Fiesta Fajitas

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Fiesta Fajitas
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Grilling mom Judith Fertig, who's coauthored six cookbooks about barbecuing, offers this tasty twist on fajitas that replaces hard-to-find skirt steak with equally appetizing pork tenderloin. Once the meat and veggies are grilled and sliced, you can leave the rest of the preparation to everyone else. Add a kid-friendly kick to the dish with Fresh Pineapple Salsa.

What you'll need

  • Marinade
  • 1/3 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • FOR THE FAJITAS:
  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 2 pounds), trimmed of silver skin
  • 2 large red onions, cut into 1-inch-thick slices and threaded lollipop-style on skewers
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into quarters
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into quarters
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • 8 flour tortillas, wrapped in foil

How to make it

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag, then add the tenderloins and toss them to coat. Place the sealed bag in the refrigerator and allow the tenderloins to marinate for at least an hour, but preferably overnight.

  2. Prepare the grill for cooking. Brush the onion skewers and bell peppers with olive oil. Grill the vegetables until they are soft, about 20 minutes, and the tenderloins, turning them occasionally, until the centers register 145º, also about 20 minutes. Transfer all the food to a baking sheet and allow the tenderloins to rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, remove the onion slices from the skewers. Chop them and the bell peppers, then arrange the vegetables on one side of a large serving platter. Slice the tenderloins into strips, then arrange them beside the vegetables.

  4. Heat the foil-wrapped tortillas on the coolest part of the grill, turning them several times until they are warmed through. Serve the grilled vegetables, tenderloin strips, and tortillas with small bowls of the Fresh Pineapple Salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. Serves 8.

Nutritional Information

Per serving (1 fajita made with a tortilla, 1/8 of the meat and vegetables, and 2 tablespoons of salsa):Calories 304 ● Total Fat 6 g ● Saturated Fat 1 g ● Cholesterol 74 mg ● Sodium 459 mg ● Total Carbohydrate 33 g ● Fiber 2 g ● Sugars 4 g ● Protein 29 g

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