Quick & Easy Mexican Fajitas Recipe: Fajitas Your Way in 30 Minutes or Less by Jan Mostrom

Quick & Easy Mexican Fajitas Recipe: Fajitas Your Way in 30 Minutes or Less

Need an easy go-to Mexican recipe that can please the whole family? You might have found it with this simple restaurant-style fajita recipe. We prefer to eat ours with a meat substitute for a vegan dinner, but these can easily be made with any protein like shrimp, beef or chicken to suit all the taste buds in your house. We always include a side of easy rice and beans inside our fajitas or next to them for a complete delicious lunch or dinner.

Here's your shopping list for this easy Mexican dinner: onions, red, yellow and orange peppers, taco or fajita seasoning, corn or flour tortillas and salsa, plus any additional toppings you want. The peppers and onions cook in about 20 minutes, and the prep is just chopping the onions and peppers. So simple!

Fun Fact: The word fajita means "little band" in Spanish.

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced into thin rounds (red, white or yellow)
  • 4 sweet peppers, sliced into thin long strips (red, yellow and/or orange)
  • taco seasoning or fajita seasoning 
  • corn or flour tortillas
  • 1/2 - 1 cup salsa (I used store-bought chunky salsa in a jar)
  • meat of choice (cooked chicken, beef, shrimp or meat substitute)
  • Mexican seasoning (optional)
  • optional toppings: guacamole, cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Place tortillas in foil, add a sprinkle of water on top and close, crimping the edges. Place in oven to warm.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, separating them as you put them into the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the peppers, salsa and about 1 to 2 tablespoons taco or fajita seasoning. (Remember, you can always add more seasoning or salsa at any point so go easy until you decide what tastes good.)
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cover letting the onions and peppers get soft, about 10 to 15 minutes. 
  5. When the onions and peppers are soft add in your meat or meat substitute, if desired. Heat meat through about 5 minutes and mix thoroughly.
  6. Serve in warm tortillas with desired toppings.

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Why have I never made my own fajitas at home before? This is such a simple recipe that will make everyone happy!
Jan Mostrom
bepositive it's really one of the easiest things to do. It's one of my daughters favorite and first real cooking she did for herself. I love it too with the black beans and rice bc you can change up how you eat it. I even love the fajitas without tortillas right onto the beans and rice or even salad greens! Please lmk when you make them and how you like them!
That’s sweet about your daughter and I will!
Jan Mostrom
bepositive im with her now! That batch was made by us in her little kitchen and fed us for the week with the black beans and rice! Thanks for all your encouragement!!!
Elisa Schmitz
That's awesome, Jan Mostrom ! Thank you for sharing this recipe and a little peek behind the curtain. So fun, enjoy!

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