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Ground Beef Fajitas are an easy weeknight dinner that ALWAYS hit the spot! Grab some tortillas and top them with the most deliciously seasoned mix of ground beef and tender peppers and onions. You can also use this recipe to make some seriously good rice bowls!
Sometimes, you just need a quick and easy dinner on the table that has no frills, no fuss, and all flavor. Something that you know even the pickiest eaters will love and that will actually fill everyone up. Ground Beef Fajitas meet that criteria and more!
Homemade fajita seasoning makes everything it touches about ten times more delicious. While I usually love it on protein like chicken and steak, it also pairs perfectly with ground beef. And before you ask, yes, you can use store bought fajita seasoning and the meat will still be tasty! However, my easy homemade recipe really yields the most flavorful results without being a total sodium bomb.
If you don’t feel like wrapping your Ground Beef Fajitas up in a flour tortilla, you could always toss it in a bowl with some rice and enjoy it Chipotle style! You can also customize this entree by dressing it up with all sorts of toppings like cheese, lime juice, sliced avocado, or whatever else your heart desires.
What are fajitas?
In Tex-Mex cuisine, a fajita is any stripped meat served alongside stripped vegetables (most often bell peppers and onions) and served on top or inside corn or flour tortillas. These ground beef fajitas are a rift on classic steak fajitas by taking the usual strip steak and using ground beef instead!
What You’ll Need:
- Ground Beef – I like using 85/15 ground beef for this recipe.
- Vegetable Oil – Canola oil also works if preferred.
- Yellow Onion – A white onion can get the job done, but it won’t lend the same natural sweetness that yellow does.
- Bell Peppers – Make your fajitas colorful with yellow, red, and green bell peppers! You can swap the yellow peppers for orange if you’d like.
- Fajita Seasoning – Easy Homemade Fajita Seasoning provides all of the flavor with way less of the sodium and artificial flavors you’ll find in store bought packets.
How to Make Ground Beef Fajitas
For more detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post.
Cook the ground beef. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the ground beef, breaking it apart as you go. Stir in the spices and let them cook into the meat for about 2-3 minutes.
Cook the veggies. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. Add in the oil, onions, and bell peppers. Sauté until everything is charred and tender.
Combine. Stir the beef back into the pan and let it warm up before serving.
Tips for success
I like letting my ground beef sit in the hot skillet for a little longer than usual and not touching/stirring it. It helps it develop a crispy browned exterior and gives it so much more flavor. Give it a try and see for yourself!
Storage and reheating instructions
Have any leftovers? You’re in luck! Ground Beef Fajitas keep well in the fridge for about 2-3 days when stored in an airtight container. For the best results, reheat everything right back in your skillet.
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Ground Beef Fajitas
- 16 ounces 85/15 ground beef
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning
- For serving: tortillas or rice, avocado/guacamole, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapeños, hot sauce, etc
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- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and break apart, cooking until browned. Add in all spices and stir well to coat. Continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the beef from the skillet and set aside. Add in vegetable oil, onion and bell peppers. Sauté over medium heat until vegetables are charred and tender (~8-10 minutes). Add beef back in and stir well, then remove from heat.
- Serve with tortillas and/or rice + desired toppings.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.
Saturday 11th of February 2023
We love tacos, we eat them almost every Tuesday, and ground beef are my favorite - so I just had to try this ASAP.
I did make this more “one pan” by not removing the beef before adding the veggies and letting them soften. It worked great and skipped a dirty dish!!
We loved the homemade seasoning, and the fun twist on my standard ground beef tacos. Also, the tip to let the ground beef sit there a little extra time to really brown was awesome!!! For how much cooking I do with ground beef, I’m not sure how I never knew that but thank you!!
This is also super easy. I made these in just 30 minutes after flying home from a week long work trip. I was just tired of eating out and wanted something homemade, so I tried this out. It was perfect!
Can’t wait to make these again!