If someone enthusiastically tells you how he tried fajitos on vacation, you will not have to look enviously at the narrator. This appetizer, although one of the most common dishes in hot Mexico, but is very reminiscent of our shawarma. You do not have to look for a long recipe on how to cook fajitos at home. The main principle is that the meat is cut in stripes, hence the name “fajitos” - Faja in translation, is a strip. But just cooking Fajitos is not enough, you need to know the culture of eating this tasty dish.
Classic chicken fajitos
A classic Mexican appetizer uses beef. Chicken makes the dish less high-calorie and light. The spicy mixture can be wrapped in a corn tortilla immediately, and can be served separately for the components of the filling.
- chicken meat - 500 g,
- oil - 1 tbsp. l.,
- Crimean onion - 1 head,
- white onion - 1 head,
- fleshy red or yellow pepper - 1 pc.,
- corn tortillas - by number of people or more.
- vegetable oil - 2 tbsp. l.,
- lemon juice - 1 tbsp. l.,
- Teriyaki sauce - 2 tbsp. l.,
- garlic cloves - 1 pc.,
- chili pepper - 1/3 of the pod,
- paprika powder - 1 tsp.,
- salt - a pinch
- powder mixture of peppers - 1 tsp.
Step by step recipe:
- Fresh fillet cut into thin long bars.
- Chop the onion into strips.
- Peppers are cleaned from seeds and white "membranes", chopped with strips.
- Combine the oil in a bowl with soy and lemon juice, salt and pepper mixture. Add chopped garlic and chili.
- Stir the dressing until the salt is completely dissolved.
- We heat the pan with 1 tbsp. l oils. On it we fry for 10 minutes slices of chicken.
- When the excess liquid from the pan evaporates, spread the chopped onion and sweet pepper, simmer for 3 minutes.
- Pour the mixture with sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
- The chicken will take in the juice and the smell of vegetables, it will come out very juicy, aromatic and tasty.
We serve fajitos in hot form "with heat, with heat." With appetizer you can offer chili sauce or tomato salsa. Next we put corn tortillas and grated cheese.
With vegetables in a pan
You can cook fajitos with chicken in any situation. This is a mouth-watering and hearty treat that combines juicy chicken meat with al-dente vegetables and mouth-watering sauce.
- chicken breast - 2 halves,
- lime - juice ½ pcs.,
- onion - 2 heads,
- sweet peppers - 2 colored pieces,
- garlic cloves - 2 pcs.,
- hot chili peppers - 2 pcs.,
- olive aromatic oil - 50 ml,
- white wine - 70 ml
- corn tortillas - 6 pcs.,
- ground coriander and cumin - optional.
Preparing fajitos in a pan according to this scheme:
- Strip the breast into strips, put in a container and season with lemon juice. Add spices to the chicken.
- Chop the garlic, chop the onion in half rings, and pepper into strips.
- In oil, fry chopped garlic and straws of pepper. After 5 minutes, spread the onions.
- When the vegetable mixture softens, add pieces of chicken to it.
- We stew the preparation for another 10 minutes, pouring wine.
Serve the fajitos in a pan, offering crispy tortillas, parmesan chips and juicy basil.
Cooking in a slow cooker
Hearty, seasoned with spices roast vegetables is served on the table with tortillas. Cooking in a slow cooker will facilitate the process, since the optimum temperature regime is observed.
- fresh chicken fillet - 500 g,
- sweet and bitter red onions - 1 pc.,
- vegetable oil - 1 tbsp. l.,
- bell pepper pod - 1 bright piece,
- tortillas - 6-7 pcs.
- vegetable oil - 2 tbsp. l.,
- soy and lemon juice - 2 tbsp each. l.,
- garlic cloves - 1 pc.,
- chilli - 1/3 pcs.,
- paprika powder - a pinch
- a mixture of peppers, powdered - 1 tsp.,
- coarse salt - a pinch.
Step-by-step process of preparing a Mexican elegant dish:
- We clear the chicken of fat and veins, wash and chop the cubes.
