Attention all fajita lovers - today is YOUR day! Yes, August 18th marks the annual celebration of these savory dish.
Back in the early 1930s, Mexican vaqueros (or cowboys) in Southwest Texas created the delicious, savory Tex-Mex flavor found in fajitas. They used throwaway cuts of beef and cooked them over an open fire or grill and they became a staple in the region. The meat was served with flour or corn tortillas and then years later the use of fresh Pico de gallo, guacamole, and southwestern spices brought new and tasty flavors to the fajita.
This convenient meal for hardworking cowboys soon became a destination food in the culinary world. As the popularity of fajitas grew, the more new flavors were added to make it even better. Now you can get or fajitas with peppers, onions and you can even substitute the steak for sweet shrimp, lean chicken, or pork. In the 1980s, most Mexican restaurants in the US served fajitas. In these now modern times, culinary kitchens add lime, cilantro and a variety of vegetables to the fajitas menu.
Looking to add some fajita goodness to dinner tonight? Check out this quick and easy recipe from the Food Network that you can whip up in no time.