When we go to one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants I always order the same thing – tacos de carne asada. Sure I order them because the grilled steak wrapped in a warm tortilla is delicious and the absense of cheese makes them one of the healthiest items on the menu…but really I get them mostly for the onion and cilantro salsa that comes on the side. The salsa is the perfect compliment to the taco, with crunchy little bits of onion balanced out by tons fresh cilantro to keep it from being too strong. I’m not generally a raw onion fan. I pick them out of salads and take them off of my burgers. In this salsa though, they work.
The other night we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do for dinner and I thought about going out for tacos, but it was so nice out and the restaurant doesn’t have any outdoor seating (and I absolutely love to eat outside when it’s nice out). Plus we had just bought gas for the grill… the next thing I knew, I was juicing limes to make a marinade for the steak. I found two poblanos that I had forgotten I had bought, so I decided to grill those up with some onions and make fajitas instead of tacos. I also added some minced jalapeno to the salsa to kick it up a notch.
For the amount of flavor that these fajitas pack you would expect that they would be labor intensive or use expensive ingredients, but it’s very much the opposite. This is a super cheap and easy meal that will be one the table in well under a half hour. If you have any leftovers or don’t like tortillas the salsa, marinated steak, and grilled vegetables also go great on a salad topped with a splash of lime vinaigrette.