Sweet and Smokey Steak Fajitas

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

August 18, 2017

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Sweet and Smokey Steak Fajitas

Sweet and Smokey Steak Fajitas| Bariatric Surgery Recipes | FoodCoach.Me


You know what’s GREAT NEWS about fajitas?

They’re bariatric friendly!

Sure, you have to skip the tortilla and rice, but when the flavor is as good as this is…no problem.

I’ve always loved fajitas. When I started living out a low-carb lifestyle my first year as a bariatric dietitian, I was obsessed with the fact that I could have chicken, steak or shrimp fajitas and all the yummy vegetables that cook with the meat. I add salsa on top and that’s all I’ve foudn taht I need! I can truly say, 8 years in from making low-carb my life, I don’t even think of tortillas going with fajitas. I forgot that’s a thing!

There is more great news about fajitas. They are super simple to make at home. This time I made a really yummy rub and put on steak but again…change up the protein and you have a totally different meal! Shrimp or chicken would also work perfectly. I KNOW it looks like a lot of ingredients but 99% of you will have these in your pantry already. And if you don’t you can try skipping it but also give a new spice a try!

But Hey!

Because it’s steak, be sure and take tiny tiny bites and take your time. Take bites the size of a pencil eraser (seriously) and put your fork down in between each bite. (By the way, have you heard of the phone app Watch Me Eat that helps you slow down eating times??! Here’s a full blog post on 11 Popular Bariatric Phone Apps)

Certainly take your time, but avoid going more than 30 minutes for one meal as it starts to flirt with more of a grazing pattern. The first bites on it’s way out and you’re still going. It’s easy to end up with a larger portion if you take too much time.


Steph :)


Sweet and Smokey Steak Fajitas| Bariatric Surgery Recipes | FoodCoach.Me

Sweet and Smokey Steak Fajitas

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Stove Top
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb lean sirloin steak, cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 packets natural sweetener
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, cut into strips
  • salsa for topping


  • Combine all the spices in a small bowl. Reserve 1 tsp of mixture. Coat all sides of steak slices with spices. Cover and set aside until ready to cook.
  • Add pepper and onion to a large skillet and sprinkle with 1 tsp reserved seasoning mixture. Heat to medium high heat and saute. Remove from pan and cover to keep warm.
  • Add steak to skillet in batches and cook 2 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Remove from heat and serve with peppers and onions.


Serving: 4oz | Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 1829mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1285IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Smokey Steak Fajitas
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 69mg23%
Sodium 1829mg80%
Potassium 559mg16%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1285IU26%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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