Quick Answer: Why is fajita meat so expensive?

Why are fajitas more expensive?

If that cringey commercial isn’t enough reason to forego fajitas, here’s another: Although they’re supposed to be made from skirt steak, such factors as increased demand and import/export tariffs have raised skirt steak’s price to the point where many restaurants find it prohibitively expensive.

Why is skirt steak so expensive?

Contributing to the rise in prices is heavy export of the skirt steak to Japan. Because the diaphragm is classified as offal, not muscle meat, it was exported in larger quantities than other cuts of beef to Japan, which, until last month, imposed stringent import quotas on cuts of beef other than offal.

What is the best meat for fajitas?

Rump, skirt or flank steak are the best cuts for fajitas! I prefer skirt steak (pictured). It’s more tender and flavourful than flank and can be cooked well done (for those who prefer well) without getting tough and chewy. Flank steak is a leaner cut and is better cooked rare — medium.

How much fajita meat do you need per person?

Fajitas start with the meat: You’ll need 1/4 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast, chicken cutlets or skirt steak for each person. If you’re using chicken breasts, pound them until they’re about 1/2 inch thick; if you’re using skirt steak, cut each steak in half so that it fits easily in your skillet.

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Why is my fajita meat tough?

The marinade must contain some sort of acid — lime juice or vinegar, for example — to help break down the connective tissue in the beef that can make it chewy. The acid also adds essential flavor, but too much can be overpowering and overdo the tenderizing effects, resulting in squishy, unpleasant fajita meat.

How do you tenderize fajita meat quickly?

A marinade adds more flavor to the meat and makes it more tender, because the acid in the marinade helps to break down the muscle and proteins in the meat before cooking. Make the marinade. Whisk together canola or olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic and fajita seasoning. Massage the meat.