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Chipotle Fajita Steak Rolls

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Calories 144
Protein 18g
Fat 5g
Carbs 5g
Total Time 25 minutes

I can’t get enough of steak rolls!  I’ve been making them off and on for the past 5 years since I started eating healthier and discovered I didn’t have to give up beef.  Rolls are great for portion control because if you wanted to, you can accurately measure out each strip for rolling to get a better sense of how much protein is in each one.

What I love…

What I love about this particular version of the recipe is the marinade.  It’s simple, relying primarily on sauce found in a can, and packs a TON of flavor.  Plus, when you cook it in the skillet, I find that there’s more natural, gravy leftover after baking in the oven so you can baste the rolls in their own spicy sauce instead of piling on another condiment.

Even though I’m searing these flank steak rolls in a skillet prior to baking, these do NOT have to be cooked first in the skillet.  You can simply put them on a baking sheet (or on an outside grill) and cook, making it much easier for bulk prepping.  I enjoy cooking them in the skillet to caramelize the flavors on the outside.  I’ve included instructions below for searing then baking, and just baking.  Also, this prep is relatively inexpensive – I purchased all the ingredients from my local Kroger, including the lean flank steak, so the ingredients are easy to source and competitively priced.

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Chipotle Fajita Steak Rolls

Ingredients

Ingredients for 6 rolls

  • 1 lb lean flank steak, cut into 6 thin strips
  • Marinade
    •  one (5oz or 6oz) can chipotle peppers in adobe
    • 2 teaspoons oregano
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • juice from 1 lime
    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons water
  • 12 thick asparagus spears, ends chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into strips (OR use two bell peppers with different colors)
  • 1/3 large red onion, cut into long pieces
  • Meal Side suggestion
    • Steamed cauliflower pearls
Steps
  1. Set oven to 420F/216C.
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the marinade.
  3. Slice flank steak in half horizontally in order to make it thinner.  Then cut each half into 3 equally sized strips.  Place the strips in the marinade and marinate for 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
  4. Place 2 asparagus spears, 2 slices bell pepper and a few long slices of onion on the thickest end of the strip.  Roll it closed.  Repeat. TIP: you can use a toothpick in order to close it, OR you can simply place it flap-side down in a skillet or baking sheet.
  5. OPTION A: Spray a nonstick skillet on medium heat and spray with a little olive oil.  Once the skillet is hot, add the rolls with the flap-side facing down so that as it sears, it seals the roll.  Use tongs to gently pick up and sear other parts of the roll.  Sear for about 3 to 5 minutes, being careful not to damage the rolls.  Place the entire skillet in the oven for 12 – 15 minutes.
  6. OPTION B: Alternatively, simply place the rolls with a flap-side down onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Lightly spray them with olive oil and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the outside edges have browned significantly and the steak is cooked to your desired readiness.
  7. Enjoy the rolls meal with steamed cauliflower pearls for a lighter, low-carb solution.  To make it heartier, add some black beans or avocado if you’re looking to increase the fat content for keto.

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Calories
144
Protein
18g
Fat
5g
Carbs
5g
Sodium
Fiber
2g
Sugar
4g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.