- Peeled onions and peppers are also cut into thin strips.
- We warm the oil in the "Frying" mode in the multicooker bowl. We spread chicken in it and fry the whetstones until golden with the unit cover open.
- Add vegetables to the chicken, close the lid and simmer for 3 more minutes in the “Stew” mode.
- For dressing, combine in a bowl soy sauce with lemon juice (can be replaced with lime), pour chopped garlic and chopped thinly chili. Add salt and pepper, mixing well.
- We send the dressing to the meat and simmer for 15 minutes. In order for vegetables to not boil, after cooking, the lid of the multicooker must be opened.
We serve fajitos with thin Armenian pita bread or corn tortillas to the table.
With mushroom flavor
Mexican elegant meat appetizer with vegetables can be complemented by fragrant forest mushrooms.
In this case, you can use fresh, dried or frozen mushrooms.
- chicken meat - ½ kg,
- honey mushrooms or chanterelles - 300 g,
- red or yellow thick-walled pepper - 1 pc.,
- white onion - 1 pc.,
- meaty tomatoes - 2 pcs.,
- lemon - 1 pc.,
- thin corn cakes - 4-5 pcs.,
- powdered coriander - a pinch
- olive smelling oil - 50 ml,
- ground white pepper - optional
- fresh fragrant cilantro - a bunch,
- salt of large fractions - 1 tsp.,
- hard salted cheese - a slice in 50 g.
The method of preparation in stages:
- We clean the vegetables and mine, we divide the chicken into strips.
- Fry the chicken meat in a frying pan in olive oil until golden brown. Salt the chicken, season with coriander and pepper, sprinkle the fillet with lemon juice.
- In another pan, put the sliced mushrooms and chopped onions in the butter. Tomim mass, slightly salting.
- We put yellow pepper sliced into strips to the onion and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Next, put in a pan chopped 1 tomato and combine vegetables with meat.
- The remaining tomato is cut into cubes, mixed with lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Pour pepper and salt.
- Combine the raw green mass with the finished filling.
We complement the serving with crispy cakes and hard cheese chips.
Fajitos with chicken in pita bread
A cowboy appetizer from the Mexican-Texas border is easily cooked at home.
For cooking you will need:
- fillet - 2 halves,
- onion - 1 pc.,
- multi-colored pepper - 3 meaty pieces,
- thin Armenian pita bread - 4 large sheets.
- lime juice - 2 tbsp. l.,
- odorous olive oil - 3 tbsp. l.,
- garlic cloves - 1 pc.,
- chopped chili, cumin - a pinch,
- red fresh chili is a small slice to taste.
The cooking process:
- Cut the fillet lengthwise into halves.
- Finely chop the garlic and add the marinade ingredients to it.
- We send the chicken to the filling, mix and leave to insist for 1 hour.
- Salt the pickled chicken and fry in a well-heated pan for 10 minutes.
- Remove chicken from the fire and wrap each half with foil. The meat is cooling in it.
- Bulgarian peppers are free from seeds and shred in stripes 1 cm wide.
- We divide the onion into half rings.
- Pour the oil into the pan and fry the vegetables, stirring, for 7 minutes.
Cut chicken into long strips and serve with fried vegetables and green crispy lettuce, wrapping the filling ingredients in a piece of pita bread. Add spinach, salsa and slices of hot pepper to the filling if desired.
We complement the dish with beans
The island fajitos with chicken and beans will pleasantly surprise with the taste and brightness of the ingredients. The meat is soft, stewed and fried at the same time, spicy, but not clogged with a mass of spices.
- bell peppers - 3 multi-colored pieces,
- chicken fillet - 1 kg,
- chili - 3 pods without seeds,
- canned beans - 2 cans,
- vegetable oil - 4 tbsp. l.,
- coarse sea salt - to taste,
- thin unleavened cakes - 5 pcs.
Step by step recipe:
- Cut peeled peppers into cubes, and filet into small pieces.
- Chile cut in thin circles.
