Ninfa's Original Fajitas

This recipe comes from Mama Ninfa. She would give this recipe out to the publications that would ask for it in the late 80s. It is an awesome recipe. It has been suggested that the fruit and fruit juices were an embellishment that was added. I don't know, try it both ways. This, however you look at it, is an awesome Fajita recipe. You can cook these on a grill but for best results, use apple and pecan wood.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Tex-Mex
Keyword Award Winning Beef Fajitas, beef fajitas, ninfas fajitas, ninfas original recipe, texas fajitas
Servings 6 people


  • 1 tbsp Orange Zest
  • ¼ tsp lime zest
  • 2 ea lime juice - You need about 1/4 cup
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup Sherry or Zinfandel
  • ¼ cup Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 ea chiles de arbol - crushed
  • 3 tbsp clarified butter
  • 2 ea large skirt steaks
  • 12 ea warm flour tortillas


  • Combine lime and orange zest with ¼ cup water. The lime juice, sherry, soy sauce, garlic, black pepper, chiles, and butter in a large baking dish.
  • Remove any membrane or silver skin from the meat.
  • Place the skirts in the marinade and make sure they are fully coated.
  • Cover the dish and let rest for two hours.
  • Grill the fajitas on the grill or charcoal grill. Preferably, use apple and pecan wood instead of charcoal. The wood gives the skirt steak an unbelievable flavor that Ninfa's is known for.
  • Grill for 5 to 7 minutes on each side until done to taste. All the time brushing marinade on the meat.