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Vegetarian fajita recipe made at home from scratch with soft tortillas, flavorful fajita vegetables and a simple salsa. This is a wonderful dish for those who are trying to add more vegetables in their diet in a delicious way 🙂

This vegetarian version of Mexican fajitas is a super versatile recipe too in which you could add more elements like any bean or more protein or even make it vegan. Read on to get the full recipe along with more ideas and helpful tips.

For more delicious and easy Mexican recipes check our Mexican rice, vegan Spanish rice, cilantro rice, guacamole, vegetarian tacos recipes.

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Mexican cuisine is one of my very favorite cuisine and I love it for its bold flavors, versatile recipes colorful presentation of vegetables and of course taste 🙂

I have tased veggie fajitas few times in restaurants but once I started making these at home, I have never ordered it from outside 🙂 This is a great recipe is that good and so easy!

What Are Fajitas?

The word fajita typically means a strip of meat but usually it is referred to a dish where a tortilla is served with sauteed meat, some salsa and sour cream.

While the original recipe is meat based, there are many variations for vegetarian fajitas as well as vegan fajitas recipes. Here I am sharing a delicious vegetarian fajita recipe with homemade soft flour tortillas, a fresh tomato salsa and absolutely delicious fajita vegetables.

These are not only so delicious but very easy to put together as well if you have tortillas ready. I use a food processor to chop the vegetables for salsa so it gets ready in a jiffy.

Along with vegetables I also use some paneer for the filling which makes this dish super filling, protein rich and more satiating.

You can however use tofu in place of paneer to make vegan fajitas, also check out my other ideas for making this recipe vegan too. This is such a wonderful recipe that you will absolutely love putting together.

Ingredients For Vegetarian Fajitas

Making of this meatless fajitas can be divided into three parts

  • Getting tortillas ready
  • Making fajita vegetables and salsa. You can make fajita veggies on stove top or bake them in a sheet pan too.
  • Assembling and serving. Your own homemade tex mex dinner in minutes 🙂

Corn Tortillas Or Flour Tortillas

These tortillas make the base of this best vegetarian fajitas recipe. You can use store bought or homemade. I have used homemade flour tortillas here. For gluten free option just use gluten free tortillas like corn torrilla. You can also absolutely skip tortillas and use tacos instead to make vegetarian fajitas recipe.

For Fajita Vegetables

Vegetables

For this vegetable fajitas recipe I have used strips of yellow bell peppers, red bell peppers, green capsicum, red onion and some tomatoes for this veggie fajita recipe. You can also add orange peppers or sweet candy peppers.

Paneer

Along with vegetables I have also used some panner strips for this recipe. Adding paneer lends a wonderful texture, taste as well makes this dish more satiating and protein rich.

Fajita Seasoning

It is basically a blend of spices like cayenne pepper, cumin powder, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder etc. It is easily available but you can also simply substitute a mix of cayenne pepper or chili powder cumin and a dash of garlic. This seasoning adds a robust flavor to this dish.

Chili Powder

If fajita seasoning is unavailable I sometimes just add chili powder cumin powder and a pinch of salt combined in a small bowl.

Salsa

I like to add some salsa as topping while serving fajita. You can add fresh tomato salsa or even roasted tomato salsa, pineapple salsa or corn salsa. You can also add guacamole or avocado salad instead.

Instead of salad you can just add finely chopped onions too.

Cheese

Traditionally a Mexican cheese called queso fresco or cotija cheese for this recipe. You can use shredded cheddar too or just leave out cheese. I have not added any cheese here. You can also use any dairy free cheese if you wish.

Lime Juice

A squeeze of fresh lime juice added towards the end ties lends so much flavor and a refreshing taste to these veg fajitas.

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How To Make Fajita Vegetables

Stovetop Method

To prepare vegetable stuffing, cut bell peppers into thin strips. Cut paneer into thin strips, chop the onions and mince the garlic.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a cast iron skillet or any pan. (I used olive oil). Fry the garlic for 3-4 seconds. Add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for few minutes.

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Add the chopped bell peppers and mix well and saute. Add salt, fajita seasoning or a mix of pepper powder, cumin powder and mix well.

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Add paneer strips and saute well for few minutes in medium heat. Add fresh cilantro leaves and remove from flame.

