National Fajita Day 2022 is quickly approaching — August 18, to be exact. It’s a day that recognizes the sizzling, authentic Tex-Mex flavors of the Southwest through a beloved cuisine.
It’s only natural to celebrate National Fajita Day by whipping up this truly beloved dish in the kitchen! Luckily, we’ve got plenty of ideas to get you started. Read on to learn about the origins of fajitas and explore four tasty recipes.
Did you know that fajitas have been around since the 1930s? During this time, Mexican vaqueros — or cowboys — in Southwest Texas developed this groundbreaking creation. They cooked throwaway cuts of beef over an open fire or grill, then served them with flour or corn tortillas.
Fajitas have come a long way since then! It wasn’t long before fajitas took off in the region, popping up on various Tex-Mex menus. Patrons were delighted by the sizzling aromas of grilled meat strips, onions and bell peppers. Due to fajitas’ versatility, cooks began experimenting with various southwestern spices, guacamole, Pico de Gallo and other toppings and fillings.
Meat choices started to extend beyond skirt steak trimmings to include other options, including chicken, pork and shrimp. By the 1980s, most Mexican restaurants in the U.S. had fajitas on the menu. What stemmed from humble beginnings as an affordable, convenient meal for cowboys has become a staple in the culinary world.
Modern kitchens continue to experiment with fajitas and their festive presentations, adding a variety of veggies and seasonings like lime and cilantro to round out the flavors. Grilling the meat with mesquite wood — a technique that Texas chefs adopted in the 1980s — is another popular way to prepare fajitas, adding a rich and smoky flavor.
There’s no better way to celebrate National Fajita Day than by trying some unique and delicious recipes. Check out the four recipes below for some inspiration!
Simple to make yet incredibly delicious, our first recipe is this easy chicken fajita taco! Soft flour tortillas are loaded with colorful ingredients like fresh bell peppers, red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, avocadoes, lime wedges and cilantro.
Celebrate National Fajita Day by whipping up these irresistible tacos in just minutes. The key ingredient — pre-made chicken fajitas — ties the whole recipe together while adding a rich boost of protein. Don’t forget to top this dish with a cool, delectable dollop of sour cream!
These chicken fajita tacos make for a tasty and nutritious family dinner you’ll want to keep making long after the holiday wraps up. Not to mention your next Taco Tuesday will be a hit!
Craving a warm comfort dish of savory meat, gooey melted cheese and a crispy, golden brown tortilla shell? Trust us when we say these chicken or beef quesadillas will deliver. The beauty of this recipe is that you’ll only need a few simple ingredients — cheese, meat and tortillas — some of which may already be sitting in your fridge.
Grab some fresh flour tortillas and shred some cheddar and pepper jack cheese. Finally, choose between pre-cooked chicken or juicy beef fajitas to craft this recipe to your liking. If those meat cravings are exceptionally strong, you can even choose both!
Serve your quesadillas with any sides or toppings you desire, like fresh salsa, sour cream, guacamole, Mexican rice or refried beans. You can even try dipping these quesadillas in your favorite soup for the ultimate comfort meal.
With a tasty twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich, this steak fajita grilled cheese is another fantastic creation to try on National Fajita Day. With melted mozzarella cheese, sizzling beef fajita strips, sliced yellow onion and green bell pepper between two thick slices of sourdough bread, this savory sandwich is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
Whether you try this recipe for lunch or dinner, steak fajita grilled cheese sandwiches are sure to make for an unforgettable National Fajita Day. If you’re looking for tasty sides to pair with this dish, grilled cheese and tomato soup are a culinary match made in heaven! A steamy bowl of chicken noodle soup is another classic option.
If pasta dishes are calling your name, you’re sure to appreciate this warm and savory beef fajita stroganoff. A creamy sauce of tender beef fajitas, sliced button mushrooms, onions, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce and beef broth tops soft egg noodles. This dish will have everyone coming back for another helping.
Don’t forget to top the stroganoff with a teaspoon of fresh parsley to complete the taste and presentation. Consider serving this dish with a side of mashed or baked potatoes, roasted veggies, rice or salad. Your National Fajita Day will be one for the books with this fantastic recipe!
While the above recipes are a great start for National Fajita Day, you don’t have to limit yourself to this list. Fajitas are a wonderfully versatile food, so feel free to experiment with various recipes, fillings, toppings and sides. The possibilities are endless when it comes to this meal — don’t hesitate to get creative in the kitchen!
Whether you’re trying out new creations or following existing recipes, using pre-cut, seasoned and cooked meats makes it easy to experiment. When you purchase pre-cooked chicken or beef fajitas from John Soules Foods, you can streamline your food prep to make fast, easy and delicious meals this National Fajita Day.
Our frozen and refrigerated meats accommodate multiple cooking options — microwave, oven or skillet — to keep cook times quick and flexible. Not to mention our handy resealable packaging makes portioning simple. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the dinner table on August 18 by crafting your fajitas with our delicious selection of meats.
Whether you prefer beef or chicken, there’s a fajita out there for you. If you want to celebrate National Fajita Day but your schedule limits the time you have to spend in the kitchen, John Soules Foods has you covered.
Our pre-cooked meats make it easier than ever to plan a quick, tasty and nutritious meal. When you can enjoy a healthy source of protein, amazing flavors and minimal prep time all at once, you know you’re getting a great deal.
At John Soules Foods, we work hard in the kitchen, so you don’t have to. Find a store near you to purchase our pre-cooked fajitas today!