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Cooking for One Recipes: Make-Ahead Steak Fajitas

Posted By Christine Platz On April 17, 2013 @ 6:00 am In Cooking For One Recipes | Comments Disabled


Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes [2]!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest [3] I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it [3]!

Make-Ahead:  Steak Fajitas

I came across this recipe and knew it was worth saving (It came from Real Simple in June 2008 [4])! What is so great about this is you can make this ahead of time and then just freeze a few bags until you’re ready to cook it –up to 3 months later. Total prep time is 10-15 minutes then you just seal it in a Ziploc and pop in your freezer. I’m not a huge spicy fan so I cut out the jalapenos and there is still a little kick, but you can add the jalapenos if you choose.

steak fajita ingredients [5]


  • 1  pound  flank steak (I used sirloin steak and it worked great, too)
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1  teaspoon  chili powder
  • 2  teaspoons  hot sauce
  • kosher salt
  • 2  1-quart re-sealable plastic freezer bags

(I also added about 3 tablespoons Sofrito tomato base per bag. It just helped add a little more flavoring.  You can use any tomato base here if you wish, just for a little extra sauce). If you’ve never used Sofrito before, check it out here [6].

steak fajita peppers [7]

Freeze it: In a large bowl, combine the steak, onion, bell peppers, chili powder, hot sauce, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add Sofrito or tomato base if desired.  Divide ingredients evenly among the two bags and freeze.

When You’re Ready to Make

  • 4  teaspoons olive oil
  • 4  small flour tortillas, warmed
  • store-bought refrigerated fresh salsa (optional)

steak fajita stove top [8]

1)      In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil (use 1 teaspoon per serving).

2)      Empty the frozen contents of the bags into the skillet.  Cook, covered, stirring occasionally to break up ingredients, for 10 minutes.

3)      Raise heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender and the steak is cooked through, 2 to 6 minutes.

Serve with the tortillas and, if desired, the salsa. The flavors are so good, you may find yourself going back for the second bag!


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