Home > Dinner > Quinoa Fajitas Quinoa Fajitas January 21, 2020 | 48 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These Quinoa Fajitas are probably unlike any fajitas you’ve ever tried! The filling is made up of loads of veggies, shredded chicken, and quinoa! Dump everything into a slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time. Once everything is cooked, shred the chicken and layer the filling into warmed tortillas. Add your favorite fajita toppings like cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Quinoa Fajitas The aim of this recipe is to deliver a nutrition-packed, ultra-flavorful meal that can be prepared in no time at all! In my experience, it’s pretty hard to find a quick slow cooker meal that’s also nutritious. Instead of dumping in cans of condensed soup, we’re adding in some fresh, some frozen, and some canned veggies. Now before you say that quick and slow cooker are mutually exclusive, what I’m talking about is the prep time. If you can throw it all in and go, in my book, that’s quick. This meal is also very easily made vegetarian and while it may seem there’s not a whole lot of protein in these quinoa fajitas, they’re actually packed with protein. Both black beans and quinoa are excellent sources of plant-based protein. If vegetarian is not your aim, then go ahead and pair this recipe with chicken for some protein-packed fajitas that are ultra-satiating! QUICK TIP Typically the more protein in a dish, the more satiating it is. This means you’ll be fuller for longer and more protein helps to curb cravings among other things. Quinoa Fajitas Shortcut Tips To ensure the prep for this dish is as quick as possible, we minimize the number of fresh veggies required. So while there aren’t any onions or garlic in this dish, we add garlic and onion powder instead. (Feel free to add in garlic and onion if you prefer; I’d sauté them first since they might not soften enough in the slow cooker.) Buy pre-chopped butternut squash or sweet potatoes to save prep time. A lot of stores sell these ready-chopped veggies in the produce section of the store. Look for frozen, thinly sliced peppers (usually in a package with onions) instead of thinly slicing fresh peppers. Again, you’ll find these in the produce section and also in the freezer aisle. Add fire-roasted tomatoes. This type of tomato is charred over a flame before being crushed and canned. Contact with that flame brings out the tomato’s sweetness and gives a distinct smoky flavor. Essentially, you’re getting more flavor without any extra work. Use a fajita seasoning mix. Instead of measuring out individual spices, you can use a packet instead. If opting for the packet, I recommend getting a good quality brand to ensure these Quinoa Fajitas have enough flavor. Homemade fajita seasoning Instead of using a packet of fajita seasoning, here is a recipe for a homemade blend (the yield is the same quantity as 1 packet). While packets are the quickest, if you have the time, homemade tastes the best, is more economical, and you know exactly what’s in it. This is important if you’re concerned about additives, gluten, or animal products. 2 teaspoons ground chili powder (use McCormick® for less heat) 1 teaspoon EACH: paprika, fine sea salt, white granulated sugar, ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon: ground cayenne pepper (increase or decrease depending on heat preference) QUICK TIP While you’re at it, make up several batches of this fajita seasoning blend. Package them in individual serving-sized packages and store them in the pantry. They’ll be just as easy to use as the store-bought mixes! Quinoa Fajita Notes Cut the sweet potatoes into even and small (1/2-inch) cubes. If the potato pieces are too large, they won’t get tender in time. Cook on high. This recipe doesn’t cook well on the low setting. The quinoa needs higher heat to “pop” and cook through. Generously grease the slow cooker or use a liner. Quinoa tends to stick to the bottom of the pot. Use good-quality vegetable or chicken stock. I highly recommend Swanson’s® vegetable or chicken stock (not sponsored) which I’ve found to have the most robust flavor for a store-bought stock. Make vegan/vegetarian. Replace the chicken broth/stock with vegetable stock/broth and leave out the chicken (no other changes necessary). For toppings, stick to vegan alternatives if vegan. Topping Suggestions These Quinoa Fajitas are delicious, but the toppings really seal the deal. Our “must-have” toppings include extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, fresh lime, and a thinly sliced avocado. Here are some other ideas: Cotija cheese Chopped cherry tomatoes Fresh-chopped cilantro or thinly sliced green onions A squeeze of fresh lime A large scoop of sour cream (we use fat-free to keep these on the light side); you can also use Greek yogurt. Sliced avocado or scoop of guacamole Pickled red onions (I share a quick pickled red onion recipe on these chicken tinga tacos) More quinoa recipes Quinoa Fried Rice with loads of veggies Quinoa Corn Salad with a chipotle vinaigrette Caprese Quinoa Salad with a balsamic vinaigrette Quinoa Tacos made in the slow cooker Quinoa Chili with sweet potatoes FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Quinoa Fajitas 5 from 6 votes - Review this recipe These Quinoa Fajitas are probably unlike any fajitas you've ever tried! The