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Beef and Avocado Fajitas

Beef and Avocado Fajitas

For my birthday a few weeks ago, my parents surprised me with a huge box of meat. Grass-fed, humanely-raised beef. Unusual, yes, and unexpected, but a welcome surprise. I commented that this box contained more beef than we had probably eaten in the past three years combined. So we’ve had to be quite creative in finding ways to use it.

Like these. Fajitas. Which we might normally make with chicken, but this time we were able to indulge with a bit of steak. The box has what are called “Fajita Packs”, what else do you make with that except fajitas? So we altered the recipe slightly, since our steak was already cut into chunks. We just sauteed it with the spices rather than using the rub and sear method the recipe describes.

These are not greasy fajitas. They are fresh, flavorful, and very green. The combination of lime, cilantro, and avocado makes for one delicious fajita.

Now, we just have to figure out what to do with the other 3 fajita packs…

Beef and Avocado Fajitas

Makes 3-4 servings. Recipe from Epicurious.

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1 1/2 lb flank steak, trimmed if necessary
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon chile powder
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 heart of romaine
2 firm-ripe avocados (8 to 10 oz each)
12 (6-inch) flour tortillas (not low-fat)
1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro sprigs

Accompaniments: tomatillo salsa; lime wedges


Heat a well-seasoned ridged grill pan (preferably cast-iron) over moderately high heat until beginning to smoke, then brush with oil.

While pan heats, pat steak dry and stir together spices and salt, then rub all over both sides of steak.

Grill steak, turning over once, 9 to 11 minutes total for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut romaine crosswise into thin shreds. Quarter avocados lengthwise, then pit, peel, and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices.

While steak is standing, stack tortillas, wrapped completely in dampened paper towels, on a microwave-safe plate and cook in a microwave oven at high power (100 percent) until tortillas are hot, about 1 1/2 minutes.

Holding knife at a 45-degree angle, thinly slice steak across the grain. Serve with tortillas, avocado, romaine, and cilantro.

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  1. I’ve been on a huge avocado kick lately so this recipe comes at a great time! Yum!

  2. I never order fajitas at a restaurant, they create too much attention :) This is a great recipe, all my favorites together in one snuggled up tortilla! BTW, this picture reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite…love it :)

  3. A very creative and caring gift! Would you consider grilling the avocado as well?

  4. To answer KT’s question: This gift was Hearst Ranch Beef (check out their website deals). If you submit your favorite recipes using their beef you can win free Hearst Ranch Beef. Lindsay might do this when she uses up her 3 year supply!
    submitted by Lindsay’s mom

  5. If it is fajita strips, try stir fry.

  6. That’s a great gift. I’ve been shying away from red meat because it is so much pricier anyways. I might try doing a variation on beef stroganoff with other packs. Love the recipe will have to try it.

  7. What an awesome gift! What ranch did your parents get the beef from? I’ve been thinking about doing the same, but I’m worried I don’t have enough room in the freezer…

    I’m trying to think what I’d do with the other fajita packs – that’s just cubed flank steak? Maybe add to a beef & barley soup (instead of fattier stew beef), or do a big pot of chili? I recently made a beef and butternut squash chili which was quite nice, sounds like a weird combination but it works!

    Good luck finding ways to cook all that steak- I’ll look forward to more posts about what you’ve done. :)

  8. Oh, these sound fabulous. I’m not a huge steak fan, but even I get super hungry at the sound of a steak fajita. There’s something about the smell of the beef and all of the fajita seasoning going on. It’s amazing! Plus, you added my favorite avocado. These look so delicious; I can’t wait to make them!

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