Preparation time: 10 minutes in the morning;
Cooking time: 3-8 hours in the slow cooker, depending on your choice of setting; 20 minutes immediately before you serve the meal;
Serves: 4-6 people
The wonderful thing about slow cookers is that you can have a meal ready as soon as you walk in the door on a busy night. If you took a few minutes to prepare the meal in the morning, you won’t have to tolarate the question of “How much longer till dinner’s ready?” multiple times. However, many of the meals created for slow cookers feature soups and stews.
There’s nothing wrong with soup or stew, but it is nice to have a few different types of recipes that utilize one of the most useful kitchen appliances–the slow cooker. This recipe for Crock Pot Fajitas will provide a healthy meal for the whole family within 20 minutes of returning home. There are a few steps that must be completed before you can eat, but they will only take a few minutes.
Besides the ease of prep, another great thing about this recipe is that you can scale it up if you need to feed a crowd, or if you have several very hearty appetites. This recipe easily feeds four to six people, but if you want to double it to feed more people or if you just want to have plenty of leftovers for the future, feel free to do so, and it will turn out perfectly. Speaking of leftovers, this recipe is just as good reheated as leftovers, and it is a favorite of many teens, particularly teen boys.
Another thing that is really great about this recipe is that it’s a very economical one. If you’re scrimping on the grocery budget, you can reduce the chicken by half and simply add a second can of black beans to replace the volume in the recipe. Also, rice is a cheap filler, and you can buy frozen peppers and onions if they are expensive and out of season in your area. If you do choose to use frozen peppers and onions, simply follow the instructions on the bag to prepare them.
We do use a purchased rice mixture in this recipe for ease and convenience. If you want to make yellow rice from scratch, it will taste great. We prefer to use Zatarains or Mahatma yellow rice mixture. These rice mixtures take about 20 minutes to cook, so as soon as you get home, set your pot on the stove and start the rice.
To really maximize your time, you can precut your peppers and onions before you go to work. Simply slice them into long strips and store them in zip-top baggies in the fridge before you leave home for the day. Speaking of peppers and onions, if someone in your family has strong feelings about one or the other, feel free to cook them separately. That way those who don’t care for them can simply choose to bypass the offensive veggie when they prepare their fajita. However, if everyone likes peppers and onions, simply fry them together to simplify your meal preparation.
Table of Contents
- Crock Pot Fajita Recipe
- Meat Mixture Ingredients for the Crock Pot
- Other Ingredients
- Step 1: In your slow cooker, mix together the chicken tenders, the black beans, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, salt, and chili powder.
- Step 2:When the time has passed and you’re ready to start preparing dinner, first start cooking the rice mixture according to package instructions on the stovetop.
- Step 3:Lift the lid on the slow cooker and, using two forks, begin shredding the cooked chicken.
- Step 4:In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons of cooking oil for a few minutes or until it is hot enough that a drop or two of water flung into the oil sizzles.
- Step 5:Remove the veggies to a bowl or serving dish and set aside.
- Step 6:When the rice is cooked according to the instructions, you can assemble your fajitas.
- Step 7:The measurements and ratios of the components of the fajitas are entirely up to you.
Crock Pot Fajita Recipe
Meat Mixture Ingredients for the Crock Pot
- 5-6 chicken tenders
- 1 fifteen ounce can of black beans
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 bell peppers, seeded and sliced into strips
- 1/2 sweet onion sliced into long strips
- Oil for cooking
- Package of eight large white flour tortillas
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheese
- One package of Zatarains or Mahatma yellow rice mixture
Step 1: In your slow cooker, mix together the chicken tenders, the black beans, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, salt, and chili powder.
Set the slow cooker on low to cook it for 6-8 hours or set it on high to have the meal ready in 3-4 hours. Go to work or walk away and find other things to do. The meat will cook while you’re busy living the rest of your life.
Step 2:When the time has passed and you’re ready to start preparing dinner, first start cooking the rice mixture according to package instructions on the stovetop.
While this is cooking, work on the remainder of the preparation for dinner.
Step 3:Lift the lid on the slow cooker and, using two forks, begin shredding the cooked chicken.
It should be fully cooked and it should shred easily. When the chicken is shredded, replace the lid and turn the slow cooker off.
Step 4:In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat two tablespoons of cooking oil for a few minutes or until it is hot enough that a drop or two of water flung into the oil sizzles.
Rotate the skillet to coat the bottom of the pan with oil. Add the peppers and onions and sautee until the peppers are lightly browned and the onions are softened and browned.
Step 5:Remove the veggies to a bowl or serving dish and set aside.
Step 6:When the rice is cooked according to the instructions, you can assemble your fajitas.
Set a tortilla on a serving plate. smear about a teaspoon of sour cream all over the tortilla. Down the center of the tortilla, add a few spoonfuls of rice, a few spoonfuls of the chicken and beans mixture, and the sauteed peppers and onions. Top all of this with a few spoonfuls of cheese, fold the sides in and enjoy.
Step 7:The measurements and ratios of the components of the fajitas are entirely up to you.
If you prefer more veggies and less meat, feel free to customize your fajita to suit yourself.
April Freeman enjoys creating all kinds of recipes for her friends and family from her country kitchen in Middle Tennessee. She and her family raise beef cattle, chickens, and all sorts of fruits and veggies on their farm, and she specializes in featuring farm-fresh foods in the recipes that she creates and serves. April says that her slogan is “Are you hungry?” and she feels that one way of showing love and connecting with others is to serve delicious favorite foods to others. Her favorite thing to cook is pies of all kinds.