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January 07, 2012

Fajita Frittata with Avocado Salsa

By Worker Bee
64 Comments

There are a million ways to prepare and flavor eggs, and yet, how often do you end up making the same old scramble or omelet? Early mornings usually aren’t an ideal time to try out new recipes, which is one reason it’s so easy to dig oneself deep into a breakfast rut. If the thought of eating breakfast is starting to make you groan rather than grin, then it’s high time to change things up.

A Fajita Frittata with Avocado Salsa brings bold new flavor to breakfast without being overly complicated. Seasoned steak and peppers are sautéed and then quickly baked with eggs and topped with an eye-opening avocado salsa. The result is a flavorful and healthy breakfast that can be sliced into portions for the whole family and eaten at home or on the go. If you’re often pressed for time in the morning, then this recipe lets you get a jumpstart on breakfast the night before. Unlike scrambled eggs or omelets, a frittata tastes just as good if it’s cooked ahead of time and then warmed up the next day or eaten straight out of the fridge.

While you can throw just about anything into a frittata for flavor, there’s something about the combination of steak and eggs that’s extra satisfying. Steak also keeps this frittata from tasting strictly like breakfast food so you can easily make it for a quick lunch or dinner, too. Throwing in the peppers adds a serving of veggies, and the chunky avocado salsa – with its addictive kick from tangy lime, green onions and jalapeno pepper – is a tasty change from guacamole.

With a fajita frittata to look forward to, you’ll find yourself bounding out of bed in the morning, ready to eat heartily and face the day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound skirt or flank steak, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 poblano or green bell peppers, cut into thin rounds or strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin rounds or strips
  • 10 eggs, whisked
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 avocados, cut into small chunks
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • juice of one lime juice
  • sea salt to taste

Instructions:

Season steak with cumin, chili powder and salt.

Preheat oven broiler to high.

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat on the stove. Add steak.

Saute 3 minutes (meat should be just slightly pink) then add garlic and peppers.

Saute 3 minutes more then add eggs and a handful of cilantro. Stir quickly then turn heat down to medium. Let cook 3-4 minutes, until the egg is set around the edges but still runny in the middle.

Transfer the pan to the oven under the broiler and cook until the frittata is golden and firm in the middle, about 3-5 minutes.

Remove from oven.

Gently mix together avocado, green onion, jalapeno and lime juice. Add sea salt to taste.

Serve with slices of frittata.


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lethargist
lethargist
5 years 1 month ago

Sounds delicious. I eat some kind of fritata every morning. My current favorite invloves sweet onions and dandelion greens sauteed in duck fat (leftover from the Christmas ducklings) and a sprinkle of grated manchego. I’d love to hear some other fritata ideas.

greg
greg
5 years 1 month ago

Dandelion greens? That grows everywhere near me in the spring/summer. I never thought to eat them. I will be now, thanks.

Sitara
Sitara
3 years 8 months ago

Just make sure the dandelion greens are not growing anywhere that has been sprayed with anything.

Tina
Tina
5 years 1 month ago

Drool, drool….;-) My frittata ideas cannot top yours! But, I do like to do one with kalamata olives, feta, and oven-roasted tomatoes or sundried tomatoes. If I have some pesto on hand, I’ll stir that in and/or top it with that.

terrence chaplin
terrence chaplin
2 years 11 months ago

I have frittatas every morning. mine always have spinach,build from there. this weeks fav was , spinach,cabbage & onions ,broccoli,avocado,black sesame seeds, touch of chipotle, optional jack cheese,smoked cheddar. sprinkle of parsley flakes, Parmesan cheese into the egg mixture,dash milk. (3 jumbo eggs). WARNING! you will not need lunch after this!

JennF
JennF
5 years 1 month ago

What a great recipe, and the avacado salsa is gorgeous! Will be making this soon.

bluescreenofdeath
bluescreenofdeath
5 years 1 month ago

Olive oil? In the skillet? I thought that was one of the no-nos, and that olive oil should be reserved for salad dressings and other cold applications.

Diane
Diane
5 years 1 month ago

Olive oil has a relatively low smoke point, but is fine to saute’ with. Just keep the heat low enough so the oil doesn’t smoke (that’s true for any oil — even an oil with a high smoke point can smoke and then produce tran-fats once it starts to smoke.) Just use a light touch with the heat.

jake3_14
jake3_14
5 years 26 days ago

It’s a myth that heating causes the formation of trans fats. The only way trans fats form is by deliberately injecting a fat with hydrogen.

As you point out, though, overheating a fat will make it burn.

enm
enm
5 years 1 month ago

You should use light olive oil for cooking and extra virgin for eating on salads.

Lynette Rosales
Lynette Rosales
5 years 1 month ago

I have been using coconut oil. It has a higher smoke point than olive.

roberta
roberta
5 years 1 month ago

While pricey, Macadamia nut oil has a very high smoke point, a buttery taste and the ideal mix of omega 3 & 6… You can also mix a bit of it in to olive oil to increase the smoke point.

