Now that you can pronounce fajitas, let’s figure out exactly what we’re talking about before we dive in and get cooking.
My first fajita experience was in a popular Tex-Mex chain restaurant in the US. Piles of sizzling sliced meats, sliced, sauteed capsicums and onions served to the table in a HOT cast iron skillet with warm flour taco tortillas (tor-tea-aas), salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese and sour cream served on the side. It’s a sight to see and the fun of assembling your fajitas makes eating a really tactile experience. Fajitas are also great for a family meal as the platter presentation works perfectly for sharing and keeping picky eaters happy.
The difference between tacos and fajitas? Assembly and toppings.
The term fajitas actually refers to the filling and means ‘little strip’, referencing how the meat and vegetables are cut and cooked. Tacos are served pre-filled, whereas fajitas are a DIY experience at the table, tacos generally have fresh, raw toppings whereas fajitas are served with sizzling veggies in the pan.
I love them both, like, I LOVE THEM BOTH, but let’s cook some Farrah’s fajitas!
Sizzling Shrimp Fajitas Recipe
Sound a bit tricky?? Fajitas are super easy, check out the 1 min video below if you need some convincing : )
500gm raw shrimp cutlets
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to season
2 capsicums, different colours, cut into strips
1 red onion cut into strips
1 x Farrah’s Fajita Spice Mix (available in the Mexican aisle at your supermarket)
1 x pack of Farrah’s Taco Tortillas (available in the Mexican aisle at your supermarket)
Prep shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese on a platter
Lime wedges to serve
Cilantro, sour cream, salsa and hot sauce to serve.
Heat oil in cast iron skillet or pan.
Add garlic and shrimp.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Stir through half the pack of Farrah’s Fajita Spice Mix.
Cook until shrimp exterior is pink with red tails and the flesh is slightly opaque and a little “white” in color.
Remove shrimp from skillet and de-tail if you haven’t already.
Add capsicum and onion to skillet with the remainder of the Farrah’s Fajita Spice Mix. Cook, stirring until veggies are just softening.
Return shrimp to pan, bring back up to temp.
Serve straight to the table, taking care with the hot pan.
Enjoy fajitas with warm Farrah’s Taco Tortillas, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese, lime wedges, cilantro, sour cream, salsa and hot sauce to serve.
I guarantee your family will love this meal and it’s SO quick and easy to whip up, get the kids in the kitchen to prep the cold toppings while you take care of those delicious shrimp!
I actually could eat this meal every day. The fajita mix from Farrah’s is an amazing, smoky blend of spices that pairs perfectly with many different proteins. Don’t forget the squeeze of fresh lime on these, you’ll be thanking me!
Mexican dishes are on the menu in our house every week and I’m so keen to get you guys excited about trying some new dinner ideas that I have 5 amazing prize packs to give away thanks to Farrah’s!
- 2 x Main prize winners: Farrah’s Mexican Range; including Farrah’s taco tortillas + spice mixes across the range. Enough to share!
- 3 x Runners up: Fajita Mexican Pack; including new Fajita Spice Mix + Farrah;s Taco Tortillas.
To enter, leave me a comment below sharing your favourite way to enjoy the Farrah’s Mexican range.
Comp closes 21st July 2017, NZ residents only.