I also have a confession---I've definitely fallen off the cooking wagon. It's hard to blog about cooking when you're so busy that you aren't really doing anything that special, or when you're so stuck in a rut that you feel like you're making the same things over and over and over again.... Have any of you ever felt that way? I've love to hear some feedback or motivational comments on how you've picked yourself up by your bootstraps and gotten back into the kitchen. Today, I'm getting back in the saddle again, and I'm hoping to stay put there!
This post is long overdue, so I'm really happy to be doing it today! Trisha from the Mystic Blue Spice Company was nice enough to send me two samples of her amazing spices! You should definitely check out her website to see all the fabulous mixes that she creates. Let me tell you that when I opened the envelope, I had forgotten how powerful a good spice can smell. Living in Central Wisconsin doesn't give me good access to fresh spices all the time. I try to stock up when I get to the city, or I'll buy smaller quantities at our local co-op... but these spices reminded me of living in the city and having access to the good stuff! I'm so happy that I now have a go-to option to have spices shipped directly to my door, and I feel great supporting a small business owner. Check her site out!
The first spice she sent me was a basic Fajita Seasoning mix. Her website describes it like this:
"Fajita is a term used in both Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine's. A term referring to any grilled meat, served like a taco in a flour tortilla with grilled onions and bell peppers. Traditional toppings include Guacamole, Pico, Sour Cream, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese. Use 1Tbs of seasoning on 1Lb of Skirt Steak, Chicken or Shrimp (adjust seasoning to personal taste)
Ingredients: Onion, Garlic, Spices, Ground Red Chilies, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper, Sugar, Sonoma Sea Salt (less than 4%)"
I thought about doing something fancy-schmancy with it, but then I remembered my life and my time crunch-- so, why not just make a simple fajita and let the spice speak for itself. It was so simple and so quick! Even my family, who frankly hates spices things, thought it was great. Initially, when it hits your palate, you think it's going to burn-- but it quickly pulls back and leaves you wanting more. This was a perfect blend for the spice lover and the spice novice.
- 1 skirt or flank steak, approx 1.5 pounds
- 1 Tbsp fajita seasoning (more to taste)
- 1 large onion
- 1 bell pepper
- vegetable oil for cooking
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- Assorted toppings like sour cream, cheese, guac, etc...
Prepare the steak by sprinkling both sides evenly with the fajita seasoning. Let the meat rest while you slice the onion and bell pepper into strips. Set the onion and pepper aside. Slice the meat, on a diagonal, into strips.
In a large frying pan, heat a small amount of oil on medium high heat and cook the steak just until done. Depending on how thinly you sliced the meat, this may only take a few minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside in a bowl.
Reduce the heat in the pan to medium and, if desired, add a bit more oil. Add the onion and peppers to the pan and cook until desired. (I like a bit of a crunch in my veggies, but my family likes theirs super soft. We compromise in the middle someplace!) While the onion and pepper are cooking, in a small bowl, combine the beef broth and corn starch. Stir until combined.
When the onion and pepper are done, add the meat and its juices back into the pan. Cook for 1 minute. Add the beef broth mixture to the pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened making sure to stir frequently.
Serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings!