Flank Steak Fajitas Recipe

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Flank Steak Fajitas is a very tasty, flavorful dish suitable for a family celebration, and because it is a Tex-Mex dish, it is rich in spices with delicious flavors. This combination is so amazing and delicious that it will easily bring the whole family around the table!

The most suitable meat for Steak Fajitas is the flank steak, which is marinated for about 2 hours in authentic Mexican spices and then grilled to perfection. The vegetables for this dish are sautéed peppers and onions, which pair perfectly with the flavorful Flank Steak Fajitas.

Flank Steak Fajitas are easy to prepare. You can cook it on the grill or the stovetop. But surely, each of your guests will be fascinated by the taste of this amazing dish! Here is an easy-to-follow guide for making this delicious Flank Steak Fajitas recipe at home.

Flank Steak Fajitas

Let’s Learn A Bit About Flank Steak Fajitas

Fajitas are a dish of Tex-Mex cuisine that includes three main components: stripped grilled meat, peppers, and onions. The name of this delicacy comes from the Spanish “faji”, meaning belt or strip. It was not until 1971 that the word “Fajita” appeared in printed documents.

People originally used skirt steak to make this delicacy. Nowadays, however, other beef cuts, such as flank steak, chicken, and vegan meat alternatives, have become popular choices. Flank Steak Fajitas are a perfect choice for a large family lunch or dinner.

Tools

What you should prepare to make this Flank Steak Fajitas recipe.

  • Grill pan: You will cook the meat in the grill pan.
  • Stovetop pan – medium size: For sautéing the vegetables for the dish.
  • Kitchen turner: Helps with the sautéing part.
  • Cutting board – large size: You will need a large cutting board to thinly slice the already-cooked meat.
  • Cutting board – medium size: For cutting the vegetables.
  • Food thermometer (optional tool): You can easily control the meat cooking process using this tool.
  • Garlic press (optional tool): If you don’t own a garlic press, you can just chop the garlic very finely or use a mortar.
  • Bowl: You will prepare the marinade for flavoring the meat in this bowl.
  • Ceramic tray: For marinating the meat

Ingredients For Flank Steak Fajitas Recipe

To make the Flank Steak Fajitas, you need the following ingredients:

Fajita Seasoning
  • Beef – The most suitable meat for Steak Fajitas is the flank steak. Flank steak is a cut of beef that is boneless and tender, takes marinade very well, and is perfect for grilling at high heat. All tendons must be removed from the meat.

The meat for this recipe can be grilled or cooked on the stove using a grill pan. If you use a food thermometer while cooking the meat, it will be easier to control the process of cooking. The inner temperature in the thickest part of the meat should be at least 145 degrees F.

  • Fajita seasoning – This is a ready-made spice mix that is sold in packets in the stores, but if you can’t find it, I’ll also include a simple homemade recipe below.
  • Lime juice – Only freshly squeezed.
  • Vegetable oil – In this recipe, I used sunflower oil.

To make the sautéed vegetables, you need:

Salt And Black Pepper
  • Vegetables – Colorful peppers and yellow onions are perfect for this dish.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves. They give a stronger flavor to the dish.
  • Vegetable oil – I used sunflower oil in this recipe, but canola oil, olive oil, or avocado oil are also suitable.
  • Salt and black pepper – Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Seasonings – Sprinkle the dish with fresh cilantro and lime juice.
  • Serving – Serve with avocado slices, tortilla, and hot sauce.

Detailed Instructions

Are you getting hungry yet? Let’s waste no more time and get to the kitchen right away!

Step 1: Marinate The Meat

Start making Flank Steak Fajitas by first marinating the meat. You need a large piece of flank steak, about 2.2 pounds (1 kg). If you can’t find a whole piece of meat in the butcher shops, just get a few steaks that weigh about 2.2 pounds in total and work with them.

Start Making Flank Steak Fajitas

In a bowl, mix dark brown sugar, ground cumin, salt, smoked paprika, dry oregano, garlic powder, hot pepper, nutmeg, dry thyme, and dry rosemary well. Your Fajita seasoning is ready.

In a bowl, mix well the ingredients for the marinade – fajita seasoning, lime juice, and oil and firmly press/rub the spice mixture over all sides of the beef. Leave the meat to marinate in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

Fajita Seasoning
Leave The Meat To Marinate

Step 2: Cook The Vegetables

While you are waiting for the beef to marinate, you can prepare the vegetables. Cut the onion and peppers into strips and sauté together with the crushed garlic, salt, and pepper in a stovetop pan until the vegetables are soft and slightly caramelized.

Prepare The Vegetables
Crushed Garlic Salts
Chili Onion Island
Slightly Caramelized
Take Out The Cup

Step 3: Cook The Flank Steak

To cook the flank steak – Heat the grill pan well and put the meat in. Grill each side, depending on the thickness of the meat, for 5 to 8 minutes. If you measure with a food thermometer, the thickest part of the meat should reach at least 145 degrees F.

