Friday, April 27, 2012
Fajitas on the Grill
Summer is on the way. Time to grill!
Actually, I grill all year 'round, but I thought I would share a complete grill meal with you.
Fajitas is a fun backyard meal. You'll need:
- Package of tortillas
- Fresh onions and bell peppers, sliced in big fajita-sized strips
- 2 cans of beans, drained and rinsed
- Chicken breasts
- Cheap cut of beef
- Spices and or marinades of your choosing
It's really hard to mess this recipe up. Any kind of tortilla will do, even if you mistakenly get the little corn tortillas that look like drink coasters. A common thing at parties hosted by Mexicans is to have the fixin's out in bowls and the tortillas warming, and invite guests to help themselves throughout the night. When you take a tortilla off the warmer to eat, you throw a cold one on.
Anyway, in the upper left, I have a vegetable basket that I put the chopped up peppers and onions in. Before cooking, I add my own seasoning mix to them and shake them up in a bag. I also take one of those tenderizer hammers with the spiked head and pound the beef and the chicken breasts. They take the spices or marinate better that way and they cook quicker.
You can marinate or spice up the meat. For prepackaged marinates, I like those Weber packets. One "Mexican" or "southwest" flavored one and one chile lime packet makes a good combo. You can also look for spice recipes at Spices Inc, or other cooking websites and come up with your own concoction.
Stubb's bbq sauce (the official favorite of the Silverfiddle household.) I've never met Mr. Stubbs, but he has my undying admiration.
Put the beans on first, since they take the longest to get the liquid to cook off. Throw on the basket of onions and peppers next, along with the chicken, and lastly, the beef, since it takes the least amount of time to cook.
When everything is done, chop up the meat and wrap it in tinfoil, and put each of the ingredients in a separate bowl, grab the tortillas and invite everyone to dig in!
Tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole makes a nice accompaniment.
You can wash 'em down with homemade Lynchburg Lemonade (Jack Daniels and lemonade), Margaritas, or your favorite beer (a Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewery goes nicely).
What do you like cooking on the grill?