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Beef Fajitas with Spicy Peanut Salsa {Salsa de Cacahuate}

Beef Fajitas with Spicy Peanut Salsa {Salsa de Cacahuate}

Beef fajitas with spicy peanut salsa (salsa de cacahuate) made with peanuts, chile de árbol, garlic, and chicken broth is a spicy, creamy salsa that pairs beautifully with beef fajitas.
Author Vianney Rodriguez


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small onion sliced in half
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled
  • 4- 6 chiles de árbol
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds fajitas skirt steak or flank steak
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. For spicy peanut salsa: Place chicken broth in a small sauce pan over low heat, keep warm.

  2. Heat a comal or skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic cloves, toast turning often until lightly charred. Remove from heat.
  4. Reduce heat of comal or skillet until ready to grill fajitas.
  5. Add chiles, toast, turning often until lightly charred, being careful not to burn chiles. Remove from heat.
  6. Lastly add the peanuts, lightly toast turning often. Remove from heat.
  7. Add onion, garlic, chiles and peanuts to a blender. Adjust to fit size of your blender, you can blend in two batches if needed.
  8. Carefully add warm broth.
  9. Blend until smooth, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  10. Return blended peanut salsa to saucepan and keep warm until ready to serve.
  11. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to one week.
  12. For Fajitas: Season skirt steak with salt and pepper; heat comal or skillet to medium-high heat.

  13. Grill 7-10 minutes on each side.
  14. Remove from grill, let meat rest for 5 minutes.
  15. Slice against the grain, place on platter and drizzle with salsa de cacahuate.

Recipe Notes

**NOTE if this is your first time cooking chile de arbol I suggest starting with 3 or 4 chiles, they pack a punch. **
**Be extremely careful when toasting chile de árbol. When heated they release a strong and pungent smell that can be extremely uncomfortable to children and dogs, coughing and watery eyes. Open a door or window for ventilation or crank up your vent hood.**