Fajitas!

Fajitas are one of my family’s favorite dinners. I could probably serve it once a week without anyone complaining. They love it that much.

I’m not sure why – I don’t feel like I do anything special – but they absolutely love them.

I thought I’d share my recipe with you –  just in case you’ve never made these yourself at home before. I think they are better than the restaurant version.

The secret, to me, is two-fold: lots of seasoning and time. Time makes the meat tender. Seasoning makes it flavorful.  I don’t use any fancy ingredients; no special spices or exotic foods. You can buy any of this at the grocery store:

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I cut my chicken tenders into smaller, thinner slices.  Sometimes I do the same for the meat (depending on how thick it was cut at the store). I slice my onion thin and the bell peppers I leave a little thicker because I like that taste when I bite into my fajita. The refried beans I don’t put in the fajita meat when they are cooking, but I do heat them and serve them on the side to put in the fajita when it’s made at the table.

So, let’s get this recipe going here:

First, brown your meat in a little oil in your skillet:imgp4167

I put all the meat in together. It’s probably not how the Food Network folks would do it, but I (am lazy) don’t have time to cook each part separately and put it aside while I cook the rest. Just toss it all in, I say.

When the meat is cooked, I add the tomato and seasoning:imgp4168

Once I get that incorporated and let a little of the juices from the tomato cook off, I add the peppers and onion: (I don’t normally do yellow, just happened to have them on hand)imgp4169

Let it all simmer for a while – until the veggies are tender and you’re ready to serve. I love this skillet I inherited from my mom – I can set it to “Low” and let things stay warm under the lid until we’re ready to sit down to eat dinner together.

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Serve with warm tortillas, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, etc.

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Ingredients:

2 pounds steak, sliced thin
1-2 pounds chicken tenders, sliced very thin
2 bell peppers, julienned
1 large onion, julienned
1 can Rotel tomatoes with chiles
1 packet taco seasoning
Cumin
Chili Powder
Garlic Powder
Salt/Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Slice your steak & chicken into thin strips. Season lightly with salt & pepper & set aside.
  2. Slice your peppers and onion into thin strips. Set aside.
  3. Heat your skillet with some oil and add the meat.  As the meat is cooking, sprinkle liberally with cumin, chili powder and garlic powder.
  4. Sauté the meat until it is browned and then add the can of tomatoes and the taco seasoning.
  5. Simmer until most of the juices from the tomatoes has cooked off.
  6. Add the vegetables and cook until the onions are translucent.
  7. Serve with warm tortillas, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, etc.

These are a few of my favorite things…

Remember the song from The Sound of Music?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens;

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens;


Brown paper packages tied up with strings;


These are a few of my favorite things.

Well, here are a few of my favorite things (this week)

  1. See's Candies
    Have you tried their chocolate?  It's a west-coast thing and I would've never known about it except that my mom introduced me to them last winter. (which is weird because she is as far east as you can get, but that's another story)  ANYWAY,  they are good. I mean, REALLY good.  I am a chocolate snob.  I don't eat "regular" chocolates, unless there is a chocolate emergency, of course.  But the chocolates at See's are to-die-for. 

    I actually ordered myself a box a couple of months ago. I have it stashed on a shelf in my office and when I am having a bad day, I enjoy a piece (no one knows the box is there- it's my secret treasure – and that is why it has lasted so long. If the kids or the hubby knew it was there they would've gobbled it up already)

    They have this thing called a Scotchmallow. 
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    YUM.  It's got a base layer of caramel, homemade honey marshmallow on top of that and then it is enrobed in dark chocolate.  All I can say is when I die, I hope there are unlimited scotchmallows in heaven.  Because there should be.

  2. the MyBook Adaptable Planner
    This is the coolest idea. I saw one that a friend had a couple years ago and I have been wanting one ever since. I finally found out where the planner came from in September (I'm lame, I know) and ordered one. Actually, I ordered four. 
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    They have a small size (4×6) that is perfect for slipping into your purse or tote and you can put all sorts of decorations in the photo sleeves. I got one of these for my mom and I'm going to decorate it with pictures of the grandkids for her. 

    The larger size (6×8) is good if you need more space to write.  I am going to use one of those as a journal next year. I've already started decorating it.  Once I get it finished, I'll post some pictures so you can see what it looks like.

  3. The Couch to 5k Running Plan
    Well, I don't actually love this yet. I love the idea of it, though.  And, I'm seriously thinking I'm going to give it a whirl.  What do I have to lose?  I have always wanted to be a runner (something about the sweating part always got in the way, though) and maybe this will help me achieve my goals.  I'll have to keep you posted on this one. 

  4. My digital camera 
    We treated ourselves to a new camera last year as our Christmas gift (there wasn't really anything my husband I wanted or needed so we got that instead of a bunch of other stuff)  I LOVE IT.  It's a Pentax DSLR and I just love the crispness of the pictures and the vibrancy of the colors.  I carry it everywhere and I'm always snapping pictures (like this one)  of the family and day-to-day happenings. 
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    My camera makes me happy.

  5. Friday Night Mexican
    This has become a standard tradition in our house.  Mom's too tired to cook, everyone is fried, so off we go to the local Mexican joint (we frequent several around here) and indulge in copious amounts of queso dip, fajitas, tacos, quesadillas and margaritas (for Mom & Dad, of course) 
    It's a great wind-down to the week and it's so nice to not have a messy kitchen to clean up afterward.

What are your favorites this week?  Any favorite traditions your family has?  Leave me a comment and let me know…

Oh, and have a great weekend.  I'll see you Sunday over on The Lady's page with my weekly scrapbooking post.