Since becoming a plant-based eater, the one type of food I continually find myself reaching for is Mexican and I’ve pretty much been able to veganize all of my favorites. Next up on the growing list in my brain were Vegan Fajitas.
I love that sizzling, smokey goodness as it arrives at my table when I order it out at restaurants. I like all of the side options and I like food I get to assemble myself (<– control freak :). But to duplicate that at home seemed a bit daunting. Nothing a hot cast iron pan and a homemade fajita seasoning couldn’t solve!
So I set out to find the perfect blend of seasonings. After a lot of research, I found that most mixes contain many of the same ingredients. Now, I must admit that when it comes to spice, I am every bit a lightweight! This was pretty spicy for me, but you may find that it is either right on or…you may decide to tinker with the recipe a bit and add more of one or another spice. Go you! I am jealous.
To make this dish vegan, I went with my all-time favorite replacement – portobello mushrooms. They are the perfect texture, take on the seasoning really well and get all smokey and yummy. Trust me, you’ll find yourself eating this right out of the pan. Or is that just me 😉
First things first. Let’s get back to that fajita seasoning I was telling you about. I’ll provide some measurements in the recipe below, but please feel free to adjust these to your personal tastes. You can always add, but it’s pretty difficult to take it away afterwards.
Most of the recipes I researched utilized many of the same spices such as chili powder, black pepper, salt, paprika, garlic and onion powder, sometimes cumin or crushed red pepper and even a bit of sugar. Whisk them all together and store in a tightly sealed jar or container.
If you don’t have a cast iron pan, may I ask why not? They are so incredibly inexpensive. Like $13.99 inexpensive and they are perfect for cooking dishes like these Vegan Fajitas! And also skillet cookies. And skillet brownies. And an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Skillet Hot Fudge Pudding Cake coming your way very soon 🙂
Portobellos are, in my opinion, the only real choice for this recipe. Again, it comes down to taste and texture. I add another small amount of oil to the hot pan and add the mushrooms which I have sliced on the bias. Oh, and scoop out the gills of the mushroom. They are completely safe to eat, but they just make everything look messy. Your best tool is a soup or dinner spoon for this job.
I sprinkle the fajita seasoning on the mushrooms and again after I’ve turned them. You want both sides to get that smokey char. Then add back the onions and peppers. Serve on a trivet family style right in the pan.
Side items for these Vegan Fajitas are your call. Vegan shredded cheese, vegan sour cream, salsa or guacamole are just a few options. Top with cilantro (unless you are one of those people who thinks it tastes like soap – it’s a real thing. Google it!) As a cilantrophobe myself, I will 10 times out of 10 substitute Italian Parsley. As it turns out, scientists are finding a genetic link to those of us who attribute it to soap. See, it’s not our fault. It’s just genetics LOL Just a fun little tidbit for you there 🙂
As a final note on this recipe, try it on a sub roll with a bit of vegan sour cream (or my favorite, vegan mayo). Or add a slice of melty vegan cheese. I enjoyed the leftovers this way. Sooo incredibly good.
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FOR THE FAJITA SEASONING:
- 1 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp Cumin
- pinch Red Pepper Flakes optional
FOR THE FAJITAS:
- 2 Large Portobello Mushrooms gills removed & sliced on the bias
- 1 each Red Green, Yellow & Orange Bell Pepper, sliced
- 1 Red Onion cut half and into slices
- Oil for cooking
- Sides such as vegan sour cream salsa, guacamole, etc.
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the fajita seasoning ingredients. Set aside.
In a hot cast iron skillet or fry pan, add 1-1/2 tsp of oil and the sliced red onions. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add all of the sliced red peppers and cook until tender and charred. Remove from the pan.
Add another teaspoon of oil and the prepared mushrooms. Sprinkle seasoning and cook until the first side is charred and mushroom is beginning to get tender. Flip and repeat.
Add the peppers back to the pan and cook for a few more minutes. Serve sizzling hot.
Add sides such as tortillas, vegan sour cream, salsa, guacamole, etc.