These Fajita Veggies (Chipotle style) are sautéed with just a few simple ingredients, just like the ones served at Chipotle Mexican Grill. They are a great healthy topping for tacos and salads. Chipotle fajita veggies are also delicious as a vegetarian/vegan taco filling.
Chipotle Mexican Grill serves fajita vegetables as a topping choice or vegetarian/vegan filling for their burritos, tacos, bowls, or salads.
According to their website, the only ingredients in these fajita veggies are bell peppers, Mexican oregano, red onions, salt, and sunflower oil. So they are super easy to recreate at home, like their corn salsa.
I prefer to use olive oil instead of sunflower oil, but any neutral cooking oil that you have on hand will work for this fajita veggie recipe.
These veggies can be served as a topping or as a filling for tacos. They are super versatile and healthy. Hope you enjoy!!xx
- Chipotle Copycat Recipe - Chipotle’s fajita vegetables only contain peppers, onions, salt, Mexican oregano, and oil. This recipe has the exact same ingredients. So they taste very similar.
- Healthy & Easy - You only need 6 ingredients (including salt and pepper) for this recipe.
- Versatile - These fajita vegetables (Chipotle style) can be used as a topping or a filling for tacos, burrito bowls, salad, or burritos.
- Vegetarian/Vegan - These Chipotle fajita veggies are the perfect vegan and vegetarian taco filling.
- Quick - This fajita vegetable recipe will only take you about 10-15 minutes to make.
- Olive Oil: Swap for any neutral oil, like canola, vegetable, sunflower, or avocado oil.
- Green Bell Peppers: Since this is a Chipotle copycat recipe, I use green bell peppers, but you can use whatever color pepper you prefer.
- Red Onions: Chipotle uses red onions for their fajita vegetables, but you can swap these for white or yellow onions.
Helpful Equipment & Tools
- Calphalon Classic Hard-Anodized Nonstick Pots and Pans: These pans are great for sautéing vegetables. They conduct heat extremely well and are heavy duty. I have used them daily for over a year and they have held up great.
- 2 Pack Black Kitchen Tongs: These tongs have silicone tips that are heat resistant and safe for nonstick cookware.
- Mac Knife Professional 8 Inch Hollow Edge Chef Knife: This knife is great quality and super sharp. It is my go to for slicing onions and peppers.
- Heat the oil.
- Sauté the veggies.
Step by Step
Step 1: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat until the oil is shimmering.
Step 2: Add the peppers, onions, salt, oregano, and pepper.
Step 3: Sauté for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking. I prefer them slightly tender and caramelized, but still crisp.
Make Ahead & Storage
- Make Ahead: It is best to sauté the vegetables right before serving them, but the onions and bell peppers can be sliced the day before.
- Refrigerator: Store leftover copycat Chipotle fajita veggies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Freezer: I do not recommend storing leftovers in the freezer. When thawed and reheated, the vegetables will become too soggy.
- Slice the veggies evenly. It is important to slice the onions and bell peppers in uniform pieces so they cook evenly. Bell peppers cook slower than onions. If you prefer the bell peppers softer than the onions, cut them slightly thinner.
- Use oil. The oil helps the copycat Chipotle fajita vegetables to not stick to the pan and also gives them flavor. I do not recommend cooking them with broth or water.
- Use a large pan or griddle. This ensures the vegetables can caramelize and do not just steam because the pan is overcrowded. A large cast iron skillet also works great.
- Do not overcook. I prefer crisp veggies so I do not like to cook them until they are completely soft. This is a personal preference, but overcooking can make the veggies too mushy.
- Stir. Be sure to move the veggies around while they are cooking so each side can caramelize and they cook evenly.
- This recipe can be doubled. The vegetables will reduce in volume as they are cooking. If you need to feed a large crowd or are meal prepping for a family, double the recipe. You may need to add a couple of minutes to the cook time.
- These veggies are seasoned simply. Chipotle’s vegetables are only seasoned with salt and oregano. These do not have the same flavor as fajita seasoning.
- Other vegetables: You can add whatever vegetables you like to these grilled fajita veggies, like mushrooms, broccoli, corn, zucchini or anything you have on hand. Vegetables like broccoli might need to be blanched before sautéing to ensure they are cooked enough.
- Spices: If you want to boost the flavor of these fajita vegetables a bit, try adding ½-1 teaspoon of cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, or smoked paprika.
Watch the How to Video
Fajita Veggies (Chipotle)
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil*
- 3 green bell peppers*
- 2 medium red onions*
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat until the oil is shimmering.
- Add the peppers, onions, salt, oregano, and pepper.
- Sauté for 8-10 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked to your liking. I prefer them slightly tender and caramelized, but still crisp.