Barbecue Beef Fajitas

Steph Wagner

August 28, 2020

Barbecue Beef Fajitas


Barbecue Beef Fajitas lean siloin steak strips on a plate with green bell peppers bariatric friendly recipe



Thinly sliced sirloin steak make quick work of these barbecue beef fajitas


Bariatric patients and steak

Understandably, many post-op weight loss surgery patients are intimidated by steak. You might feel hesitation about these barbecue beef fajitas!

They have started out with mushy food and soft things and slowly move towards solid foods with caution. Is this you? Maybe you have experienced the discomfort or heavy feeling of a solid protein hitting your stomach. It’s not fun!

Your Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass or Duodenal Switch pouch has its way of letting you know to hit the breaks. Steak is so dense it can be the most intimidating meat of all! If you take the right approach to both cooking and eating it, steak can be a great way to enjoy protein and flavor in your diet.

Sliced thin, Cooked fast

I really like working with the thinly sliced steaks because they encourage small bites. They also cook very fast so it can be key to not letting them get too tough!

Bonus, many patients don’t want to put a lot of time into a meal they can’t each much of so at least a fast cooking steak means not a big time commitment!

Aldi sells sirloin steak already thinly sliced. Other grocery stores may have this option or you can ask the butcher to thinly slice. The leaners cuts of steak include sirloin, T-bone, cubed, flank, porterhouse and round.

Slow down, keep it small

The biggest key of all to tolerating beef after weight loss surgery is tiny bites and pausing in between your bites.

I like to recommend bite sizes about a black bean in size, or even your pinkie finger nail. Cut your bites up before you start or use a cocktail fork. Put the fork down in between each bite and ask yourself how you are feeling. Stop at the first sign of fullness.

For this Barbecue Beef Fajita dish, I would focus on two bites of steak to every one bite of the bell pepper. Don’t worry, it makes great leftovers!

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Barbecue Beef Fajitas lean siloin steak strips on a plate with green bell peppers bariatric friendly recipe

Barbecue Beef Fajitas

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Stove Top
Keyword: Dairy Free
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 187kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
Cost: $2.13 per serving
Lean and thinly sliced sirloin steak with barbecue flavors and sliced peppers for a high protein and flavorful bariatric friendly beef dish.
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  • 1 lb sirloin steak thinly sliced, cut into strips
  • 2 green bell peppers sliced
  • 2 tsp Montreal Steak® seasoning or other steak seasoning
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 3 tbsp barbecue sauce lowest sugar available


  • Prep ingredients by cutting thin sirloin into strips and slicing bell pepper. Season both with seasoning.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium to medium high heat (in the middle). Start by placing thin steak strips in the skillet, not over crowing the pan. Cook an estimated three minutes per side. Remove and cook next batch if needed.
  • Set steak strips aside and add bell peppers to the skillet. Saute until softened. Turn heat to medium low and add steak back. Add liquid smoke and barbecue sauce. Toss together for a minute or two and serve.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 246IU | Vitamin C: 48mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Barbecue Beef Fajitas
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 279mg12%
Potassium 492mg14%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 246IU5%
Vitamin C 48mg58%
Calcium 48mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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