Steak Fajita Pasta
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Steak Fajita Pasta – An easy one pot pasta recipe that combines fajitas with pasta night! This easy weeknight dinner recipe can be made with steak or chicken and is perfect to feed the family.
When you’re driving, are you a follower or a leader? I hate being the leader when driving anywhere (in fact, I hate driving, period). Last weekend, when my car broke down, Mel followed me to the shop to have it fixed. He wanted to follow in case something happened and I broke down on the way.
We set out okay, me in front, headed to the dealership. I make it out of the neighborhood and then am faced with the decision: left or right? Which way should I go? And all of a sudden…I can’t remember how to get to the dealer. (If I’m being honest, I can never remember how to get there. It’s in a circular auto mall and I swear, that place is like platform 9 3/4…although Mel teases me and says I can always find my way to Shane Company right across the street. Diamonds > Cars.)
I turn right to head toward the freeway and then realized that’s probably not the best idea in case my battery dies again. So I turn left at the next street and loop back around to where I started. At this point, I can picture Mel thinking what the heck is she doing? as I drive exactly the speed limit so he won’t tease me about my lead foot later.
Once I finally managed to get us into the area where the auto mall is but my bluetooth isn’t working so I can’t call him and I’m driving so I can’t turn on the map. I’m trying to remember where to turn because I’m in that “I’m leading this pack” blank mind state and finally finally Mel catches on behind me and starts signaling for me and manages to lead me to the dealership from behind. Sometimes I wonder how I manage to get anywhere. I mean, I drove for a whole 15 years before Siri was invented and somehow I managed.
When I picked up my car later that afternoon I even managed to exit the auto mall circle on the first try. (Long story I really should tell sometime.) Then I came home and made a one pot pasta meal because I felt like a rockstar I didn’t have to drive around in circles three times before making my way to the stop sign.
Need an easy one pot pasta dish? Steak Fajita Pasta combines the best of both worlds: fajitas and pasta in an easy dinner recipe everyone loves.
I don’t make pasta very often because Jordan won’t eat it and Mel tries to avoid carbs but sometimes I’m just all I WANT PASTA DARN IT. I happened to be at the store earlier in the day and they had beef stir fry meat on sale. I grabbed a pack because if Jordan is given a choice between chicken and steak she’ll choose steak every time. I had some bell peppers in the fridge I wanted to use up and started thinking about fajitas. Man, do I love fajitas.
When I was a kid we used to go to Celia’s, this Mexican restaurant near where I lived. (If you live in the Bay Area, be sure to give it a try; the beans are to die for.) Sunday night was fajita night; it was on special and the entire restaurant would be smokey with just fried fajitas heading to everyone’s table. My mom and dad would always order them and I’d sneak some bites of chicken or steak along with my plain bean and cheese burrito.
Now I’ve recreated my favorite Mexican dish and combined it with my favorite Italian one: pasta! This easy weeknight meal recipe is made in one pot and takes just 30 minutes! The flavor is spicy and reminiscent of those Sunday Fajita nights and the pasta wins over (most) kids. This pasta dish doesn’t have a heavy sauce but it doesn’t need it; a little sour cream stirred in at the end gives a little body to the juices and the spices from the meat flavor every bite. When I realized you could boil pasta in liquid that wasn’t water, and that you could use just enough it evaporated with no draining, that was a game changer. It makes one pot meals SO easy!
How to make the perfect steak fajita pasta:
- I like to make this with beef stir fry meat but you can use any cut of red meat and slice it thin. You can also use chicken if you prefer.
- I made my own fajita seasoning but feel free to swap out the spices for a packet of fajita seasoning mix if you happen to have one.
- You can skip the sour cream at the end but I like the body it gives the sauce. Avocado would be fantastic too!
- Leftovers of this one pot dish are so good!
Steak Fajita Pasta
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes — depending on how hot you like it
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound beef stir fry meat — or any cut sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion — sliced
- 2 bell peppers — any colors, sliced
- 1-2 garlic cloves — finely chopped
- 1 can — 15 ounces diced or petite diced tomatoes
- 2 1/2 cups beef or chicken stock — or water
- 10 ounces dried pasta — I used penne, about 3 cups dry
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- Stir together all spices, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over meat and rub in to coat all sides and pieces.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the steak and cook, turning as needed to brown all sides, for about 5 minutes until browned and mostly cooked through. The time it takes will depend on the thickness of your cut. Remove to a plate.
- Add onions, peppers, and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through and browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan and place with the steak.
- Add the tomatoes, stock or water, and pasta to the pan. Boil, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is cooked through, about 8-12 minutes. There will still be some liquid in the pan (this is your sauce).
- Return the meat and peppers to the pan with the pasta. Stir in sour cream. Cook over low heat just until the sour cream is distributed through the sauce and all the components are hot. Serve immediately.