My husband Michael is a huge fan of Mexican food; he would eat it every day, every meal. Yup. I like to experiment with new things that don’t always end up hot and spicy. So after a few days of not-Mexican food, it was time. Leftover steak from Western Colorado Cheese Steak paninis was perfect for a big ol’ batch of fajitas.
Fajitas are super easy to make and come together quickly, especially if the meat you use is already cooked.
- 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced, colors of your choice
- 1 onion, thinly sliced, rings separated
- 1 hot pepper of your choice, minced (This is a jalepeno and ended up WAY more spicy than usual! Does it look threatening? Not unusually so…)
- 2 tsp cumin
- a shake or two of red pepper flakes (I opted out of these, as it became apparent that the jalapeno would be plenty, plenty hot enough!)
- 1/2 pound meat of your choice, pre-cooked, thinly sliced. Or tofu or mushrooms if you want to keep your fajitas vegetarian.
- toppings of your choice–the usual suspects–avocado, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, black olives,….
Clean and slice bell peppers into thin strips.
Peel and slice onions thinly, separating rings, mince the jalepeno. (Look at those teeny, tiny pieces of jalapeno. Look at the pile of them compared to the pile of everything else. Really seemed reasonable at the time.)
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, add veggies and saute until they start to caramelize. This was when I discovered the jalapeno was uber-spicy-hot. The
evil vapor steam rising off the tiny, tiny jalapeno bits rose up and jumped down my throat. By then it was too late to reduce the amount of jalapeno, but I did opt out of red pepper flakes. Good decision.
Add meat, cumin (and red pepper flakes if using), and heat through.
Warm tortillas. Pile a healthy bunch of yummy, fragrant fajitas into tortillas and top as you wish.
I’m here to tell ya that these fajitas were yummy, but hot-hot-hot because of that jalapeno! I had to get more sour cream. And water. And a tissue. Michael was happy-happy-happy with the heat. Happy hubby=a very good thing.
If you have leftover meat from something, fajitas are one of the quickest ways to get a yummy dinner on the table. Perfect for anyone with a super busy schedule or anyone (like me) who forgets to plan something for dinner, then happily remembers, “Oh! I can make fajitas! Yummy!” Feel free to leave out the jalapeno altogether. 🙂