Homemade Fajitas are easy to make and can be fixed quickly for lunch or dinner. They are very tasty just out of the skillet and with all the side dishes that go along with them.
If you plan to make fajitas, plan ahead and stock up on soft tortillas, colorful bell peppers, onions, and chicken. The sides and fillings for the fajitas can be anything of your choice. I normally use ripe avocadoes, shredded cheese, salsa, Spanish rice, or beans. It was a fun time making the fajitas with my high schoolers. They had to make a video for their Spanish class cooking a Mexican dish. Fajitas are one of their favorites and we enjoyed making them together.
Seasoning and spices used
The unique blend of spices makes this dish taste exceptional. I used chili powder, cumin powder, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. If you love your fajita spicy, you can increase the spices as per your liking. They also have ready-made Taco seasoning in the grocery stores. So if you prefer to use that, it makes the job even easier. Since I had the Taco seasoning handy, I added a little of that as well along with the other spices. Alternatively, you can just use the spices mentioned if you do not have store-bought seasoning. Mix well so the spices are coated well on the chicken. Marinate it for about half an hour in the refrigerator.
How to make the easy homemade Fajitas?
Use a cast-iron skillet if available to saute the marinated chicken. It gives a nice taste when cooked in it. Once done they can be drained out into a bowl lined with a paper towel. Add vegetables like bell peppers and onions to the remaining oil and sautee. Cook on high heat till they caramelize and get a nice char. Add the chicken back in and squeeze some lime into it. Keep all the side dishes to go with the fajita ready beforehand, so you can serve and have it when it comes out sizzling.
Side dishes for the Homemade Fajitas
One of the popular side dishes that goes with the Fajitas is Spanish rice. It is very simple to make. I use Basmati or long-grain white rice. Sautee some chopped onions, chopped garlic, in a little oil. Add the rice and saute well. To it add tomato sauce or salsa or a cup of tomatoes and sautee well. Next, add double the amount of chicken broth or vegetable broth. Cook till done and garnish with chopped green onions. You can check the recipe for the salsa and black beans here. The other sides that can be used for fajitas are avocadoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, and corn.
Spiced chicken sauteed with vegetables and layered on a soft tortilla with sides like salsa, avocado , rice, beans and sour cream.
- 1 lb chicken boneless cut into small bites
- 1 tbsp Chili powder
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp Garlic powder
- ½ tsp Paprika
- ½ tsp Oregano
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 3 tbsp Taco seasoning store-bought (optional)
- 1 red bell pepper cut into long strips
- 1 green bell pepper cut into long strips
- 1 yellow bell pepper cut into long strips
- 1 red onion cut into long strips
- 1 lime
- 1 cup Spanish Rice
- 1 cup blackbeans
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 Avocado
- ½ cup sour cream
- ½ cup shredded cheese
Marinate the chicken with all the seasonings mentioned in the ingredients or Taco seasoning for about 30 minutes.
Heat a little oil in a cast iron skillet and sautee the chicken on high heat till it gets cooked well on both sides. Drain the chicken out into a bowl lined with paper towel.
In the remaining oil add the onions and bell peppers and cook till they caramalize.
Add the chicken back into the skillet and squeeze juice of a lemon . Mix well.
Heat up the tortillas and layer with the cooked chicken and grilled veggies.
Add sides of your choice like avocado, spanish rice, beans, shredded cheese and sour cream.
Notes: Use boneless chicken and marinate for some time so the chicken gets a nice flavor. Do not overcook the veggies just sautee so they have a nice crunch. You can skip store-bought Taco seasoning and just use the spices mentioned. Keep all the sides ready beforehand so you can enjoy the dish as soon as it comes off the skillet. Enjoy!