Whether you’re a native Texan living far, far away from your hometown’s famous taco trucks, or you’re simply an aficionado who has yet to find the best tex-mex chicken fajitas in your new town. Skip the search for the best hole-in-the-wall, and try this delicious recipe to make your taste buds feel right at home.
We’ve made sure this recipe for the best tex-mex chicken fajitas passes all marks: busy-Mom-friendly (why hello, crockpot), juicy, and it tastes great as leftovers. But we doubt there will be any left once your family gets a taste.
The beauty of this recipe is how easy it is to put your own twist on it. It won’t be long until it becomes the new taco staple in your home. Dress it up with all the toppings, wrap it in lettuce, put it in a bowl over quinoa and brown rice, or serve melt-in-your-mouth nacho appetizers. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.
This recipe serves four, so you’ll probably want to double or triple it. Especially if you want to invite the new neighbors or make one for you and one for a meal train. Seriously, just get a 5lb bag of frozen chicken and make the whole thing.
Tex-Mex Chicken Fajitas
- 1 1/2c water
- 1 packet fajita seasoning (or 2T of taco seasoning)
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 chicken breasts (frozen or thawed)
- Fresh cilantro to taste
Directions for Crockpot
Add all ingredients into your crockpot and stir to combine. Turn the crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Once the meat is tender enough to fall apart on its own, use forks to shred the chicken. Bring the meal to completion by heating up the tortillas and adding toppings like Spanish rice, spinach, sautéed bell peppers and onions, avocado and grated cheddar cheese.
Directions for Instant Pot
Now while slow cooker recipes are convenient, the Instant Pot is a gamechanger for on-the-go parents. So if you didn’t have time in the morning, apply this conversion rule for the Instant Pot: if a meat dish cooks in eight hours on low or four hours on high in the slow cooker, it will cook in 25-30 minutes in the Instant Pot. Just be sure the Instant Pot reads “sealing” instead of “venting” and your food will cook properly.
Bonus Recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning
Sure, you can buy taco seasoning from the store, even in bulk from Costco, but the really good stuff is super easy to make and great to have on hand. You probably have all of these on hand already, so take a few minutes—maybe during nap time—and make a batch of this. You’ll find you use it more recipes than you thought, and it’ll push these tex-mex chicken fajitas over the edge into amazingness.
- 1-1/2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
Of course, homemade is always better than takeout, and this tex-mex chicken fajitas recipe is so simple it’s actually faster than takeout. It will soon become your go-to meal to show off to your friends, and quickly make any tex-mex rookie a fajita fanatic. Add this recipe to your regular meal planning and you’ll be ever-so-grateful.
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