How to Make Fajitas (Chicken or Beef)

beef fajitas recipe

Fajitas are an easy weekday meal that will please the whole family. These chicken or beef fajitas are healthy, quick and satisfyingly good.

We make fajitas at home all the time. It’s one of the easiest meals to make and everyone’s happy. I don’t use a packet of spices to season these fajitas. Instead I make a spice blend that is way more flavorful, without the sugar and other flavoring agents that are used in the big name brands.

beef fajitas

How to Make Fajita Seasoning

A lot of the flavor in these fajitas comes from the seasoning. I never use a packet of seasoning because they add so many extra things. If you make it yourself, you will always have it on hand when you need it, and it only contains the spices you put in it.

I mix up a fresh batch of seasoning every time I make fajitas. You can mix a large batch and keep it in a container, for ease. You don’t need much to season a skillet of fajitas for four people.

Fajitas Seasoning Mix
Fajitas Seasoning Mix

For the seasoning you’ll need:

  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Oregano
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Pepper
  • Brown sugar (optional)

You can actually leave out one or two of the spices if you don’t have it on hand and the seasoning is still pretty legit. The only things you really can’t leave out are the chili powder and the cumin.

How to Make Fajitas

The first decision to make is whether you want to make beef or chicken fajitas. I personally love beef fajitas the best, but chicken is a close second. If you’re vegetarian, you can leave out the meat altogether, or substitute it with a root vegetable, like potato, sweet potato, or squash.

Cut the vegetables into thin strips. You might wonder why strips instead of chunks. It’s because the strips stay in the tortilla better and don’t fall out the sides as you try to eat it. Cut the meat into thin strips as well.

fajitas with chicken

You’ll want to season the vegetables and the meat with salt and pepper, but don’t put on the seasoning just yet. If you put the seasoning on before you saute it, the spices can easily burn and create a bitter taste.

Cook the meat first. When it’s almost cooked through, add 2 teaspoons of the seasoning. Mix well. Once the meat is completely cooked, remove it from the pan. Add the vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring so the vegetables don’t burn.

veggies for fajitas

Add the remaining seasoning to the vegetables and mix together well. I prefer not to cook the vegetables too long, so they still have a bit of crunch to them. As soon as they reach your desired doneness, add back in the meat and mix it all together. Remove the pan from the heat.

chicken fajita filling

I use 8-inch or mini flour tortillas for fajitas. They’re just the right size so you don’t end up overfilling it. Load up the flour tortilla with the chicken and vegetables. Top them with whatever condiments you want. I always dress mine up with shredded cheddar, cholula hot sauce, chopped cilantro and sometimes sour cream.

beef fajitas recipe

Low Calorie, No-Carb Fajitas

One of the best things about fajitas is that they can be a healthy, low-calorie meal. Leave the cheese off to make them dairy free. Leave the sugar out of the seasoning. You can even make them a no-carb meal. I love flour tortillas, but if I’m not eating carbs, I just replace them with lettuce leaves. They’re great no matter how you make them.

lettuce wrap fajitas

What to Serve With Fajitas

One of the best side dishes to serve with fajitas, in my opinion, will always be refried beans with cheese. If you’re not a fan of beans, you can pair it with a tomato cucumber salad or Mexican grilled corn.

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Chicken or Beef Fajitas

Fajitas, with homemade fajita seasoning, are a fast and simple dinner that can be made as healthy as you want it to be.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Beef, Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 fajitas
Author: Laura Lynch

Ingredients

For the fajita seasoning

  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt table salt is also okay
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp brown sugar optional

For the fajitas

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 lb chicken or beef cut into strips
  • 1 each green red, orange bell peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 8 small flour tortillas
  • 1 small bunch cilantro chopped
  • Shredded cheese sour cream, hot sauce for topping (optional)

Instructions

For the fajita seasoning

  • Mix together all of the spices. This recipe makes just enough for one batch of fajitas. You can make more by doubling or tripling the recipe.

For the Fajitas

  • Season the vegetables and meat strips, separately, with salt and pepper.
  • Add half the cooking oil to a large skillet on medium high heat. Add the meat and cook for 5-8 minutes. When it's almost cooked through, add 2 teaspoons of the seasoning. Mix well. Once the meat is cooked through, remove it from the pan.
  • Add the remaining cooking oil to the skillet. Add the vegetables and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so the vegetables don't burn. Add the remaining seasoning to the vegetables and mix together well.
  • Add the meat back to the skillet and mix it all together. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Serve the fajita filling on flour tortillas. Top with your choice of condiments (cheese, hot sauce, cilantro, sour cream).

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