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Classic Fajitas

Source: America's Test Kitchen
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  Serves 8
Although it was originally made with skirt steak, this combination of steak and vegetables grilled and then wrapped in warm tortillas is the dish that put flank steak on the culinary map in the United States. The ingredients go on the grill in order as the fire dies down: steak over a hot fire, vegetables over a medium fire, and tortillas around the edge of the medium to low fire just to warm them.
For the Chunky Guacamole:
3 medium avocados (preferably Hass)
2 tablespoons onion minced
1 medium clove of garlic minced
1 small jalapeno chile minced (1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves minced
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
2 tablespoons lime juice
For the Classic Red Table Salsa:
3 large vine-ripened tomatoes (about 2 pounds), diced small
1/2 cup tomato juice
1 minced chipotle chile in adobo minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 medium red onion diced small
1 medium clove of garlic minced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped
1/2 cup lime juice from 4 medium limes
Table salt
For the Flank Steak:
1 flank steak (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup lime juice from 2 medium limes
Table salt
Ground black pepper
1 very large onion peeled and cut into half-inch slices
2 very large red bell peppers or green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into large wedges
16 plain flour tortillas (10-inch)
Classic Fajitas Recipe at
Halve one avocado, remove pit, and scoop flesh into medium bowl. Mash flesh lightly with onion, garlic, jalapeño, cilantro, salt, and cumin (if using) with tines of a fork until just combined.

Halve and pit remaining two avocados, and prepare. Gently scoop out avocado into bowl with mashed avocado mixture.

Sprinkle lime juice over diced avocado and mix entire contents of bowl lightly with fork until combined but still chunky. Adjust seasoning with salt, if necessary, and serve. (Can be covered with plastic wrap, pressed directly onto surface of mixture, and refrigerated up to one day. Return guacamole to room temperature, removing plastic wrap at the last moment, before serving).

Mix all ingredients, including salt to taste, in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 1 hour or up to 5 days.

Ignite about 7 quarts charcoal and burn until coals are completely covered with thin coating of light-gray ash, 20 to 30 minutes. Pile coals on one-half of grill bottom, position grill rack and heat until very hot (you can hold your hand
5 inches above grill surface for 2 seconds).

Generously sprinkle both sides of steak with lime juice, salt and pepper; place directly over coals and grill until well-seared and dark brown on first side, 5 to 7 minutes. Flip steak using tongs; continue grilling on second side until interior of meat is slightly less done than you want it to be when you eat it, 2 to 5 minutes more for medium-rare (depending on heat of fire and thickness of steak). Transfer meat to cutting board; cover loosely with foil, and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Slice very thin, on bias against the grain; adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper.

When charcoal fire has died down to medium or gas grill burners are adjusted to medium (you can hold your hand 5 inches above grill surface for 4 seconds), grill onions and peppers, turning occasionally, until onions are lightly charred, about 6 minutes, and peppers are streaked with dark grill marks, about 10 minutes. Remove onions and peppers from grill and cut peppers into long, thin strips; set aside. Arrange tortillas around edge of grill; heat until just warmed, about 20 seconds per side. (Do not dry out tortillas or they get brittle; wrap tortillas in towel to keep warm.) Remove to platter; set aside.

Arrange sliced meat and vegetables on large platter; serve immediately, with tortillas, salsa, and guacamole passed separately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of America's Test Kitchen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Rating: 1
by: Mona Reviewed: 01/09/2013
Sorry--not for me
The moment I saw "cilantro" the recipe nosedived to a one cupper for me. The taste of soap is not my cup of tea.
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