Thursday, December 11, 2008

Slow Cooker Fajitas

I enjoy restaurant fajitas. A few times in the past, I have attempted to create my own fajitas at home with one of those kits from the store. It's not that they're horrible, but the meat in the restaurant fajitas is so tender and savory and the stuff that I made at home was kind of chewy and just tasted like taco meat. Not anymore. You still have to make em' yourself, which makes the restaurant ones better. It's always nice when someone just slides a sizzling plate in front of you while you toss back a margarita or raspberry iced tea. However, if you're looking to satisfy your fajita craving in the comfort of your own home, these are the way to go.

Start by slicing an onion and some peppers into your crock pot.

Now thinly slice about 2 lbs. of sirloin and place it on top of the peppers and onions.

Combine the water, red wine vinegar, lime juice, and spices and pour them over the top of the beef.

Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Make your fajitas however you like them. This one was topped with shredded cheddar, salsa, sour cream, and some sliced green onion. Mmmm mmmm.

Slow Cooker Fajitas
1 each medium green, sweet red and yellow pepper, cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch strips
2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steaks, cut into thin strips
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
8 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro
Place peppers and onion in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with beef. Combine the water, vinegar, lime juice and seasonings; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until tender.
Using a slotted spoon, place about 3/4 cup meat mixture down the center of each tortilla. Top with 1 tablespoon salsa, 1 tablespoon cheese and 1 teaspoon cilantro; roll up. Yield: 8 servings.

Serving size: 1 fajita Calories: 335 Fat: 10 g Saturated Fat: 3 g Cholesterol: 69 mg Sodium: 564 mg Carbohydrate: 32 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 29 g Diabetic Exchange: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable

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