Flank Steak Fajitas

Yum. Grill a big enough flank steak so you have leftovers the next day. Serve with Spanish Rice.

Quick Spanish Rice:

In a covered saucepan heat 1 T canola oil.

When hot add:

  • 1 cup basmati (or any long-grain white) rice 

Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until chalky and slightly browned (don't let it get more than a touch of brown). 


  • ½ cup fresh salsa (a chunky one works best here)

Stir for a few seconds until the salsa reduces a bit, then add:

  • 1 ½ cup water
  • ½ t kosher salt

Bring to a boil then reduce heat to lowest setting, cover and let sit for about 15 minutes.

When liquid is nearly absorbed, stir, turn off heat completely and recover until you're ready to serve.

Trim all exposed fat from the steak. Cut the steak with the grain into 3 or 4 strips, about 2-3 inches wide.

On a baking sheet combine:

  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 ½ T Ancho chili powder
  • ½ t kosher salt

Stir to make into a dry rub. Then press onto both sides of flank. Using a fork, poke steaks all over - top, bottom and sides. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes or so before grilling.

Preheat grill.

Grill over high heat for about 6 minutes per side, then allow to sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, combine in a small mixing bowl:

  • 2 T canola oil
  • 1 t liquid smoke (I like hickory)
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • Few turns fresh ground pepper
  • ½ t kosher salt

Prep veggies:

  • Halve an onion, peel, and slice.
  • Trim peppers to thin strips (about 1 ½ inches long and about 2-3 mm thick). I like to trim the jalapeños a bit thinner so that any eaters can avoid them if necessary.
  • Quarter the tomatoes.
  • Add all the veggies to the small mixing bowl and toss to coat.

Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes.

Add the veggies and saute over a good flame for a few minutes until softened. 

Heat tortillas (I like to do this directly over a flame, but you can use a clean skillet and warm them like pancakes). 

Slice steak against the grain and have everyone assemble their own fajita.

You will need:

  • A 1# flank steak (I like the price and specs at Trader Joes)
  • Flour tortillas (Again, at Trader Joes - the chili ones are great)
  • Guacamole
  • Onion
  • Peppers: red and green bell and jalapeños
  • 1-2 tomatoes 
  • Liquid smoke
  • Ancho chili powder