Onge
Onge
5 years 1 month ago

That avocado salsa looks really good.

I think i’ll have that with my crispy duck tonight. 🙂

Arty
Arty
5 years 1 month ago

That whole recipe looks really great, thanks for posting it.

I wonder if I could swap out that olive oil with melted coconut oil, time to experiment! 🙂

sqt
sqt
5 years 1 month ago

Looks great. I have some leftover steak in the fridge as we speak…

bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 1 month ago

what a wonderful way for me to have eggs and not have to eat breakfast as soon as I roll out of bed (in order to get to work on time)
Unfortunately I can’t have the avocado salsa. I’ve developed some sort of allergy, If I eat it I feel sick for the rest of the day. Too bad because I was rather fond of it.

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 1 month ago

are you allergic to latex???? Avocado has a link with it….

oxide
oxide
5 years 1 month ago

This is perfect recipe to post, because so many people are doing Leptin Resets and Whole30s this month.

I plugged this into Fitday and got:
Fritatta: 2272 cal, 153 g fat, 30 g carb, 190 g protein.
Avocado salsa: 305 cal, 26 g fat, 22 g carbs, 5 g protein.

So for the Leptin rest folks, this would be 4 days of breakfast, right?

Dtnmommy
Dtnmommy
5 years 1 month ago

If you don’t want to cook it in the oven, you can flip it. Using a spatula, slide it off, cooked side down, onto a plate. Turn the skillet upside down over the plate, and then turn the whole thing so the skillet is right-side-up and place back on the burner. I don’t have a skillet that can go in the oven, and I think this way is faster.

Peggy
Peggy
5 years 1 month ago

you can also cover the skillet & the contents will cook. This is usually how I do mine, as my stove is an old gas one & the oven takes forever to heat up.

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5 years 1 month ago

Yum 🙂 looks like a pizza.

Karen
Karen
5 years 1 month ago

Looks fantastic! Going to be making this soon!

Marjorie
5 years 1 month ago

Mmm…Great twist on steak and eggs!

Cathy
5 years 1 month ago

This looks great! It is amazing how simple ingredients never get old.

EnglishmanInOz
EnglishmanInOz
5 years 1 month ago

Frittatas are awesome, you can use just about any meat and veg combination and it works. Try roast chicken with asparagus, bacon, courgette and cherry tomatoes with some parsley and black pepper. The best!

Dennis Murray
5 years 1 month ago

Frittatas have become one of my go-to breakfast meals – they cook and refrigerate well for later consumption. It also gives me a chance to get a few vegetables into my breakfast.

Mrs. Toon
Mrs. Toon
5 years 1 month ago

Made this last night, with chimichurri sauce instead of the salsa, as my ‘cados weren’t ripe yet. Turned out beautifully, looking forward to a cold slice for lunch!

Alex
Alex
5 years 1 month ago

Awesome timing.. leftover guac in the fridge and just picked up some Cajun steak tips at the butcher shop. This recipe was a great change up from eggs and bacon!

Though I preferred tallow to olive oil over high heat.. Thanks for another great Saturday treat!

Alex
Alex
5 years 1 month ago

However, there was none to save for later.. gotta double it next time!

Jake P
Jake P
5 years 1 month ago
Just made this and darn it’s good. Few things of note: – (Not complaining) This is a ton of steak per serving, so be ready for the steak to dominate the eggs. – What happened to the onions? Am I supposed to put them in the salsa? How can I do that if they’re sliced, and not diced? I ended up dicing them up and adding them to the salsa. – Avocados are out of season here in the mid-Atlantic, so be sure to get some good ripe ones. Mine were definitely not ripe yet, and it ruined the salsa… Read more »
James Dondo
James Dondo
5 years 1 month ago

we made this dish today and i must say it was incredible!

thanks for the great new addition to our menu plan!

Sarah
5 years 1 month ago

Wow this looks awesome! I just posted a similar mexican inspired egg dinner yesterday. It’s my take on a mexican burrito, but paleo style of course, using an egg ‘wrap’ instead of bread. They turned out super yummy! Will have to make this next time I have a craving for mexican!

pat
pat
5 years 1 month ago

AMAZING! I love me a frittata!!!

Speaking of avocado, I just ate a whole one to my face for dinner.

RitaS
5 years 1 month ago
This looks delicious and works well within the 30 day detox plan my husband and I are doing. great photos btw!! I want to add that adding a bit of TURMERIC spice to EVOO allows you to cook with it and it prevents oxidization and free radicals from forming. and as mentioned – saute doesn’t get that hot. We are EVOO users for just about everything – except for popcorn in which we like to drizzle melted coconut oil. Oh – re: avacados this time of year – I recently figured out that you need to buy them a week… Read more »
John
5 years 1 month ago

Great recipe!! Thanks for posting this. I’ll try it today.

