Sunday, December 21, 2014

Skillet Steak Fajitas for an Easy Holiday Entertaining #SundaySupper with @Beef

Skillet Steak Fajitas for an Easy Holiday Entertaining #SundaySupper with @Beef

There seems to be a certain theme in my dishes recently. Namely, a mad scramble to find an alternate dish because I wasn't able to prepare my original idea. Such was the case last Sunday and it repeats its ugly head again today. The dish I wanted to prepare originally utilized the oven which is not available to me at the time of this writing. I do live in an apartment and the matter is being addressed by the maintenance staff but it requires an order for a replacement part and am at the mercy of the manufacturer and the shipping company, so I am too.

This dish isn't the first one thought of when discussing Holiday dishes, but I must ask, why not? The dish could easily be prepared on a weeknight and if presented buffet-style would be perfect for a potluck style Holiday celebration. In fact, beef can be much more versatile during this time of year than a roast (but that always works well too!) To learn more about the adaptabililty of beef, I encourage you to review the Beef Checkoff website, 'Like' their facebook page, in addition to following them on their twitter and pinterest pages, but especially the #SundaySupper Beef pinterest board for more recipe ideas. This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff. All opinions are my own.

From the standpoint of the dish itself, long time readers of my site will remember that I profiled this dish two and a half years ago however I've done some additional research since then and have learned to fortify flavor of the dish.

The Challenge

Replicate a more flavorful version of a dish I profiled previously.

The Source

This dish has been inspired by Serious Eats and The Pioneer Woman


1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 flank steak, approximately 2 pounds
3 bell peppers, each a different color (red, green, orange, or yellow), coarsely julienned
1 large yellow onion, peeled, cut in half lengthwise (from root to stem), then sliced thin crosswise
8 to 10 flour tortillas, warmed
Salsa, guacamole, sour cream and/or shredded cheeses, for serving


1. Marinate the fajitas. Combine the first eight ingredients in a small bowl, then divide the marinade between two resealable plastic bags. Place the flank steak in one of the bags and the bell peppers with the onions into the second. Push any excess air out of the bags, seal and refrigerate for 3 hours.

2. Cook the fajitas. In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon oil over medium high heat. While the pan is heating, remove the flank steak and the vegetables from their marinades and shake off any excess. Add the flank steak to the pan first, about 3 minutes per side or until medium rare. Remove from heat and set aside. Add the vegetables into the same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, approximately 5 minutes.

3. To serve, slice the flank steak thinly across the grain and serve with warmed tortillas and your chosen condiments, such as salsa, guacamole, sour cream and/or cheeses.


One of the things I liked about Ree's version in addition to Chef López-Alt's is the seasoning of the accompanying onions and peppers which don't receive as much attention as the beef in many recipes and a good example is the version I published previously.

Please check out other Beef dishes for this week's event:

Brunch or Breakfast for a Crowd
Main Dish
Potluck Style
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  1. I hope you oven is fixed now. Meanwhile, you sure did come up with a fabulous fajitas recipe.

  2. I don't know why I only make chicken fajitas---but I know what I'm making with the flank steak in my freezer! What a terrific recipe!

  3. Wow, your "mad scramble" works out in our favor because you have some great inspiration here! Now THIS is what I want for dinner! (Thumbs up to flank steak, anywhere, anytime.)

  4. Oh no! I'd be stressed if my oven needed a part and I couldn't bake this time of year. But I love how you took this as a challenge, and made a tasty beef dish, regardless! And who doesn't like fajitas?!

  5. I agree! Why not?? Fajitas are always a winner and such an easy dish to prepare during a hectic time of year! Great idea, DB!

  6. Mmmm....I LOVE fajitas!!! Great recipe!

  7. You can't go wrong with fajitas! They are always a hit in our family!

  8. These fajitas are perfect for the holidays! Everybody loves fajitas...especially with steak!

  9. Fajitas are always a winner in this house!

  10. Yum! Fajitas night is back in our home and you're invited! Hope you oven is fixed so you can get back to baking again.

  11. Flank is one of my favorite cuts of beef! So flavorful! This recipe sounds great!

    BTW...hope the oven is fixed and happy holidays!

  12. These fajitas look good! I agree about it being a great way to go for a holiday party!

  13. Fajitas are always the hit of any party and these look amazing!!


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