A plate of Fajitas is tantalizing, and it can be tough to walk away from it. With grilled vegetables and other ingredients, they come with many health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, minerals, proteins, fiber, fats, and omega-3 fatty acids. With the right recipe, they come out unbelievably tasty.
When serving them, you can get a side that goes well with them as long as it doesn’t dominate their flavor.
What Are Fajitas?
Fajitas are a famous Mexican cuisine that is made from grilled meat, onions, green peppers, salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream and rolled up in a corn or flour tortilla. They are healthy depending on the ingredients in it and where you buy yours; if it is not homemade. Unfortunately, restaurant ones can be packed with a lot of calories and unhealthy fat.
You can make your fajitas at home using chicken, steak, or plain vegetables. You may also combine chicken and steak when preparing them. Regardless of what you use, your aim should be to make yours delicious and nutritious. Use a flavorful blend of seasonings to achieve the best flavors.
Your fajitas will even become yummier if you use fajita rubs. You can make yours by mixing cumin, salt, pepper, garlic, and some chili powder. Leave the meat for about two hours after using your rub so that it can absorb the flavors.
There are different methods that you can use to cook fajitas. You can do it on or inside a grill. Using a cast-iron skillet will also work. I would advise you to select the method that you deem most convenient for you. If you do it right, they will still be delicious.
As mentioned before, you can serve your fajitas with flour or corn tortillas. I prefer flour ones because they are elastic and are less likely to fall apart.
When serving them, get a side dish that goes well with them.
What to Serve With Fajitas
You or your family will enjoy having fajitas for lunch or dinner. Your kids will even like them more if you serve them with a great side dish. Well, many recipes can pair well with this Mexican cuisine. It may be easy to make some of them, but for others, you might have to follow a well-illustrated recipe; step by step.
Here are some excellent sides for fajitas that you can make at home.
Spicy Roasted Potatoes
These potatoes and your fajitas will make great culinary partners. You will need red potatoes, onion, garlic powder, chili powder, virgin olive oil, and kosher salt. Add a taco seasoning, avocado or even sour cream.
Cheese lovers can include some shredded cheddar cheese. Wait for it to melt to enjoy the side’s best flavors. When making this recipe, I prefer using an aluminum foil so that the potatoes remain moist. It also enables them to cook evenly.
Cilantro Tomato Corn Salad
Fajitas go well with this quick, tasty summer salad. I love it because it uses ingredients that you can easily find, and they are inexpensive. Get fresh corn (in husks), melted butter, tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, fresh cilantro, garlic, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. A lemon-herb seasoning without any salt will take its flavors up a notch. If you love the salad warm, you can serve it a few minutes after it is ready. If you like it cold, you can wait for a while to serve it with your delicious platter of fajitas.
Spanish Rice II
This Spanish rice is one of the best that I have ever tasted. When served with fajitas, it is even tastier! Sautee it with the right amount of onions and green bell peppers. Do not forget to add some tomatoes and your favorite spices to the mix. Some salt and chili powder to taste will not do any harm.
The amount of uncooked rice you use to make this side dish will depend on your family’s size or the number of individuals you are serving. For every cup of uncooked rice you use, add two cups of water.
Lettuce mixed with several other nutritious and sweet vegetables makes a fantastic side for fajitas. There are various variations of this salad that you can consider. When making mine, I use lettuce and any type of cucumbers. Sometimes, I don’t even peel them. Cherry or grape tomatoes work for me, but you can choose others. I also add Italian parsley, onion, olive oil, pepper, and salt. If you want to get an unrefined sunflower oil flavor, consider using toasted sesame oil. You can also sprinkle some vinegar over the salad. You will spend about ten minutes making this side, and with its simplicity, it is difficult to mess up.
These peppers are appetizers that go well with fajitas, especially if you are serving them at a party. I prefer using jalapeno peppers for this recipe because they are not too mild or hot; they come with just the perfect amount of spice. You may also go for sweet red/orange/yellow/purple peppers.
Before you grill them with some salt, season them first. This recipe is easy, and it will require about 15 minutes of your time. This side might not be great if you are serving kids. Believe me, most kids hate peppers despite all the flavor they add to your menu.
Sweet Corn Tomalito
This side pairs well with fajitas and many other main dishes. It uses softened margarine, cornmeal, baking powder, masa harina, white sugar, frozen whole-kernel corn, and milk. Add enough salt to taste. For even cooking, you can use an aluminum foil. It also helps to keep the dish moist. To make this side perfectly, refer to some recipes available on the internet. You can also ask a friend to assist you if you have never prepared it before.
It is not that hard to find the perfect side for fajitas. There is a pool of delicious dishes that you can choose from. Just make sure that you pick one that is healthy and flavorsome at the same time.