Sizzling beef fajitas

    30 min

    This Mexican fiesta-on-a-plate consists of strips of marinated steak, peppers and onions presented smoking-hot from the grill. It's a treat for the family, but also ideal party fare, so double or triple the recipe if you're entertaining a crowd.

    3 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 4 tbsp fresh lime juice
    • 1 tsp chilli powder
    • ¾ tsp dried oregano
    • ¾ tsp ground coriander
    • black pepper to taste
    • 350g (12oz) well-trimmed sirloin steak
    • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
    • 2 large red peppers, cut lengthways into flat panels
    • 4 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
    • 4 flour tortillas, 18cm (7in) in diameter
    • 250g (9oz) romaine or cos lettuce, shredded
    • 4 tbsp plain low-fat bio yoghurt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Combine the lime juice, chilli powder, oregano, coriander and black pepper in a medium bowl.
    2. Place the steak in a shallow bowl and spoon 2 tablespoons of the lime mixture on top; turn to coat both sides. Leave to stand while you grill the vegetables.
    3. Preheat the grill to moderate. Spray the grill pan with cooking spray or wipe with a little olive oil. Place the onions and pepper pieces, skin-side up, on the pan. Grill for about 10 minutes or until the peppers are charred and the onions are golden brown. Remove from the grill. When cool enough to handle, peel the peppers and thickly slice. Add the peppers and onions to the remaining lime juice mixture together with the fresh coriander and toss.
    4. Grill the steak for about 4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your taste. Leave to rest for 5 minutes before slicing thinly. Grill the tortillas for about 15 seconds on each side or until lightly browned.
    5. Place the sliced steak, peppers and onions, lettuce, yoghurt and flour tortillas in serving containers. Let each person fill his or her own tortilla.

    Some more ideas

    *Use orange or yellow peppers rather than red.
    *Roll up the meat mixture in large lettuce leaves instead of tortillas.

    Health points

    *The vegetable mixture for these fajitas provides more than twice your daily requirement for vitamin C. This important vitamin works as an antioxidant to fight off a wide range of diseases.
    *Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats and is believed to be partly responsible for the low rates of heart disease and stroke in people in Mediterranean countries. Several studies have shown that replacing saturated fat with olive oil helps to reduce high blood cholesterol levels.

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