Preparation 15 mins, cooking approx. 12 mins 4

Mexican Beef Fajitas

This is great for a Friday-night supper. You can just put everything into the centre of the table and let everyone help themselves.

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Friends & Family Cookbook

BBC Books


Cut the steak into long thin strips. Season well with salt and some cayenne pepper and set to one side. De-seed and thickly slice the red, green and yellow peppers. Peel and thickly slice the onions. Pre-heat the grill to high.

Mix all the salsa ingredients together with a little salt to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl. Spoon the soured cream into another bowl and put the shredded lettuce into a small salad bowl.

Heat half the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onions, peppers and some seasoning and stir-fry over a high heat for 5 minutes until soft and slightly browned. Tip onto a plate and set aside.

Add half the remaining oil to the pan and, when really hot, add half the steak and stir-fry for 3–4 minutes until well browned. Set aside with the peppers while you cook the remainder.

Return everything to the pan and toss together briefly over a high heat. Warm the tortillas under the grill for 10 seconds. Wrap in a napkin and take to the table with the pan of steak and peppers and the bowls of salsa, lettuce and soured cream.

To eat, lay a tortilla on a plate and spoon some of the beef and peppers down the centre. Spoon a little spicy tomato salsa and soured cream on top, sprinkle with lettuce, then roll up tightly and eat with your hands.



  • 450 g (1 lb) rump, sirloin or fillet steak
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 small yellow pepper
  • 2 large onions
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) soured cream
  • 1 cos lettuce heart, finely shredded
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 8–12 soft flour tortillas
  • salt and cayenne pepper
  • For the Spicy Tomato Salsa
  • 1 medium-hot green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 x 200-g (7-oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 x 20-g (3⁄4-oz) packet fresh coriander, chopped