Dietitian’s tip:

The traditional unleavened bread wrappers of Mexico, tortillas are a versatile way to add grains to your day. Tortillas divide into two basic categories: corn and wheat. Wheat tortillas, made from white flour, are often labeled “flour tortillas.” Whole-wheat tortillas are made from whole-grain flour.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces beef sirloin, select grade, cut into strips 1/2 inch wide and 2 inches long
  • 1 red onion, cut into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 4 whole-wheat tortillas, about 8 inches in diameter, warmed in the microwave
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Directions

In a small bowl, stir together the chili powder, oregano, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dredge the sirloin pieces in the seasonings, coating completely.

In a nonstick frying pan, cook the sirloin strips over medium heat until slightly pink, about 8 minutes. Add the onion and green pepper strips and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

To serve, spread an equal amount of the meat and vegetable mixture on each tortilla. Top each with 1 tablespoon cheese, 1/4 of the diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup shredded lettuce and 2 tablespoons salsa. Fold both sides of each tortilla up over the filling, and then roll to close. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :1 fajita

  • Calories 307
  • Protein 34 g
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 51 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g
  • Dietary fiber 11 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 2 g
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Sodium 494 mg

By Mayo Clinic Staff, Jul. 01, 2009

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