I really should take better advantage of my crock pot. I am trying out some new crock pot recipes after an awesome request from a reader. I am working on some more, I promise! I honestly got hooked on the crock pot after this recipe and it was one of those a-ha moments like “why have I never taken advantage of this before??” So, with that said, there will be more in the crock pot series coming up! Today’s recipe is for vegetarian fajita mix! It is bell peppers, onions, black and pinto beans, corn, and salsa. So good, so easy, and so adaptable! We made ours into quesadillas and they were delicious. But, you could easily turn these into burritos, put it over rice, and you guessed it … fajitas!
So, my original recipe made a LOT of fajita mix. Which would be great if you have a big family, but with just being the two of us, it was enough for endless quesadillas. So, to spare you eating fajita mix for the next week straight, I cut the recipe down. : ) Cutting it down meant I only needed a half a can each black and pinto beans. You could use half a can of each and freeze the other half, or you could just stick to one type of bean and use the whole can. I will leave that one up to you.
This is only a 4 hour crock pot recipe. There isn’t any meat or anything that really needs to cook for very long. You probably could easily add meat to this recipe, but I didn’t feel the need for it. It was plenty filling on it’s own. We took our fajita mix and put it into quesadillas with a little cheese and they were DIVINE. I topped half with guacamole and half with sour cream (I know, I know, living on the wild side). They would also be amazing topped with cilantro avocado dip!
- 2 bell peppers, sliced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup salsa
- 1 can (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
- 1 cup corn kernels (canned, frozen, or fresh)
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ tablespoon lime juice
- ½ can (15 ounce) black beans
- ½ can (15 ounce) pinto beans (or do a full can of either black or pinto beans and leave the other out)
- In a crock pot, combine all ingredients except the beans. Cook on low for 4 hours.
- Add beans and cook on low for 30 minutes.
- Serve in a quesadilla, burrito, or over a bed of rice!
What is your favorite way to use your crock pot? What types of dishes do you make in it? Let me know in the comments below and help me get inspired!!