- We wash the beans under the tap. If we take beans, canned in tomato, then put it together with the sauce.
- Heat oil in a pan. On it, fry for 4 minutes slices of sweet pepper.
- Spread meat to pepper, salt and fry until crusted.
- We send canned beans to the pan and simmer for 10 minutes under a closed lid.
We sell an appetizer to the table, laying it out on a crispy cake with a mouth-watering slide. Sprinkle with canned corn on top.
With bell pepper
A kaleidoscope of aromas and colors of juicy meat, bright vegetables and piquant peppercorns. The simple taste of the dish is saturated with delicious sauces and a selection of spices. In the dish you can combine several types of meat.
- chicken and beef - 400 g each,
- red Crimean onion - 2 heads,
- bright sweet peppers - 2 pcs.,
- refined oil - 5 tbsp. l.,
- lime - 1 pc.,
- thick sour cream - 1 glass,
- ground aromatic cinnamon - 1 tsp.,
- cumin and oregano - a pinch,
- cane sugar - 1 tsp,
- chili - 2 pods,
- garlic cloves - 4 pcs.,
- cheddar cheese - 150 g,
- tomato salsa - 250 g,
- tortillas - 10 pcs.
The cooking method in steps:
- We wash the meat, remove the films and layers of fat.
- We divide the chicken into cubes, divide the lime into halves and squeeze the juice from it into a cup. Pour oregano with cumin, sugar and cinnamon into the juice.
- Immerse the chicken meat in the marinade and leave for 1.5 hours.
- Cut the beef into strips, chop the garlic smaller, and chilli into small squares.
- In the container we combine the oil with garlic and chili. Place the beef in the marinade and leave for 1.5 hours.
- We chop the onion rings, and divide the pepper into straws.
- Grill vegetables by pouring vegetable oil.
- Next, fry the beef in oil, then brown the fillet.
- Three cheese on a grater with small holes.
We put beef, vegetable ingredients and chicken on the dish. Serve tortillas separately. Additionally, in deep bowls, put salsa, cheese and thick sour cream.
Spicy fajitos with chicken and vegetables, wrapped in crispy cakes, will be a non-trivial snack for a family dinner or a picnic in nature. Juicy meat with grilled vegetables and flavorful filling will allow you to enjoy a delicious dish, just cooking it in a matter of minutes.
How to cook fajitos
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- We start with the preparation of the marinade. We cut hot chili peppers in small pieces, transfer to a spacious bowl. We spread the garlic passed through the press there. Mix the burning ingredients with vinegar (or lemon juice), pour 3 tbsp. tablespoons of oil.
- Be sure to cut the pork in strips (this is the main condition of the recipe). By the way, the name of the Mexican dish “fajitos” comes from “faja”, which in translation just means “strip”.
- Put the pork in a bowl with marinade. Salt and then thoroughly mix the meat so that each piece is soaked evenly. Additional spices are not required: pork in Mexican is already quite sharp and tasty, with a characteristic acidity. Put the bowl in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
- Already pickled meat spread on a preheated pan with 1 tbsp. spoon of vegetable oil, fry over moderate heat.
- At this time, we will prepare the vegetables. We clear peppers from seeds, and then cut into strips. We chop the bow with “feathers”. Too thinly cut the ingredients is not worth it, otherwise they may lose their shape during roasting.
- When the Mexican meat is lightly browned and all the liquid has evaporated, add onion feathers and bright slices of sweet pepper. Fry all together for another 5 minutes. You do not need to fry vegetables until dark - slices of bell pepper should acquire a golden hue, but at the same time remain juicy inside.
- In the original, the dish is served together with Mexican cakes and various sauces (salsa, guacamole, etc.). However, at home, any serving at your discretion is allowed.
Mexican pork ready! Good appetite!
Fajitos with chicken
For lovers of lean meat, this fajitos recipe will appeal to you. The process of preparation is noticeably facilitated by the fact that there is no need to bake a cake for this dish, Armenian thin pita bread is perfect for this role. Ingredients for self-cooking fajitos:
- 250 gr chicken fillet,
- sweet pepper
- a lemon or a couple of limes,
- Red onion,
- a couple of cloves of garlic
- half a chili pepper
- oil, vinegar, salt, spices.