filling is made up of loads of veggies, shredded chicken, and quinoa! Dump everything into a slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time. Once everything is cooked, shred the chicken and layer the filling into warmed tortillas. Add your favorite fajita toppings like cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Quinoa Fajitas 5 from 6 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe These Quinoa Fajitas are probably unlike any fajitas you've ever tried! The filling is made up of loads of veggies, shredded chicken, and quinoa! Dump everything into a slow cooker and forget about it until dinner time. Once everything is cooked, shred the chicken and layer the filling into warmed tortillas. Add your favorite fajita toppings like cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and fresh lime juice. Course Dinner, Main Course Cuisine American, Mexican Keyword Quinoa Fajitas Prep Time 30 minutes minutes Cook Time 4 hours hours Total Time 4 hours hours 30 minutes minutes Servings 6 -8 servings Chelsea Lords Calories 587kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $6.73 Equipment6 quart slow cookerOlive oil cooking spray Ingredients▢ 1 cup (190g) uncooked quinoa▢ 3/4ths pound (11 oz.; 330g) boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breasts) optional Note 1▢ 1 and 1/2 cups (205g) frozen corn (or 1 can corn)▢ 1 can (15.25 oz.; 432g) black beans, drained and rinsed▢ 2 cans (14.5 oz.; 411g EACH) fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, undrained▢ 1 cup (250g) chicken stock or broth or vegetable broth▢ 2 cups (270g) sweet potatoes peeled and chopped into small 1/2-inch pieces▢ 1 and 1/2 cups (170g) thinly sliced sweet bell peppers, (I used 1/2 an orange and 1/2 of a red pepper)▢ 1 fajita seasoning mix Note 2▢ Flour or corn tortillas▢ Toppings: shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, low-fat sour cream, cilantro, fresh lime, chopped avocado or guacamole, cherry tomatoes InstructionsPREP: Thoroughly rinse the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve. Drain and rinse black beans. Peel and dice the sweet potato (small pieces to cook in time!). Thinly slice the pepper(s) and then cut the long pepper strips in half lengthwise.SLOW COOKER: Generously spray the slow cooker with nonstick olive oil spray or insert a liner. Combine the quinoa, chicken (See Note 1; be sure to cut each breast into 4-5 even pieces and each thigh into 3-4 even pieces), corn, black beans, crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, sweet potatoes, and peppers in the slow cooker. Add in the fajita seasoning mix or seasonings listed in Note 2. Gently stir everything together and press down to submerge the chicken below everything else.COOK: Cook for 3-1/2 to 4 hours on high, watching it carefully so the quinoa doesn't burn (avoid opening the slow cooker and checking-- this disrupts the heating). I don't recommend cooking this meal on low; the quinoa gets too mushy. Cook until the chicken shreds and the quinoa has popped. Remove the chicken and thinly slice or shred with two forks. Gently stir everything together and taste for seasonings, adding additional salt and pepper as needed.SERVE: Spoon filling into charred or warmed (See Note 3) flour or corn tortillas and top with optional toppings. For us, fresh lime, fresh cilantro, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese are must-have toppings! Recipe NotesInstant Pot: I recently tested this recipe in the pressure cooker/instant pot and it was too mushy and the chicken was undercooked. I'd stick with the slow cooker for this recipe! Note 1: For a vegetarian meal, simply leave out the chicken-- no other changes necessary. We've found thighs remain the most tender, but breasts can be used. Cut the thighs or breasts into smaller pieces before adding them to the slow cooker so they can cook through in time. Submerge the meat in the cooking liquid. Make this recipe vegan by following the previous suggestions and using non-dairy toppings. Note 2: Make your own fajita seasoning mix! Here's the blend to use instead of a packet: 2 teaspoons ground chili powder (use McCormick for less heat) 1 teaspoon EACH: paprika, fine sea salt, white granulated sugar, ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon EACH: onion powder, garlic powder 1/8 teaspoon: ground cayenne pepper (increase or decrease depending on heat preference) You can make this recipe in bulk and put in individual-serving packets. Scoop out 1 tablespoon for each packet. Note 3: Here’s how we char the tortillas (optional): Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray. I use an olive oil-based spray (canola works as well) and give each side a good spritz. Very lightly char each side of the tortilla over an open flame on the stovetop. If you don’t have an open flame, warm for 10-15 seconds in a skillet. Immediately remove the tortilla from the heat and fold in half. Place under a towel and repeat until all the tortillas are charred. Nutritional information was calculated using corn tortillas. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 587kcal | Carbohydrates: 103g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 1693mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 13363IU | Vitamin C: 94mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 7mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.