Ground Beef Fajitas

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These 15 Minute Ground Beef Fajitas are an easy dinner for busy weeknights that everyone loves! The perfect mash-up of ground beef tacos and fajitas.

433 CAL 63g CARBS 17g FAT 33g PROTEIN 11
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Ground Beef Fajitas are a delicious combination of everyone’s beloved ground beef tacos and classic fajitas. Seasoned ground beef, bell peppers, and onions, all piled high in flour tortillas with all your favorite fajita toppings.

While I will always love classic steak fajitas and chicken fajitas, sometimes I just don’t have the time or patience to slice up the protein. That’s when these ground beef fajitas are the answer!

Saute some peppers and onions, brown the ground beef, sprinkle in fajita seasoning, and dinner is done. This meal takes no time to prepare and is something everyone loves.

Why You’ll Love Ground Beef Fajitas

  • 15-Minute Meal: Have dinner on the table in just 15 minutes! Easy to find ingredients, minimal prep work, and easy cooking techniques.
  • Family Favorite: If your family loves ground beef tacos and fajitas, this is the perfect mash-up! Everyone can add their favorite toppings for a meal everyone loves.
  • Versatile: Make these tasty fajitas with ground beef, chicken, or turkey. Swap in different veggies. Switch up how you serve them - bowls, tacos, lettuce wraps, quesadillas, nachos, and more.

Looking for more delicious fajita recipes? Try these Veggie FajitasBaked Chicken Fajitas, and Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas.

Ingredients for ground beef fajitas including beef, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, green bell pepper, onion, cheese, cilantro, seasoning, salsa, and tortillas.

Ingredients and Easy Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make these tasty fajitas.

  • Ground beef: Any type of ground beef or ground meat can be used in this recipe. Swap in ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground vegetarian crumbles.
  • Onions and peppers: It’s not fajitas without onions and peppers. I like to use red, yellow, and green bell peppers and red onion for lots of color and flavor. Swap in any combination of peppers and onions you like.
  • Fajita seasoning: I always have homemade fajita seasoning in my spice cabinet made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Swap in store-bought seasoning or use taco seasoning. Add some cayenne pepper or hot sauce for extra spice.
  • Tortillas: Fajitas are traditionally served in flour tortillas but corn tortillas also work great. For a more Tex-Mex feel, serve them in crispy baked taco shells. Or swap in an alternative tortilla or lettuce wraps for something lighter.
  • Toppings: Add all your favorite fajita toppings including shredded cheese, sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, salsa, and more.
  • Shortcuts: For an extra fast meal, grab some pre-sliced peppers and onions from the salad bar or swap in frozen. Serve it with canned beans or precooked rice for a 10-minute, protein-packed dinner.

Skillet with fajita ground beef, bell peppers, red onion, and cilantro.

How to Make Fajitas with Ground Beef

These ground beef fajitas couldn’t be easier to make!

1. Saute the onions and peppers

Start by heating up olive oil in a large skillet or cast-iron pan. Once hot, add the sliced peppers and onions to the pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are beginning to char. They should be tender-crisp, not soggy. Set aside.

If the vegetables begin to burn at all, add a splash of water to the pan.

2. Brown the ground beef

Add the ground beef and fajita seasoning to the skillet. Break it up using a wooden spoon and brown for 6-8 minutes until it is fully cooked and no longer pink.

Add the peppers and onions back to the skillet and stir together. Taste and season as needed.

3. Assemble the fajitas and add toppings

Start by warming the flour tortillas. Then fill them with ground beef and fajita vegetables. Add your favorite toppings and serve.

Side Dish and Serving Ideas

From classic side dishes like rice and beans to creative salads and serving ideas, these ground beef fajitas are super versatile.

Fajitas made with ground beef, onions, bell peppers, and fajita seasoning served on tortillas with sour cream, cilantro, cheese, and limes.

Best Fajita Toppings

Just like tacos, one of the best things about eating fajitas is all the toppings you can pile on.

Here are some favorites:

Recipe Ideas and Variations

There are lots of ways to customize this recipe based on what you have at home or your preferences.

  • Change the protein: Use ground turkey or ground chicken for a lighter option.
  • Add beans: Add a can of drained black beans or pinto beans to the meat for extra fiber and protein.
  • Make it low carb: Serve these over a bed of cauliflower rice, wrapped in low-carb tortillas, or served as a salad for a low-carb meal.
  • Use taco seasoning: If you don’t have any fajita seasoning on hand, swap in taco seasoning for a slightly different flavor.
  • Skillet meal: Turn this into a tasty skillet meal by adding a package of precooked rice or a can of beans. Then top the fajitas with shredded cheese, cilantro, black olives, tomatoes, and green onions. Melt the cheese and serve it with warm tortillas or chips.

Leftovers, Meal Prep, and Storage

This is an excellent option for meal prep since it keeps well in the fridge and freezer.

  • Fridge: Let it fully cool and store it in the fridge (tortillas packed separately) for 4-5 days in an airtight container. Reheat in the microwave or a hot skillet.
  • Freezer: Once the ground beef fajitas have fully cooled, they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let defrost overnight in the fridge and then reheat in a skillet.
  • Meal prep: Pack these fajitas with tortillas on the side or serve as a rice bowl for easy meal prep.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the most common questions about making these fajitas with ground beef.

Classic steak fajitas are normally made with skirt steak, flank steak, or sirloin steak. The steak should be sliced thin, against the grain so that it remains tender. 

You can also made fajitas with ground beef, although this isn't a traditional preparation.

This recipe works great with taco seasoning or fajita seasoning. The two spice mixes are very similar, although taco seasoning usually uses a bit more spice. 

Flour tortillas filled with seasoned ground beef, bell peppers, onions, sour cream, cheese, salsa, and cilantro.
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Ground Beef Fajitas

433 CAL 63g CARBS 17g FAT 33g PROTEIN 11
PREP TIME: 5 Min
COOK TIME: 15 Min
TOTAL TIME: 20 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 bell peppers, sliced thin (red, yellow, green)
  • 1 lb 95% lean ground beef
  • 3 tbsp fajita seasoning (divided)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 lime (wedges for serving)
  • 8 small flour tortillas

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Instructions

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Heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and peppers. Cook for 6-8 minutes until tender-crisp. If they begin to burn, add a splash of water to the pan. Remove the peppers and onions and set aside.

2

Add the ground beef and fajita seasoning to the pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes, breaking it up as needed until it is browned and fully cooked. Taste and season if needed.

3

Add the peppers and onions back to the pan along with the cilantro. Stir to combine.

4

Serve the ground beef and fajita veggies in warmed flour tortillas. Add any toppings you like.

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Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2 fajitas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 433
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
14%
Saturated Fat 4g
15%
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
0%
Cholesterol 70mg
24%
Sodium 1471mg
64%
Total Carbohydrate 63g
5%
Dietary Fiber 5g
10%
Sugars 6g
Protein 33g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Notes

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, etc

This recipe works great with ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey, or vegetarian crumbles.

For a lighter meal, use lean ground turkey breast and low-carb or thin corn tortillas.

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