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Firecracker Fajitas for July 4th

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Rather than stay traditional this 4th of July, try grilling something different, something perhaps a little bit spicy. Try fajitas.

Do you ever get bored with the summer grillfest? While I enjoy my fair share of burgers, brats and steaks, I get restless for something different at summer functions. I tend to marinate meat into kebabs and focus on grilling vegetables instead, and I don’t just do it when I am at home. I bring them along for the ride to the beach, the park, the picnic and, yes, even camping.

Fajitas are easy to do on the grill. Simply marinate your meat beforehand, and then add a foil pan or make a foil boat for your vegetables and grill them up right next to your fajitas. A few fresh toppings and you’re in business. Tortillas, lettuce and sour cream are just as easy to pack and carry as burger buns, ketchup and tomato slices. So pack them along in your cooler, and watch as all the people around you munching on hot dogs will envy your nontraditional Fourth fare.

Fajita Marinade

1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (less to adjust spice level to your liking)
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix together all the dry ingredients. Stir in lime juice, orange juice and olive oil. Marinate steaks or chicken until ready to grill.

Serve grilled chicken and steak with grilled onions and peppers on top of warmed tortillas.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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