Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Olé, Olé Olé!!

i made beef fajitas the other night for my friends.

haha i love saying fajita. fa-hee-ta. the name fajita comes from the spanish word faja (belt). the meat in fajitas is usually made from a specific piece of skirt steak, which located between the heart and lungs (literally the loaction of a belt!). fajitas are traditionally served with the meat in a pan, accompanied by a plate of warm tortillas, a selection of vegetables and condiments. MYO.

This fajita recipe comes form the weekend australian (with a little bit of modification). Because you marinade the meat, its ok to get a tougher (less expensive) cut of meat as it will tenderise, but remember to remove visible fat as fajitas are not a fatty meal. The mexican spice mix is also a great opportunity to go check out those loose produce stores.

Beef fajitas (makes 12 tortillas)

1 kg rump beef - cut into strips
3 red capsicums
2 green capsicums
1 red (or brown) onion
extra mexican spice
12 tortillas
1 avocado sliced
1 tomato sliced
3 carrots (grated)
2 cups grated cheese
sour cream

Mexican Spice:
(store in empty spice container - its a great spice for BBQ meat) - 1tsp = approx 5g
25g nutmeg
15g cumin
15g chilli powder
(can use chilli flakes)
15g ground coriander
5g garlic powder
(can use garlic salt and just dont add salt)
10g salt
5g ground black pepper
5g paprika
1.5 tsp thyme leaves
(i didnt add these it still turned out good)

100mL soy sauce
60mL lemon juice
60mL vegetable oil
300mL water
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp mexican spice

Make mexican spice.
Mix all marinade ingredients in bowl. Add beef strips. Marinade in fridge for 2hrs or more.
Chop capsicum into strips. Slice onion.
Arrange grated carrot, grated cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce and sliced avocado on a plate
(or on the chopping board for a rustic look)
Cook beef in frypan on a very high heat
(want beef to sizzle, not simmer), pour off any juices. (if you do it in batches its easier to ensure sizzle) return beef to frypan and add capsicum and onion. cook until onion is soft and capsicum is starting to soften.Mix 1tbspn of mexican spice into the meat.
Heat tortillas in microwave for 30 seconds.
Place meat mix
(leave it in the frypan, looks better) veges, salsa, sour cream and tortillas on the table and let the tortilla creativity begin!

Fry meat on the BBQ instead of a frypan to avoid making the house smell like fajitas - also less dishes!
Use wholemeal tortillas for a healthier option
To make guacamole, mash avocado, add 1 tspn of lemon juice, 1tspn of tobasco and a sprig of thinly sliced spring onion
Leftover meat mix can be frozen, as can leftover tortillas!!
Use baby tortillas for kids, they'll love the ownership of creating their own dinner
You can substitute the beef for chicken
For vegetarian fajitas, skip the marinade step, and fry (or BBQ) strips of eggplant or zuchinni. Sprinkle the veges with Mexican Spice before serving.

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