The Fabulous Fajita & How It Began

How do you celebrate National Fajita Day on August 18? Mexicali Blues spends a little time digging into the history of this delicious dish to share in today's blog. You simply need to take a trip to the best Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and order up a skillet full of this very popular menu item. 

What is a Fajita?
This is the dish that you hear coming to the table before you see it! Served on a hot, sizzling skillet, the sound of the grilled meat, onions, and peppers on the skillet alerts you to its arrival, followed by that irresistible aroma. It's accompanied by a plate full of rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and tomatoes, plus flour tortillas to wrap everything up in. 

In Spanish, the word "faja" means belt, and "ita" means little. The strips of grilled meat that are served on fajitas kind of resemble little belts, so that seems to be a fitting name. At Mexicali Blues, we serve strips of steak, chicken, and shrimp. The shrimp doesn't really go along with the "belt" idea, but that's okay, because it tastes too amazing to worry about the shape of it!  

Fajita Origins
The actual word "fajita" did not show up in print until 1971, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The first meals that were considered to be fajitas were served in the late 1930's-early 40's. Mexican ranch workers living along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border in Southern and Western Texas were fed beef that was butchered during cattle roundups as a part of their pay. Originating in this area makes fajitas a true Tex-Mex food. Back then, the "throw-away" pieces of the cattle were most often used. 

In 1969, the man that came to be known as the Fajita King, Sonny Falcon, brought this dish to the commercial public at his fajita taco concession stand in Kyle, Texas. He also took the food to many outdoor festivals, rodeos, and fairs in the area. Originally, skirt steak was always used in fajitas, but today a variety of grilled meats are used to make this popular dish. 

Which Meat Do You Choose?
Our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant offers 3 different choices of meat on our fajitas, with 5 possible combinations to order in either large or small sizes. 

  • Steak 
  • Chicken 
  • Steak & Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Steak, Chicken, & Shrimp 

We bring everything out to the table, hot and ready, and you put it all together in any way that you like. It's not only delicious to eat, but fun too! If you can join us at Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach for National Fajita Day on Friday, August 18, that's great! If you can't make it out that particular day, stop by any time. We serve our mouthwatering fajitas Tuesday-Sunday from 11:30 am - 10:00 pm, and we're happy to whip up an order for you any day of the year!
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Osage Beach, MO 65065


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