Let’s face it, when you think of authentic Mexican restaurants in Manchester, fajitas are probably not the first thing that pop into mind. With Mexican cuisine, it’s often the taco, burrito and margarita that come first to people. Why is this? Perhaps it’s the infamous Taco Tuesday that has gone viral or the numerous holidays that promote the margarita. Either way, our family at Vallarta is pumped about an upcoming day that celebrates the fajita.
Yes, the customizable, sizzling, flavorful fajita. Rolled in a tortilla, sauteed to perfection and blended with your favorite Tex-Mex spices and toppings. We’re hungry just thinking about it.
That’s an excellent question and one that many people pondered. Sure tacos are fun when you think of the customizable options, but the fajita provides the same – with a sizzle. And since it seems that every food has a ‘day,’ why not the fajita? Well amigos, problem solved in 2016 when the famous On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina founded National Fajita Day! However, even though the restaurant chain coined the phrase, the history of this Mexican dish goes back much further.
Believe it or not, the fajita comes from humble beginnings. During the Great Depression, the concept of the fajita surfaced for the first time when Mexican workers in Texas were paid with throwaway cuts of beef. The workers brought the meat home to their families, cooked over an open fire and served with ingredients often made on their land. Corn tortillas, pico de gallo, guacamole, and beans were among the most common ingredients combined with the smoky flavored meat. And, of course, the spices of Mexico were also incorporated to further enhance the dining experience.
The affordable meal soon became a staple among workers and the word spread. It was during the 1960s that the fajita became a national phenomenon. Known as the ‘Fajita King,’ Sonny Falcon introduced the fajita to the public on a level that would change this once considered poor meal forever.
August 18th is National Fajita Day! From chicken and steak to shrimp and white fish, however you like your fajitas, the family at Vallarta is here to satisfy your craving! Endless toppings and possibilities are truly part of the fajita experience.