A lot of people know what tacos are. You must have come across a number of taco stands and probably eaten some yourself. What about fajitas? Fajitas and tacos might look alike but they are completely different. A fajita is also a Spanish food but it is wrapped differently from how a taco is wrapped. Fajitas are basically grilled meat that is served on a flour tortilla; you can also serve it on a corn tortilla. The meats used can be chicken or beef and vegetarians just prefer to stick to vegetables; some non vegetarians also like to just use vegetables without adding any type of meat. The meat is cooked with pepper, onions and other condiments to enhance the flavor. Some of the condiments added to cook the meat include: shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and others depending on your preference.
A lot of people love fajitas but sadly, they don’t eat it the right way. Most people just fold it into two like they would fold a taco but that isn’t the right way to eat this particular dish. If folding the tortilla into two isn’t the proper way to eat fajitas, how the do you eat it? Here’s how to eat fajitas
HOW TO MAKE FAJITAS
Previously, fajitas were generally known as just a grilled strip of meat that is served on tortilla, but now, people use even shrimps for their fajitas. Here’s how to make a chicken fajita
Ingredients for making chicken fajitas include:
- Chicken breasts ( the chicken you use should be boneless and skinless)
- Olive oil
- Thinly sliced bell peppers
- Thinly sliced onions
- Lime juice
- Ground black pepper
- Red pepper flakes, crushed
- Kosher salt
You also need tortilla for serving. Note that the quantity of your ingredients depends on the number of servings.
Step 1: whisk oil, cumin, red pepper flakes and lime juice in a large bowl.
Step 2: season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the bowl containing the whisked condiments. Toss it around in the bowl or you massage with your hands until you’re sure that the chicken is completely coated with the mixture. Leave the chicken to marinate for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Step 3: heat a skillet with oil in it, add the chicken and leave it to cook until it turns golden. You can check if it has cooked through on each side.
Step 4: allow the chicken to cool down for a few minutes then you cut it into thin strips.
Step 5: with oil still in the skillet, add the sliced bell peppers and the sliced onions. Cook for some minutes until they are soft.
Step 6: add your cut chicken into the skillet and toss them together until they are properly mixed. Serve with your flour or corn tortilla.
This method can also serve for beef as well.
How to make vegetarian fajitas
Ingredients for vegetarian fajitas include:
- Crushed garlic clove
- Soured cream
- Black beans
- Thinly sliced yellow and red pepper
- Chili powder
- Smoked paprika
- Lime juice
- Thinly sliced onion
- Chopped coriander
Step 1: chop some strips of the sliced pepper and set it aside. Fry the strips of pepper and onions in a pan and allow it become soft and brown.
Step 2: leave the fried onions and pepper to cool down then add the previously chopped pepper and stir. Add garlic to the mix and cook for about a minute. Add the spices, lime juice and seasoning. Transfer to a dish and cover it to keep it warm.
Step 3: add the black beans into the same pan, add lime juice and seasoning. Stir the beans until it becomes warm enough to absorb the flavors.
Step 4: heat up the tortillas in a microwave or oven. Serve the tortillas with the beans, fajita mix, soured cream and avocado.
HOW TO EAT TORTILLAS PROPERLY
Because tortillas are similar to tacos, most people tend to end them the same way. There is however a technique involved when eating fajitas. The following steps shows how to eat tortillas properly
How to assemble fajitas
If you’ve prepared the ingredients, you are ready to learn how to eat fajitas. The first process involved is to heat up the tortilla in a microwave. If you don’t know how to make tortillas from scratch you can always buy the readymade ones from the store. Remove the purchased tortillas from the bag and place it in a microwaveable plate or tray. We heat up tortillas so that they can easily be folded when you add your fajitas.
The next step on how to assemble fajitas is to spread soft fillings in the middle of the tortilla; some soft fillings include guacamole, sour cream. Using a spoon, spread the filling in the middle and away from the edges of the tortilla. This filling helps to hold the other toppings in place.
Add the chicken or beef fajita that you’ve already prepared on top of the soft filling. Be careful not to put too much fajita on the tortilla so that folding would be easier and you can avoid making a mess. Add other toppings of your choice; like shredded cheese. The garnishing at this point depends on what you prefer. As you add toppings, you can fold your tortilla slightly to monitor the capacity it can still take or if it’s time to stop adding.
Once you’ve put all the ingredients, pull the bottom edge of the tortilla upward to prevent the fajita from spilling from the bottom. Fold the two sides of the tortilla over the bottom edge so they overlap each other. As you eat your fajita, make sure the side you put back on the plate is the folded side of the food. This keeps your meal tidy.
To know how to eat fajitas, you must be able to assemble and prepare the ingredients properly; although you can have already prepared ones in restaurants. To enjoy fajita, ensure that there is a variety of toppings and sauce available for use. A variety of toppings gives the fajitas a better taste. There are also different side dishes you can add to your fajita. Some people like to add salads, rice and even beans.
Folding the fajita properly is important for a perfect experience; fajitas are not the same as tacos. After folding your fajita, the open end is the side to start biting from