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Do you love soggy fajitas that seem like a mushy Mexican stir-fry? Yeah, me neither. I do, however, love the taste of slightly charred onions and bell peppers with succulent strips of chicken. I don’t have a grill and I’m not always motivated to turn up the oven in an un-air-conditioned third floor apartment, but I do have a big cast iron skillet that’s perfect for making delicious fajitas indoors. These easy skillet fajitas are delicious!
I absolutely love using my 12″ cast iron skillet whenever possible. I use it for steaks, ‘grilled’ sandwiches, and chicken dishes of all kinds because I’m just not going to go stand in the rain to use a communal charcoal grill in the courtyard. And, yes, it would involve standing in the rain because it’s the rainy season on the windward side of Oahu. One morning about a week and a half ago it was partially cloudy and I thought it was Christmas all over again because Christmas was, incidentally, not rainy.
I love flour tortillas, Papi Chulo prefers the spinach kind, and there are many other corn and speciality tortillas available. Go ahead and use your favorite tortillas – this isn’t a super-traditional recipe that must be made a certain way. Likewise, go ahead and use your favorite toppings. I happen to enjoy putting cheddar cheese on my fajitas, but something like monetary jack or a white Mexican cheese seems slightly more appropriate. I also like adding extra lime juice and cilantro as toppings, but they’re your fajitas now! Likewise, feel free to add some jalapeño to this recipe. I like it with just the added red pepper flakes, but Papi Chulo enjoys adding about half a minced jalapeño to the marinade.
- 2 chicken breasts or 4 chicken breast fillets
- 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 1/2 a teaspoon of cumin
- 1/2 a teaspoon of red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon of lime juice
- 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil + enough to coat your skillet
- 1 medium onion
- 1 bell pepper
- Freshly grated cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, etc. or your favorite fajita toppings
- Flour or corn tortillas
Just look at those delicious onions! I love having a cast iron skillet. If you don’t have one, you’re trying to make indoor fajitas, and you don’t want to roast vegetables in your oven, my best advice is to use a skillet that does not have a non-stick coating. It won’t be quite the same, but it will be better than nothing. Then, after you’re doing doing the dishes, get yourself a cast iron skillet! Or at least put it on your Amazon wishlist and make sure your list is publicly viewable so family members get the hint.
I hope you enjoy this taste of outdoors and summer, even if the weather won’t cooperate. What’s your favorite thing to cook in cast iron?
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.