My family has fajitas weekly, or at least every other week. They are so simple and delicious, and everyone eats every single bite. I was going to take a picture tonight but we ate them too quickly. Oh well, maybe next week. This recipe uses the same spices that I use for making chili.

Recipe: Go-to Meal: Fajitas

Summary: Use leftover meat and some staples from the pantry for this simple, quick recipe for fajitas.


  • 1/2 pound leftover meat (chicken, pork, fish, beef – anything works!) chopped or shredded
  • 1 bell pepper (red, orange, yellow or green) cut into strips or bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 medium onion (white or red) diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can plain diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • cayenne pepper if you are brave
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of oil – not olive oil, most others are fine
  • 100% whole wheat fajita shells


  1. Saute peppers and onions in oil, about 2-3 minutes on medium high until they soften
  2. Add cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper
  3. Toss in the meat, black beans, and tomatoes to warm
  4. Place fajita on plate, top with warmed mixture, add topping as you see fit! Potential toppings: (not necessary but delicious) shredded cheese, cilantro, salsa, yogurt or sour cream, salad greens

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

Amanda Baley (188 Posts)

Amanda Baley is a stay at home rock star to two beautiful angel babies. Her background includes a decade of marketing for engineering firms. She has recently been dabbling in marketing consulting and public relations. For now, she is smooching on babies, making a heck of a lot of food, and running, and smiling!

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