Craving something new this week? Try out my One-Pan Fajita Nachos. This one-pan meal is a cheesy and glorious party food or dinner to serve to your crew. These steak fajita nachos always on our dinner rotation!
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If you're not a fan of steak, you can easily transform these into chicken fajita nachos! Just swap the steak for slices of boneless chicken. Then season and cook the nachos the same way.
This One-Pan Fajita Nachos recipe is...
- A sheet pan dinner idea
- A chicken or steak recipe
How to Make One-Pan Fajita Nachos
- Mix together spices to create the seasoning mixture.
- Season both sides of the steak.
- Heat oil in pan and cook peppers, onions, and remaining seasoning.
- Move veggies to the side and cook steak until done to your preference.
- Let steak rest, and then preheat the oven and assemble nachos on a pizza pan.
- Toss in the oven and bake as directed.
- Remove and serve with sour cream, salsa, cilantro, etc.
Tips & Tricks for One-Pan Fajita Nachos
I recommend using a good quality heavy-duty skillet or cast iron for cooking the veggies and steak. Cooking on a sturdy pan like this will give your food a nice even cook. Lower quality pans can have cool and hot spots that give your food an uneven cook.
Steak Fajita Seasoning
For this recipe, I made my own fajita seasoning mix. But if you are in a hurry or don't want to measure out spices, you can use your favorite store bought seasoning mix.
Veggies and Meat Sizes
Make sure to evenly cut your peppers, onions, and steak. Making all of your veggies and meat pieces the same size will help them cook evenly. That way, all the food cooks up in the same amount of time.
Variations to One-Pan Fajita Nachos
Steak vs Chicken
You can easily swap the steak with boneless chicken. Just make sure that whatever meat you use, the meat is fully cooked. I recommend using a meat thermometer for this.
Add in some drained and rinsed black beans on top of your nachos—or even sweet corn! You can top your nachos with any—or all!—of your favorite items.
Grill vs Oven
If you have a pellet grill, you can toss your fajita nachos on the grill! Cooking your nachos on the grill will give them a slightly different flavor. Either way, they taste delicious!
One-Pan Fajita Nachos FAQs
What kind of cheese do Mexican restaurants use on fajitas?
Cotiga cheese is one of the most popular cheese varieties used at Mexican restaurants. If you want, you can grab some of that cheese to put on your nachos! Or you can always just use a Mexican blend cheese.
What makes a fajita a fajita?
The seasoning, slices of fajita meat, and veggies are what give this dish a stand out flavor. There is something about peppers, onions, and sliced steak (or chicken—or even shrimp!) that is hard to resist.
What type of chips should I use?
I recommend using tortilla chips for your nachos. Corn chips are always a great option, or you could get really creative and use a flavored corn chip like Doritos as the base for your nachos! We used blue corn tortilla chips for ours, but feel free to use whatever kind of chips you have on hand.
How do you store leftover nachos?
If you don't eat all your fajita nachos, you can easily store the leftovers in the fridge. Just be warned that your chips will get soggy once they cool down. If you don't mind the texture, the nachos will still taste delicious!
One-Pan Fajita Nachos
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ lb steak can also use chicken or shrimp
- 2 bell peppers sliced
- 1 small onion sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 8 oz tortilla chips
- 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
- 1 cup monterey jack cheese shredded, divided
- ¼ cup taco sauce
Optional for Serving:
- sour cream
- fresh parsley or cilantro
- In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, oregano, cumin, garlic power, and salt.
- Sprinkle half the seasoning mixture over each side of the steak.
- Heat oil in a pan over medium heat, then add onions, peppers, and the remaining seasonings. Cook until onions are soft, about 2–3 minutes.
- Push the veggies to one side of the pan, then add the steak.
- Cook meat until desired done-ness, about 5–6 minutes each side.
- Once steak has been cooked, remove from heat and allow to rest at least 5 minutes.
- After steak has rested, cut up the steak into even slices.
- Preheat oven to 400*F.
- Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with the nacho chips.
- Then add half the cheese on top of the chips.
- Next, layer on the onions, peppers, sliced steak, and taco sauce.
- Top with remaining cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven 5–8 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
- Serve warm with salsa, sour cream, and parsley as garnish.
- You can also make these fajita nachos with chicken instead of steak. Just adjust the cooking time for the chicken, and follow the rest of the instructions as is.
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