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sliced pork and peppers in tortilla on a board

Pork Fajitas


  • Author: Deb
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

  • Garlicky, oniony, spicy marinated strips of pork is fried with onions and bell peppers.  Then served on  a soft tortilla or with other low carb options.  Pile on the toppings and you have an easy, flavorful meal.

Ingredients

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Marinade

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  •  1 tablespoon brown sugar (or brown sugar substitute)*
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Pork and Vegetables

  • 2 pounds 1/2 inch thick boneless center cut pork chops, cut into 2-3 inch long strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced into 2-3 inch long thin strips
  • 1 red bell pepper,   sliced into 2-3 inch strips
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into 2-3 inch strips
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into 2 inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice and olive oil in a large bowl
  2. Place pork strips in the liquid and stir to coat.
  3. Combine all seasoning and spices together and pour over pork and press the spice rub into the meat.
  4. Cover bowl and let marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.*
  5. In a large cast iron skillet or grill pan, heat oil over medium flame.
  6. Saute' the peppers and onions for about 5-6 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened and browned. Remove from skillet.
  7. Lightly brush the skillet with a tablespoon of oil, making sure the flame is medium high heat.
  8. Place pork strips in pan and let them cook for about 2 minutes, then turn them over and cook another 2 minutes on the other side.  
  9. Serve with the vegetables on a warm fajita tortilla with your choice of toppings.**

Notes

*If you are in a hurry, skip or shorten the time spent marinating the pork.  If you decide to skip it and just use the seasoning, just squeeze a little lime over the meat before you season and cook it.  The acid in the lime juice help break down the meat and make it more tender.

*You can marinate the pork longer than 30 minutes, even overnight if you want.  Just leave out the lime juice until the last 30 minutes before cooking.   That is really all the time you need to soften the pork.

**To keep this recipe low carb, I used Brown sugar Swerve.  You can use regular brown sugar.

***I also used Mission Carb Balance Tortillas.  They have 3 grams net carbs.  But you can certainly use your favorite tortilla.  They are also very good lightly heated in a pan.  Don't cook more than a minute or so.  They might come out very crisp and crumble apart.

***Another low carb choice is to eat the pork and vegetables in a lettuce wrap or on top of cauliflower rice.

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: taco, tortilla, chili powder, guacamole, salsa