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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Vegan Fajita Recipe that's Colorful, Satisfying, and Fun to Eat

Simple to prepare plant-based fajita recipe


A fajita is a Tex-Mex term for a delicious grilled entrée, usually served with flour or corn tortillas.

 

Both savory and spicy, this plant-based fajita recipe features hearty-tasting marinated portabella mushrooms, red and yellow bell peppers, zucchini, jalapeño pepper, garlic, onion, and a mix of additional seasonings served sizzling hot.

 

Rather than use the traditional strips of beef or chicken, my veganized fajita rendition is budget-friendly and chock full of colorful, satisfying, and fun to eat mushrooms and veggies.

 

Colorful, Satisfying, and


Fun to Eat

 

Vegan Fajita Recipe

 

Some ingredients for vegan fajitas

Ingredients: 

6-8 oz. Portabella Mushrooms

1 Red and 1 Yellow Sweet Pepper

1 Large Red or Yellow Onion

1 Medium Zucchini

1 Tablespoon Whole Wheat flour or naturally gluten-free corn flour, with 2 Tablespoons of water to mix away lumps.

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil (use water or veg broth if you want dish to be oil free)

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika

1 small jalapeño pepper (clean, de-seed, and chop)

2 Tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos, or soy sauce

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 or 3 cloves minced fresh garlic or to taste

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley if preferred

2 teaspoons tomato paste or 2 teaspoons tomato sauce

Juice from 2 fresh limes or lemons (reserve 8 drops of juice to sprinkle on at the end)

8 Corn or flour tortillas

Guacamole or sliced avocado

Salsa

Optional Ingredients: beans, brown rice, corn kernels, tofu, tempeh, greens, and other colorful veggies.

 

 

What to do:

 

Make the marinade first. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour and water until lump free. Add lime juice, oil, spices and seasonings, Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce, tomato paste, and salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Mix it or whisk well.

 

Clean veggies and mushrooms, and cut into strips of approximately the same size. The variety and amount of veggies you use is flexible.

 

Place in a storage container and blend in marinade until fajitas are well coated. Cover with a tight fitting lid, and shake well.

 

Select a cook method that's practical and easy for you. 


The first method I suggest is to find a broiler safe pan. Put a few drops of water in the bottom of the pan so veggies don’t stick. 


Place marinated veggies in the pan and cover with aluminum foil. Roast in a preheated 400° F oven for 15 minutes. Then uncover and place veg fajita mixture under broiler for 4-5 minutes or longer to give this dish that grilled look.


Ingredients for vegan fajitas in a roasting pan


A second way to cook fajitas is to spread marinated veggies and mushroom strips on a piece of parchment paper that covers a sheet pan. Then roast the fajitas in a preheated 400° F oven for 15-20 minutes or until tender.


Note: do not put parchment paper under broiler as it will burn.


A third way to cook this dish is on an indoor or outdoor grill. 


I prefer to use the first cooking method, because it's easy to keep fajitas juicy this way. I also don't want to be bothered with running outside in the winter to use the grill. 

 

Cook fajita mixture immediately or refrigerate until ready to cook. The longer the veggies marinate, the more flavorful they get. Before cooking this dish, shake the fajita mixture again. Use within 3 days.

 

When ready to plate cooked fajitas, scoop a portion of this mixture into a flour or corn tortilla, one that's already been warmed in a 350° F oven for 5 minutes.


Drizzle on a drop of fresh lime juice, dollop of guacamole or avocado slices, and salsa onto the veggie mixture. Garnish with sprigs of cilantro or parsley and lime slices. Two tortillas make one serving.

 

Another way to serve it is to put it all on a bed of brown rice and black beans. That way everyone can help themselves. 


Serving Suggestion-Vegan Fajitas on Bed of Rice and Black Beans


Vegan Fajitas are a healthy south of the border treat. Serve it on Meatless Monday, for weekday lunch or dinner, weekend meals, and fun gatherings.

 

Satisfy even the heartiest eaters, by serving this dish with a portion of whole black or pinto beans, and rice or corn. Why not include a tossed green salad as well?

 

This recipe serves 4 people. Leftovers can be refrigerated and eaten within 3 days. If you'd rather freeze extra food, place is an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to a month.


Please comment below.

 

Have you ever made fajitas? Even though this recipe has many ingredients, it's a snap to put together and cook. It can be ready in no more than 30 minutes, and is brimming with bold and bright flavors, interesting textures and colors, and has a tantalizing aroma.

 

Kids, adults, and the pickiest of eaters are sure to say Vegan Fajitas are one of their favorite meals. In my house, I get raves.

 

Do you think you'd like to add additional veggies to this recipe or substitute others? Please share those ideas below. 


I have made this with veggies including strips of carrots, Calabacitas, beets, and broccoli stalks.


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19 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious and appealing to the eye with the different colors.

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  2. Fajitas sound delicious, and I love all the colorful veggie choices. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much Sheenia for your comment. Please come back again. Colors 4 Health is the place where colors and a healthy lifestyle intersect.

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  3. This recipe is super tempting and it looks delish! Absolutely love it!

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    1. Thanks for your comment and enthusiasm Hari. Wishing you a fantastic day.

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  4. Yum! This veggie fajita recipe looks tasty. It uses mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini, and it's budget-friendly. Can't wait to give it a try!

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    1. Thanks Ambra. Thanks for your comment and hope you'll let me know if you try it out. Wishing you a beautiful day.

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  5. I love this idea of using mushrooms and vegetables instead of meat. I also want to mention that I LOVE that you have made the font bigger. It is so much easier to see and I don't have to strain to see it. Thanks Have a good week.

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    1. Hi Judee and good afternoon. Glad you like the recipe and larger font. I aim to make my posts as user-friendly as possible. Have a great day.

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  6. We love fajitas and usually order them when at a Mexican restaurant because you get so much for your $. I love the idea of a vegetarian fajita!

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    1. Thanks so much Amy. Now I hope you'll consider cooking this dish at home. Have a beautiful weekend and be well.

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  7. Hi Nancy, this vegan fajita is colorful and looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. I don’t know why my comment is showing anonymous.
    Pam @everydayliving

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    1. Thanks so much for the visit and kind words. I don't know why that Anonymous happens, unless you need to sign in to google or blogger first. Early Happy Valentine's Day and be well.

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  8. Yumminess - Vegan - thank you
    Thanks so much for participating and sharing at SSPS 296. See you again next week!

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    1. So agree about the yumminess. Have a fabulous weekend and will hop over to SSPS next Monday.

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  9. Thank you for using your recipes to make the world a better place for all.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Please come back for a visit again. Happy Valentin's Day and remember our food choices do matter.

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  10. Oh such a delicious meal. I would love this. Thank you for the recipe.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week, Nancy. ♥

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