This easy air fryer beef fajita recipe brings the sizzling flavors of your favorite Mexican restaurant right to your table.
Are you thinking about what to cook for dinner? Try these super easy air fryer steak fajitas. They're a fun and tasty dinner choice for everyone.
You'll spend a bit of prep time cutting up the ingredients. Add all the ingredients into the air fryer basket and cook this air fryer recipe to perfection.
It's easy to make these fajitas to your liking by using flour tortillas or corn tortillas.
You can add whatever toppings you like, or they are delicious with just the meat and veggies in the tortillas.
My whole family loves these fajitas and I know your family will too.
You'll find making fajitas in the air fryer is a great way to get a delicious dinner on the table quickly and fairly effortlessly.
This recipe is sure to become a family favorite.
Air Fryer Fajitas
This has become one of my favorite recipes to make for dinner.
Here are some of the reasons we love this recipe so much:
- I really love how all you have to do is cut up the veggies and meat, toss it in some seasoning and then cook it
- You don't really need to worry about timing since the air fryer lets you know when the time is up
- The veggies cook to perfection. They aren't overcooked and they aren't undercooked.
- The isn't quite the same as making fajitas in the oven or on the stove, but it's pretty darn close.
- You don't make much mess when making these. You need a cutting board, sharp knife, large bowl and a measuring spoon.
- It's an easy-to-customize recipe for everyone in the family. You can choose which toppings, if any, you want on yours.
What are Fajitas
Fajitas are traditionally made with grilled skirt steak, red onions, and bell peppers in a flour or corn tortilla.
Fajitas are typically topped with guacamole, cheese, and pico de gallo.
You'll find that fajitas are now made not only with beef, but chicken or shrimp as well. Chicken fajitas is a popular dish.
Tips for Making the Best Steak Fajitas
Here are some tips for making the best steak fajitas in your air fryer:
- We've made these air fryer beef fajitas with both beef tenderloin and sirloin steak. You can also use either flank steak or a skirt steak.
- You can use homemade fajita seasoning or store-bought fajita seasoning mix packet.
- Cooking times with an air fryer vary by machine, so make sure to keep an eye on the ingredients during the last couple minutes of cooking. I used a basket air fryer, but you might find that your cook time needs to change by a minute or two.
- You can place the meat with the seasoning into the fridge for a couple of hours to help infuse the flavor into the meat. We used a fajita seasoning rub instead of making a marinade.
- You can use any color bell peppers. I enjoy using a mix of yellow and red bell pepper.
- Use some air fryer liners to help with cleaning your air fryer basket. You'll still have to clean your basket, but the liners really help to contain some of the mess.
I love eating these fajitas as they are, but if you prefer a little bit of "something" for the top, here are some great options that all taste delicious:
- Lime wedges - squeeze some lime juice over the top
- guacamole - make some fresh, homemade guacamole
- sour cream
- cojita cheese or shredded cheese
- pico de gallo
How do you store and reheat fajitas?
Keep leftover steak & fixings in an airtight container.
They will keep stored in the refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days.
When reheated, this makes for an easy lunch by heating them at a lower temperature (200) so your steak won't get overcooked.
What to serve with Steak Fajitas?
Air fryer steak fajitas can be served with a variety of delicious side dishes and accompaniments. Here are some ideas to enhance your meal:
- Mexican rice: A flavorful, seasoned rice dish made with tomatoes, onions, and spices, which pairs perfectly with fajitas.
- Refried beans: Creamy and flavorful, refried beans make a hearty and satisfying side dish to complement your fajitas.
- Chips and homemade salsa: Offer a selection of crispy tortilla chips with fresh tomato salsa, roasted tomatillo salsa, or a spicy salsa verde for added flavor and texture.
- Guacamole: A homemade guacamole made with ripe avocados, lime juice, onions, and cilantro adds a creamy, delicious touch to your fajita meal.
- Pico de gallo: A fresh, zesty mix of chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, and lime juice adds a burst of flavor and color to your fajita spread.
- Grilled or roasted vegetables: Enhance your fajita meal with additional grilled or roasted vegetables, such as zucchini, corn, or even a variety of mushrooms.
