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Easy Instant Pot Steak Fajitas

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Fajitas are a popular dish in my household and today I am sharing this delicious Instant Pot Steak Fajitas recipe which you are going to love! Whether you want to eat this delicious beef recipe with tortillas or even with rice, the flavours and taste of this Instant Pot Beef Fajitas recipe will make a delicious and easy dinner!

If you love this steak fajita recipe be sure to check out our Instant Pot Steak Bites and Sabana De Res recipes!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick and Flavorful: Instant Pot Steak Fajitas deliver speedy and delicious results, perfect for hectic days.
  • Bold Infusion: Pressure cooking steak Fajitas enhances marination, ensuring authentic and bold Tex-Mex flavors in every bite.
  • Versatile Delight: Customize the Instant Pot Beef Fajitas with your favorite proteins and veggies for a personalized and satisfying fajita experience.
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Recipe Ingredients

  • Skirt Steak, Sliced: The star of our Instant Pot Steak Fajitas, providing a tender, juicy and flavorful bite in each serving.
  • Red Pepper, Sliced: Add a vibrant color and a sweet, slightly tangy flavor to the dish, enhancing the overall taste and presentation of the fajitas.
  • Yellow Pepper, Sliced: Just like the red pepper, the yellow pepper contributes a sweet flavor and a vibrant color, but with a slightly different nuance that adds complexity to the overall flavor profile.
  • Onion, Sliced: Provides a mild, sweet flavor that complements the other ingredients perfectly, while also adding a bit of crunch for texture contrast.
  • Beef Broth: Forms the base of our cooking liquid, infusing the steak with a rich, meaty flavor during the pressure cooking process, and preventing it from drying out.
  • Fajita seasoning: Fajita seasoning gives our fajitas their iconic taste. This blend of spices adds a smoky, slightly spicy flavor that ties all the ingredients together beautifully.
  • Flour Tortillas: You’ll want tortillas to wrap your delicious fajitas mixture in.
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How to Make Instant Pot Steak Fajitas

Here are the steps for making steak fajitas mixture in the Instant Pot.

Step One: Add Ingredients

Add all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Stir well.

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Step Two: Pressure Cook Fajita Mix

Close your Instant Pot lid by twisting it on and closing the valve by pushing it away from you. 

Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 5 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally. 

Step Three: Naturally Release Pressure

Once the pressure has completely released, stir the fajitas once more.

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Step Four: Garnish and Serve

You can eat by itself for a low carb meal, or on a tortilla shell topped with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and more!

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The Best Toppings for Fajitas

You can serve your fajitas with a number of favorite toppings. Here are my top recommendations:

  • Guacamole: Creamy and flavorful, guacamole adds a rich and fresh dimension to fajitas.
  • Pico de Gallo: A mix of diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice, pico de gallo brings a vibrant and zesty kick.
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt: Cool and tangy, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt balances the heat and adds a creamy texture.
  • Shredded Cheese: Whether it’s cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend, melted cheese adds a gooey and savory element.
  • Salsa: Choose your preferred salsa – mild, medium, or hot – to add a saucy and spicy kick to your fajitas. We have the best Mango salsa recipe.
  • Lime Wedges: Squeezing fresh lime over your fajitas enhances the flavors and provides a citrusy brightness.
  • Chopped Cilantro: Fresh cilantro adds a burst of herbaceous flavor and a pop of green color.
  • Jalapeños: For spice enthusiasts, sliced or pickled jalapeños bring extra heat to the table.
  • Diced Avocado: Creamy avocado chunks add a buttery texture and mild flavor to your fajitas.
  • Shredded Lettuce: Crisp and refreshing, shredded lettuce provides a cool contrast to the warm fajita fillings.
  • Onion Strips: Grilled or sautéed strips of onions add a sweet and savory component to the fajitas.
  • Black Olives: Sliced black olives contribute a briny and earthy flavor to the fajita mix.
  • Cotija Cheese: A crumbly and salty cheese, Cotija adds a unique and authentic touch to your fajitas.
  • Hot Sauce: For those who love extra heat, keep your favorite hot sauce on hand for a customizable spice level.
  • Sliced Radishes: Radishes provide a crisp and slightly peppery crunch to your fajitas.
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Cooking Tips

  • Read Whole Recipe: Always read the entire recipe before starting. This helps you understand the steps and gather all the necessary ingredients and equipment.
  • Why Natural Release? This recipe calls for a natural release of pressure. This allows the meat to continue cooking as the pressure releases and makes the steak tender and perfect.
  • Use A Slotted Spoon: Using a slotted spoon to scoop the beef slices and veggie mix will ensure any excess water is released before serving.

