The simple guide on how to make healthy homemade fajitas, a delicious homemade fajita seasoning, and ways to make fajitas fit your lifestyle (i.e. dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, etc.)!
A fajita makeover
I don’t know about you, but we love Mexican food (especially fajitas) and the whole process of building your own from an assortment of toppings and sizzling peppers with some sort of protein. But, getting fajitas from restaurants are cooked in vegetable oils and a lot of it! Here’s how to make fajitas NS style, super simple, and also flexible for everyone to enjoy. It’s a fun meal to make solo or with your love or family and friends where everyone can get involved in the process.
This is going to be a unique “recipe” post because the only recipe you need to know and make is this delicious homemade fajita seasoning, which can be used in so many ways, but it’s great to have on hand the next time you’re craving Mexican food, make it healthy! I also use the fajita seasoning for roasted vegetables to give them a little kick of flavor, added to hummus, or sprinkled on a salad with a simple olive oil and vinegar for a 2-minute dressing. Fajitas are so simple it doesn’t require a full-on recipe, these are:
Versatile, use any toppings or proteins you enjoy
A healthy alternative to Mexican take-out food
Make for a quick lunch or dinner leftover
Require minimal cooking and quick prep!
Can utilize your batch cooked food items from the weekend (i.e. protein, veggies, rice)
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced red onion
- Sliced jalapeno
- Chopped cilantro
- Sliced radish
- Classic Cashew Cheese (for a cheesy spread or my favorite brand of non-dairy cheese is KiteHill, so good!)
- Diced avocado (or I highly suggest making my famous Lemon Lime Guacamole for snacking later too!)
- Fresh lime wedges
- Lime Cauliflower Rice on the side
- Proteins to meet your lifestyle: thinly sliced organic tempeh, organic tofu, beans, lentils, chicken, shrimp, wild caught fish, etc. Check out more about plant-based proteins here if you want a review.
METHOD: For the sake of the recipe, what I’d like to share is the seasoning mix I make, this will allow you to be completely flexible and make whatever protein fits your lifestyle! After you’ve cooked the protein of your choice, take a corn tortilla or sometimes I’ll skip the tortillas and add the protein and veggies to a huge bowl of greens if I was lacking in veggies that day – then add the protein and fill it up with toppings from the list above, that you enjoy. DONE! It’s truly that easy.
We tend to make both chicken and fish at home, but for this recipe, I made tempeh since it holds best for several days in the fridge and I wanted some lunch on the go! If you and your partner have different proteins you enjoy, then just make both and store all the fajita components (i.e. toppings) in separate glass containers so you can freely assemble them during the week – that’s what we do and it’s super easy!
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- ¼ cup chili powder
- 3 tablespoons cumin powder
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons ground paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- Add all spices to a bowl or jar and mix well.
- Store in airtight container, good for several months.
- Use about 1 teaspoon per protein serving, adjust to taste.