If you’re a Mexican food fan, there’s nothing like a sizzling plate of fajitas to get your mouth watering. It’s easy to find a good fajitas recipe, and by using frugal tricks, you can make them cheaply too. Here I’ll share some tips from our Fajitas recipe, and some cheap ways to serve fajitas.
Frugal Fajitas (a two-person serving – we double this recipe – and triple the tortillas – for our family of six – the kids don’t eat as much as Rick and I do)
1 or 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced thin (we used pork in this recipe because it’s all we had in the house. Now, that’s true frugalism. 🙂 )
1 green pepper, sliced the long way
1/2 red onion, sliced
4 flour tortillas, warmed
For the seasoning, we use ground cumin, ground chili pepper, salt and garlic powder to taste
In a heated pan, pour a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil. Add the sliced chicken breast and cook thoroughly seasoning it when it’s almost cooked. In a second pan, add two tablespoons of olive oil and begin frying the green peppers and onion on medium to medium-high heat. The trick to getting fajita veggies just right is to not overcook them. You want them a bit crunchy, but not too crunchy, and overcooking takes away the crunch. When the veggies are done right, they should be browned on the edges, but not too limp. You’ll also want to season the veggies when they’re about half-way finished.
Now, here’s where it gets good. Fajitas can be spiced up and changed up a number of different ways.
You can spice it up by adding:
Cheese, sour cream or homemade guacamole
Other veggies, such as chopped green chilies, jalapenos, zucchini, pico de gallo or corn salsa.
Black beans, refried beans or pinto beans
Other spices such as Ancho Chili Pepper or Chipotle Pepper
You can also experiment with different types of meat like steak or pork, or skip the meat altogether.
Or you can substitute the tortilla for a big slice of lettuce, or simply make your fajitas fixins into a salad
You can also frugal it up by:
skipping the meat
using your garden veggies
making homemade tortillas. Once you go homemade with flour tortillas, you’ll never go back, and you can make a bunch of them for less than a buck.
So, try them today. These frugal fajitas are sure to be a regular part of your dinner meal planning.
What are some of your favorite frugal Mexican dishes?