There are three parts to this recipe:
- Making your own gluten-free fajita seasoning
- Making your own gluten-free corn tortillas
- Preparing and cooking fajitas
You can skip the first two parts if you are able to buy gluten-free fajita seasoning and ready-made corn tortillas. Go straight to preparing and cooking homemade fajitas
An easy weekday dinner can be planned ahead by adding this FAJITA seasoning with a few tablespoons of olive oil to your favourite meat, whether it’s chicken, beef, pork or lamb. You can marinate it overnight or for a minimum of 30 minutes before cooking.
For one recipe:
- 1 tablespoon cornflour
- 2 teaspoons chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon cumin powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
For one jar:
- 3 tablespoons cornflour
- 2 tablespoons chilli powder
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 1 ½ teaspoons cumin powder
- ½ tablespoon black pepper
1. Mix all the herbs, spices and salt together in a medium bowl
2. Store them in a sealed glass jar
Makes an exciting marinade for grilled/BBQ steaks too!
Homemade Gluten-Free Corn Tortillas
Without a doubt, homemade corn tortillas taste better than the store-bought variety.
Albeit, they do look rustic and not as perfectly round as the store-bought variety, but I can assure you that they taste amazing and are soft, heathier and cheaper.
Before you attempt this recipe, make sure you can buy Masa Harina, which is dried corn that has been soaked in calcium hydroxide and then finely ground to make Masa Harina, literally translated from Spanish as flour dough.
If you have a tortilla press, then you’ll have an easy time churning out perfectly round and even tortillas. Alternatively, a rolling pin will give you a larger, thinner shape, but be careful going too thin as the dough can rip easily on its way to the frying pan.
Homemade Gluten-Free Corn Tortillas Recipe
- 450 g Masa Harina
- Pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 500ml lukewarm water, plus 100ml extra while kneading
2 pieces of plastic from Zip Lock bags or baking paper cut in 20cm by 20cm squares
Step by Step Instructions
2. Add half of the 500ml warm water. Mix and leave to rest for 10 mins.
4. Cover with a damp cloth to rest for 20 minutes.
8. Heat the pan to medium-high heat. Do not add any oil or butter. It is important to have a dry heat to cook the tortillas.
10. Cover the cooked tortillas in a tea towel to keep them warm and soft until ready to serve.
Should they go cold, sprinkle some water on the tortilla and zap them in the microwave for 15 seconds on high. This will bring them back to life.
You can freeze cooked tortilla by cooling them down completely, separating the tortilla with baking paper and wrapping the tortillas with foil. For extra measure, put this foil parcel in a plastic container to avoid them getting frostbite.
- 600g chicken breast or thigh sliced into thin strips – alternatively, pork schnitzel or beef strips – I recommend using flank or skirt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon for frying the vegetables
- 3 tablespoons store-bought or Homemade Gluten-Free Fajita Seasoning
- 1 each of red, yellow & green peppers, sliced into thin strips
- 2 red onions, sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 1 green chilli/jalapeño
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce (Tamari)
- 2 avocadoes, sliced thinly
- 100ml sour cream
- 100g grated cheese (Cheddar/Monterey Jack style)
- 1 lime, quartered
- A handful of fresh coriander leaves
- Store-bought chipotle sauce or any Mexican store-bought salsa (check the label for gluten-free ingredients)
18 store-bought or homemade corn tortillas
Step by Step Instructions
1. Add fajita seasoning to chicken pieces (or your chosen meat). Marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature.
2. Fry the peppers and onions on high heat for 5 minutes
4. Remove to a plate while cooking the meat
Everyone has their own way of assembling fajitas, but if you are new to fajitas, this is how I assemble mine:
What dessert goes well with Fajitas? If you are trying to keep a Tex-Mex/Mexican theme, then I would suggest this classic and incredibly delicious chilled dessert Tres Leche Cake – translated as Three Milk Cake – this cake gets its name from the three types of milk – fresh cream, condensed milk and evaporated milk. These milks infuse the gluten-free sponge cake and create a super moist and tender texture.