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How to Make Beef Fajitas from How to Grill by Steven Raichlen

Serves 6 people


For the Beef For Serving
1.5lbs skirt steak 1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon pure chili powder 3 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground coriander 3 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 avocado, peeled, diced, and tossed with lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 cups sour cream
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 cups Pico de Gallo salsa
1/2 teaspoon onion powder 2 cups Salsa Verde
2 limes 3 limes cut into wedges
For the Grilled Vegetables 3 limes cut into wedges
3 poblano peppers or 1 green bell pepper 18 small flour tortillas
1 red bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
3 bunches scallions


1. Place the skirt steaks in a non-reactive baking dish in a single layer. Combine the chili powder, coriander, slat, cumin, garlic, and onion powders, and black pepper in a small bowl and mix well. Sprinkle this mixture over the meat, patting it on with your fingertips. Let stand for 10 minuets. Squeeze the lime over the meat. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour, covered.

2. Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

3. Place the poblano and bell peppers on the hot grate and grill until charred on all sides, turning with tongs, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer pepper to a cutting board, wrap in wet paper towels, and let cool. Meanwhile grill the scallions until nicely browned, 3 to 5 minutes per side, turning with tongs.

4. Unwrap the peppers, pull off the burnt skin with your fingers (or scrape it off with a knife), cu the flesh off the core, scrape out the seeds, and cut into 1/4 inch strips. Cut the scallions into 2 inch pieces or keep whole. Arrange the pepper strips and scallions on a platter. Place the cilantro, jalapenos, avocado, sour cream, salsas, and lime wedges in attractive bowls.

5. Place the skirt steaks on the hot grate and grill until cooked to taste, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 3 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut each steak in half crosswise and thinly slice across the grain. Arrange the sliced steaks on the platter with the grilled vegetables.

6. Place the tortillas on the hot grate and grill until soft and pliable, 15 seconds per side. Place them in a basket.

7. To serve, have each guest place sliced beef and grilled vegetables on a tortilla and spoon some of the cilantro, jalapenos, avocado, sour cream, and/or salsas on top. After a squeeze of lime juice is added, the tortilla can be rolled into a neat bundle for eating. Tying the tortilla with the whole grilled scallion makes and elegant touch.

For more great recipes just like this one, check out How to Grill by Steven Raichlen!

Excerpted from How to Grill by Steven Raichlen, copyright© 2001. Published by Workman Publishing

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