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Flank Steak Fajitas

June 27, 2011

Ever since we got this…

… we had no reason to use our oven. This was ManFriend’s present to himself, and even though I thought it was a bit excessive at the time, I’m so glad we have it. Our meals are made faster, taste better, and are a lot healthier.

The other night we made delicious flank steak fajitas. Flank steak is usually cheaper at the supermarket, but the flavor isn’t lacking. If seasoned and prepared properly, it can be an affordable substitute to other kinds of steak and even chicken.

We decided on fajitas for the flank steak because I have a particular fondness for them. When I was in college, we lived within walking distance to a steakhouse that served 2-for-1 fajitas every Wednesday. As a poor college student, this was perfect. We could walk over to the restaurant, the roomie and I could share, and they often gave us enough for leftovers. The restaurant isn’t there anymore, but every time I drive by it brings me back to those good ol’ days. We may have been broke, but we definitely ate well (at least on Wednesdays).

The great thing about fajitas is that you can make them however you want. Which is what we did. I like mine simple and ManFriend likes his doubly loaded.

My simple version: tortilla, flank steak, grilled onions, sour cream, cheese and cilantro.

ManFriend’s monstrous version: crispy taco shells, melted cheese, tortillas, flank steak, grilled onions, avocado and corn salsa, sour cream, more cheese and cilantro. (Update: add refried beans to this list)

You, of course, can add anything you want to your fajitas. To each his/her own.

Flank Steak Fajitas

Recipe by me ManFriend!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 pound flank steak

2-3 tsp. McCormick Grill Mates Steak Rub

1 pkg. small tortillas

1 pkg. small corn tacos (if you’re going for ManFriend’s version)

1 large onion

2 tbsp. Lea & Perrins

dollops of sour cream

handfuls of cheese

3 tbsp. chopped cilantro

heaps of Avocado & Corn Salsa (recipe below)

DIRECTIONS

The night before, rub Grill Mates seasoning on thawed flank steaks. Keep cool in refrigerator over night.

The next day, preheat grill to 500 degrees F. While grill is heating, slice onions and throw into hot skillet on stove. Add Lea & Perrins. Stir on high heat until onions start to sweat. Lower heat, cover and simmer.

Once grill is hot, place flank steaks on grill. Grill for 3 minutes, turn over and grill other side for 3 minutes. To check doneness, touch the steak and if it’s firm yet soft, then it is done. Doesn’t take much! Take off the grill and let sit for 10 minutes.

By now, the onions should be carmelized. Take off stove.

Slice flank steak in thin slivers. Sprinkle chopped cilantro on warm flank steak to bring out the flavor.

Prepare fajitas as you wish. Like I mentioned above, I like mine simple while ManFriend gets a little crazy. It’s all up to you.

Avocado & Corn Salsa

INGREDIENTS

3  ears of sweet corn (husks intact)

1 large tomato

2 large Cali avocados

1 tbsp. cilantro

1/2 lime

DIRECTIONS

Place corn with husks still on in a water bath. Let soak for 1 hour. While cooking the flank steak, add corn(with husks on) to grill, turning occasionally. Once one side of corn is charred, remove from grill. Let cool.

Chop tomato, avocado and cilantro. Once corn is cool to the touch, remove husks. Flat side down, start to cut corn kernels off.

Mix all ingredients together, spritz with lime.

This is so good it can be eaten on fajitas or as a stand-alone salad!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Erica Donovan permalink
    June 28, 2011 9:12 am

    Looks great!! Sounds Delicious too!! You can crisp up your totillas next time for extra yumminess, just put a tsp of olive oil in pan, let it get hot, then put your tortilla in for a few seconds on each side, or when it starts to bubble turn it over, it’s great for any tacos and adds a touch of flavor. But yours did look yummy and so did manfriends!! :) Glad to see you gettin in the kitchen, fun right?!! Your such a house wife already!! :)

    • June 28, 2011 9:50 am

      thanks – they are so good. and they’re a little sweet from the sauteed onions – you know how i like my sweetness! i’m not exactly a housewife yet, but i’m a house-something lol

  2. Anonymous permalink
    June 28, 2011 7:25 am

    Looooks way better than Remmingtons, bia!!

    • June 28, 2011 9:51 am

      aww bia – they taste better, but the memories of remingtons are always the bestest! forever!

  3. Stephanie permalink
    June 28, 2011 12:25 am

    I have to make that salsa! Or you can make it and invite me over for dinner :)

    • June 28, 2011 9:52 am

      how ’bout both? i’m thinking of adding sliced magoes next time :) you know where i live now!! p.s. thank you for getting back to your blog, i was missing it!

  4. June 28, 2011 12:06 am

    These look delicious, Rach! And that grill is a beauty — definitely having homeowner’s envy that you have such a great space for hosting cookouts:)

    • June 28, 2011 9:52 am

      i’ll be sure to let manfriend now you approve of his grill, this will make his ego smile :)

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