Mexican food is one of our favorite cuisines for easy and flavorful meals. Making it in slow cooker is even better! Add in the fact that you can change up the flavor even more by interchanging beef, chicken or pork, it’s a win-win situation. There are only 4 ingredients for this delicious recipe and I am sure you will want to add this recipe to your meal rotation. Directions for homemade Spanish rice and refried beans are included below the Fajitas recipe.
Slow Cooker Fajitas Ingredients:
- Fajita seasoning (1 package or 2 Tbsps of homemade seasoning – recipe below)
- 8 oz. salsa (a little more or less to taste)
- 2# of beef, cut into 1/4″ strips (or chicken, or pork)
- Frozen pepper and onion strip mix (approx. 26-28 oz. total) You can use 3 bell peppers and 2 large onions, if you prefer.
(printable Fajitas recipe at bottom of post)
- Pour the salsa into the slow cooker
- Stir the Fajita seasoning into the salsa
- Add the meat and stir until the meat is coated with the seasoned salsa
- Stir in the peppers and onions
- Cook on HIGH 3 – 4 hours (or on LOW 6 -7 hours)
When the beef mixture is fully cooked, warm flour tortillas in a microwave by stacking several tortillas on a plate wrapped with a damp towel or paper towel. Microwave on high for 30 – 45 seconds. Corn tortillas can be heated on a griddle or skillet set on medium.
There is quite a bit of “broth” in the slow cooker after cooking. As I spoon out the fajita mix for serving, I drain the liquid off of the spoon against the side of the slow cooker.
Quick Spanish Rice
While the Fajitas were cooking away in the slow cooker, I made up a quick Spanish rice, using the rest of the rice I cooked a couple of days ago, so there was only 3 servings. But the following directions will make enough for 5- 6 servings of 1/2 cup each.
- 3 cup cooked rice
- 1 cup water
- 1 heaping Tablespoon Fajita seasoning.
Stir the seasoning into the water and bring to a boil. Stir in the cooked rice until evenly coated and simmer for a couple of minutes. Taste to be sure it isn’t too “hot” tasting. If it is, add brown sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the heat level is desirable.
Homemade Refried Beans
If you start with cooked beans, these take just a few minutes to make, and they are just as good as those served at our local Mexican restaurants. Directions for homemade refried beans are here. I keep 2-cup bags of cooked beans in the freezer, but you can also use drained and rinsed canned pinto beans. By the way, I usually have a can of refried beans stashed on the pantry shelf for backup. Just sayin’
Homemade Fajitas Seasoning in a Jar
Measure all of the following ingredients into a mason jar and shake well before each use. Two (2) slightly heaping tablespoons is the equivalent to one package of a ready-made seasoning packet, without all of the unnecessary ingredients.
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp pepper
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 – 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Easy Homemade Beef Fajitas