As all of you know the American cuisine is not entirely American since there are so many national influences which came with the immigrants. It is known that there are differences, as well as similarities between the different cuisines represented in America. There are Creole, Cajun, Chinese or Mexican cuisines, to mention just a few of them. When we talk about Mexican food, for example we must say that this cuisine brought about certain ingredients, typical dishes, among which the fajitas and fajita seasoning, too, as well as the preference for certain vegetables and certain condiments to prepare the foods. The Mexican cuisine covers the bottom third of North America.
The melding of cultures contributed to the melding of foods and food preparation in Mexico. Corn is the backbone of the Mexican diet. Protein-rich beans and an infinite variety of chilies make up the holy trinity of Mexican cuisine. The Spanish added a few things of their own to what they found in Mexico: domestic animals, sugar and cheese. Tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, avocado, coconut, pineapple, papaya and prickly pear cactus, to name several of the best Mexican fruit and vegetables, appear frequently in the Mexican cooking, whether it is the dish itself or, for example, fajita seasoning. Some of the herbs and spices that flavor the Mexican foods, and the fajita seasoning as well, are cinnamon, clove, anise and cumin; cilantro, thyme, marjoram and the pungent epazote are some of the most popular herbs used.
To talk about fajita seasoning, we must first make clear what fajitas are. A fajita is a typical Mexican dish consisting of grilled meat served on a flour or corn tortilla. Although originally, for fajitas only skirt steak was used, in time fajitas got to be made with cuts of beef, pork, shrimp or chicken. If you eat fajitas in restaurants, you will see that they are cooked with onions and bell peppers, whereas otherwise the most popular condiments for fajitas and fajita seasoning are cheese, tomatoes, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce and sour cream.
When you make fajitas, you will definitely need the proper fajita seasoning. You can find a lot of products in bottles or jars that claim to be fajita seasoning, but to tell you the truth I for one prefer to use a traditional fajita seasoning recipe and prepare it myself. Making fajita seasoning is not difficult at all; you just need the right ingredients and the right recipe. For this I can tell you that a little research on the net, in cookery books or among your Mexican neighbors or acquaintances will help you.
Here is one recipe for a wonderfully good fajita seasoning. In about 15 minutes you can prepare a fajita seasoning using: 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 1 tablespoon of salt and one of paprika and one of sugar; then you also need 1/3 teaspoon of cumin, the same quantity of garlic powder, 2 1/2 teaspoon of stock cube, 1 1 onion powder, and 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes; last but not least, let us not forget of the 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and as much garlic powder. To get your fajita seasoning all you have to do is mix all these ingredients together and add the mixture to the meat and/or vegetables you will put in your fajita.