Nearly everyone is being forced to cook their own meals during lockdown. We are quickly realizing that this is a survival skill that we should take seriously so that we can still eat well no matter what’s going on in the world. For example, what if you are having a bland meal that you wish you could embellish with your favorite side dish? What will you do if there is no nearby open Mexican grill to sooth your cravings for Chipotle fajita veggies? If you don’t mind spending 10 minutes in the kitchen, then you can whip up your own version.

What You Need

It’s not as hard as it seems. Most households already have the ingredients in their pantry. All you need are some red onions, green bell peppers, rice bran oil, kosher salt, and Mexican oregano. You can replace each of these with whatever you can find if you don’t have them. Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers will do just fine while making your side dish pop with color. White onions will do just fine in place of the red onions. As for the oil, you can substitute olive oil or any other oil with a high smoke point. Ordinary table salt will also work well for flavoring. If there is no Mexican oregano, then the common dried oregano will do.

What You Should Do

Cut the veggies into strips. For the bell peppers, you should remove the seeds and the central membrane. For the onions, remove the stem and roots. Slice them with roughly the same width and length as much as possible. Heat up the oil until it’s smoking on a stainless steel pan. You may also use a cast iron pan. Drop the veggies and stir so that it cooks more evenly. Aim for a bit of charring but don’t let them get soggy. Add the oregano and salt near the end. Stir again for another one to two minutes and serve right away. If you like it spicy, then sprinkle some chili or paprika powder. You may also mix in some crushed black pepper.

How You Can Serve It

Although you can certainly eat Chipotle fajita veggies as they are, most people like to serve them as a side dish when they make beef steaks, grilled chicken, grilled pork chops, or even smoked salmon. It will add more fiber into your diet. It is also rich in Vitamin C. You can also prepare salsa or guacamole with it.

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