Super Fast Fajitas for Two

Super Fast Fajitas for Two With Easy Homemade Seasoning

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo – or any day – with these quick and delicious Super Fast Fajitas for Two, seasoned with your own mix of spices.

Super Fast Fajitas for Two

Did you know that many Mexicans don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo or “Fifth of May”?

Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over invading French troops at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The holiday does not commemorate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule, like many people mistakenly believe. That happened over fifty years earlier and is a national holiday on September 16th. According to this article, Cinco de Mayo is not widely observed outside of Puebla in Mexico. But in the U.S., it has become a popular celebration of Mexican culture and heritage.

Since Cinco de Mayo itself seems to be an Americanized holiday, I feel like it’s okay to celebrate it with some Americanized Super Fast Fajitas.

I realize our version of Super Fast Fajitas are probably not even close to authentic Mexican food. But then again, fajitas aren’t really Mexican, either. From what I can gather, they are a Tex-Mex invention that came from the Rio Grande area of south Texas and were commonly made from marinated strips of skirt steak. The name “fajita” actually means “little strip.”

So we’re going to celebrate a Mexican holiday that’s not really Mexican with some food that’s not, either. But we still love to make these – on Cinco de Mayo, or Taco Tuesday, or any day. In fact, these are one of the quick dinners we eat most often in our household.

This version uses chicken tenders, which we buy frozen and always have on hand.

If I forgot to take them out, or decide to make these at the last minute, I can quickly thaw them in the microwave. Two tenders will defrost in two minutes at fifty percent power.

We use a lot of peppers in our cooking, so we will usually have green, red, and yellow varieties of those in the fridge, too. And of course, we always have onions. We typically use the sweet onions, like Vidalias. But you can use whatever you have.

Fajita Seasoning Ingredients

I started making my own taco seasoning a long time ago.

It only takes a couple of minutes to mix up the spices, and we think it tastes better than the packets you buy at the store. I make a double or triple batch and keep it in a tightly sealed container or spice jar. The main difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning is that fajita seasoning usually has more cumin, while taco seasoning has more chili powder. When making fajitas, you can just add a little more cumin to the taco seasoning you have on hand. With a squeeze of lime your fajitas will be delicious.

Flour tortillas and fajita toppings

Make sure you have everything ready before you start cooking, because these Super Fast Fajitas are really quick to prepare.

We use Carb Balance flour tortillas, which I think are almost as good as the regular type, but with less carbs. I like to spread a little sour cream down the middle of a tortilla, add some of the cooked veggies and chicken strips, and top with shredded cheese, avocado, and salsa. You can add cilantro, lime, pico de gallo, rice – whatever toppings or sides you like best.

Fajita veggies in pan

Once you have all your ingredients prepped and assembled, all you need to do is heat a little olive oil in a large skillet and add the onions and peppers in an even layer. Now here’s the secret: do not touch them! Let them cook over medium-high heat until they start to blacken a little before you stir them up. When they are blackened and a bit soft, remove them from the pan, and cover to keep warm.

Super Fast Fajitas for Two chicken and veggies

Next, drizzle a little more oil in the pan and add the seasoned chicken tenders. As with the veggies, I don’t flip them until they are nicely browned on one side. Then I turn them over, and using a wooden spoon or the heel of the spatula, I smash the tenders to hasten the cook time. (This also makes them more tender.) Remove them when they’re cooked through and slice them in strips, kind of at an angle.

Assembled Super Fast Fajitas for Two

In just minutes, we have everything cooked and on the table. Super fast and muy delicioso!

Do you have a favorite Mexican food you make at home? Share the recipe in the comments!

Super Fast Fajitas for Two

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

For the Taco Seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

For the Fajitas:

  • 4 chicken tenders, thawed
  • 1/2 large green pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • olive oil
  • 4 flour tortillas (soft taco size)
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • Other toppings or sides of your choice (such as shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo or salsa, avocado, cilantro, rice, etc.)

Instructions
 

  • Measure the spices for the taco seasoning into a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning liberally over the chicken tenders, along with a little extra cumin, and massage into the chicken with your hands. Set aside.
  • Cut the peppers and onions into thin slices.
  • Prepare the other ingredients you are using for your fajitas. (E.g. take out tortillas, shred cheese, cut up avocado, prepare rice, chop cilantro, etc.)
  • Heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the peppers and onions and spread into an even layer. Wait until the vegetables start to blacken before stirring.
  • Remove cooked veggies from the pan and cover to keep warm.
  • Drizzle more oil into the pan, and add the chicken tenders. Wait until they are browned on the bottom before turning.
  • After you turn the chicken tenders, use a wooden spoon or the heel of a metal spatuala to "smash" the tenders. When they are cooked through, remove to a cutting board and slice thinly at an angle.
  • Assemble your fajitas, add a squeeze of lime and your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

Mix up a double (or triple) batch of the taco seasoning blend and keep it in a tightly sealed container. If you want a little more heat, increase the amount of crushed red pepper. To use for fajita seasoning, add some extra cumin to your dish.
Keyword Cooking for Two, Dinner, Quick & Easy

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