Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cast Iron Fajitas

If you've been following along for any period of time, you've probably noticed that I love fajitas! Whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant, at least two things are almost guaranteed to happen. First, I'll probably look over the entire menu, only to go back and decide on fajitas. Usually beef, sometimes with shrimp, and sometimes a chicken and beef combo.

Cast Iron Fajitas
Cast Iron Fajitas

A few weeks ago, I got a sample of the Kingston 10 Jamaican Jerk Spice from Seasonality Spices. When I opened the package to get my first smell, I immediately realized that this spice mix would be perfect as a fajita seasoning! I got a skillet and made some Cast Iron Fajitas!

Kingston Spice Mix from Seasonality Spices
Kingston Spice Mix from Seasonality Spices

The Recipe:
Cast Iron Fajitas
Skirt Steak in the Cast Iron Skillet

  • 10 oz Skirt Steak
  • 1 Tablespoon of Kingston 10 Spice Blend
  • 2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - Minced
  • 1 Onion - Sliced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper - Sliced
  • Tortillas

Let the skirt steak marinate in the soy sauce, Kingston 10 spice mix, and garlic for about an hour.  Start heating a cast iron skillet over medium heat while you coat the skirt steak with the seasoning. 

It is important to remember to use a lower heat when you use a cast iron skillet. A good seasoning on your cast iron can take a long time to achieve. If the heat is too high, it can cook the seasoning right out of the cast iron. This took me a long time to learn.

Marinated Skirt Steak
Marinated Skirt Steak

When the cast iron is hot, it's time to put the skirt steak on. Cooking time is going to depend on personal preference and how done you want the meat. I like a nice crust on the outside, while it still pink in the middle, about a medium-rare.

When the steak is done, remove and set aside to rest. The cast iron is going to have retained a lot of heat from cooking the steak and will be perfect for the peppers and onions! As an added bonus, the peppers and onions will absorb some of the flavors left behind from the steak!

While the peppers and onions are cooking, slice the steak. I like to cut it in half and then turn it 90 degrees to cut across the grain. This makes the steak more tender and easier to eat.

Peppers and Onions in Cast Iron
Peppers and Onions in Cast Iron
With the peppers and onions removed, the last thing to do, is to put a couple of tortillas in the cast iron for a minute or so on each side to heat them up and get them a little crispy.

With all of your ingredients ready, it's time to assemble your fajitas with your favorite condiments. I like cheese, salsa, beans, and guacamole!

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