HOW TO MAKE EASY OVEN FAJITAS

ooh, these Easy Oven Fajitas are my new favorite thing!!

I love fajitas, but have had a hard time replicating their smoky goodness at home. I don’t have a grill or a cast iron griddle, so it’s been difficult to achieve that authentic fajita flavor. I’ve seen this oven method around the internet a lot lately, so I thought I’d give it a shot by making oven fajitas. SO glad I did!!!

For Easy Oven Fajitas, roasting the meat and vegetables in the oven gives them a slightly charred edge and a hard to replicate sweetness that you just can’t get in a plain old skillet. Even better yet, you don’t have to stand over the stove and babysit it while it cooks. Set it and forget it! YES. (can you tell how excited I am about this?)

Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers are usually significantly more expensive than green bell peppers, but you can use any mix that fits your budget. Despite using a couple of more expensive colored peppers, I used more vegetables than meat to keep costs low. The meat to veggie ratio ended up being perfect once everything had cooked down. If you want to make this Easy Oven Fajitas recipe vegetarian, try this Chipotle Portobello Oven Fajita recipe.

Oh, and although the ingredient list may look long, most of that is the fajita seasoning mix. If you want, you can just buy a packet of fajita seasoning instead, although they’re charging you a great deal for the simple act of stirring spices together.

These Easy Oven Fajitas are a simple “set it and forget it” way to get that smoky sweet flavor of traditional griddle fajitas.

HOW TO MAKE EASY OVEN FAJITAS

HOW TO MAKE EASY OVEN FAJITAS
HOW TO MAKE EASY OVEN FAJITAS
 Total Cost $8.67 recipe / $2.17 serving
 Prep Time 15 minutes
 Cook Time 40 minutes
 Total Time 55 minutes
 Servings 

INGREDIENTS

FAJITA SEASONING

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder $0.30
  • 1/2 Tbsp paprika $0.15
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder $0.05
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder $0.03
  • 1/4 tsp cumin $0.03
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper $0.02
  • 1 tsp sugar $0.02
  • 1/2 tsp salt $0.02

FAJITAS

  • 2 small or 1 large onion $0.37
  • 3 bell peppers, any color $3.98
  • 1 lb. chicken breast* $1.99
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil $0.08
  • 1 medium lime $0.33
  • 8 6-inch tortillas $0.57
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional) $0.50
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro (optional) $0.23

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix all of the spices for the fajita seasoning in a small bowl and set aside (chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, sugar, and salt).
  2. Cut the onion and bell peppers into 1/4-inch wide strips. Place them in a large 13×15-inch casserole dish or a large baking sheet. Slice the chicken breast into very thin strips and add it to the casserole dish with the vegetables.
  3. Drizzle the vegetable oil over the chicken and vegetables, then sprinkle the fajita seasoning mix over top. Use your hands to toss the ingredients until everything is well coated in oil and seasoning. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, stirring once half way through. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over top of the meat and vegetables after they come out of the oven.
  4. While the fajita mix bakes, toast each tortilla in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, until lightly browned on each side. Scoop a small amount of meat and vegetables into the center of each tortilla. Top with a few sprigs of cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, and an extra squeeze of lime if desired.

RECIPE NOTES

*I buy my chicken breast when it’s on sale for $1.99/lb. and freeze it.

**The original version of this recipe included 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch in the seasoning mix.

Recipe from https://www.budgetbytes.com

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