Gold Medal Sizzling Fajitas

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Servings: 8 servings
Cook Time: 13 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
3 tablespoons lemon juice
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.

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 and other accompaniments.

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Reader Comments:


Great recipe! I tweaked it a little and added cayenne pepper and sriracha sauce to the marinade. These are great and so easy to do!

By Anonymous on October 31, 2011


Great recipe!! When I make fajitas I always go to this recipe.

By Anonymous on May 09, 2010


This recipe was amazing! My picky husband and I LOVED it and will be making it again!

By Anonymous on April 09, 2010


Hey paula my mom adores you, we love making your recipes. Paula we enjoyed this recipe you are such an inspiration love you God Bless YOU!!!!!

By Anonymous on February 09, 2010


Whoops-I gave the wrong rating. I was so excited to express how much I loved it-must of all the marinade I forgot to change the rating #.

By DanniJ on May 22, 2009


I absolutely LOVE this recipe, as does my entire family (including our picky children). I no longer use store bought, or my own marinades for chicken. I use the marinade for the fajitas for all my chicken breast meals. It's so delicious. I love your cooking Paula! Thank you so much. Danni, CT

By DanniJ on May 22, 2009


These were delicious! We made them one Saturday night and then again the next saturday night. The only problem was we did not make enough! Absolutely delicious! Thanks, Paula! Kelly

By kellyb66 on March 01, 2009

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