Fajita veggies are a delicious and nutritious side dish that pairs perfectly with any Mexican or Tex-Mex-inspired meal. This recipe features a colorful and flavorful combination of sautéed bell peppers and onions that are seasoned with a blend of savory spices. Fajita veggies are a great way to add some extra nutrients and fiber to your diet, as well as to add some variety to your vegetable intake. They are also incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, such as fajitas, tacos, salads, burritos, and bowls.
In this recipe, we'll show you how to make delicious and tender fajita veggies that are perfect for any occasion. The adaptability of fajita vegetables is maybe their greatest strength. They go great in tacos and burrito bowls and as the star of a make-your-own fajita bar. In addition, I use them as the foundation for all of my fajitas, including the chicken, prawn, and steak varieties.
So, let's get started and learn how to make this easy and tasty side dish.
FAJITA VEGGIES INGREDIENTS
Since we're trying to replicate Chipotle's style, I'll use the same three bell peppers to two onions ratio they use. Three cups of sliced bell peppers call for two cups of sliced onion. Add some oil, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste, and you're good to go. Done!
- Green bell peppers are what I have on hand, but you could use any color you like.
- Onion: I find the mild sweetness and striking color of red onions irresistible. Onions of any color, though, will do.
- In terms of flavor, did you realize that dried oregano is superior to fresh? That's right! You won't need it if you already have some in your spice cabinet.
- Oil: Instead of sunflower oil, which Chipotle uses, I recommend using olive oil or avocado oil.
- A pinch of salt and pepper goes a long way.
HOW TO MAKE FAJITA VEGGIES – JUST LIKE CHIPOTLE!
The charred vegetable flavor is achieved by cooking them on a cast-iron pan or flat-top griddle. But a standard pan will do if you don't have any of those options. Then, 15 minutes is all you need to throw this together. Here's the recipe for it.
- Do the vegetable prep. Remove the seeds from the bell peppers, cut them in half lengthwise, and then slice them thinly. Use the same approach as the onion.
- Saute the vegetables. To achieve flawless caramelization, sauté the sliced bell peppers and onion for 7-10 minutes over medium-high heat.
- Toss in some seasoning. Just before serving, season the fajita vegetables with oregano, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.
WAYS TO USE FAJITA VEGGIES
One of the best things about a dish is its adaptability. How to get the most flavor out of your fajita vegetables.
- Make it the centerpiece of your meal. With other fajita fixings like tortillas, avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Suitable for a large group!
- Throw it into a burrito salad. You may make a vegetarian version of the burrito bowl by substituting beans and rice for the meat, or you can add some savory meat like carnitas or barbacoa to the mix.
- Serve on tacos. Tacos filled with fajita vegetables are fantastic when topped with carne asada, carnitas, or barbacoa.
- Put on the side and eat. In for a hectic week? The vegetables for a fajita dish can be sautéed in a flash.
Prepare your meals with ease using this delicious recipe. If stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, it will keep for four to five days. Then simply reheat as required.
Use a cast-iron skillet: A cast-iron skillet will help give your veggies that slightly charred and smoky flavor that you would get from a grill.
Don't overcrowd the pan: When cooking fajita veggies, it's important not to overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding the pan can lead to steaming the veggies instead of sautéing them, which can make them mushy.
Cut the veggies into thin, even slices: Cutting your veggies into thin, even slices will help them cook more evenly and quickly.
Season the veggies well: Chipotle's fajita veggies are seasoned with a blend of spices, including cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Be sure to season your veggies well with these spices and some salt and pepper to taste.
Use a mix of colorful veggies: Chipotle's fajita veggies are a mix of red and green bell peppers, onions, and sometimes mushrooms. Using a mix of colorful veggies not only looks great but also provides a variety of flavors and textures.
FAJITA VEGGIES (JUST LIKE CHIPOTLE)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large green bell peppers
- 1 medium red onion
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Slice the tops and bottoms off of the bell peppers, cut in half, remove the seeds, and then slice into thin strips.
- Slice the onion into thin strips.
- Heat the oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the sliced bell peppers and onion, and saute for 7-10 minutes, or until the veggies have softened and are starting to caramelize.
- When the fajita veggies are almost done, add the oregano, salt, and pepper, then stir for another minute.
- Need a good cast iron pan? I love my Staub cast iron pan. It’s perfect for quickly sauteing these veggies!