Beef Fajita Kabobs with Poblano Cilantro Pesto

I wish I didn’t feel this way, but the thought has been creeping back into my head: I want a tattoo removed. It’s on my side, right on my ribs and even though it honestly means something to me and was a huge moment in my life, I don’t want it there anymore. I hate having to think about it when I’m in a swimsuit or a crop top or a cut off dress or just a sports bra. I don’t want to explain it. I don’t want to hear the snicker when I tell someone what it is. I’m ready for it to be gone. I’ve had this thought for probably 2+ years now. And no, I don’t want to cover it up with something else. How will I know that I will like the second one later on when I thought I’d like the first one. I’ve only regretted two things in my life, both of which I had nightmares about the night before I followed through with them, so I just don’t want to make that mistake again. I’m ready for it to be a thing of the past.

But I know it’s gonna suck. It’s normal black colored ink, it’s on my ribs which have always been the thinnest part of my body, it’s decent size and I know it’s gonna cost waaaay more than what I paid for it. Getting that tattoo itself was a miserable experience. So painful. Probably even more painful because in my head I just kept thinking, “maybe you shouldn’t be doing this” so I’m honestly scared to go through similar or worse pain again…for multiple sessions.

I think after we get married, I’m going to go in for a consultation. Women are tough anyways, maybe I can take it. And luckily, there is a highly recommended tattoo removal place right by my gym. It must be a sign. I wonder if they could do some hair removal while they are at it. Might as well get it all in every session. Man, I’m just scared AF.

Just a little tip from Juli Bauer here: If any of you lovely readers are out there and under the age of 26, don’t get a tattoo yet. Don’t they say that women’s brains don’t fully develop until age 26? And guys are like 31 or something. If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, just wait. Until you have a smarter brain and more money. Cheap tattoos are pretty much the worst ideas. Ever.
PaleOMG Beef Fajita Kabobs with Poblano Cilantro Pesto


Beef Fajita Kabobs with Poblano Cilantro Pesto

  • Yield: 3 1x



For the marinade

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced against the grain

For the kabobs

  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

For the poblano cilantro pesto

  • 1 roasted poblano pepper
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 23 tablespoons olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place all ingredients for the marinade in a shallow dish, add meat and toss to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for 30+ minutes. I marinated mine for about 2 hours. Remove from fridge about 30 minutes before cooking to help meat come up to temperature.
  2. Roast poblano, if you don’t have one roasted already.*
  3. Using metal skewers, place a couple pieces of peppers, onion, then thread the meat onto the skewer and repeat until skewer is full. My meat and veggies made 6 full kabobs.
  4. Heat up a grill pan or a grill to medium heat, grease and place kabobs on top. Sprinkle with a bit of salt then use a brush to brush a bit of marinade on top of each kabob. Cook about both sides until beef has browned, about 4-5 minutes.
  5. While the kabobs cook, place all the ingredients for the pesto into a small blender and blend until smooth and slightly chunky.
  6. Serve kabobs with pesto and lime juice on top!


*To roast a poblano: Just place a poblano over a flame on a gas stove top, flipping every couple minutes until completely charred. Then let cool and run under cold water, removing all the burnt skin along with stem and seeds.

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18 thoughts on “Beef Fajita Kabobs with Poblano Cilantro Pesto”

  1. the part of our brain that can weigh the consequences of our actions is one of the last to develop, around age 27! I have two tattoos, one from age 24 which I don’t regret yet and the other I was about 30 and regret that one haha!! Never know!

  2. I got a small, black ink peace sign tattoo removed from the inner part of my bicep and yes, it hurts much worse than getting it. Not to scare you but it feels and sounds like someone is taking a rubber band that they lit on fire and are repeatedly snapping it against your skin. It also smells like burning flesh during the session. Your skin will be blistered, inflamed, and sore for a few days after each session. My tattoo was about 1″×1″ and I had 4 removal sessions and you can still see a faint outline of it. The good news is it continues to fade in between sessions, so you can wait several weeks in between appointments. This was a couple years ago for me so I’m not sure how the technology has advanced, it may be less painful now. I don’t regret getting it removed though, for me it was worth it. Hope this helps.

  3. Im in the process of getting a tattoo removed on my back. Im 3 session and a year and a half in (you have to wait quite a while in between sessions). I must say it is very painful but I supper happy Ive made the decision to get it removed as I feel the same way about mine (got it at age 17!!!!). Its a commitment, it hurts and its expensive but if you are having these feelings its worth it!

  4. Tattoo removal is the worst, but it’s also the best. I got mine at 24, started getting it removed at 31, now 46 and it’s almost gone. I was not consistent with my removal sessions due to $$ but at this point it’s only a slight discoloration that might look like a bruise if someone was examining it closely. I probably had 5 removal session on the VERY thick black 2″x2″ design that i got somewhere near Kho San Rd in Bangkok. Talk about a not fully formed brain. At least it gives me credibility when I advise a younger person not to do it. The way I usually put it is this; think back to when you were – 5. What was the most important thing to you back then that you thought you would love forever. Do you still feel that way? And in my later sessions the doctor actually prescribed a numbing cream that I applied about 1/2 before the treatment. Made it much more tolerable.

  5. I noticed on my local Groupon that they’re currently offering a discount on tattoo removal. Maybe there’s a deal out your way?

  6. Oh man.. I totally have the same feelings about a tattoo on my back I got when I was the ripe old age of 18… I’ve never had regrets, but man do I regret it. Like you, i always think about it when I wear a swim suit or a lower back tank top. I’ve never liked how it looks. So, after a lot of thought I started the removal process.. I’m 9 treatments in over about a year and a half. And it’s faded quite a bit.. I’ll be perfectly honest and tell you that you will question why you wanted it removed in the first place because the pain is like no other. Holy balls it hurts!! I describe it as like you’re being branded. To me it’s worth it though to have it gone.

  7. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I made this tonight and it was amazing! Such an awesome blend of lovely flavors! And on top of that, it was beautiful. Adding it to my MANY other paleomg favorites. Love your stuff! =)

  8. Oh the tattoo removal debate. With oneself I mean. I’ve done this with two. First started thinking about it and thought, nah this feeling will fade. It didn’t, it doesn’t. If you are thinking about it, go for it! Yes, we’re living the tattoo cliche about regretting what is meant to be permanent. But who cares? Or that’s what I tell myself anyway. Like most everyone else says – holy fuck the pain can be unreal and it is spendy. The pain is different with different lasers and regular ol black ink fades the quickest I think. You can get a prescription from your Dr. for topical Lidocaine cream which is inexpensive. Applied in advance I think it helps the pain. But some shops think it hinders the removal. Boo. I’ve also heard that you can get a numbing shot that really helps but have never tried it because of $ and also then you have to make two trips to the office. Did use a Groupon for removal several times, at the clinic I always go to. Let us know how your first treatment goes! 🙂

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