March 10, 2011

Restaurant Knock-off: Yummy Fajitas

{Eating home}

Is the price of gas killing you??? Here in PA it's about $3.60, but each time I go to finish writing this, I have to adjust that number HIGHER!!  Our budget is starting to strain some......and I'm not driving anywhere!

Truthfully, we rarely go out to dinner.  We only have $30 budgeted a month for entertainment....not enough for 5 people to go to a restaurant, so we often have to be very creative.....lots of Redbox movies and pizza!

I'm thinking that with gas so expensive, a lot of people are starting to cut out the "extras"..... so I wanted to share a yummy meal that is as good as eating at Chili's!

This recipe works for beef or chicken....because I had guests, I made both!  I used strip steak (because it was BOGO!!)  and 3 chicken breasts and this fed 7 people.....I count my kiddo's as people because they sometimes eat more than my husband!

To make the marinade:

Cut as much meat as you think your family will eat and put into a ziploc bag.  Add 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice.

Add 2 Tablespoons of Canola oil.....

Now you are going to add an array of be honest, it's only been recently that I've collected all the spices needed for this recipe.....just use what you have!  As long as you have the first 2 and some of the're good!

1 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 1/2 ground cumin
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, optional

*This original recipe was a clipping out of an old (like 15 years ago old) Taste of Home magazine....I think?? smells so good!

Wriggle your bag all around until everything is mixed up.......the recipe says to refrigerate for 1-4 hours......again, it all depends upon how organized I am!  Sometimes I dump it immediately into the skillet because dinner is.....NOW! 

Putting it all together.....

When you are finished marinading, put your meat into a skillet.  You don't need to add more oil....the recipe calls for 2 more Tablespoons, but really, you have plenty of juice to cook your arteries!

While your meat is cooking, start cutting your vegetables.......notice, there are mushrooms in this picture but not the next.....

Yeah....I ate them.....all......oops!

Once your meat is pretty much cooked through, add your you are cooking the meat to get it crispy and yummy.....that sizzling good that you get when they bring the skillet to your table at the restaurant!


Make your "fancy" plate of fun toppings....

To get your chips to taste "restaurant-ish", heat them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 275 degrees.


Now the best part......dessert!  Put a little bit of canola oil in a skillet and heat over medium heat.

Add a flour tortilla and fry on both want to fry it until it is brown and crispy.  This takes about 2-ish minutes.

Add about 1/4 cup of brown sugar to a dish......sprinkle with about 1-2 tsp. of cinnamon.

Take your fried tortilla and place both sides into your cinnamon-brown sugar mix.....let the oil absorb the mixture....

Yummy goodness on a tray....

I like to serve it with chocolate syrup.....if I had whipped topping that would have gone on too with some chocolate shavings!!

Eating!   Total saved....a whole whopping lot!

I hope that you enjoy your knock-off dinner as much as we did!  The next day we made "super nachos" with the leftover meat, cheese and chips!

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Sassy Marsha said...

Ha ha, we got you beat, gas here in Ca is $4.03 cents a gallon, well, it was as of yesterday, today it's probably higher!

LOL, how did you know we were having fajitas tonight!? I cheat, I buy a marinade :)


Jenny said...

You blog looks awesome! I LOVE it! I will be trying your fajitas next week. I need to get to the stinkin' grocery store!

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

So glad I read this post right before dinner, because I heated our chips to go with our Mexican dish I made and they tasted so much better. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely do this more often now.

angie said...

loving the look of your blog - is that new? i think i usually see it on google reader, so maybe not.....did you do it yourself? make the button? ahhh there's so many changes i'd like to make to mine but i'm scared to mess with it too much! yours looks so nice and clean!

alison said...

yummy...we adore fajitas...and i love the idea of frying up some sweet tortillas too...thanks for linking up to fridays unfolded!



Chris said...

This looks delicious! We're in the same position, and have to look for fun things to do at home. Way to make it more fun.

Janet said...

Both of these recipes look delicious! They are definitely going on the menu. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being Amie's special guest. Sounds great, however Amie probably fainted at the fact that you ate mushrooms...

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