Saute onions and peppers include a rainbow of bell peppers, sweet onion and a combination of spices making them the perfect side dish to serve with traditional Mexican dishes.
Include this classic recipe when making fajitas, tacos or burritos.
- WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS FAJITA VEGGIE RECIPE
- SIMPLE INGREDIENTS
- HOW TO COOK BELL PEPPERS AND ONIONS FOR FAJITAS
- WANT TO STORE FOR LATER? HERE'S HOW:
- FAVORITE WAYS TO SERVE FAJITA ONIONS AND PEPPERS
- FAQ for Sautéed Veggies
- Fun Tips for Making Copycat Chipotle Fajita Veggies
- MORE MEMORABLE MEMORIES
- How to cook fajita onions and peppers
WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS FAJITA VEGGIE RECIPE
This dish is easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and can be customized with your favorite toppings.
- Green Bell Peppers - They are slightly spicier than red bell pepper and perfect for adding crunch and flavor to any dish.
- Red Bell Pepper - These peppers are sweet and are great for adding color and texture to dishes like fajitas and stir fry recipes.
- Yellow Bell Pepper or Orange Bell Peppers - These peppers are ideal for adding extra flavor and vibrancy.
- White Onion - Red onions make an excellent substitution. If you don't like onions, you can leave them out and stick with sauteed peppers.
- Vegetable Oil - Use vegetable oil over olive oil. This type of oil is a good choice because it has a high smoke point, meaning that it can be heated to a high temperature without burning. Canola oil is another option that works great.
- Lime Juice - Tart lime juice adds a zesty citrus burst of flavor to the onions and peppers.
- Garlic Cloves - Garlic powder will work as a substitute.
- Chili Powder - Be sure your spices are fresh.
- Cumin - Earthy and pungent with a mild smokiness, cumin pairs wonderfully with chili powder to give depth of flavor to Mexican dishes.
- Black Pepper - For added heat and spice try freshly ground black pepper.
- Salt - An essential seasoning used in all cuisine!
- Cayenne Pepper - A spicy seasoning made from red chile peppers that provides heat. If you prefer less heat, omit this spice.
- Serve with - Roasted corn, sour cream, flour tortillas or corn tortillas and cilantro lime rice are excellent options to serve with fajita veggies.
HOW TO COOK BELL PEPPERS AND ONIONS FOR FAJITAS
Step 1: On a cutting board, slice the bell peppers and onions into thin strips.
Step 2: In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt.
Step 3: To a large cast iron skillet heat oil, garlic and spices. Over medium-high heat, cook for 1 minute to let spices bloom.
Step 4: Place the bell peppers and onion into the hot pan and toss to evenly coat with oil and spices.
Step 5: Saute peppers and onion until tender-crisp, about 10 - 13 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finish with lime juice.
Step 6: Serve immediately with chicken, skirt steak, shrimp or pork fajitas meat.
For extra zing, try adding a dash of lime juice to the vegetables when they are just finished cooking. The acidic flavor pairs nicely with the earthy spices and will add depth to your fajita filling!
WANT TO STORE FOR LATER? HERE'S HOW:
FRIDGE: To store the fajita vegetables for later, cool completely and place them in an airtight container or zip-top bag. They can be kept safely for 3 - 4 days.
FAVORITE WAYS TO SERVE FAJITA ONIONS AND PEPPERS
- Fajitas - Make traditional fajitas with steak, chicken, pork or shrimp.
- Create burrito bowls with fresh cilantro, tomatoes, chicken or steak, cheese, and lime wedges.
- Make a fajita salad by adding onions and peppers.
- Add the onions and peppers to burritos or tacos.
- Create breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, fajita veggies, salsa and sausage.
- Make a grilled cheese using pepper jack cheese and grilled veggies.
FAQ for Sautéed Veggies
It's best to use bell peppers like green, yellow and red; however, you can also experiment with other varieties such as jalapenos or Poblano peppers.
The vegetables should be cut into thin strips so that they cook quickly and evenly.
When it comes to seasoning your fajita veggies, you have a few options. Try experimenting with different combinations of spices such as garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Cayenne pepper can also be added for extra kick.
You should count on serving 8 ounces of meat (½ pound) per person.
Fun Tips for Making Copycat Chipotle Fajita Veggies
- If you're short on time, you can also opt for pre-cut bell peppers and onions from your grocery store instead of preparing them yourself.
- To make a vegetarian version of your fajitas, simply omit the beef or chicken and add extra vegetables such as sliced mushrooms, corn, or black beans.
- For an extra burst of flavor, consider adding a tablespoon of tomato paste to the vegetables while they’re cooking. This will help create a delicious sauce that can be served on top of your fajitas.
- To jazz up your fajitas even more, try sprinkling crumbled feta cheese or roasted pine nuts over the finished dish for added texture and flavor!
- You'll find this recipe is as good as your local Chipotle restaurant and your favorite local Mexican restaurant.
MORE MEMORABLE MEMORIES
How to cook fajita onions and peppers
- Cut the bell peppers and onions into thin strips.
- In a small bowl, chili powder, cumin, oregano, black pepper, cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt until well combined.1 tsp Chili Powder, ½ tsp Cumin, ½ tsp Oregano, ¼ tsp Black Pepper, ¼ tsp Salt, ⅛ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- To a large cast iron skillet add oil, garlic and spices. Over high heat cook for 1 minute to let spices bloom.2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil, 1 clove Minced Garlic
- Place the bell peppers and onion into the pan and toss to evenly coat in oil and spices.3 Bell Peppers, 1 small Onion
- Saute peppers and onion until tender-crisp, about 10 - 13 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finish with lime juice.Juice of ½ Lime
- Serve immediately with chicken, steak, shrimp or pork fajitas or tacos.