Aired June 6, 2016
1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces
Salt and pepper
Juice 2 limes, divided
4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil, divided
1 teaspoon each: cumin, coriander, granulated garlic, granulated onion and Mexican oregano
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon Red Hot or Tabasco sauce, plus some to pass at table
1 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
3 mild peppers: a mix of cubanelle, red field or frying pepper, and Anaheim or green bell
1 large white onion, quartered and sliced
6 cloves garlic, crushed or sliced
2 jalapeño or Serrano peppers
3/4 cup lager (light) beer or stock (chicken or beef)
2 to 3 large radishes, very thinly sliced or cut into matchsticks
A handful cilantro tops, coarsely chopped
16 corn or flour tortillas
Salsa, store-bought or homemade Pico de Gallo (seeded chopped tomato, finely chopped jalapeño or Serrano pepper, and red onion, cilantro and salt)
Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Season the steak with salt and pepper, and whisk up marinade: juice of 1 lime, 3 tablespoons oil, cumin, coriander, granulated garlic and onion, oregano, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Turn meat in marinade and let stand while heating a large griddle or grill pan over medium-high heat. Cook steak 2-3 minutes on each side for medium-rare to medium doneness.
Toss red onions with juice of remaining lime, salt and pepper.
To skillet, add remaining tablespoon oil, a turn of the pan, sliced peppers and white onion. Toss 3-4 minutes to char at edges and soften a bit. Add salt, pepper, garlic and hot peppers; toss a minute or 2 more. Deglaze pan with beer or stock.
Slice steak and add to cast-iron skillet with the veggies.
Char tortillas over an open flame or in a hot, ungreased skillet to blister on both sides. Keep warm in tortilla warmer or wrapped in foil.
Garnish the fajita skillet with radishes and pickled red onions; serve from the pan with charred tortillas, homemade or store-bought salsa and hot sauce alongside.