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Frugal Fajitas Recipe

Frugal Fajitas
Frugal Fajitas









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

olive oil

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

Homemade rice similar to that served at Chipotle

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?




    • Laurie says:

      So true, Clarisse! I’m excited for our veggie garden to get in so we can scratch those costs from our grocery list. Have a great day! 🙂

  1. These look awesome Laurie and now I’m hungry. 🙂 We’re Mexican fans ourselves and looking forward to getting something much closer to actual Mexican when we go back to San Diego this summer. 🙂 We love fajitas as well, especially when we can pull the veggies right out of the garden. Other than that we like enchiladas and chicken mole.

    • Laurie says:

      The authentic stuff is the best!!! We used to have an extended family member who was Mexican, and we’d head over to her family gatherings, complete with an abundance of authentic Mexican food – yum! Chicken mole was her signature dish, and I miss it to this day. That, and those homemade refrieds with the bacon fat.

  2. Liz says:

    yum yum yum! We love Mexican food. We take black beans mix them with spicy salsa and cheese and then serve in tortilla as a burrito. So good, frugal and usually we make enough so that we can bring leftovers for lunch.

    • Laurie says:

      Sounds like a great plan, Kara!! I’ll have to whip some of those up for hubby’s lunch! Thanks for the great idea. 🙂

  3. There are so many variations you can do with tortillas. We often do tacos or fajitas one night then quesadillas the next. You also don’t need nearly as much meat as you would if that was your main course. Great meal idea!

  4. anna says:

    I agree about homemade tortillas – they’re not too hard, and doesn’t feel as plastic-like as some ready made ones! Great recipe, Laurie, not too much on the spices is key, I think.

    • Laurie says:

      I think so too. It’s good to give them a nice flavor, but not too much flavor. And yeah, those homemade tortillas rock! 🙂

  5. Hi Laurie and thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe with us 🙂

    I’ve been wondering what to make lately that would be different than my usual spaghetti or roasted chicken and this might just do the trick!!

    I like the fact that it is easy to make, healthy, and ethnic. Plus, it’s fun enough for the kiddies to eat as well. Winner winner Mexican dinner 🙂

    Thanks again Laurie and take care. My best to all.


    • Laurie says:

      LOL, funny. 🙂 You’ll have to whip up some fajitas for yourself and let us know how it turns out. Have a great day, Lyle!

  6. Brit says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. We love Mexican food here, sadly, I only make tacos. This is so simple to make I will give it a try.

    • Laurie says:

      LOL, funny. 🙂 Yeah, it is much different, not as spicy as the fake stuff here, but very good. I should see if I can find some of the stuff we used to have when I was a kid.

  7. David says:

    Yum, yum, yum! My favorite, Mexican food!
    I love when you do these. Where do you get the recipes, or do you make them up?

    • Laurie says:

      Mostly I make them up. I’m one of those cooks that just has stuff in her head and I don’t do much in the way of recipes unless I’m baking. It makes for a great skill when the end of the month comes along and the food supply is getting to be slim pickins. 🙂

  8. I love some fajitas and my fave is guacamole. When I was in Texas I had plenty, sooo good. I do think Chipotle makes a very good Guac, it’s one of my favorites. I’ll have to try this recipe.

  9. Fajitas are one of my absolute favorite dishes. LOVE them! And you are so right – the veggies need to still be a bit crisp! Living in LA, there are so many yummy Mexican restaurants that I have become a bit spoiled. Their homemade tortillas are heavenly, although I have tempted to make them at home yet. I’ve actually been craving fajitas (with a healthy dollop of guacamole) and I’m going to have to satisfy that desire pretty soon!

    • Laurie says:

      You should try the homemade tortillas, Tanya. They’re awesome, and easy to make!! Man, I’d love to have a good Mexican restaurant around here. We’ve got some decent chain places, but it’s not the same, I’m sure, as what’s out there.

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