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  1. 2 lb Beef skirt steak

  2. 1/2 Onion; halved, slice thin

  3. 2 ts Ground cumin

  4. 2 ts Powdered red chiles

  5. 3 Jalapenos; (pickled) chopped

  6. 2 Cl Garlic; chopped

  7. 1/4 c Lime juice

  8. 2 tb Jalapeno pickling liquid;

  9. 1 tb Corn oil

  10. 1 tb Soy sauce;

  11. 1 ts Liquid smoke;

  12. This is the liquid used to pickle and flavor the jalapenos. It is basically white vinegar with added spices, and there is always ample liquid in the jar or can to use in this recipe, without leaving the remaining jalapenos dry. 1. Place half of the onions in the bottom of a

  13. 1 hour, but preferably overnight, turning once.

  14. 2. Preheat the grill or broiler until hot. Fajitas

  15. 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until the outside is brown and slightly charred, and the inside is still slightly pink.

  16. 3. Remove the meat to a cutting board. Let sit

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  1. minutes before slicing. Cut the meat into thin strips that can be easily rolled into tortillas. Serve with warm, soft flour tortillas and fresh Pico de Gallo or Salsa Fresca. NOTES: Fajitas are pure Tex-Mex food. They originated along the Rio Grande River on the Texas-Mexico border and were eaten by cattle wranglers. The skirt steak is the traditional cut used and was reserved primarily for the chief cowboy. Other cuts of beef can be substituted, such as flank steak or sirloin, but the skirt is by far the most tender, flavorful and authentic. You might be wondering where the cast-iron griddle with the sizzling bell peppers and onions are in this recipe. While such a serving method may be dramatic, it is an affectation developed mainly by chain restaurants and is in no way a part of true Tex-Mex fajitas. You may go ahead and add it, but I am still partial to the clean, simple taste of hot grilled meat topped solely with fresh tomato salsa and blanketed in warm, soft tortillas. I do make two minor additions in my recipe when oven-broiling: I add soy sauce to help the thinly cut steaks brown quicker, and I use bottled "liquid smoke" to replicate the flavors created by the more desirable method of charcoal-grilling. Otherwise, this recipe is as authentic as it gets. --


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