Vegetable and Steak Fajitas with "Killed" Jalapeños
4 servings (serving size: 3 fajitas)
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr
12 ounces flank steak
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and cut lengthwise into strips
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
4 cups sliced mushrooms
2 cups sliced zucchini
2 cups sliced onion
1 1/2 cups red bell pepper strips
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chili powder
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
How to Make It
Place beef in freezer.
Combine water, juice, and sugar in a bowl. Add jalapeños; toss well.
Heat a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Cut beef across grain into thin slices. Add 1 tablespoon oil and beef to pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Sauté 3 minutes or until done; remove from pan. Add sliced mushrooms, zucchini, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to pan; sauté 4 minutes. Remove from pan. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add onion, red pepper, garlic, chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; sauté 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add beef and mushroom mixture; cook 2 minutes or until heated.
Heat corn tortillas according to directions. Place 3 tortillas on each of 4 plates, and top each with 1/3 cup beef mixture. Top evenly with jalapeños and cilantro.
This dish was very worthy. I initially had some trepidation about the "killed" jalapenos but they turned out completely mild, almost too much so (though very flavorful, just not hot). I took cmwilliams' advice and made a rub from lime juice, lime rind, chili powder, salt and pepper and let the steak marinate a few hours. We have a Traeger BBQ so I wanted to grill the meat instead of pan-frying it. As I said, I was a little afraid it would be too hot for me or DD, it was actually almost too mild - even with the addition of the chili powder rub on the meat. Next time I'll use a little ancho chili powder to spice it up more. After assembling the tortillas we added a sliver of avocado and some low fat sour cream. Delicious meal - we'll definitely do this one again.
We thought this was good! I agree with another reviewer that the steak needed a little more flavor. Before I cut and cooked it, I applied a rub, but it still wasn't very flavorful. A marinade might be nice to add more flavor and make it a little more tender. I was amazed at how much the jalapenos mellowed; they added a nice lime flavor and crunch (and not much heat). Overall, this was good, and we'll make it again.
The idea is great, but I wanted more flavor depth. I would grill the flank steak whole, then slice and add at the end as suggested. I would also season the meat more next time. I have a recipe that involves scoring the flank steak a day before and spreading with a paste of lime juice, shredded lime rind, just a bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and chili powder. Might suggest that...