While restaurant fajitas are indeed a sizzling sight to behold, you’re paying top dollar for that presentation. Whether you find yourself ordering steak, chicken, or the combo platter, Fajita Tacos is a recipe that pays to get under your belt. Rest assured, you can easily recreate everything you love about your favorite Mexican Restaurant’s rendition in the convenience of your own home.
Below, you’ll find the simplest cooking methods for both Steak and Chicken Fajita Tacos, plus those signature veggies to go on top! It’s the perfect quick-fix weeknight dinner solution and great for casual entertaining!
WHAT IS A FAJITA TACO?
Fajita Tacos are tacos filled with grilled or pan-seared meat. They can be made with beef, chicken, or shrimp, wrapped in flour (or corn) tortillas, and come with a side of cooked peppers and onions.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM?
Here, you’ll find recipes for both Beef and Chicken Fajita Tacos, both of which are quick to make and conveniently cook on the stovetop. You’ll also find a recipe for sauteed peppers and onions to top off your protein of choice!
- Make the marinade.
- Add steak or chicken, as well as the marinade to a gallon-sized ziptop bag and refrigerate for 1-8 hours.
- Pat the protein dry, rub with oil, and season.
- If using steak, sear it for about 5 minutes on the first side, flip and sear 4 minutes more. If using chicken, sear for about 4 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for about 3 minutes more.
- Remove the protein, add veggies to pan along with a little more oil, and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until softened.
- Slice the meat, add it to the tortillas, and top with desired toppings.
CAN YOU USE TACO SEASONING FOR FAJITAS?
The answer depends on the type of fajitas you’re making.
- Use a marinade for beef.
- Use a marinade or taco seasoning (a.k.a. fajita seasoning) for chicken.
Beef has a much stronger flavor profile than chicken, and to penetrate it with that signature Tex-Mex flavor, you’ll want to use a marinade.
Chicken, on the other hand, takes just fine to either a marinade or taco seasoning. Both taco seasoning and fajita seasoning use the same ingredients and are essentially the exact same thing.
Using taco seasoning to add flavor to chicken is a quicker and simpler route than using a marinade. In fact, we use this seasoning on our easy for Tacos de Pollo, and they always turn out fantastic.
However, a marinade results in deeply flavorful chicken. The call is yours, but rest assured — they’ll taste delicious either way.
DON’T FORGET THE PEPPERS AND ONIONS
If you want to recreate an authentic Mexican restaurant experience at home, add a little extra oil to the pan once the meat comes out and throw in some sliced peppers and onions. For a colorful combination, use a mix of red and green bell peppers, as well as a white or yellow onion.
MORE TOPPING IDEAS:
You’ll almost always find grated Cheddar cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo, and sour cream served with Fajita Tacos. But, if you want to take taco night to the next level, check out these options below!
6 MORE MEXICAN RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Tex-Mex Beef Enchiladas
- Homemade Beef Chimichangas
- Steak Quesadillas
- Verde Chicken Enchiladas
- Beef Empanadas
- Chicken Flautas
A simple, versatile recipe for flavorful Fajita Tacos using steak or chicken! Pick between Sirloin steak or chicken thighs, marinate in a cilantro-lime marinade, and sear on the stove-top for a quick and easy dinner idea! Then, wrap in tortillas and top with your favorite taco toppings!
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice about 6-8 limes
- 2 cups roughly chopped cilantro leaves and stems (about 1 bunch of cilantro)
- 2 jalapeños roughly chopped (seeds intact)
- 1/2 white onion roughly chopped
- 5 large cloves of garlic roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/4 cup canola or avocado oil + 4 tablespoons, separated
- 2 pounds sirloin steak or 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 8 flour or corn tortillas
- 1/2 white onion cut into 1/4" strips
- 1/2 red bell pepper cut into 1/4" strips
- 1/2 green bell pepper cut into 1/4" strips
Add the lime juice, cilantro, jalapeños, white onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin, as well as a 1/4 cup of water to a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Slowly drizzle in a 1/4 cup of oil, whisking with the times of a fork to combine.
Place the steak or chicken in a gallon-sized ziptop bag, pour over the marinade, and seal tightly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours. Do not combine 2 different proteins in one bag.
Remove the protein from the bag and pat dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Rub all over to adhere, and set aside until ready to use.
Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil to a large, skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat. Once the oil has come to temperature, sear the steak for 4 - 5 minutes on the first side, turn, and sear for 3 - 4 minutes more. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes. Then, slice the beef as thin as possible (cutting against the grain) and set aside.
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil has come to temperature, add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes. Turn each thigh and cook for 3-4 minutes more, or until fully cooked through. Do not overcrowd the pan, cooking in batches if necessary. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes, then slice the chicken as thin as possible (cutting against the grain) and set aside.
Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the pan over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and black pepper, and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until softened.
Add your protein of choice to a tortilla, top with veggies, and other taco toppings, if desired.