Variations

While skirt steak is a popular choice for making fajitas due to its flavor and texture, you are not limited to using only skirt steak. Fajitas can be made with various cuts of beef, chicken, shrimp, or even tofu, depending on your preferences and dietary choices. Here are some alternatives:

  • Flank Steak: Similar to skirt steak, flank steak is a lean and flavorful cut that works well for fajitas.
  • Chicken: Sliced chicken breast or thighs are excellent alternatives for a lighter option. Marinate the chicken for robust flavor.
  • Shrimp: For seafood lovers, shrimp can be a delicious and quick-cooking alternative for fajitas.
  • Portobello Mushrooms or Tofu: For a vegetarian or vegan option, portobello mushrooms or tofu can be marinated and grilled for a tasty fajita filling.
  • Mixed Vegetables: Create a vegetable-centric fajita using a mix of colorful bell peppers, onions, zucchini, and other veggies.
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How To Store Steak Fajitas?

To store leftover steak fajitas properly, follow these steps:

  • Cool Down Quickly: Allow the steak fajitas to cool to room temperature before storing. To speed up the cooling process, consider spreading the components (meat, vegetables, tortillas) out on a baking sheet.
  • Separate Components: If possible, store the different components separately. Keep the cooked steak, sautéed vegetables, and any toppings or sauces in separate containers. This helps to maintain the individual textures and flavors.
  • Refrigerate Promptly: Place each component in airtight containers. Place in the refrigerator as soon as the components have cooled. Consume the leftover steak fajitas within 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze steak fajita mixture for up to 2 months.
  • Reheating: When reheating, consider using a stovetop or microwave. Reheat the steak and vegetables until they reach a safe internal temperature, and assemble your fajitas with fresh toppings.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

Wondering what to serve with Steak Fajitas? Here are some of great sides that pair well with fajitas:

  • Mexican Rice: A flavorful and seasoned rice makes a great base for your fajita meal.
  • Guacamole: Creamy guacamole still serves as a delicious, cooling side.
  • Steamed Vegetables: Bell peppers, onions, and zucchini, grilled, steamed or roasted, offer extra flavor and texture.
  • Black Beans: black beans provide a protein-rich and savory side dish.
  • Cilantro-Lime Rice: Fragrant rice with chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime adds a refreshing twist.
  • Mexican Street Corn (Elote): Grilled corn on the cob with mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, and lime juice is a tasty and unique side.

F&Q’S

What Makes a Fajita a Fajita?

Traditionally the word fajita was used to describe the creation of a steal dish named carne asada. Fajitas are tough cuts of meat that are served with grilled or cooked vegetables along with the optional corn tortilla.

Can I Use Beef Stock Instead Of Beef Broth

Yes, you can use beef stock for cooking fajitas. It will still add a depth and richness to the flavor of the dish.

Can I Use Frozen Beef For Instant Pot Fajitas?

While it’s possible, it’s generally recommended to use thawed steak for better flavor and texture. If using frozen steak, you may need to adjust the cooking time. Cook for 12 minutes instead of 10.

Do I Need To Marinate The Steak Before Cooking In The Instant Pot?

Marinating the steak before cooking can enhance the flavor, but it’s not strictly necessary. The pressure cooking process can infuse the meat with plenty of taste.

Can I Make Instant Pot Steak Fajitas Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you can prepare the ingredients ahead of time and refrigerate. When ready to eat, simply cook in the Instant Pot.

There Is Too Much Liquid After Pressure Cooking

This recipe only uses 1/2 cup of liquid which is the minimum amount of liquid needed for the pot to come to pressure.

Liquid may be release from the meat and veggies. If you find too much liquid, simply remove any liquid before serving the fajita mix and re-season.

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Instant Pot Steak Fajitas

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Instant Pot Steak Fajitas Recipe. eat this delicious beef recipe with tortillas.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. skirt steak, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 1/2 TBSP favorite fajita seasoning
  • tortilla bread

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients in the Instant Pot. Stir well.
  2. Close your Instant Pot lid by twisting it on and closing the valve by pushing it away from you. 
  3. Set your Instant Pot to High Pressure for 5 minutes. Allow it to release naturally. 
  4. Once the pressure has completely released, stir the fajitas once more.
  5. You can eat by itself for a low carb meal, or one a tortilla shell topped with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, and more!

Notes

  • Why Natural Release? This recipe calls for a natural release of pressure. This allows the meat to continue cooking as the pressure releases and makes the steak tender and perfect.
  • Use A Slotted Spoon: Using a slotted spoon to scoop the beef slices and veggie mix will ensure any excess water is released before serving.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 382mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 16g

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2 Comments

  1. I made this recipe to tonight. Followed the directions exactly. Once it was done cooking and I opened the lid, there was so much liquid. Also the meat didn’t fall apart and was super tough to eat.

    1. Hi Kristina, Did you open the lid straight away after cooking or wait for a natural release? This recipe requires a natural release to allow the steam to dissipate while the meat continues cooking. It should be tender after a 15 minute natural release.

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