August 18

That sizzling sound could only mean one thing…

It’s National Fajita Day!

Fajitas are the king of Tex-Mex food. With a mix of peppers, meats, cheese, and other delectable ingredients, there are many different fajitas that you can try. Luckily, you can get one of these dishes at just about any Mexican restaurant you go to. Get your appetite ready as we fry you up a dish of knowledge on National Fajita Day!

A History Of National Fajita Day

Fajitas first became a Mexican staple in the early 1930s when Mexican vaqueros living in the southwest of Texas decided to use some throwaway beef cuts to make a dish. The meat would be cooked over an open fire or on a grill before it would be served with fresh guacamole, Pico de gallo, and flour or corn tortillas. With the addition of southwest spices, the dish became one-of-a-kind.

The popularity of the fajita would continue to grow as chefs began adding other ingredients such as onions, shrimp, chicken, pork, bell peppers, and more. The seasoning included lime, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and a variety of other smoky and savory flavors. It was around the 1980s that the dish became a staple throughout all Mexican restaurants in the U.S.

The presentation of a fajita became far more festive in restaurants, with servers presenting them on sizzling hot plates. Now, the dish is celebrated around the globe, having come a long way from southwest Texas. That is why On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, one of the country’s biggest casual Mexican dining establishments,  founded this holiday in 2016.

“I wish they made fajita cologne, because that stuff smells good. What’s that you’re wearing? That’s sizzlin’!”

  • Mitch Hedberg

How To Celebrate National Fajita Day

The best way to celebrate National Fajita Day is to go out with your friends and family and order some fajitas! Maybe try a fajita with a different meat than you would usually get! If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make some fajitas at home.

Make sure that if you use social media to hashtag #NationalFajitaDay so that others can join in on the fun!

A Mexican Staple

It’s not surprising that fajitas have become such a Mexican staple. There are so many ways to customize your fajitas that you could literally eat a different fajita every single time you choose to have one. Whether you are a dedicated fajita lover who sticks to the same recipe every time or an adventurous fajita lover who changes it up constantly, you have to admit – fajitas are always delicious!

On This Day, National Fajita Day, As Well As… 

National Mail Order Catalog Day

Before Amazon came along and took over the world as we know it, one of the most popular ways to shop was through the mail-order catalogs. August 18th is the anniversary of the date when Aaron Montgomery Ward produced the very first ever mail order catalog back in 1872. Because he could cut out the middleman, he could sell things for much cheaper. He would soon become one of the country’s richest men. Around 1971, major catalog sales had exceeded a quarter of a billion dollars. We now celebrate this day to remember a once-popular way of shopping.

National Ice Cream Pie Day

Ice Cream Pie combines the two most popular desserts in the world to create one of the most refreshing and tasty desserts available. The beauty of ice cream pie is that it can be produced in a wide variety of ways. From chocolate chip ice cream pie to peanut butter ice cream pie, there are countless kinds. So, go out to your favorite restaurant today and order a delicious ice cream pie. You can also make some at home!