My amazing fajitas from leftovers is quick, easy and delicious way to use the leftovers you have laying around in the fridge and not let any food go to waste!
These fajitas from leftovers are amazing and really popular because of the flavor that the copious amount of spices in this recipe adds to the leftovers. It is these spices that are going to help all of your leftovers come together beautifully.
Making fajitas or fajita bowls with leftover meat and veggies is definitely my favorite way to repurpose leftovers! After working in restaurants for many years, one thing I learned is that fajitas are not made with raw meat going on to the hot skillet. Instead restaurants use cooked meat that is sliced up and then add it to the hot pan. Think of the skillet as the thing that is bringing the spices and ingredients all together.
Why I love this dish so much:
What makes this process great is using leftover or already cooked meat means the meat is a little dried out because it is not as fresh and juicy. Normally we would think of this as a bad thing but in this case, that dryness is going to help with absorbing all of the new spices and oil.
I have made this fajita from leftovers dish so many times. Sometimes with leftover meat from restaurants that I bring home, sometimes with leftover meat from a previous night’s dinner. I have also been known to prepare extra meat the day before just to have this dish.
If you are not working from leftovers then you can just cook the meat and let it cool before proceeding to the recipe. If you want an easy one pan meal and don’t want to wait for the meat to cool before proceeding these sheet pan fajitas are a good choice. Both recipes are great!
The great thing about this dish is there are no exact amounts and it can be bulked up with veggies you have laying around in your refrigerator. When I took this picture, I had lots of asparagus to help bulk up the portion. It was perfect for the four of us!
This fajita dish can be made completely vegetarian as well by using leftover veggies or from a veggie fridge clean out. As long as you have the spices in there, it will be wonderful!
What if you have leftover meat that already has seasoning on it?
If you have leftover meat that was already seasoned with a different seasoning than the fajita seasoning then just rinse the meat under cold water and rinse off as much seasoning as possible. Pat dry before cooking.
What can I serve this with?
The name of the game with this dish is using up leftovers and using what you have in your house. Some great ways to serve this is over rice, with soft or hard tortillas or over salad. Use what you have on hand. All of these options are great!
What are some ingredients that taste great in the fajita mix?
If you are looking to bulk up your portions then you probably want to add more items into your fajita mix. I have added all sorts of additions from asparagus (pictured), mushrooms, onions, peppers, cubed potatoes (partially cooked before adding them in), broccoli and garlic. You can also add corn and that would taste wonderful too.
No matter what ingredients you use, the process will be the same and the flavors from the seasoning will bring it all together into an amazing meal. Hope you give it a try!
Fajitas, From leftovers!
- cast iron pan or heavy bottom pan or griddle
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 3 tbsp paprika
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 4-8 tbsp vegetable oil or other high heat oil. Depending on how dry your veggies and meat are, you may need to add more oil. You want the fajitas to be well coated.
- 2 pieces leftover chicken breast, steak (any cuts, pork (chops or tenderloin work great). or a mix based on what you have on hand
- 1 yellow onion thin sliced
- 1 red pepper thin sliced
- 1 green pepper thin sliced (optional)
- 1 bunch of leftover veggies you can use asparagus, zucchini sliced lengthwise, spinach or whatever you have on hand
- 1 tsp salt (to taste)
- Heat your pan on medium high heat
- gather all of your fajita ingredients together and slice them up in long thin strips
- add your oil to the pre-heated pan
- now add your meat and veggie ingredients to the hot pan with oil and toss around making sure to coat your ingredients well in the oil
- now add all of your dried spices to this and mix well to coat your fajitas evenly
- continue to toss your fajitas around in the the hot pan for about 10 minutes to cook and brown all of the spices on to the meat and veggies.
- After 10 minutes, remove pan from the heat and pour your ingredients on to a large platter
- serve with tortillas or rice and some sour cream, cheese and guacamole