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Fajitas have been a Texas tradition since 1973, when Mexican-born restaurateur Ninfa Laurenzo put them on the menu of her Houston restaurant, Ninfa's. Originally, fajitas were grilled skirt steak, but they've been made with everything from lobster to Portobellos. This recipe calls for succulent pork tenderloin marinated in lime juice and spices and dressed with chipotle salsa and pico de gallo. Healthy Grilling Recipes

Steven Raichlen
June 2000

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© Amy Neunsinger

Recipe Summary

Yield:
6
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Ingredients

HERB AND SPICE RUB
FAJITAS

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a 1/2-pint jar. Cover and shake to blend.

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  • Cut the tenderloins halfway through lengthwise; pound to 1/4-inch thickness with a meat mallet. Put the meat in a baking dish; sprinkle with the rub. Drizzle on the lime juice and oil and turn to coat. Cover and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

  • Light a grill. Lightly brush the grate with oil. Grill the peppers, onions and scallions until they begin to char at the edges. Remove to a large platter and keep warm. Remove the meat from the marinade and pat dry. Grill the pork over high heat until browned and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a carving board and cut crosswise into thin slices. Transfer the meat to a platter, cover loosely with foil and keep warm.

  • Warm the tortillas on the grill until soft, 10 to 20 seconds on each side. Place them in a cloth-lined basket, cover and keep warm. Serve the fajitas and grilled vegetables with the tortillas, diced tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, sour cream and and Pico de Gallo.

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