One great part about our time living in Mexican Town is we have this really great Mexican Grocery store just a few blocks away filled with tasty mixes, and sauces to let us have some quick and easy meals with a little spice.
We had so much fun working down by the Cinco De Mayo Parade last weekend we decided we wanted some food to celebrate ourselves. Only this pregnant mama was tired and decided the best bet was to look for an Easy Idea rather than pulling out my favorite Latin Cooking book “Not Just Tacos.”
To keep the meal frugal I opted to use the Instant Pot that leaves even the cheapest meats juicy and flavorful. I picked up three pounds of the cheapest chicken breast the store had on hand and sliced it nice and thin.
Tossed in three leftover peppers and half an onion. Spiced it up with a bottle of Mexican Fajita Sauce & Marinade we found while scouting E & L Supermercado.
What you need for these Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas.
3 bell peppers of choice thinly sliced
1/2 onion thinly sliced
3 pounds thinly sliced boneless chicken breast
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 teaspoons chili powder
Mexican Fajita Sauce & Marinade
Make your own simple Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas.
If you want a little more color turn your instant pot to saute and give your meat and onions a quick sear. You can skip this step if you are like me and prefer to use the Instant Pot to make things fast and simple.
This is a quick, easy, set and forget kind of meal. You can even prep ahead and freeze it ready to toss into your Instant Pot at a moment notice Just add 5 minutes to thaw the food before it starts to cook.
Mix everything together and toss into your Instant Pot.
Manually set your Instant Pot to 10 minutes. Allow it to naturally release the pressure for a perfectly cooked juicy Chicken Fajita Dinner. Yes, it really is that simple and easy. Why did I never get one of these before?
What to do with leftover Fajitas
Leftover fajita meat can be repurposed into various delicious dishes. Here are some easy ways to use it:
Place the leftover fajita meat between tortillas with cheese, then cook on a griddle or in a pan until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden brown.
Toss the leftover fajita meat with mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, and your choice of dressing for a quick and satisfying salad.
Fajita Burrito Bowls:
Layer the leftover fajita meat over cooked rice or quinoa, then add your favorite toppings like beans, corn, salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
Warm up corn or flour tortillas, then fill them with the leftover fajita meat and your choice of toppings like salsa, guacamole, and cheese.
Spread a thin layer of salsa or enchilada sauce on a pizza crust, then add leftover fajita meat, cheese, and your favorite vegetables. Bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.
Whisk eggs and pour them into a hot skillet. Add the leftover fajita meat and any additional fillings like cheese, bell peppers, and onions. Cook until the eggs are set, then fold and serve.
Fajita Breakfast Burritos:
Scramble eggs and mix them with the leftover fajita meat. Roll the mixture into tortillas along with cheese, then warm them in a skillet or microwave.
Sauté leftover fajita meat with fresh or frozen vegetables in a hot skillet with a bit of oil. Season with soy sauce or a stir-fry sauce and serve over rice or noodles.
Layer tortilla chips with leftover fajita meat, cheese, and toppings like black beans, jalapeños, and tomatoes. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Roll up the leftover fajita meat with some fresh greens, avocado, and any other desired toppings in a large lettuce leaf for a low-carb option.
Spread refried beans on a tostada shell, then add the leftover fajita meat, cheese, and your favorite toppings. Bake until heated through.
Fajita Rice and Beans:
Combine the leftover fajita meat with cooked rice and beans. Season to taste and serve as a quick and hearty side dish.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Get creative and use what you have on hand to turn your leftover fajita meat into delicious new dishes!
Want more fajitas? Check out my new favorite recipe cast iron skillet fajitas.