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When you don't have off-the-shelf fajita seasoning on hand - Grilling Good Eats

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Mike's Fajita Seasonin
Mike's Fajita Seasoning

Here's a great little fajita seasoning you can quickly put together if you find yourself without an off-the-shelfer in your cabinet....

  • 1-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

This will be more than enough to season about two pounds of flank steak or whatever cut of meat you've chose to use for your fajitas.  Bottle the rest for later use!

And if you haven't already enjoyed my Flank Steak Fajita recipe, here 'ya go!

http://www.grillinggoodeats.com/ch-4-beef-recipes/

It's the second recipe on the page.  It's another dose of YUM!


Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas - Grilling Good Eats

Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas

Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas
Mike's Flank Steak Fajitas, served up street taco style...

Got a hankering for fajitas? Flank steak is a great cut of meat to use in fajitas. Like the skirt steak, it’s a less expensive cut of meat, a tougher cut of meat, yet packs a lot of flavor when prepared correctly. Try this the next time you fix fajitas or when tacos sound boring:

Ingredients

  • Two pounds of flank steak
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • The juice of a lime
  • 2 healthy tablespoons of your favorite store bought fajita seasoning
  • A few drizzles of canola oil
  • Medium onion, large slices
  • Green pepper, large slices

Directions
Mix the olive oil, tequila, lime juice and fajita seasoning in a measuring cup or small bowl. Pour over the top of the flank steak in a zip lock bag or plastic container. Marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, four hours is better, but NOT overnight, there‘s alcohol in this marinade and alcohol can tend to give meat that mushy texture if over-marinated. Grill over high heat, about five minutes on each side (for a medium rare) first five minutes lid off, last five minutes lid on. Pull the steaks off the grill, let them rest for five minutes. While the meat is resting, coat the sliced onion and pepper with canola oil and season with the fajita mix. Grill over direct heat until you get a bit of a char on both sides. Warm the tortillas on the low temp side of the grill, pull and stack. Slice the flank steak across the grain, plate and serve with the veggies. These are great of course, with Margaritas.

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Frozen Pizza Brands, listed here from worst to best - Bachelor on the Cheap

TombstoneIn conducting this frozen pizza challenge, all pizzas were baked per package instruction, direct on the oven rack.  All pizzas were doctored with my favorite add-on ingredients, the aforementioned mushrooms, onion and extra mozzarella cheese.  Cooking time was added as needed due to the add-ons, short of burning the outer crust.  And before getting into the rankings from worst to best, let me give a brief definition of pepperoni....  Good pepperoni is made with pork as the primary ingredient, sometimes a pork/beef combo, but NEVER is chicken part of a GOOD pepperoni recipe.  Cheap pepperoni is always greasier because lower quality cuts of meat, a.k.a., scraps are used and the fat content is much higher than a quality pepperoni, hence that greasiness.  Most importantly, the taste is different in the cheaper pepperoni recipes that include chicken, such pepperoni just flat out isn't as tasty.  Most of the cheaper stuff lacks the spice, it's on the bland side.

I evaluated 11 frozen pizza brands during the course of this challenge.  Pricing was in the bargain range, all pizzas purchased were under $6.  Also considered in evaluating these pizza makers was pizza weight, baking time, the ability of the crust to handle added ingredients and most importantly, TASTE!  Here they are, listed from worst to best....

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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 10 - How good is Tony's? - Bachelor on the Cheap

Tony's Pepperoni Pizza
Tony's Pizzeria Style Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Ten of the challenge and I'm reviewing Tony's, a maker of frozen pizza since 1960, this frozen pizza icon getting started in of all places, Salina, Kansas.  In a quick review of the fine print on the box, my expectations are this won't be a bad pizza because the parent company is the Schwan Food Company, also the makers of Red Baron and Freschetta, both of which scored well in this challenge.    This pizza cost me just $2.67, which is on the lower end end of the bargain pizza price scale and it weighed in at 18.56 ounces.  The middle range of bargain pizza weights, is typically between 16 and 20 ounces.

So how was it? 

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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 9 - How good is Jack's? - Bachelor on the Cheap

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Jack's Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Nine of the challenge and I'm reviewing Jack's, a maker of frozen pizza since 1960.  In a quick review of the ingredients listed on the box, my expectations are - "eh."  Pepperoni made from pork, chicken, and beef, a.k.a., not real pepperoni.  The cheese, while supporting Wisconsin Dairy Farmers, uses skim milk to make the mozzarella which means good, but not great.  The sauce, well, details below....  I purchased my Jack's Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza for $3.34 and it weighed in at 15.4 ounces, just under the normal weight range of bargain brand pizzas of 16 ounces and up.  

So how was it? 

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Pizza Challenge Day 8, Newman's Own Pepperoni Pizza - Bachelor on the Cheap

Newman's Own Pepperoni Pizza
Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Eight of the challenge and I'm reviewing a pepperoni pizza made by Newman's Own.  Loved his movies, but will I like his pizza?  In a quick review of the ingredients listed on the box, my expectations are high.  Real pepperoni and whole milk mozzarella stand out, this has the makings of an excellent classic pepperoni pizza!  I purchased my Newman's Own Thin and Crispy Pepperoni Pizza on sale for just $4.99 and it weighs in at 15.1 ounces.  Normally the price of this pizza is beyond the bargain pizza price range, around $7. 

So how was it? 

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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 7 - How good is California Pizza Kitchen? - Bachelor on the Cheap

It's Day Seven of the challenge and I'm reviewing a pepperoni pizza made by California Pizza Kitchen.  I've never had one of these before and at the first look see they actually use REAL pepperoni!  Bonus points!  For a pizza priced in the bargain range - under $6, this is not normal.   I purchased my California Pizza Kitchen pizza for $5.49 and it weighed in at 13.6 ounces, UNDER the typical weight range of 16 - 20 ounces for a bargain priced pizza.  Must be the California thing, right?  

So how was it? 

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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 6 - How good is Freshchetta? - Bachelor on the Cheap

It's Day Six of the challenge and today I'm reviewing Freschetta, a relative newcomer to the frozen pizza game.  I purchased my Freschetta Pepperoni on a Brick Oven Crust Pizza for $5.49 and the pie weighed in at 22.7 ounces, on the high end of bargain brand pizza weight.

So how was it? 

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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 5 - Is it DiGiorno? - Bachelor on the Cheap

DiGiorno Pepperoni Pizza
DiGiorno Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

It's Day Five of the challenge and after reviewing the #2 frozen pizza maker based on sales (Red Baron) yesterday, today I'm reviewing the #1 frozen pizza maker on the sales chart, DiGiorno.     My DiGiorno Original Thin Crust Pepperoni cost me $5.49 and weighed in at 22.1 ounces.  That price is on the higher end of 'bargain' pizzas and the first thing I notice is that DiGiorno uses the same not real pepperoni as the cheaper brands that includes chicken as an ingredient.  It's listed plainly on the outside of the box.  Strike one.

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Is Red Baron Pizza any good? - Bachelor on the Cheap

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It's Day Four and after two consecutive underwhelming pizzas (Tombstone and Totino's), I'm looking forward to something better.....  One can always hope....   Today, I'm reviewing Red Baron, a go-to brand for a lot of folks, second only to DiGiorno in sales.  My Red Baron Pepperoni on a 'Thin & Crispy' Crust cost $3.49 for a pizza weighing in at 15.77 ounces.  That comes in under the typical size/weight range, traditional frozen pizza heft is usually between 16 and 20 ounces.  Must be the thin crust, right?

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