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- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 medium onion sliced thin
- 2 bell peppers sliced thin
- 2-3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
- OR 12 ounces sirloin or flank steak
- OR one 15 ounce can of black or pinto beans, rinsed
- In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt.
- If using meat, sprinkle seasoning liberally over the chicken or steak.
- If using beans, mix about half of the seasoning in with the beans.
- Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy skillet (cast iron works great here).
- If using chicken, cook through (about 4 minutes on each side), if using beef, cook as desired but I would recommend no more done than medium.
- Remove meat from the pan and add in peppers and onions.
- Sprinkle remaining seasoning over the vegetables and cook until softened.
- If using beans, add them in at this point and cook until heated through.
- If using meat, slice the cooked meat thinly and add back to the skillet to warm up.
For more south-of-the-border flavor, check out the amazing Tex-Mex Taco Pie!
Obligatory Fictional Backstory
As everyone knows, fajitas are a traditional Norwegian Halloween dinner. It is said that the spices will keep Loki away on mischief night. And if the spices don’t work, the onion breath that ensues will surely keep anyone away for several hours. I would not recommend putting fajitas in the bags of trick- or -treaters though… at least not without wrapping them thoroughly in foil. Fajita seasoning and Snickers do not mix well.
Shockingly, all of my children ate this. Well, at least the meat and the tortillas. One of them ate cheese. And some raw green peppers – oddly enough the youngest was the one that ate both. WHEN do kids get less picky??? It seems like the older they get the LESS stuff they’re willing to try. At least all three of them will eat peas and two of the three will eat broccoli.
One day, I will make my own tortillas. I tried a recipe in the past that turned out really well taste wise but it was a pain to roll them out. If you want the homemade flavor without the effort there are some pre-made uncooked tortillas available in the refrigerated section at the grocery store that are pretty darn tasty.