Slow Cooked Chili Steak Fajitas

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The last five days have meant

Crispy bacon cheeseburgers with frizzled onions, the size of the fullest moon

Ancho chili dusted fries, frenched and dipped in chipotle aioli

Cupcakes in shades of s’mores and carrot cake and red velvet

Buttered buttermilk pancakes

Pumpkin custard pancakes swimming in molasses caramel

Lasagna, saucy and six-layered

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Fresca

Porchetta with white beans and caramelized leeks

The most sincere of Philly cheesesteaks

Chocolate cake wedges, four layers tall and teetering

Berry pie, lattice-topped

Apple pie, double-crusted

anything, everything a la mode

We’re eccentric, my mother and I. Apart and especially together.

This morning she flew from Seattle and headed back home to Boston. It feels as if she stayed only a day. In fact, I can almost still hear her whispering in my ear as we hugged a ferocious ‘hello’ outside of baggage claim, assuring me,

“Francie, we’ll just relax this week. Me and you. Okay, luv luvs?”

And just after she bleached my bathtub, replaced all my light bulbs to a new, more lovable wattage, disinfected and de-dust bunnied the surface above my fridge, insisted on higher quality, softer toilet paper, and asked me when I was going to transition to better jewelry,

the sun began to dry the sidewalks and

we did relax.

I clung to her, 5’9” of me glomming onto 5’7” of her.

We laughed.

We ate.

And ate.

And so…

I’m full.

Happy and full and still digesting the deliciousness that was, and always is, my mother.

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Without a moment of lamenting just how much food we loved and just how much we adored every sticky finger, every stain and stomach ache, 

I’m going back to simple and wholesome and

shacking up with my slow cooker and every vegetable I know and love.

These fajitas are super easy, soft and tender, and perfectly spiced. They make for a fresh, filling dinner without any fuss or fancy.

Two of them made my first day without her sweet Boston accent more bearable.

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Slow Cooked Chili Steak Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef flank steak 
  • 1 medium onion, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cup medium salsa
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bell peppers, cut into strips
  • Flour tortillas, fresh salsa, fresh cilantro, finely chopped lettuce, grated cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice the flank steak and place it along with the sliced onion in the base of a slow cooker.
  2. Mix the salsa, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt in a small bowl and pour over to evenly cover. Cook on the lowest setting for 10 hours.
  3. One hour before the beef is done cooking, add the sliced bell peppers to the slow cooker so that they may soften slightly.
  4. Serve the beef, onion, and peppers in warmed flour tortillas with any toppings you like.

Comments

  1. johnny says

    I wish I could sit in front of you and hear you tell it. Family is so rewarding and when they part from us or us from them there is always an emptiness to fill. The slow cooked chili steak fajitas looks like the perfect filler! :)

  2. says

    The first half of this is complete literary food erotica. I want it ALL. RIGHT NOW (6:45am). Don’t even get me started on the fajitas.

    Seriously though, aren’t parents the best? My dad is visiting me this weekend in Chicago (from DC) and I’m so freaking excited. Also freaking out about the fact that I need to scour my apartment to prove that I’m a proper adult, but you know. Your relationship with your mom seems so special. I’m glad you two got the chance to spend some time together!

  3. Katie G says

    Okay, I have a question regarding this post. When you have visits like this where you really enjoy eating all kinds of everything, do you feel “guilty” afterwards? Are you already so entrenched in life habits that it’s simple to get back to eating healthy again? These are the situations that I sort of fear. I’m still losing weight and not at goal yet, but when I do get there, I worry that situations like this–family visits, vacations, etc.–might be enough to rattle my focus. Is that something you still deal with after several years of maintaining? Or do you find it easier now?

    I’m honestly curious!

  4. Amanda says

    This is looks fantastic but I have one question…..do I add the jalapeno in with the bell peppers or do they go in at the beginning?

  5. says

    Can’t wait to make these! I just got a slow cooker for my bridal shower, but my silly fiance wants us to wait to use all our gifts till we are actually married (Dec 10) and in the same apartment, so he can use them too. I guess that means December will be full of crock pot meals like this!

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