Prize Winning Fajitas!

Flank or Skirt Steak marinated just right with a mouthwatering kick.  Even Paula Deen would be envious of how wonderful these taste!


Prize Winning Fajitas!

Fajitas like you find in Texas, made in your own kitchen!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: southwestern
Keyword: Authentic Southwestern Fajitas, Prize Winning Fajitas
Author: Debbie


  • 2 pounds skirt or flank steak marinated in above recipe
  • 1 medium onion halved and sliced lengthwise
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper sliced
  • 8 8-inch
  • flour tortillas
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sour cream for topping
  • Herdez® Salsa Verde for topping
  • Guacamole for topping
  • Pico de gallo for topping
  • Cheddar cheese shredded, for topping
  • Additional Limes for finish


  • Wrap tortillas loosely in foil
  • Toss sliced onion and bellpeppers with olive oil and juice of 1 lime.
  • Preheat a ridged cast iron grill pan on high heat.
  • Remove steak from marinade
  • Discard marinade
  • Lightly oil grill pan (do not use spray)
  • Grill the steak over medium-high heat
  • Cook for 4 minutes on each side
  • Transfer to a cutting board and let rest
  • Place wrapped tortillas in 350 degree oven
  • Add onions and bell peppers to grill pan
  • Cook until tender crisp (7-8 minutes)
  • Remove tortillas from oven and place in tortilla warmer.
  • Thinly slice steak against grain
  • Assemble with Sour Cream, Salsa Verde, Pico degallo, Guacamole and Cheese
  • Lightly spritz with lime juice


Cook's note:
I ONLY make my tortillas from scratch now (thanks Lori) Here's a great video  and recipe on how to make em! EZPZ too!   And Casera and Salsa Verde are from Herdez® the ONLY brand I'll ever use.. These little tweaks make these fajitas  extra delicious!

Quick notes

If you want your fajitas to sizzle to the table. Heat lightly oiled flat skillets in 400 degree oven, for about 4 minutes. You can do this as you assemble the condiments to bring to the table. When you are ready to serve, remove the cast iron servers from the oven and quickly arrange the meat and peppers and onions on it. It will immediately start to sizzle from their fat and moisture. Top with a spritz of lime juice and you'll have those 'restaurant' sizzling fajitas at your own table.
Copyright © Simple Plate 2004-2011.




Carne Asada Marinade

Traditional With A Southern Kick
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: southwestern
Keyword: fajita marinade
Author: Debbie


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 limes squeezed
  • 2 oranges squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic crushed
  • 1 small texas sweet yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • small bunch cilantro chopped no stems
  • 2 small jalapenos chopped
  • 2 or 3 splashes Tabasco® Brand Green sauce
  • 1 7 oz can Herdez® Brand Salsa Casera


  • Squeeze citrus and remove meat from peels
  • Combine the juice and citrus meats with remaining ingredients in blender
  • Process on high for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Use as marinade for skirt or flank steak
  • Pour this marinade on top of room temperature skirt or flank steak in a covered container or zip-loc bag for at least 1 hour. (longer is better as it allows the flavors to truly shine through. I generally marinate for at least 4 hours)


We like the spicier kick of Herdez© Casera Hot, but you can use any of their casera varieties. I recommend only Herdez brand for Authentic taste.
This makes  enough marinade for several flank steaks reserve off enough for the quantity of steak you are cooking and refrigerate the remaining.
Pour this marinade on top of  room temperature skirt or flank steak  in a covered container or zip-loc bag for at least 1 hour. (longer is better as it allows the flavors to truly shine through. I generally marinate for at least 4 hours)
Copyright © Simple Plate 2004-2011.


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  • sweetsugarbelle September 23, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Holy moly! now ur cooking! This is AUTHENTIC, and beautiful =) A little jealous of, u, to be honest!

  • Lori September 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Mmmmm, these look awesome!!! The marinade sounds soooooo good!

    Thanks for the link love girl!

  • Jade Tiu October 2, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I think this recipe deserve the winning prize. It looks delicious.. You’re the one who prepared this recipe right?

    • Simple Plate October 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

      I’m the only one I allow in my kitchen!

  • Helen October 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

    It looks so juicy. You have shared a great recipe for my family to enjoy. I can’t wait to know what my kids think about it. Thank you for sharing the recipe for this delicious meal.