A fajita (/fəˈhiːtə/; Spanish: [faˈxita] ( listen)) is a term found in Tex-Mex cuisine, commonly referring to any grilled meat usually served as a taco on a flour or corn tortilla. The term originally referred to the cut of beef used in the dish which is known as skirt steak. Popular meats today also include chicken, pork, shrimp, and all cuts of beef. In restaurants, the meat is often cooked withonions and bell peppers. Popular condiments are shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, andtomato. The northern Mexican variant of the dish name is Arrachera.
Fajita is a Mexican or Tex-Mex diminutive term for little meat (chicken and beef) strips. The word fajita is not known to have appeared in print until 1971, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The exact time in which the dish was named fajita is unclear.
The word faja is Spanish for "strip", "band", "sash", or "belt".