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Steak Fajitas with Roasted Peppers, Onions, Sherry Mushrooms & Charred Tomato Sauce


For the Sauce:

  • 2 red vine tomatoes

  • 2 slices onion, about 1/2-inch thick

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 red jalapeño pepper

  • 2 dry guajillo or red New Mexican chili peppers, stemmed and seeded

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • Salt and pepper

For the Steak Fajitas:

  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 cup dry sherry, divided

  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 limes

  • 1/4 cup beef stock

  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion

  • 2 teaspoons paprika or smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon honey or light agave

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 2 pounds flank steak, halved lengthwise into 2 long steaks about 3 inches wide

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3 large poblano peppers, halved and seeded

  • 2 large red bell peppers, halved and seeded

  • 4 thick slices onions

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme

  • 16 6-inch flour tortillas

  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema

  • A handful of cilantro leaves

  • 2 large ripe Haas avocados


Preheat broiler. Arrange tomatoes, onions and red jalapeño on a baking sheet and spray onions with a little cooking spray. Char and blister tomatoes, pepper and onions on all sides then remove from oven and cool. Leave broiler on for poblano and bell peppers.

Toast dry peppers in small skillet over medium-high heat. Add stock, lower heat and simmer until peppers are softened and plump. Place in a food processor and add the charred tomatoes and onions, peeled red jalapeño, the sherry vinegar, salt and pepper. Set sauce aside while you prepare the fajitas.

Combine garlic, 1/4 cup dry sherry, Worcestershire sauce, juice of 1 lime, stock, dry spices, honey or agave and 2 tablespoons oil in a large food storage bag. Season steak on both sides with salt and pepper then add to bag. Marinate meat a minimum of 30 minutes.

Heat a cast-iron skillet, grill or griddle over medium-high heat. Cook steak about 10 minutes turning once. Grill 2 cut limes for 3-4 minutes. Let the meat rest then thinly slice against the grain and douse with juice of 1 grilled lime.

Arrange poblanos, bell peppers and onions on a baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Char under broiler then cool. Peel peppers and slice; halve charred onion slices and pile peppers and onions onto a serving dish.

Sauté mushrooms in a little oil, 2 turns of the pan, until brown over medium-high heat. Season with salt, pepper and thyme, and deglaze with remaining 1/4cup sherry; transfer to a serving dish.

Char tortillas over open flame or in a hot, dry skillet. 

In a food processor, whiz up the avocado with the cilantro, crema and the juice of remaining lime.

Serve tortillas, sliced steak, tomato sauce, peppers, onions and crema, and have everyone build their own fajitas.