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Beef Fajitas with Cilantro Sauce

 Beef Fajitas with Cilantro Sauce
“I found this recipe in the newspaper and made some variations,” says Rebecca Sodergren of Wichita Falls, Texas. “The jalapeno pepper gives just the slightest bit of zing to the otherwise cool, refreshing sauce.”
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 25 min.


  • 4 tablespoons lime juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 2 large green peppers, halved
  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced
  • 8 flour tortillas (6 inches), warmed
  • Shredded lettuce, tomato wedges and sliced ripe olives, optional


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 3 tablespoons lime juice,
  • 2 tablespoons oil, thyme and hot pepper sauce. Add the beef; seal
  • bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • For sauce, place the yogurt, cilantro, jalapeno and remaining lime
  • juice in a blender; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a
  • small bowl; refrigerate until serving. Brush green peppers and
  • onions with remaining oil; set aside.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Grill beef, uncovered, over medium-hot

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Beef Fajitas with Cilantro Sauce (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired
  • doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°;
  • medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand for 10 minutes
  • before slicing.
  • Meanwhile, grill green peppers and onions, uncovered, over medium-hot
  • heat for 5 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Cut into
  • strips; spoon onto tortillas. Top with sliced beef. Serve with
  • cilantro sauce. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes and olives if
  • desired. Fold in sides. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 fajita with 1/4 cup sauce (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 265 calories, 10 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 291 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 22 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.