Fajitas make memorable Memorial Day menu


Last updated 5/25/2021 at 10:18am

Fajitas were invented by the vaqueros and cowboys of the Southwest and northern Mexico. During cattle roundups, they were given the less-desirable parts of the cow (the head, hide, entrails and meat trimmings such as the skirt steak) as part of their weekly pay. From these discarded scraps, the cowboys created dishes like barbacoa de cabeza (head barbecue), menudo (tripe stew) and the fajitas/arracheras (grilled skirt steak) that have become so popular on modern menus.

Fajita is the diminutive form of the Spanish word "faja," which translates to "belt" or "girdle" in English. The word was c...

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