Beef fajitas

Dietician's Tip

The traditional unleavened bread wrappers of Mexico, tortillas, are a versatile way to add grains to your day. Wheat tortillas, made from white flour, are often labeled "flour tortillas." Whole-wheat tortillas are made from whole-grain flour. You can make this recipe gluten-free if you substitute 100-percent corn tortillas.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces beef sirloin, select grade, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long
  • 1 red onion, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 4 whole-wheat tortillas, about 8 inches in diameter, warmed in the microwave
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dredge the sirloin pieces in the seasonings, coating completely. In a nonstick frying pan, cook the sirloin strips over medium heat until slightly pink, about 8 minutes. Add the onion and green pepper strips and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

To serve, spread an equal amount of the meat and vegetable mixture on each tortilla. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese, 1/4 of the diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2 tablespoons salsa. Fold both sides of each tortilla up over the filling, and then roll to close. Serve immediately.

Serving Information

Serves 4

Nutritional analysis per serving

Calories: 242
Total carbohydrate: 23 g
Cholesterol: 57 mg
Dietary fiber: 12 g
Monounsaturated fat: 2 g
Protein: 24 g
Saturated fat: 3 g
Serving size: 1 fajita
Sodium: 608 mg
Total fat: 6 g

DASH Eating Plan Servings

Grains and grain products: 1
Meats, poultry and fish: 3
Vegetables: 2

Diabetes Meal Plan Choices

Meat and meat substitutes: 3
Nonstarchy vegetables: 2
Starches: 1

Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid Servings

Carbohydrates: 1
Protein and dairy: 1
Vegetables: 2

Last Updated Jul 9, 2015


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