If I haven't mentioned this before, working full time and going to grad school made me a little chunky monkey. No offense to chunky monkeys, but that looks doesn't work for me. In order to slim down and tone up, I've been hitting the no carbs at night rule. So last night for supper I made steak fajita tacos on lettuce wraps. It was my first time really to try this, but it's delicious!
Let's get started.
So it's best to buy flank or skirt steak for fajitas, but I can't tell one piece of meat apart from the other
so I just bought this. This would be something like top cut thin sirloin.
I cut it on an angle in fairly thin slices.
For the seasoning, I used a packet of fajita mix from Krogers.
(Sorry, no picture. I was trashcan happy.)
The directions said to add the seasoning with water.
This is my new manicure. I'm trying to be trendy
with one nail painted different than the others.
I mixed up the mixture with my hand to really get the meat coated.
I let this marinate for about 45 minutes because I realized while I was cooking
that I left my work notebook at work and it was really important that I have it last night
to work on a project for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Once I got back from running to the office, I took and onion and bell pepper
and cut them up in strips for the fajitas.
Bulk up your food, not your calories.
Then, I added the meat mixture to a non-stick skillet.
I didn't need to add anything else at this time besides the water and oil
that was already in the marinade mixture.
While the meat was cooking, I cut up an onion, the other half the onion
from the fajita mixture, and two jalapenos for a little pico.
The spicier the better to me.
Once the meat was cooked, I added the onion and bell pepper.
I also added about 1/3 cup of water and put a lid on the pan.
This cooked the vegetables without cooking the meat as much.
I just used iceberg lettuce for the lettuce wraps.
It was $1.09 at Kroger and sometimes my budget trumps
my ability to buy the fancy, shamncy stuff.
Tore off a couple of pieces of lettuce.
Removed the fajita mixture from the skillet. Let it cool for a moment.
Added it to the top of the lettuce.
A little pico on top.
Couple of slices of avacado on each.
Topped with some cheese and a little salsa I had left over in the fridge.
I also made some black beans, recipe here, that I added on the side
for a little more protein and fiber.
And there you go! Steak fajitas on lettuce wraps.
Super simple. Super delicious.
- Flank/skirt steak - the amount will depend on your size of party
- Fajita seasoning
- 1/4 cup of water
- Large onion - use half for fajitas and half for pico
- Large bell pepper
- Cheese (depends on what kind you like)
- Salsa - optional
- Lime - optional
- Cut up your choice of meat on a slight angle into strips
- Add steak, seasoning, water and oil to a bowl to marinade.
- Cut up bell pepper and half of a large onion into stripes
- Add marinaded steak to a non-stick skillet to cook
- Once the meat is browned add the onion and bell pepper stripes
- Add lid to the pan and let the onion and bell pepper cook
- Dice one large tomato, other half of onion and jalapeño to make pico (You can also add cilantro.) - note - if I have any lime on hand I also add the juice of half of a lime.
- Add diced tomato, onion and jalapeño to a bowl, add salt and let sit.
- Slice up an avocado for the top of the fajita.
- Once your fajita mixture is ready, get your lettuce wraps ready.
- Add fajitas, pico, avocado, cheese and salsa to the lettuce wrap.
Eat and enjoy. This is so simple it's a little ridiculous how much I like it.