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Oven Method

To grill the fajita vegetables begin by preheating your oven at 180 C or 325 F.

Add the cut veggies and paneer to a mixing bowl and add the seasoning, salt to taste to it. Add few drops of oil and rub all over the vegetables.

Place the vegetables and panner in separate layers on a greased baking sheet and bake or grill for 8-12 minutes. Remove to a plate.

How To Make Vegetarian Fajitas

Here is how you assemble and serve a fajita.

Warm a store bought or homemade tortilla for few seconds on a warm skillet preferably in a cast iron pan on medium high heat.

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Place required amount of prepared fajita vegetables. Also add some salsa. Now you can add shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream. Insteas of sour cream I sometimes add a tablespoon of plain greek yogurt with a dash of freshly cracked black pepper.

Close from both sides, secure with a tissue and serve immediately. You could also sprinkle some more fajita seasoning, Mexican spice mix or even smoked paprika for more zing. This dish is so versatile that it tastes good with any and all of your desired toppings 🙂

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I sometimes make fajita style vegetables with just peppers and onions, that is delicious too! When doing only peppers and onions try to use different colored peppers. This is simply a delicacy that your whole family will enjoy!

Variations You Can Try

With pinto beans

Instead of adding fajita vegetables you can make a pinto beans filling with fajita seasoning. You can also toss in half cup cooked pinto beans or even kidney beans along with vegetables. You can also use black beans or any lentils too.

With Portobello mushrooms

To make this dish more substantial or protein rich you can make quick filling with portobella mushrooms or any variety of mushrooms like white mushrooms. Some crushed red pepper tastes super delicious.

Vegan Fajita Vegetables

The base recipe as such is vegan so you can either skip cheese and sour cream or just use vegan sour cream and shredded vegan cheese.

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More Mexican Recipes

Guacomole

Roasted tomato salsa

Tortilla chips

Sweet corn salsa

Pineapple salsa

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Recipe

two homemade vegetarian fajitas placed on a ceramic plate.two homemade vegetarian fajitas placed on a ceramic plate.

Vegetarian Fajita Recipe

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Vegetarian fajita recipe made at home from scratch with soft tortillas, flavorful fajita vegetables and a simple salsa. This is a wonderful dish for those who are trying to add more vegetables in their diet in a delicious way 

Prep Time 30 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 50 mins

Course Main Course

Cuisine Mexican

Servings 6 servings

Calories 151 kcal

1 CUP = 250 ml

Instructions 

How To Make Fajita Vegetables

  • To prepare vegetable stuffing, cut bell peppers into thin strips. Cut paneer into thin strips, chop the onions and mince the garlic.

  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a cast iron skillet or any pan. (I used olive oil). Fry the garlic for 3-4 seconds. Add the onions and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute for few minutes.

  • Add the chopped bell peppers and mix well and saute. Add salt, fajita seasoning or a mix of pepper powder, cumin powder and mix well.

  • Add paneer strips and saute well for few minutes in medium heat. Add fresh cilantro leaves and remove from flame.

How To Make Vegetarian Fajitas

  • Warm a store bought or homemade tortilla for few seconds on a warm skillet preferably in a cast iron pan on medium high heat.

  • Place required amount of prepared fajita vegetables. Also add some salsa. Now you can add shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream. Insteas of sour cream I sometimes add a tablespoon of plain greek yogurt with a dash of freshly cracked black pepper.

  • Close from both sides, secure with a tissue and serve immediately. You could also sprinkle some more fajita seasoning, Mexican spice mix or even smoked paprika for more zing.

Notes

Variations You Can Try

With pinto beans

Instead of adding fajita vegetables you can make a pinto beans filling with fajita seasoning. You can also toss in half cup cooked pinto beans or even kidney beans along with vegetables. You can also use black beans or any lentils too.

With Portobello mushrooms

To make this dish more substantial or protein rich you can make quick filling with portobella mushrooms or any variety of mushrooms like white mushrooms. Some crushed red pepper tastes super delicious.

Vegan Fajita Vegetables

The base recipe as such is vegan so you can either skip cheese and sour cream or just use vegan sour cream and shredded vegan cheese.

Nutrition

Serving: 6servingsCalories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 120mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 178IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 1mg

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