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Cheap Vegan Sheet Pan Fajitas 2 Ways: Optional Chicken

When you want vegan fajitas but your family insists on meat, these cheap vegan fajitas please everyone. One pan, drive-thru prices & BOLD flavor!

5:30pm is one of the most stressful times for me. Jeremy & I are both done with work and are brainfried. My 9yo is hangry from after-school activities. Honestly… I just wanna put jammies on and eat a frozen burrito. And sometimes we do!!! But after years of experimenting, I finally have some “old standby’s” I can throw together without even needing a recipe. Fast, cheap dinner that pleases my vegetarian self AND my carnivore family.

This recipe is cheaper than Taco Bell
only $1.25 per vegan fajita!

Sheet-pan fajitas for mixed-diet families: Beans, veggies and chicken all broil on a sheet pan. Smash some avocado. Everyone assembles their fajitas how they like.

Mixed-diet families: Here’s a tip for preparing this dish for both veg & meat eaters in one family!

Let’s Make Vegan Fajitas (and Maybe Chicken Fajitas, too!)

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Vegan Fajita Ingredients: bell peppers, onion, avocado, lime, mushrooms, beans, fajita seasoning

Move baking rack to the very top position, and set oven to broil.

In a small bowl, combine half of the fajita seasoning packet with cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt to taste.

If cooking chicken, marinate chicken strips in oil & 1 Tbsp seasoning mix while slicing veggies.

Use foil (or parchment paper) to make 1 big section and 2 small sections, so the ingredients don’t mix.

Add onion, peppers and mushrooms to the larger section. Drizzle with 1 tsp oil and 2 tsp seasoning mix.

Sliced peppers, onions and mushrooms for cheap vegan fajitas

Broil veggies for about 10 minutes. They should be softened but not charred yet.

While the veggies broil: Cut lime into wedges. Cut open the avocado and remove pit. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado into a small bowl. Squeeze one lime wedge into the avocado. Add a pinch of salt. Smash with a spoon.

Add chicken to one smaller section of foil. Add beans to the other, with a small drizzle of oil and 1 Tbsp of seasoning.

If your family loves spicy, kick things up with a splash of hot sauce on the beans and chicken!

Baking sheet lined with foil, with sections of vegetables, peppers and chicken.

Broil for 5 more minutes.

Serve with warm tortillas, smashed guacamole and salsa.

Cheap Vegan Fajitas Shopping List

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SHOPPING & PRICE LIST

PRODUCE
$0.86 1 green bell pepper
$1.78 1 red bell pepper
$0.79 1 yellow onion
$1.89 12 oz white/button mushrooms
$1.50 1 avocado
$0.25 1 lime

AISLES
$1.89 10 medium flour tortillas (or corn tortillas)
$1.89 10 oz salsa
$0.80 14 oz pinto beans
$0.87 1 pkg taco seasoning

MEAT
(OPTIONAL) $6.00 1-1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken

10 VEGAN FAJITAS = $12.52 total, $1.25 each
10 CHICKEN FAJITAS = $18.52 total, $1.85 each

* Pantry staples that are not included in cost: olive oil, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, hot sauce, salt & pepper

Tips for Perfect Vegan Fajitas

Low carb idea: substitute lettuce cups for tortillas
  • Use pre-sliced peppers and onions to save time (but increase cost).
  • Perfect dish to use up leftover cooked tofu, steak, chicken or pork.
  • Low-carb: use lettuce leaf cups instead of tortillas
  • Store veggies separate from tortillas.
  • Reheat in the oven, toaster oven or microwave.
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Cheap Vegan Sheet Pan Fajitas

  • Author: Katie Allen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

When you want vegan fajitas but your family insists on meat, these cheap fajitas please everyone. One pan, drive-thru prices & BOLD flavor!


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Ingredients

  • 1 envelope fajita seasoning
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 12 oz white/button mushrooms, halved
  • 14 oz pinto beans, drained
  • 1 avocado, halved and scooped
  • 1 lime, cut in wedges
  • 10 medium flour tortillas (substitute corn tortillas for GF)
  • Optional: 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast

Instructions

  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine half of the fajita seasoning packet with cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt (to taste).
  3. In one bowl, toss and marinate chicken strips in 1 Tbsp oil & 1 Tbsp seasoning mixture. In a second bowl, toss and marinate drained pinto beans in 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp seasoning mixture.
  4. Cover 2/3 of the baking sheet with foil, folding the internal edge up to make divider. Use foil to make 2 smaller sections in the remaining 1/3 of the baking sheet. You’re basically making a big version of a microwave meal plate! 1 big section and 2 small sections, so the ingredients don’t mix.
  5. Add onion, peppers and mushrooms to the larger section. Drizzle with 1/2 Tbsp oil and 1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning. Broil for 8 minutes. Toss veggies.
  6. While the veggies broil: Cut lime into wedges. Cut open the avocado and remove pit. Using a spoon, scoop the avocado into a small bowl. Squeeze one lime wedge into the avocado. Add a pinch of salt. Smash with a spoon.
  7. Add chicken to one smaller section of foil. Add beans to the other section.
  8. Return to oven. Broil the whole pan for 8 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (no pink) and veggies have a nice char.

  9. Serve with warm tortillas and smashed guacamole.


Notes

This recipe can be served vegan/vegetarian or with meat for omnivores.

Substitute corn tortillas for gluten-free.

Hungry for more Mexican vegetarian dinners with an option for your carnivore family?

You deserve to eat delicious food that is also healthy fuel for all the great things you’re going to do! Be sweet to yourself today.

Katie

I'm a tacotarian, a mom and pun-maker. Feeding people is my love language, and I'm passionate about helping people feel confident in being their own kind of vegan/vegetarian. I'm commonly found in the school pick-up lane, bulk buying tortilla chips and in front of the fireplace.

9 Responses

  1. Vegan fajitas?? dream recipe! Great ideas, next taco tuesday I know what I am making to mix things up!

    1. Yes!!! I love it, Noelle! It really is a dream recipe… there’s a reason it’s my favorite “old standby”! LOL Thanks so much for the kind words!

    1. I mean, REALLY! If you don’t love fajitas, how can I trust that you’re not a robot?! LOL! Let me know how the fajitas work at your BBQ! Thanks for the kind words!

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