Sizzling Beef Fajitas | Reader's Digest

Sizzling Beef Fajitas

A little meat and lots of vegetables make fajitas a heart-healthy treat.

from Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart
Sizzling Beef Fajitas It's a treat for the family, but also ideal party fare, so plan to double or triple the recipe if you’re entertaining a crowd.

Quick look

  • prep 10 min    cook 20 min
  • serves 4

This Mexican fiesta-on-a-plate consists of strips of marinated steak, bell peppers, and onions presented smoking-hot from the broiler, to be enfolded in tortillas with lettuce, cilantro, and fat-free sour cream.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces well-trimmed beef sirloin
  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 2 large red bell peppers, seeded and cut lengthwise into flat panels
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 4 flour tortillas (7 inches)
  • 4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream

    How to make it  30 minutes


  • 1

    Combine lime juice, chili powder, oregano, coriander, and black pepper in medium bowl.

  • 2

    Place beef in a shallow bowl and spoon 2 tablespoons of lime mixture on top; turn to coat both sides. Let stand while you broil the vegetables.

  • 3

    Preheat broiler. Spray broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place onions and pepper pieces, skin-side up, on broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from heat until peppers are charred and onions are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove, and when cool enough to handle, peel peppers and thickly slice. Add peppers and onions to lime juice mixture in bowl. Add cilantro and toss.

  • 4

    Broil beef until done to medium, about 8 minutes, turning it over midway. Let stand 5 minutes before thinly slicing. Broil tortillas until lightly browned, about 15 seconds per side.

  • 5

    Place beef, peppers, onions, lettuce, sour cream, and flour tortillas in serving containers. Let each person fill his or her own tortilla.

Cook’s Clue
Buy fresh cilantro with bright green leaves uniform in color. Avoid yellow or wilted cilantro. the stems and roots of cilantro can be eaten. Immerse them in a glass of water cover with a plastic bag, and put in the refrigerator. Cut off leaves as you need them and always re-cover. Do not wash until you are ready to use cilantro because too much moisture makes the leaves slimy.

Round Out the Meal
Serve with low-fat chocolate pudding topped with crumbled cinnamon graham crackers for dessert.

Healthy Cooking Tip

The vegetable mixture for these fajitas provides more than twice your daily requirement for vitamin C. This important vitamin works as an antioxidant to fight off a wide range of diseases.


Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 379
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Sodium: 319mg
  • Carbs: 45g
  • Protein: 29g
  • Fiber: 6g