Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on April 9, 2015

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There is nothing better than the sound of a sizzling fajita platter coming to your table at a Mexican restaurant. Served with warm corn tortillas, shredded cheese, salsa, and avocado – this dish just screams deliciousness.

I’m a creature of habit – every time the husband and I go to a Mexican restaurant, I’ll usually order fajitas. I love them not only because they are tasty, spicy and served right off the grill, but also because it allows me to customize my own tacos/burritos from the platter: I can add more veggies and less cheese, just a tiny smidgen of sour cream and guacamole, and tons of salsa to keep it healthy but still super flavorful.

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A lot of times, I’ll take some of the veggies/toppings home from the restaurant to use for my lunch the next day. Now that we have Layla and eating out doesn’t happen quite as often, I was determined to recreate the restaurant experience of fajitas at home.

I came across this recipe from CookingLight, and I knew I could customize it to make it veggie-friendly and healthier than the original!

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And my smoky vegetarian fajita recipe was born. A super fun and fast dish to make that the whole family will love!

The Ingredients

Inspired by CookingLight

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 orange bell peppers, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 3 carrots, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Mexican shredded cheese (about 2 tbsp per fajita)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh cilantro – chopped
The Directions
Step 1: Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil. Add onion, peppers, and carrots, saute for 3-5 minutes.
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Step 2: Add all of the spices – paprika through cayenne pepper – to the veggie mixture. Saute another 10 minutes until the vegetables caramelize. Add black beans and cook another 5-10 minutes until heated through.
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Step 3: Divide black bean/bell pepper mixture evenly among the tortillas. Top with 2 tbsp shredded cheese and 1 tbsp cilantro. (Add salsa or guacamole/avocado, or other toppings as desired).
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And there you have it. Healthy, spicy, satisfying fajitas for under 400 calories for your whole dinner!
 
Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 2 fajitas

Calories per serving: 346.5

Fat per serving: 7.1g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 346.5 Calories, 7.1g Fat (2.5g Saturated), 329.6mg Sodium, 57.6g Carbs, 13.5g Fiber, 2.9g Sugar, 16g Protein

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 2 orange bell peppers, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • 3 carrots, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • Mexican shredded cheese (about 2 tbsp per fajita)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Fresh cilantro - chopped

Directions

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil. Add onion, peppers, and carrots, saute for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add all of the spices - paprika through cayenne pepper - to the veggie mixture. Saute another 10 minutes until the vegetables caramelize. Add black beans and cook another 5-10 minutes until heated through.
  3. Divide black bean/bell pepper mixture evenly among the tortillas. Top with 2 tbsp shredded cheese and 1 tbsp cilantro. (Add salsa or guacamole/avocado, or other toppings as desired).

Notes

Adapted from CookingLight

http://pickyeaterblog.com/smoky-vegetarian-fajitas/

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne April 16, 2015 at 4:26 am

This looks unbelievably good! I love fajitas, so I’m always looking for new ideas to make them family friendly and healthy. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to pin this to my pinterest board to save.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 16, 2015 at 11:44 am

Yay! I can’t wait for you to try this recipe Suzanne – I’m sure you will love it!

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Vidivir Esplanada April 19, 2015 at 11:40 am

This fajitas look mouth-watering! I’m a big fan of fajitas and carrots so seeing this makes me crave for some! Gonna try out this recipe for sure, thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 19, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Thanks so much! I can’t wait to hear how you like this recipe!

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