2 tablespoons olive oil
½ red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 bell pepper, diced
½ cup chopped “other” vegetable
(I use carrots—yes, carrots—in this recipe)
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cumin
Dash of cayenne pepper
½ cup diced chicken, pork or beef (already cooked)
Juice of a fresh lime or ½ an orange, or a splash of orange juice
On the side:
Flour or corn tortillas
Steamed brown rice
Black or pinto beans, homemade or canned (drained) will do
Start with oil, onion, garlic in a skillet on medium/high heat. After a few minutes head start, add bell pepper and whatever “other” veggies you’re using. Season with everything on the list—I go easy on the spicy stuff as my kiddos can’t tolerate a lot.
Simmer approximately 10 minutes on medium heat or until veggies are almost done. Add meat and citrus juice. Simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Wah-lah!
Serve with brown rice, beans, and whatever other tasty things you like from the list below.
Optional spices/accoutrements: chipotle chili powder (be careful; it can be powerful), fresh cilantro, avocado, sour cream, shredded cheese, shredded fresh cabbage, tortilla chips, ice-cold Corona…
Tips: in my ongoing effort to put as many veggies into my family as possible, I’ve been adding “outside the box”-type produce for years. In the summer, you’ll find chopped zucchini in our fajitas, but this time I used carrots. After everything is seasoned and cooked together, it’s all good.
*I double or triple this recipe to ensure leftovers for a couple of days.
This recipe is also a great way to stretch a dollar, which is important for my family as I try to buy only organic meats. I can make enough fajitas for the five of us, including leftovers, with only one pork chop or a leg/thigh of chicken.
Michelle can be found at her blog Kickin’ It in the Kitchen. Besides recipes and a good sense of humor, she offers workshops on meal planning, as well as ones titled “Welcome to the Table, Little One,” “Thinking Outside of the Lunch Box,” “Homemade Baby Food,” and the tantalizing “Scrounge.”