Cook The Flank Steak
Grill Each Side

Once the meat is cooked, transfer it to a large cutting board. Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes to retain its juices, and, using a sharp knife, cut the flank steak into thin slices.

Once The Meat Is Cooked
Cut The Flank Steak Into Thin Slices
Steak Into Thin Slices

Step 4: Enjoy!

Arrange the meat slices and sauteed vegetables on a serving plate, sprinkle with fresh cilantro and lime juice and serve with avocado slices and tortillas.

Meat Slice And Sauteed Vegetables
Fresh Cilantro And Lime Juice
Avocado SlicesA nd Tortillas

Don’t Miss These Cooking Tips

If you’re having trouble making this recipe, here are some tips that will surely be of great assistance to you.

  • If you want more sweetness, try adding orange juice or honey to the marinade mixture.
  • Besides tortillas, Flank Steak Fajitas taste exceptional with burritos, salsa, Mexican rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream.
  • Skirt steaks and sirloin steaks are great alternatives for flank steaks.
  • Always cut your steak against the grains and avoid cutting parallel to them.

Bring This Tex-Mex Delicacy To Your Dinner Table Today!

As you can see, Flank Steak Fajitas is an extremely flavorful dish made from simple ingredients. If you exclude the marinating time, this dish literally takes less than an hour to make! If you’re looking for a fulfilling meat dish for your next family dinner, this is the one!

When are you going to make this Flank Steak Fajitas recipe? Tell me what you think about today’s post in the comment. If you think that the recipe is delicious, don’t hesitate to share it with other people!

Flank Steak Fajitas Recipe

Flank Steak Fajitas

Flank Steak Fajitas is a delicious combination of flank steak seasoned with authentic Mexican spices and vegetables sprinkled with fresh cilantro and lime juice. Let’s make this tasty dish for your loved ones today!
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 220kcal

Ingredients

For the flank steak:

  • 2.2 pounds (1kg) flank steak, whole
  • 1 tbsp Fajita seasoning
  • 1 tbsp juice of lime
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

For vegetables:

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 bell peppers (any color)
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Fresh cilantro for sprinkling
  • Juice of lime

For making the Fajita seasoning:

  • 3 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper
  • 0.25 tsp nutmeg
  • 0.25 tsp dry thyme
  • 0.25 tsp dry rosemary

For serving:

  • Avocado
  • Tortillas

Instructions 

  • Mix all the ingredients for Fajita seasoning well.
  • Mix the Fajita seasoning, lime juice, and oil and firmly press/rub the spice mixture over all sides of the beef. Marinate for 2 hours in the fridge.
    Leave The Meat To Marinate
  • Cut the onion and peppers into strips and sauté together with the crushed garlic, salt, and pepper in a stovetop pan until the vegetables are soft and slightly caramelized.
    Slightly Caramelized
  • Heat the grill pan well and put the meat in. Grill each side for 5 to 8 minutes.
    Grill Each Side
  • Once the meat is cooked, transfer it to a large cutting board. Let the meat rest for about 10 minutes, then cut the flank steak into thin slices.
    Steak Into Thin Slices
  • Arrange the meat slices and sauteed vegetables on a serving plate, sprinkle with fresh cilantro and lime juice and serve with avocado slices and tortillas.
    Fresh Cilantro And Lime Juice

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Notes

  • If you want more sweetness, try adding orange juice or honey to the marinade mixture.
  • Burritos, salsa, Mexican rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, and sour cream are excellent side dishes for Flank Steak Fajitas.
  • Skirt steaks and sirloin steaks are great alternatives for flank steaks.
  • Always cut your steak against the grains and avoid cutting parallel to them.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1387IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg
Mia Dimitrova

Mia Dimitrova

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Home Cooking, Meal Planning, Food Styling, Food Photography, Culinary Storytelling, Cooking-video Maker, European Food Content Creator, Bulgarian Food Evaluation Expert

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Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

  • Program: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography
  • Focus: Captured the soul of Bulgarian and European dishes, emphasizing the interrelation between visual appeal and culinary history.
    Completed a thesis titled “Bulgaria on a Plate: A Photographic Journey through our Gastronomic Legacy.”

European Culinary Arts Academy

  • Program: Certified Course in Food Styling
  • Focus: Gained expertise in presenting dishes from Bulgaria and beyond, understanding the intricacies of European culinary aesthetics.

Maria Dimitrova, or Mia, is a Contributing Writer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Her work beautifully intertwines the rich flavors of Bulgarian and European dishes with their visual storytelling, capturing the soul of each cuisine. Through engaging content and stunning photography, Maria explores the intricate relationship between food’s aesthetic appeal and cultural history.

Specializing in home cooking, food styling, and photography, she brings European culinary traditions to life, offering a unique glimpse into Bulgaria’s gastronomic heritage. Maria’s expertise highlights her deep appreciation for culinary art and invites her audience to embark on a flavorful journey through Europe’s diverse food landscape.

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