Easy Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas

 Easy Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas

The Spruce / Ali Redmond

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Marinate: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
955 Calories
38g Fat
97g Carbs
52g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 955
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1266mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 52g
Vitamin C 7mg 33%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 10mg 56%
Potassium 817mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This Tex-Mex classic is a delicious alternative for feeding large families in a casual and nutritious way. Warm tortillas, juicy steak, and sweet peppers and onions make this beloved dish an easy alternative for a weeknight dinner. Besides, each guest can customize their fajitas to taste by adding hot sauce, fresh herbs, pickled onions, crumbled queso fresco, avocado slices, or any other topping you can think of that suits the meat flavor profile—think pico de gallo, jalapeños, grilled mushrooms, or a touch of sour cream. Get ahead of the "dinner-game" by making the marinade mid-afternoon, leaving the steak to soak up the flavors until dinner time. A minimum of 2 hours maximum of 4 hours of time is recommended.

Use rump, flank, or the favorite, skirt steak, to make these fajitas. In fact, the word “fajita” in Spanish stands for “little strips” and comes from the word “faja”—“belt,” “strip,” or “girdle,” referring to the strips of meat, usually skirt, originally used for this dish. This recipe works just as well with chicken, pork, turkey, tofu, tempeh, or just vegetables if you want to keep it meat-free. For a gluten-free alternative, use corn, cassava, almond, or chickpea flour tortillas.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds skirt steak

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, ground

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 3 assorted colors bell peppers, thinly sliced

  • 1 large sweet onion, or red onion; thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

For Serving:

  • 12 7 to 8-inches flour tortillas, or corn tortillas; warmed

Steps to Make It

Marinate the Meat

  1. Gather the ingredients.

     Easy Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas

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  2. Trim the skirt steak and cut it into large pieces that will fit on a grill or in a ridged grill pan.

    Trim the skirt steak and cut it into large pieces


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  3. In a small dish, mash the minced garlic with 1 teaspoon of salt to create a paste.

    mash the minced garlic with salt

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  4. In a large, heavy-duty freezer bag, combine the garlic paste, lime juice, cumin, and olive oil. Seal and shake to combine.

    garlic paste, lime juice, cumin, and olive oil in a plastic bag

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  5. Place the skirt steak, bell peppers, onion, and cilantro sprigs in the bag. Squeeze out the air, and turn to coat the meat, distributing vegetables evenly.

    Place the skirt steak, bell peppers, onion, and cilantro sprigs into the bag with the marinade

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  6. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or a maximum of 4, allowing the marinade to penetrate the meat.

    leave meat and vegetables to marinade in the bag

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Cook the Vegetables and Grill the Steak

  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high heat. Remove the skirt steak from the marinade and place it on a platter, shaking off the liquid and reserving the marinade with the vegetables.

    marinaded vegetables in a bowl and meat on a plate

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  2. Heat a heavy skillet over high heat, to the smoking point. Drain the vegetables and cilantro and saute them until slightly charred and softened, but not mushy. Set aside.

    peppers cooking in a skillet

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  3. Grill the skirt steak over high heat until medium-rare—about 2 minutes per side.

    Grill the skirt steak over high heat until medium-rare

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Assemble and Serve

  1. Slice meat into strips against the grain.

    Slice meat into strips against the grain

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  2. Serve immediately with warm tortillas, seared vegetables, and any other toppings of your choice.

    Easy Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas on a plate

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  3. Enjoy!

Can I Make the Fajitas on the Stove?

If you do not have a gas or charcoal grill, you may use a cast-iron or heavy grill pan on the stovetop. After cooking your vegetables, keep the skillet very hot, add the meat, and sear it 2 to 3 minutes per side, until medium-rare.

How to Serve Fajitas

When serving fajitas, diners traditionally place strips of meat with grilled vegetables, guacamole, salsa, and sour cream into the tortilla and fold it up taco or burrito-style. When serving, you can assemble in the kitchen or place all items on the table separately so each person can build their own to taste.

Lemon wedges, hot sauce, tangy coleslaw, cheese (Cotija, Colby, Manchego, or queso fresco are best), corn kernels, or refried beans are also great additions to your fajita spread.

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