Cinco De Mayo Steak Fajitas & Dealing with Addiction

1 May 2017
Cinco De Mayo is a favorite holiday for many Americans and — at least the American version — is a far cry from the event it is supposed to memorialize.  It is not, contrary to popular belief, the celebration of Mexico’s independence (which is actually September 16th); instead, it’s a celebration of a military victory.  American tradition has rendered it to be more akin to a Mexican version of the American St. Paddy’s day–a celebration of one of America’s many cultures.  A holiday of food and drink.  That’s why I don’t feel so bad sharing my “Cinco De Mayo Steak Fajitas,” despite the fajita’s shaky association in Mexican cuisine.

Cinco De Mayo Steak Fajitas

Cinco De Mayo as a drinking holiday

Just as with America’s St. Paddy’s Day celebrations, Cinco De Mayo is a holiday with a tradition of drinking.  Whether it be of tequila or Mexican beers, nearly every bar will have a themed drink or two for the holiday.  It is fun for most, but it can be difficult for anyone recovering from alcohol addiction.  

My story isn’t one I’m quite ready to share, but I can be placed in this grouping.  An addiction that started when I was 15, it can be hard to abstain with social and cultural pressures at every corner.  Many people don’t know this about me, or about the many others in the same boat, so it helps to always plan for alternative beverages just in case.

Cinco De Mayo Steak Fajitas and Cucumber-Radish Salsa

These Cinco De Mayo steak fajitas use roughly the same seasoning from my burrito filling.  The salsa is inspired by Mark Bittman’s radish salsa, but simplified to make this an easy 5-minute salsa that anyone could make.  Salsa, a word simply meaning sauce, does not have to be the tomato concoction most Americans grew up with, so have fun creating your own creative mixes.

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Steak Fajitas with Cucumber Radish Salsa
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Course Main Dish
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Ingredients
Steak Fillings
Cucumber Radish Salsa
Fajitas
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
people
Ingredients
Steak Fillings
Cucumber Radish Salsa
Fajitas
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
Fajitas
  1. Pat steak strips dry with a paper towel; season generously with spices and salt.
  2. Heat two teapspoons olive oil in a medium size frying pan over medium-high heat. Add seasoned steak and sear on all sides until browned.
  3. Remove steak to a plate, cover, and allow to rest.
  4. In the same pan, add bell peppers, scallions, and jalapenos. Season with salt and cook until slightly carmelized. Transfer to a plate.
Salsa
  1. Dice cucumbers and cut radishes into thin half-moons.
  2. Chop the cilantro.
  3. Throw cucumbers, radishes, and cilantro into a medium bowl, top with lime juice and salt. Toss until well mixed.
  4. Warm tortillas and serve with filling and salsa. Top, as desired, with dairy-free yogurt.
Nutrition Facts
Steak Fajitas with Cucumber Radish Salsa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 424 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 88mg 4%
Potassium 526mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 34g 68%
Calcium 7%
Iron 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cinco De Mayo Steak Fajitas

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12 Comments

  • Reply Laurence Makano 2 May 2017 at 9:02 pm

    One of the my favourite Mexican dishes! Absolutely love steak fajitas. And the salsa must be so refreshing, must try!

  • Reply OvenStruck 2 May 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Chava, these look absolutely scrumptious! I love fresh radish on tacos. So refreshing and gives you that palate cleanse that’s ready for the next bite! As a side note, I grew up with people who had severe alcohol addiction and I commend you in your fight! That being said is probably why I really don’t drink. A sip here and there but it scares the heck out of me to become addicted. Just know there are people around you and in the online world that are here for you and to hear your story. Much love girl.

  • Reply Dawn Karwoski 2 May 2017 at 9:49 pm

    I commend you for speaking up about your history and pointing out how thes types of events affect you. I honestly never thought of it that way, but do understand the pressure to drink at parties. It’s not for everyone, and shouldn’t be! These fajitas look amazing too!

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  • Reply Caroline 2 May 2017 at 11:13 pm

    These look absolutely amazing! I love Mexican food, so I’ll be trying these for sure. Also I love radishes, such a new and creative way to use them in food. ❤️

  • Reply Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen 3 May 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Love this, Chava! Good for you for being brave and speaking up. I always try to be mindful of addiction with friends; it’s not an easy path but I’m glad you’re on it!

  • Reply Ron 4 May 2017 at 6:07 am

    You got me thinking “Fajitas”. I really like the Cucumber Radish Salsa idea. This might just be the recipe I can use to introduce my Swedish family to real Fajitas.

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