Melt-in-Your-Mouth Beef Fajitas


I love a good fajita but have never been satisfied with most restaurants I've gone to. I've come up with a basic recipe you can build from that is awesome in itself. Give it a try! The meat is key in a good fajita. It must melt in your mouth along with all the other fixins you put into the tortilla. Serve fajitas in warm tortillas topped with fresh guacamole, garden salsa, and fresh cilantro.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 hrs
Total Time:
10 hrs 50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 flank steak

  • ¼ cup shichimi togarashi (Optional)

  • ¼ cup orange juice

  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • ½ orange, zested

  • ½ lime, zested

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, cut into slices and separated

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

  • ¾ cup water


  1. Flatten flank steak slightly with a meat mallet. Rub shichimi togarashi into both sides of steak, wrap the steak in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Combine orange juice, soy sauce, lime juice, orange zest, and lime zest together in a resealable plastic bag. Remove flank steak from plastic wrap and place the steak in the resealable plastic bag, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Remove steak from marinade and pour marinade into a small bowl.

  5. Cook steak on the preheated grill, basting with the marinade every 5 minutes, until it starts to firm and is seared on the outside and reddish-pink and juicy in the center, 8 to 10 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 135 degrees F (57 degrees C).

  6. Cut steak in half lengthwise and cut across the grain into thin slices.

  7. Whisk cornstarch, chili powder, salt, paprika, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, onion powder, garlic powder, and ground cumin together in a bowl.

  8. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and red bell pepper in hot oil until soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Add sliced steak, chili powder mixture, and water to the skillet. Cook until sauce thickens and meat is glossy, 3 to 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you can't find the shichimi togarashi, just sprinkle kosher salt, some cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon brown sugar per side, and ground black pepper and rub it all in both sides.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
11g Fat
17g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 1071mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 59mg 294%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 567mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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