Sunday, July 8, 2012

Recipe #19 - Fajita marinade

This past weekend, we had a few friends over for dinner. I wanted to make fajitas and all of the fixins', but I didn't want to buy the pre-seasoned fajita meat. I looked for a marinade I could try. The original recipe is here:

The ingredients below are based on either one pound of top sirloin or one pound of chicken breast.

Meat Marinade Ingredients:
*1/4 cup lime juice
*1/3 cup water
*2 tblsp olive oil
*4 garlic cloves, crushed
*2 tsp soy sauce (I used low sodium)
*1 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp liquid smoke
*1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
*1/4 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients and marinade the meat overnight. Grill meat over an open flame, flipping every 5-6 minutes, until thoroughly cooked. Thinly slice the meat. Set aside and keep warm.

Fajita Vegetable Ingredients:
*1 small onion
*1 small red bell pepper
*1 small green bell pepper
*2 tblsp water
*1 tblsp olive oil
*1 tsp soy sauce
*1/2 tsp lime juice
*1 dash salt
*1 dash black pepper

Thinly slice all vegetables, and set them aside. Mix remaining ingredients together in a large frying pan. Add sliced vegetables to the frying pan and cook them until brown. Add sliced meat to frying pan.

Let me first start by saying that I was really nervous about the marinade. I didn't like the way it smelled, so I was worried that would translate to not a good flavor. We cooked both steak and chicken. Both meats were so incredibly good! I was surprised by how juicy and tender the chicken was. This is definitely a keeper recipe, and it was so easy! I'll be saving this for game watching parties and tailgates!!