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Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas

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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
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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!
 
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Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas

I love eating out but with a kiddo it doesn't happen often. Instead, I created this super fun and fast dish to make that the whole family will love!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 346.5kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil. Add onion, peppers, and carrots, saute for 3-5 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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

Nutrition

Serving: 2fajitas | Calories: 346.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.6g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7.1g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Sodium: 329.6mg | Fiber: 13.5g | Sugar: 2.9g

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4 responses to “Smoky Vegetarian Fajitas”

  1. 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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