These super easy black bean fajitas are the perfect meal for a busy day! They are super quick to make, you can make extra filling and freeze it and the topping options really are endless!
Bell peppers - in this recipe, you will need a red and green bell pepper but, if you'd like, you could choose to only use red bell peppers or green bell peppers!
Red onion - this will also give some sweetness to this recipe. If you only have white onion, you could use that but it will be less sweet.
Black beans - here I have used canned black beans but, if you are using dried black beans, here is how to cook dried beans!
Aromatics - for the spice mix, you will be using chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, and tomato paste! It will give some sweetness and spiciness to these fajitas!
The complete list of ingredients is located in the recipe card below.
Step by step instructions
Let's see how to make veggie fajitas!
Start by heating some neutral-flavored vegetable oil on a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When shimmering, add the onion, and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
For the seasoning of the fajitas, add in the spices and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add garlic and stir for 1 minute. Now, you are almost done! Add in the sliced bell peppers and the rinsed black beans.
If anything starts to stick to the pan, add a splash of water to release all of that caramelized deliciousness!
This should take about 15 minutes. If you like the bell peppers soft, then I would suggest to cook at least 20 minutes and taste to see if it has the desired consistency.
As many of the recipes you will find here, this is super versatile! You can adapt it according to your taste preferences. So what does that mean?
- Spicier - add more chili powder. I added between 1 teaspoon and 1.5 teaspoons and that was spicy enough for me, but to be honest with you, I usually don't have my food super spicy!
- Vegetables - are you not a fan of bell pepper? If you aren't, you could replace it with some more onion, some carrots, or even some tomatoes! I have to tell you, I haven't tested these alternatives but they should work perfectly!
- Beans - if you have any other favorite bean type, then you could try it in this recipe. I always warn you that the taste will be very different from this recipe, but the fun in cooking is also to experiment! And, always taste while you are cooking so that you don't get to the end and your food is completely bland.
There are so many garnishes options for these vegan fajitas!
You could add some guacamole or even just mashed avocado, some cherry tomatoes, some sriracha if you want it spicier, some vegan sour cream and even some cilantro!
Time saving tips
This recipe is super quick to make, but, if you'd like to make it even quicker or more productive, you could do the following:
- Read the whole recipe before starting
- Chop everything before starting and place the spices close to you when cooking.
- Double the recipe and freeze any leftovers.
And now, you are good to start cooking the recipe!
How to store it
The vegetable mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
Simply wait for it to cool down before transferring it to an airtight container.
How to freeze it
You can totally freeze this mixture!
Again, always wait for it to cool down before transferring it to an airtight container.
How to reheat it
To defrost, I would remove it from the freezer and let it in the fridge overnight or you could also add it to a pan and heat it in low heat until defrosted. As in curries or anything with some spices, this will have even more flavor after being frozen.
Frequently asked questions
If you don't like peppers or you simply don't have them at home, you could replace them with some more onion and you could also add some thinly sliced carrot and even some fresh tomatoes!
If you overcook the peppers, they will get soggy. If you only cook for about 10 to 15 minutes they shouldn't get soggy. So, I would recommend that you taste it at 10 minutes and try it again at 15 minutes. If it is still too crunchy for you, let it cook a bit longer but always keep an eye on the frying pan so that they don't overcook.
The options are endless! You could serve this delicious one pan fajitas with some mashed avocado, some fresh cilantro, some raw red onion. You could even add some grated carrot, some chili flakes, some lime zest. So this is all up to you and what you love to eat!
Absolutely! This recipe is super healthy and for the tortillas, just read the label to make sure it doesn't have a lot of ingredients and is mostly water and flour.
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Super easy black bean fajitas
- Frying pan
- 1 red bell pepper sliced (230 gram)
- 1 green bell pepper sliced (230 gram)
- 2 medium red onion halved and cut into slices (150 gram)
- 250 gram canned black beans rinsed
- 4 garlic cloves minced (20 gram)
- 1.5 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- avocado mashed
- fresh cilantro finely chopped
- lime juice
- Heat some oil on a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When shimmering, add the onion, and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the spices and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add garlic and stirr for 1 minute.
- Add bell peppers and black beans and let cook until softened but not mushy. Add a splash of water if you see it starts to stick to the pan. This will make all that deliciousness get loose and the water just evaporates.15 mins in total
- For the bell peppers let cook until the desired consistency. If you like them completely cooked, it should take about 20 minutes. But if you like them crunchier, 15 minutes should be enough depending on your stove temperature.
- Spicier - add more chili powder or some cayenne pepper
- Vegetables - you could add some carrots or some tomatoes
- Beans - if you are not a fan of black beans, you could try this recipe with green lentils or any other of your favorite beans but the flavor will be quite different