Simple Beef Fajitas Recipe

A classic beef fajitas recipe minus bell pepper. This recipe creates a steak dish that is a perfect pairing with tortillas, guacamole, or freshly cooked rice.

Simple Beef Fajitas Recipe
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Origin of the dish

Beef fajitas is a dish originated in Unites States specifically in Texas. It is a Tex–Mex, Texan – Mexican American or Tejano, made with strips of meat cut from the beef skirt. Its origin goes back to the 1930s to the Texas ranch lands of the Rio Grande Valley. The term “fajita” originally referred to skirt steak, the cut of beef used to make fajitas. The meat is typically cooked with onions and bell peppers, served sizzling hot. It's great with tortillas or can be paired with rice.

When is it typically served?

Beef fajitas is commonly served as the main dish on special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving and even birthdays. Some people like it paired with fresh tortillas, rice, guacamole, sour cream and salsa.

Kitchen Utensils You Will Need

You will be needing the following kitchen utensils in making the best beef fajitas:

  • Cutting board
  • Cutting knife
  • Bowls
  • Spatula
  • Frying pan
  • Serving plate

Beef Fajita’s Primary Ingredients – Skirt Steak.

Beef fajitas’ primary ingredient is a cut of meat called skirt steak. Skirt steak is a cut of beef steak from the plate. This type of cut is long, flat and it is popular for its flavor rather than tenderness. Both inside and outside skirt steak are trimmed. To minimize the toughness of texture and add its flavor, skirt steak is typically marinated before grilling, pan-seared and cooked very slowly, usually braised. They are commonly cut against the grain before serving to maximize tenderness.

Interesting Facts

  • In the United States, we commonly know it as Fajitas, the Mexican term for grilled skirt steak is arracheras.
  • Many may think Fajitas is a Mexican dish, it didn’t originate in Mexico. In fact, this dish was originated in the United States, particularly in Texas.

Tips and Tricks

  • To cook fajita meat to make it tender, go for equal parts oil to acid. For oil, use olive oil or grapeseed. You may use soy sauce instead of salt.
  • The best temperature to cook Fajita is 375°F (190°C).


  • 1/2 pound steak
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups of rice
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt to taste
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes (optional)


  1. Pre-heat skillet on medium-high.

  2. Slice onion and chop garlic. Slice the steak across the grain.

  3. Sauté onion and garlic in melted butter.

  4. Once onion is slightly translucent, add the beef steak and cook for 15 minutes (or until steak is tender).

    Simple Beef Fajitas Recipe
  5. If you like tomatoes, you can do the extra step which is to add cherry tomatoes topping for this dish. This step is optional.

    Simple Beef Fajitas Recipe
  6. Remove from heat. Enjoy!

Include this beef fajitas on your weekend dinner menu and impress your loved ones with this classic treat. It is super delicious and is a time-saver for a rushed nights like we all tend to have from time to time. Everyone will surely enjoy! This is indeed a favorite!