Thank South Texas For Your Sizzling Fajitas
Fajitas have permeated American culture to the point of ubiquity. But do you know where they come from? The above video comes to us from the Texas Beef Council and, although it’s essentially a commercial promoting the consumption of beef from Texas, it does a great job at exploring the roots of something that is quintessential Tex-Mex food.
The word “fajita” is the diminutive of “faja” or strip and refers to skirt steak. Historically speaking, this cut of beef — along with the head and the stomach/intestines — were given to the Mexican vaqueros as payment. But, because Mexicans are known to be resourceful, these so-called undesired meats were turned into deliciousness. The head became barbacoa, the innards were made into menudo and the skirt steak became fajita. Though the exact origin of who popularized fajitas is up for debate, the general consensus is that it’s very much rooted in south Texas, specifically the Rio Grande Valley (eyo, shoutout to the 956!). Even the guy who helped popularize the fajita with white people, Sonny Falcon, is from the RGV (He’s from Mercedes).
So the next time you put this sizzling piece of juicy meat into your mouth, tip your hat and thank the Tejano nearest you.
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