Scott
Scott
5 years 1 month ago
I made this last night and it turned out great. First time I’ve ever used the broiler (a lot easier than I thought). However, the only steaks I had were ribeyes and stew meat, so I used pork sausage (pan fried and then cut into pieces). Ribeye would have been really good, but I was worried about messing up the dish and ruining a $14 steak. I also added red onion, cayenne (I didn’t have jalapenos), fresh basil, a couple more cloves of garlic. Also, I didn’t have cilantro or green onions, but I did add feta to the avocado… Read more »
Ed
5 years 1 month ago

Daaang that looks good, thinking about trying it soon!

Félix
Félix
5 years 1 month ago

Wow. Gotta try this one.

Charlotte
Charlotte
5 years 1 month ago

YAAAAAY! This is why I LOVE primal!!
I laugh at my partner everytime we have fajitas because as he eats wheat he can’t manage as much meat and veggies as me because he gets tortilla bloat!
I’ll think make this tomorrow when he gets back from his business trip… slowly slowly catchy monkey…

Audrey H
Audrey H
5 years 1 month ago

I think I know what’s for dinner tonight. 😀

Jake
Jake
5 years 1 month ago

Made this tonight. Let’s jus say I’m glad I cut the recipe in half, as I could have easily downed the entire thing! Delicious

Ellen
Ellen
5 years 1 month ago

Could someone who’s made this please tell me how many it (realistically) serves? I’d like to consider it for my next brunch, but not if I have no idea how many people it’ll feed. Thanks :}

(Drives me nuts the number of droolworthy Primal/Paleo recipes I’ve seen recently which don’t even hint at number of servings. Sigh.)

Amanda
Amanda
5 years 26 days ago

I made this last night…it was awesome! Don’t change a thing. I have a family of 6 (four young kids), and it was enough for all us, but my husband and I each ate 1/4 of it. I would say that realistically this could feed 4 adults, and I would definitely add some type of side-dish(s) if you really want to be satisfied.

Tami
Tami
5 years 1 month ago

I made this on Sunday night thinking it would be really helpful to have handy throughout the week. WOW, it was perfect! I knew this would be a crazy busy week, and having this cut into 8 portion sizes in ziplocks was just too easy. I’m going to freeze what I haven’t used and see how it reheats. But I really appreciate this recipes. Lots of room to play as well.

Frank
5 years 1 month ago

Does it come out firm or soft. Was wondering if I could use this as a sorta breakfast pizza? Looks amazing…can’t wait to give it a go. Probably modify it a bit to be a little lower on the fat side as I would be tempted to eat the entire thing!!

Jessie
Jessie
5 years 1 month ago

I made this up today, and it turned out to be probably the best breakfast I’ve ever made or had! Then I put a little shot of tequila in my coffee to turn it up to 10!

Denise
5 years 1 month ago

Could you please add the “Pin It” button for us Pinterest users to your posts? I am collecting recipes and it would be super helpful! Thanks!!

Charissa
Charissa
5 years 1 month ago
All about loving frittats! Something I consider different that I’ve added to my recipes is Asian inspired, basically mushrooms, peppers, green onion, broccoli, whatever leftover veggies you have work great. Stir fry in a bit of your fav oil or butter add a dash of soy. Whisk an egg or 2 with 1/4 tsp ground ginger, add another dash of soy to eggs. Pour eggs over veggies when they’re cooked to your liking. Cover for a few minutes and it’s ready to go. I love this every time I throw it together and the flavor reminds me of fried rice,… Read more »
Kevin
Kevin
5 years 5 days ago

I tried this today and was wondering: would it be good to drain off the fat and water that form from sauteing the steak and peppers before adding the eggs? I didn’t drain it off and ended up with eggs that were done but there were still pools of water/fat leftover from the sauteing.

victoria
victoria
4 years 1 month ago

I was wondering how many does this feed?

Shelley
Shelley
4 years 21 days ago

OK…I’m new to this but…isn’t this recipe HUGE on calories?? I realize they seem like ‘healthy’ calories, but it’s like 600 calories or something for 1/4. Help me rationalize eating that many calories for breakfast. I love the new info I am gaining re: eating Primal. Just wondering about the cals.

tkm
tkm
4 years 21 days ago
Where are you getting 600 cals from? On fitday, 1 lb of beef steak has 1140 cals, and 10 eggs has about 700 cals. So there’s roughly 1840 cals for the entire thing. Divided into 8 servings has 230 cals per serving. Divided into fourths, as I think you suggest, it’s 460 per serving. In any case, 600 cals for an entire meal isn’t much, assuming a daily intake of 2000 cals. Feel free to correct my math or logic if you spot an error, and no, I didn’t calculate for the avocado, but I don’t see anything whatsoever to… Read more »
Wolf
3 years 8 months ago

That looks delicious! I’ll give it a try tomorrow =)

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