National Fajita Day
annually on August 18th (since 2016)
National Fajita Day is dedicated to the Tex-Mex culinary cuisine, and the day was started in 2016 by On The Border Mexican Food & Cantina. Fajitas were first made in the 1930's by vaqueros, or cowboys, in South and West Texas. As part of their pay, vaqueros were sometimes given less sought after cuts of beef, such as the skirt. This skirt steak was used in fajitas, and it was cooked with a campfire or grill. Fajitas remained a regional dish until the first commercial recorded sale of them happened in 1969, when a fajita taco stand opened on the outskirts of Austin. Farther south, on the border town of Pharr, fajitas debuted in a restaurant the same year. In 1973, Ninfa's opened in Houston, popularizing fajitas in the area. In 1982, the Hyatt restaurant in Austin started serving fajitas, and they became a sensation. During that decade most Mexican restaurants in the United States started serving fajitas. Fajitas are more often than not served sizzling hot on a platter with peppers and onions. Flour or corn tortillas are used, and toppings include pico de gallo, guacamole, southwestern spices, lime, cilantro, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, salsa, and refried beans. Many other types of beef besides skirt steak are now used, as well as other meats such as chicken, shrimp, and pork.
How to Observe
You obviously need to eat fajitas on this day, there is no skirting around it. Find an authentic Tex-Mex restaurant to go to, try On The Border Mexican Food & Cantina, where the day was started, or one of these other chain Tex-Mex restaurants. If you don't feel like going to a restaurant, you can try making fajitas at home. Here is one recipe, and here is another.