Summer calls for colorful dinners made in no time at all and these healthy and easy Beef Fajitas are perfect for that. You can have them ready in less than 20 minutes from the time you decide to start cooking!
How to fry beef fajita strips
I have to give you a few great tips on how to stir-fry beef strips because there is a little bit of an art to making sure they stay nice and juicy.
The number one mistake most people make is adding all the strips to the pan at once while they are still cold from the fridge. That will lower the temperature in the pan and make the strips boil instead of fry. Instead of doing that, take the strips out of the fridge 30 min before frying so they can get to room temperature and fry them in several batches if you are making a lot. You also want the pan to be SMOKING hot. Wait at least a few minutes for the pan and oil to properly heat up.
Another great reason to cook the strips in batches is that they get a more even frying if they don’t touch each other in the pan. It only takes about 3 minutes to cook each batch so the overall time doesn’t get much longer by splitting the strips into batches.
Veggies for your healthy beef fajitas
In my opinion, bell peppers are the perfect veggie for stir-frying. They are a little bit sweet while still being savory, and they keep their firm consistency when heated. Combined with onion, they form the basis of a lot of my stir-fry recipes.
Bell peppers are also great from a nutritional standpoint as they are loaded with vitamin C and high in other vitamins and minerals as well.
- 1 lbs. (450 g) beef stir-fry strips
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ½ tsp. chilli powder
- splash of oil
- Juice of half a lime
- Freshly chopped coriander (also called cilantro)
- 1 avocado
- Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat
- Wash and deseed bell peppers and slice them into 1/4" (0.5 cm) thick long stripes. Set aside
- Peel and slice red onion. Set aside
- Once skillet is hot, add a splash of oil. When the oil is hot, add stir-fry strips in 2-3 batches. Make sure the strips don't touch each other. Salt and pepper each batch generously in the pan
- Cook for about 1 minute per side, then remove and set aside on a plate and cover to keep warm
- Add sliced onions and bell peppers to the remaining meat juice. Season with cumin and chili powder and stir-fry until desired consistency. (I like them still crunchy, so I only stir-fry for about 5 minutes. If you like your vegetables softer, stir-fry for a little longer).
- Serve on a plate with sliced avocado, a drizzle of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of fresh coriander.