How Do Mexican Restaurants Make Fajitas?

Fajitas are a delicious and popular dish at Mexican restaurants throughout the United States, but how do Mexican restaurants make fajitas?  If you've ever wondered how to make them yourself, without an expensive fajita maker "as seen on TV," then look no further.  Check out the instructions below for an easy, quick way to make fajitas at home.

  1. Choose which meat you want. While most Mexican restaurants make fajitas with beef, you may decide you want to use chicken, pork or venison. Any of these choices are fine. You'll want approximately a pound of whichever meat you choose in order to make four fajitas, and it should be thinly sliced. All measurements from here on out will be consistent with a recipe for four; double it if necessary.
  2. Combine your spices. You'll absolutely need 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to make fajitas. In addition to this, you may want to add any or all of the following: two teaspoons cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and one teaspoon oregano. Combine all of these in a Ziploc bag.
  3. Shake it up! Now put the slices of meat in the bag one at a time, and shake it up to coat them with the spices.
  4. Cook the meat with some vegetables. To make fajitas, you'll then want to sauté the meat in a skillet, along with two cups of sliced onion and two cups of sliced bell peppers–whichever combination of red, yellow and green that you prefer. Start with a teaspoon of vegetable oil, then add the meat and veggies and sauté for five minutes, or until the meat is done. At this point, you can stir in a tablespoon of lime juice if you want to get fancy but this is not a necessary step to make fajitas.
  5. Warm your tortillas. The package should tell you how to do this; the easiest way is just to warm them in the microwave. You don't need fancy equipment to make fajitas!
  6. Serve. Most people would recommend that you serve the tortillas separately from the steak and veggies, so people can make their own. You'll also want to have salsa and sour cream available on the side.  If your salsa is mild, offer hot sauce as well. Enjoy!
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