Step-by-step scheme of cooking at home:
- We collect the marinade for meat. Finely chop the garlic and chili, pour into a bowl, pour oil, vinegar, salt, and sprinkle with lemon or lime juice. Cut the chicken, be sure to stripes, dip in the marinade and leave to marinate in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
- Fry the chicken fillet in olive oil, almost until ready. Add the remaining vegetables, cut in the same strips, and fry for another 5-7 minutes. Sweet pepper should not dry during the frying process. The dish is ready.
It will be right to serve the stuffing for fajitos with chicken to the table separately from pita bread, in a pan. In addition, sour cream, herbs, Tabasco, Guacamole, or other sauces are served separately. If you want to produce an effect, seal the filling in front of the guests. To do this, sprinkle vegetables with tequila meat and light. Guests will remember the blue flame for a long time.
Fajitos with beef
The refined taste of real Mexican fajitos with beef will turn out if you cook them according to the classic recipe. Classic and classic to be the foundation of any kitchen.
For the dish, take:
- 350 gr lean beef
- 1 onion,
- a couple of sweet peppers
- salt, oil.
- thin Armenian pita bread or Mexican tortillas,
- spicy sauce, like salsa or Guacamole.
For the marinade you will need:
- juice with zest of one lime,
- half a teaspoon of cumin,
- clove of garlic (crush),
- olive oil (2 tsp), salt (1/2 tsp)
Instructions for cooking:
- Prepare the marinade by mixing all its components.
- Cut the meat into strips, send to the marinade, and leave for half an hour.
- When ready, take a frying pan with a thick bottom, heat it hot and fry the fajitos meat in a pan, until golden brown.
- Strip the vegetables into strips and send them to the meat. Continue frying until the onion softens and the pepper grabs on the outside, but remains juicy inside. After that you can salt.
- If you want to serve in portions, then put a spoonful of sauce on the tortilla or pita bread, put the sizzling filling and wrap it with an envelope.
- If served traditionally, then separately place the hot pan, warm cakes, sauces and sour cream.
Sour cream will help soften the spicy taste of sauces, also suitable for children who are spicy food harmful. This is interesting, but in Mexico, tortillas replace people with spoons and plates. Mexicans love to spread any food in them. Often, instead of a spoon, the notorious flat cake, held in a special way in the hand, reaches for the common dish.
If you prefer fatter meat, then pork fajitos will be your ticket to the culinary paradise of Mexico. This dish is tasty, but you can’t always abuse it. The stomach requires more sparing food. A one-time action per month is a pleasure for the stomach. Fajitos recipe requires:
- 700 gr. pork pulp
- red and yellow sweet peppers,
- A glass of tomato juice,
- half a glass of sour cream,
- half a teaspoon of red pepper (ground),
- oil, pepper, salt.
- favorite spicy sauce for serving.
- Armenian pita bread or tortilla.
Step by step cooking:
- Cut the onion and pepper into strips, fry the vegetables for fajitos in a frying pan in oil, until the onion is transparent, then fill with tomato and simmer for another 15 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Do not wash the pan, but pour oil and heat it. Dried and stripped pork, send to the pan, add hot sauce and spices. Salt when the meat is rosy.
- Return the prepared vegetables to the meat and continue stewing for 15 minutes.
- Separately serve pita bread or tortillas, hot filling in a pan, sour cream and any sauce. Now you know how to cook fajitos.
The gastronomic feature of Mexico is an incendiary mixture of various peoples and tribes, which have long been a well-known Mexican flavor. Their recipes were mixed in a bright whirlwind of tastes: from the sharp, after which tears will come out in the eyes, to the sweetish-spicy, which attracts and teases the sense of smell. At home, it is very easy to open the veil of secrecy over the traditions of cuisines of different nationalities of the world.