- Black bean salad: A refreshing black bean salad with corn, tomatoes, avocado, and lime dressing makes for a healthy and flavorful side dish.
- Queso fresco or cotija cheese: Sprinkle crumbled queso fresco or cotija cheese on top of your fajitas for a delicious, authentic Mexican touch.
- Cilantro lime coleslaw: A tangy, crunchy coleslaw made with lime juice, cilantro, and a touch of honey adds a fresh, zesty element to your fajita meal.
- Margaritas or other Mexican beverages: Serve your fajitas with a refreshing margarita or other Mexican drinks, such as horchata or agua fresca, to complete the dining experience.
- Mexican street corn: Also known as "elote," this grilled corn on the cob is brushed with a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream, and spices, then topped with cotija cheese and cilantro, making it a delicious and festive side dish.
- Green salad: A simple green salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette can add a refreshing and healthy touch to your fajita dinner.
Beef top sirloin: This is the star of the dish, providing protein and flavor. Choose a well-marbled cut for tenderness and taste. You can also use flank steak or skirt steak as alternatives.
Bell peppers: These add color, crunch, and natural sweetness to the fajitas. You can use any color bell pepper, such as red, yellow, or green, or even a mix of all three for a vibrant presentation.
White onion: White onion adds a mild, slightly sweet flavor that complements the other ingredients. You can also use yellow or red onions if you prefer a stronger or sweeter taste.
Olive oil: This is used to coat the steak and vegetables, helping them cook evenly in the air fryer and adding a hint of richness. You can also use avocado or vegetable oil if you prefer a milder flavor.
Fajita seasoning mix: This blend of spices gives the fajitas their signature taste. You can use a store-bought packet or make your own mix with ingredients like chili powder, cumin, paprika, and oregano. Adjust the heat level to your liking by adding more or less of the spicy ingredients.
Flour or corn tortillas: These are the base for your fajitas, holding all the delicious ingredients together. Choose between flour or corn tortillas based on your taste and dietary preferences. Heat them up before serving for added flavor and pliability.
How to Make
Begin by slicing the onion, bell peppers, and steak into thin fajita-sized slices. While preparing the ingredients, preheat the air fryer for 3 minutes at 380°F to ensure it's ready for cooking.
Next, place the onions and bell peppers into a large bowl. Lightly coat them with olive oil and season with 1-2 tablespoons of fajita seasoning. Mix well to ensure even coating, and then place the seasoned vegetables into the air fryer basket.
In the same bowl, add the sliced steak and lightly coat with olive oil and the remaining fajita seasoning.
Place the seasoned steak strips on top of the vegetables in the air fryer basket.
Cook the fajitas at 380°F for 8 minutes. After this time, turn the meat over and cook for an additional 3 minutes to ensure even cooking.
While the fajitas are cooking in the air fryer, heat the tortillas in a pan over low heat for about 30 seconds to a minute on each side. This will make them more pliable and enhance their flavor.
Once the fajitas are cooked, remove the steak, onions, and peppers from the air fryer basket.
Assemble your fajitas by placing some of the cooked vegetables and steak strips onto the warmed tortillas. Add your favorite toppings, such as lime juice, sour cream, shredded cheese, or guacamole.
Continue to assemble the remaining fajitas in the same manner, and enjoy your delicious air fryer steak fajitas!
Air Fryer Steak Fajitas
- 1.5 pounds beef top sirloin
- 2-3 bell peppers (any color)
- 1 white onion
- olive oil
- 4 Tablespoon fajita seasoning
- flour or corn tortillas
- Slice onion, bell peppers, and steak into fajita-sized slices.
- Add onions and bell peppers into a medium bowl, lightly coat with olive oil and season with 1-2 tablespoons fajita seasoning. Place into the air fryer basket.
- Add meat into the bowl used previously and lightly coat in olive oil and season with remaining fajita seasoning. Add to air fryer basket on top of the vegetables.
- Cook on 400°F for 8 minutes. Turn meat over and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
- Remove and assemble fajitas on the flour or corn tortillas. Add toppings such as sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, salsa, queso fresco, and lime.