods too! One of my favorites was fajitas! I was told by a friend of mine growing up that fajita meant steak in Spanish… I’m not honestly sure if that’s true but it’s been in my mind ever since I heard it. You can make them with chicken. That’s good too!

What you’ll need:

1 skirt steak or
1 pkg chicken breasts
Four tortillas
Taco seasoning (for chicken)
Liquid smoke (for steak)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded lettuce
Tomatoes, chopped
Onions, chopped finely
Sour cream
Picante sauce

For steak: Either cook on the barbeque pit or sauté in a skillet. Season the meat as you would any steak. Cook through until tender basting with liquid smoke. This takes about an hour on the pit. Slice after barbequing. Or slice thinly before cooking and sauté in a couple tablespoons of butter and about a ¼ cup of liquid smoke. Cook, stirring often for approximately 15 minutes or until tender. Skirt steak is notoriously tough so make sure you cook it long enough!

For chicken: Wash and slice chicken into medium-thin strips. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in package of taco seasoning and then add chicken. Cook, stirring often until chicken is finished, usually about 10 minutes.

Wrap your tortillas in foil and place in a 200 degree oven while you are cooking the meat. Garnish with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream and Picante sauce. Serve with refried beans and Spanish rice. Feeds 4.

Cost:
skirt steak - $3.50 or
chicken breast - $5.00/4 pack
tortillas - $1.18
taco seasoning - $0.50 or
Liquid smoke - $2.50
shredded cheese - cheddar - $1.50
lettuce - $0.89/head
tomato - $1.00
onion - $1.12
sour cream - $0.99
refried beans - $1.08
Spanish rice - $1.12
Total - $14.88 with steak
$14.38 with chicken

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