Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fajita Marinade

Have I even mentioned how much I love Paula Deen?  LOVE her!  We share a special bond, Paula and I.  We share a love of butter.  Yes, butter has always held a special place in my heart.  I remember being about four and watching my mom's legs and feet moving around the kitchen as she prepared spaghetti for supper.  She called for me as I hid under the table, stick of butter in hand, eating and loving the salty goodness of a fresh stick when she peeked under the table and caught me.  BUSTED!  Anyway, as I said, I love Paula Deen. 

I also have a love of Mexican food.  It's actually more of an obsession.  I could eat it every single day.  I am always looking for new recipes with Tex-Mex flavors.  MMMM!  I have made fajitas before, but have never found a good marinade....until now.  I used to just sprinkle on fajita seasoning and cook my chicken, but it always left me feeling disappointed.  So, I was on the lookout for a good marinade and came across this one on the Food Network site.  It's a Paula Dean recipe, and as I said, we have a bond, so I knew this was the recipe to try. 

Gold Medal Fajitas


1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided

3 tablespoons lemon juice (I actually used lime juice instead)

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

Dash hot sauce


Freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds meat (boneless, skinless chicken breast, skirt steak or peeled and deveined shrimp)

1 medium onion, halved and sliced lengthwise

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

8 (8-inch) flour tortillas

1 lime, juiced, for topping

Sour cream, for topping

Salsa, for topping

Guacamole, for topping

Cheddar cheese, shredded, for topping


In a heavy duty resealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, salt, pepper and your choice of meat. Seal and toss the bag around to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator. *Cook's Note: 15 minutes for shrimp, 20 minutes for chicken and 1 hour for skirt steak.

Preheat your cast iron servers in a preheated 400 degree F oven for at least 20 minutes, to get a good sizzle when you plate the fajitas.   ***I don't have any of those fancy iron servers so I just used my cast iron skillet.

Heat the outside grill or a large indoor grill pan to medium-high heat. Remove the meat from the marinade and place it on the hot grill, discard the marinade. Cook chicken until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side, skirt steak about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare and about 2 minutes for shrimp. Slice the chicken and steak into strips if you are using.

In a large skillet heat up the remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil and fry the onions and bell peppers until crisp-tender with some salt and pepper.

Wrap the tortillas in foil and warm them in the oven with the servers for 15 minutes.

When you are ready to serve, remove the cast iron servers from the oven and quickly arrange the meat and peppers and onions on it. It will immediately start to sizzle from their fat and moisture. Serve sizzling immediately with the warm tortillas.


Sorry I don't have a picture of an actual fajita, but I scarfed that sucker down so fast, I didn't have time to grab the camera.  It was really good.  I'll never be disappointed in my fajitas again.  WOO HOO!

Just for the record, I don't know this lady.  I found this picture on Google Images, but I am sure this is pretty much what I looked like scarfing down my fajita.  Doesn't it look like she's enjoying that?  MMMM!  Just pretend this is me. 

Happy Tuesday bloggy friends!



  1. Girl...I adore Paula Deen! I love watching her show on the Food Network and hearing her throw out a real Southern "y'all" every second or so...music to my ears, I'm telling ya! I, also, love fajitas! Almost every time we go out for Mexican food, that's what I order. This recipe sounds like something my whole family would enjoy. I just might have to give it a try when Brittany comes home from college this weeekend...THANKS FOR SHARING! :)

  2. Looooove fajitas!!! I love to see people ordering them in restaurants b/c I like to hear the sizzle. ;) Yours look yummy!

  3. hehe your cracking me up, that picture is priceless and I'm sure she loved them! These sounds fab.... YUM

  4. I love Fajitas! This marinade sounds really good. I'll have to try it soon.

    I had to laugh at the thought of a 4 year old you eating a stick of butter. It is good stuff, isn't it??

  5. I love Mexican food too! I'm in desperate need of recipes because whatever I cook it's just not as good. Wow, I thought I loved butter but you really truly do:-)

  6. I love the look of the recipe, Tanya. Makes me want to snarf down a fajita myself.

    And I really love your little tale of pictureless snarfing. It wouldn't be a Frou Frou post without a food picture giggle for me.

  7. Mmmm. Sounds great, I'll have to try that. Love me some fajitas!

  8. Found you blog hopping today! Love fajitas! I have a marinade on my recipe blog you may enjoy...
    www.amanda-favorites.blogspot.com We have used it for years and never tire of it!
    Love your fun blog.

  9. Did you know that fajitas are one of my all time favorite foods? Yum! I am bookmarking this recipe for sure!