Tequila & Lime Steak Fajitas

With our busy family schedules, often times I find our menu rotates around the same meals or same types of cuisines - anyone else in the same rut? So every now and then, I'll throw in a twist to their favorite, just to keep them on their toes and their tastebuds in check! These Tequila & Lime Steak Fajitas were a hit with my husband who loves fajitas. A little kick of tequila in the marinade, it amps up the flavor and makes for an easy weeknight meal...

This is a nice spin on the typical fajita recipes I've tried. Using tequila and lime juice really helps tenderizes the flank steak while imparting a bit of flavor. Using a mix of red, yellow and green bell peppers makes it a colorful dish too. You can serve this with your favorite fajita garnishes and toppings, but we especially liked sour cream and chihuahua cheese on ours!

Tequila & Lime Steak Fajitas
recipe adapted from Juan-Carlos Cruz/Food Network

4 limes, juiced
1/4 cup tequila
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound flank steak, sliced into thin strips
2 teaspoons + 2 tablespoons canola oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
tortillas, warmed for serving
fresh cilantro, minced (optional)
sour cream for serving (optional)
shredded chihuahua cheese for serving (optional)

In a gallon sized storage bag, combine the lime juice, tequila , chili powder, and garlic. Add the steak strips to the bag, seal and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Remove steak from marinade and discard marinade.

In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the oil. When hot, about 2 minutes, add the bell peppers and onion, sauté until tender but slightly crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer mixture to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to keep warm.

In the now empty skillet, add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Saute steak in the sauté pan for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. Add bell pepper mixture to the pan to warm through, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Divide steak amount warmed tortillas and garnish with fresh cilantro, sour cream and/or cheese if using.

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