Can you eat fajitas without tortillas?
In this brief guide, we will address the query, “Can you eat fajitas without tortillas?” We will also discuss whether fajitas are keto-friendly and about fajitas recipes without tortillas.
Can you eat fajitas without tortillas?
Yes, you can eat fajitas without tortillas. Many restaurants serve the meat of your choice on a sizzling hot plate and side dishes such as tortillas and avocados are served on the side and it’s up to you to eat the fajitas with the tortillas, wrapping them with the other topping offered.
Nowadays, fajitas are served with a variety of spices and ingredients. Still, Fajitas arose from the need to make the most of second-rate cuts of beef, accompanied by tortillas that are widely present in Mexican cuisine.
What are fajitas?
Fajitas are a Tex-Mex recipe made from marinated and grilled strips of meat accompanied by wheat tortillas rolled bilaterally, leaving the filling exposed on top.
The recipe came about in the 1940s when “vaqueros”, Mexicans who worked in Texas, were paid with unwanted cuts of beef like skirt steak. To make the meal more enjoyable, the skirt steak was cut into strips and served with tortillas. Thus, Fajitas, which means “little straps,” was born.
Nowadays it is possible to find Fajitas in practically all Mexican or Tex-Mexican restaurants, using other meats such as chicken, pork, or even vegetarian alternatives.
Can I eat fajitas on a keto diet?
The keto diet is based on a diet focused on fats and proteins and the maximum reduction of carbohydrates. Consuming tortilla-less fajitas just grilled meat, poultry, and/or veggies can be considered a keto-friendly alternative to dining at a Mexican restaurant.
Tortillas are usually made from wheat flour, water, and salt, and wheat has an unacceptable glycemic index and carbohydrate per 100g to be considered keto-friendly.
However, as with other foods, there are adaptations and substitutions to reduce your carbohydrate intake. One possibility is to replace wheat flour with almond flour like this recipe here.
Almonds bring good fat and fiber to the dish, in addition to having a mild flavor and good consistency to the dough. It is also important to pay attention to the condiments used in the meat marinade that may contain sugar and impair your performance when following a keto diet.
How to make fajitas recipes without tortillas?
Below are two recipes that you can use to make fajitas without tortillas.
Low Carb Mexican Fajita Bowl
Satisfy your craving for Mexican Food using just one skillet and 30 minutes. The recipe yields 4 servings, making it perfect for a family meal.
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 small bell peppers, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 oz can diced pimentos
- 1 lb minute steak, sliced into strips
- 2 teaspoon, lower sodium
- Toppings: Cheese, salsa, sour cream, tomatoes, or what else you desire
- Cut the steak into strips and sprinkle with the fajita seasoning, and incorporate the seasoning into the strips. set aside
- Add the peppers, onions, garlic, and peppers to a skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir-fry until they are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and set aside the veggies in a bowl.
- Add another spoon of olive oil and heat. Sprinkle steak with fajita seasoning as desired then brown.
- Divide veggies and steak between 4 bowls. You can add cheese, salsa, and sour cream if desired.
Chicken Fajita Soup
Spicy, nutritious, and friendly for a Low Carb and Keto diet. It makes 8 servings and can be made in a slow cooker.
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup chicken broth (you can use vegetable broth)
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 green pepper chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 6 oz cream cheese
- 2 10 oz cans diced tomatoes with green chilis
- 2½ cups chicken broth
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2½ tbsp taco seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: Shredded cheese, cilantro, green onions, avocado, sour cream, etc.
- Cook boneless skinless chicken breasts in a slow cooker for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low in a cup of broth and season with salt and pepper.
- After cooking, shred the chicken and save the liquid for the soup. Set aside.
- In a pan, sauté green pepper, onion, and garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter until the onion is translucent. Add the cream cheese and mash until it melts.
- Add tomatoes, chicken heavy whipping cream liquid, and taco seasoning, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Add the shredded chicken and simmer for another 10 minutes.
- It’s ready, enjoy it hot and add your favorite toppings.
In this brief guide, we have addressed the query, “Can you eat fajitas without tortillas?” We have also discussed if fajitas are keto-friendly and talked about fajitas recipes without tortillas.
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