Making fajitas with leftover meat and veggies is definitely my favorite way to repurpose leftovers! After working in restaurants for many years, one thing I learned is that fajitas are not made with raw meat going on to the hot skillet, instead restaurants use cooked meat that is sliced up and then add it to the hot pan. Think of the skillet as the thing that is bringing the spices and ingredients all together.
I have made this dish so many times. Sometimes with leftover meat from restaurants that I bring home, sometimes leftover meat from a previous night’s dinner and sometimes I just prepare extra meat the day before just to have this dish. The great thing about this dish is there are no exact amounts and it can be bulked up with veggies you have laying around in your refrigerator. When I took this picture, I had lots of asparagus to help bulk up the portion. It was perfect for the 4 of us!
This dish can be made completely vegetarian as well by using leftover veggies or from a veggie fridge clean out. As long as you have the spices in there, it will be wonderful!
Hope you give it a try!
Fajitas, From leftovers!
- cast iron pan or heavy bottom pan or griddle
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil or other oil good for high heat
- 2 pieces leftover chicken, steak, pork or a mix based on what you have on hand
- 1 yellow onion thin sliced
- 1 red pepper thin sliced
- 1 green pepper thin sliced (optional)
- 1 bunch of leftover veggies you can use asparagus, zucchini sliced lengthwise, spinach or whatever you have on hand
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- Heat your pan on medium high heat
- gather all of your fajita ingredients together and slice them up in long thin strips
- add your oil to the pre-heated pan
- now add your meat and veggie ingredients to the hot pan with oil and toss around making sure to coat your ingredients well in the oil
- now add all of your dried spices to this and mix well to coat your fajitas evenly
- continue to toss your fajitas around in the the hot pan for about 10 minutes to cook and brown all of the spices on to the meat and veggies.
- After 10 minutes, remove pan from the heat and pour your ingredients on to a large platter
- serve with tortillas or rice and some sour cream, cheese and guacamole