We love eating Mexican food and flavors in our house. Mexican food is often an easy compromise since I’m a vegetarian and my husband is not. You can easily replace meat with black or pinto beans in a lot of recipes making them vegetarian. So I’m excited to share one of my weeknight go-to recipes for January that’s easy to make vegetarian or not.
This recipe has a lot of flexibility so it’s usually a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!
Chicken (or Vegetarian) Fajita Bowls
1 and 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced into chicken strips (eliminate if making vegetarian)
4 tablespoons olive oil, separated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 – 1 teaspoon paprika (to taste)
1/2 – 1 teaspoon ground chili powder (to taste)
1 large red onion
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
1/2 jalapeño (or remove if you don’t like spicy foods)
2 cans black (or pinto) beans
Diced red onion
Pour beans into a pot and heat.
In a large bowl combine spices. Toss onion, peppers, and jalapeño in the spices and remove. Then toss chicken in the spices.
In a hot skillet add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add veggies and cook on high until the edges are slightly browned but they are still crisp.
Remove veggies from skillet. Add remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
Add the chicken and cook on high heat, searing the outside for 1-2 minutes, then turning and cooking for one more minute.
To plate, use a slotted spoon to add beans as the base layer to plate. Then top with veggies and chicken. Top with optional toppings. My favorites are salsa, raw red onion, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and salsa.
I save a little of my red onion and jalapeño from the recipe to dice as toppings instead of buying two. This dish also makes great leftovers. I store the beans, veggies, and meat in one container so I can reheat it. Then store all my cold toppings together and combine. I also suggest using LOTS of avocado. It’s such a great ingredient with multiple health benefits. You can learn more about the benefits of eating avocado here.