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Easy Pork Fajitas {Gluten Free, Make Ahead, Freezer Friendly}

20 minutes is all you need to make delicious Pork Fajitas! Tender pork and easy prep make this perfect for a weeknight family friendly meal.

I’m a lover of all things Tex Mex and this pork fajita recipe is no exception.

Fajitas are so simple to make and they’re one of my meal planning go to’s on the regular! The best part? I usually have the ingredients to make this delicious dinner on hand in my fridge and pantry.

This post is sponsored by Wisconsin Pork and opinions are my own.

pork fajitas

Pork Fajitas

These pork fajitas have Taco Tuesday dinner written all over them, and they have exactly what you’d expect…onions, colorful bell peppers, tender pork, and a squeeze of lime! 

I like to make them using my homemade fajita seasoning recipe. I’d be willing to bet you have all the spices you need in your pantry already!

In a pinch, you can use your favorite pre-made fajita seasoning, or even homemade taco seasoning.

Add some restaurant style salsa and a dollop of guacamole and you’ll be sitting pretty at the dinner table.

pork fajitas

What are Fajitas?

The short answer here is fajitas are a delicious Mexican food made of grilled meat. And it’s usually served in a tortilla, as you probably have heard. 

Traditionally, fajitas were made with skirt steak, but luckily for us there are tons of fajita possibilities!

In this case we’re using pork tenderloin, a deliciously versatile and protein packed cut of pork. In fact, today’s pork has about 16 percent less fat and 27 percent less saturated fat compared to 30 years ago.

This is not our grandparent’s pork, friends!

You can check out the nutrition facts at Porkcares to learn more about how lean pork fits into a healthy diet.

I know that on our farm, we take great care in growing corn and soybeans and tending to our crops.

The same goes for pork farmers in Wisconsin and across the United States! Pork farmers believe that providing safe, nutritious food is their most important responsibility. 

In fact, some of my favorite people are our pork farmer neighbors to the north…hello, Wisconsin farmers!

I feel good feeding my family a meal that I know comes from pork that was raised with care, passion, and a desire to feed the world. You can’t beat that!

So whether you buy meat at a local butcher shop or from the grocery store near you, you are supporting farm families much like mine!

pork tenderloin sliced for fajitas with onions and peppers

Pork Fajita Ingredients

  • pork tenderloin: the star of our pork fajitas
  • bell peppers: use any color you’d like
  • onion: I use yellow onion or white onion
  • olive oil:  to add flavor and keep the pork from sticking because it’s lean, and to help the vegetables caramelize as they cook
  • pork fajitas seasoning: basically, we’re emptying out your spice cabinet here! Grab your chili powder, dried oregano, ground cumin, salt, paprika, ground black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper for a fajita mix that’s out of this world!
  • flour tortillas: for serving
  • lime: to squeeze over the top of the cooked fajitas. Don’t skip this step, it’s amazing!
  • fajita fillings: sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or whatever you like on your fajitas

Pork Fajita Toppings

How you top your pork fajitas is a personal preference.

Here are some suggestions based upon years of fajita eating experience. All in the name of research, friends!

  • Sour cream
  • guacamole or sliced avocado
  • salsa or pico de gallo
  • cilantro
  • shredded cheese

If something else strikes your fancy, by all means…add it!

How to Make Pork Fajitas

Step 1: Combine your fajita seasonings.

In a small bowl, add all the fajita seasoning ingredients. Mix to combine and set aside.

Heads up! We won’t need the entire batch which means you’ll have some left for another fajita use! #winning

Step 2: Prep vegetables.

Wash, slice and core your bell peppers. Cut your onion in half and slice into half moons. Set these aside for a second.

sliced fajita peppers and onions

Step 3: Prep pork.

Remove the silver skin from your pork tenderloin. This is a white to translucent strip that runs along one side of your pork tenderloin (unless it’s already been trimmed).

Removing this will make the pork easier to slice AND will keep your pork fajitas super duper tender.

Cut the pork tenderloin in half lengthwise, then cut into bite sized, thin strips. Add to a medium bowl and give a drizzle of olive or canola oil. 

Step 4: Season the pork.

Use a teaspoon or two of the fajita seasoning and sprinkle over the pork. Toss to combine the pork and the seasonings for your pork fajita marinade. 

Remember: You won’t need all of the spice blend. 

Step 5: Cook pork.

Grab your favorite large skillet and heat it over medium high heat. Add the pork and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until it reaches a temperature of 145 degrees.

Remove the cooked pork from the skillet. I usually place it on a plate to hang out for a few minutes.

cooked pork with temperature of 145

Step 6: Cook vegetables.

Add the peppers and onions to the skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are cooked to your liking. I like them to still have just a little bit of bite, so I make sure not to overcook them. If you like your veggies more well done, go for it!

Call me crazy, but the pork is seasoned just right, so I don’t need to use fajita seasoning on the peppers and onions. Plus, they pick up little bits of the seasoning as they cook.

Add the pork back to the skillet and cook for another minute or two, just to incorporate everything into the fajita fiesta.

Remove from the heat and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top before serving.

How to tell when pork fajitas are done

Cook cuts like pork tenderloin and pork roasts to an internal temperature of 145° F.

If you don’t already have a digital meat thermometer, you should definitely add it to your kitchen toolkit!

Freezer Meal Option

If you’re a freezer meal lover like me, you can add everything but the lime into a gallon sized freezer bag. Label your bag so you remember what it is you’re freezing and remove the excess air to prevent freezer burn.

Lay it flat to freeze.

To cook from a freezer meal, thaw the meal in the fridge overnight. Cook in the medium high skillet like the fresh pork fajitas. Everything will cook at once, and that works, too!

I’ve added freezer meal instructions to the recipe card below.

Make Ahead Option

I don’t know about you, but I’m dead tired by the time dinner rolls around. That portion of time between school ending and dinner time? We call it the witching hour around here!

If you have a few minutes the night before or even in the morning, you can prep everything and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook it.

What to make with leftovers?

Well, we rarely have leftovers of this pork fajitas recipe! My husband said these are the best fajitas I’ve ever made. For real!

But if you happen to have yourself with leftovers, you can turn them into a fajita salad or even a fajita quesadilla.

Sometimes pork tenderloin comes packaged with two tenderloins in a package. I use pork tenderloin in everything from pork stir fry to pork tenderloin with apples. You can even use it as a way to mix up this chicken fajita soup!

Or, you can simply put the extra tenderloin in a freezer safe container and freeze it for more pork fajitas!

Thank you Wisconsin Pork, for partnering with This Farm Girl Cooks!

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Yield: 4 servings

Easy Pork Fajitas

pork fajitas

20 minutes is all you need to make delicious Pork Fajitas! Tender pork and easy prep make this perfect for a weeknight family friendly meal.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin
  • 2 bell peppers, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, cut in half and sliced into half moons
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 1 lime
  • FOR THE SEASONING
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

    1. Combine your fajita seasonings. In a small bowl, add all the fajita seasoning ingredients. Mix to combine and set aside.

      Heads up! We won't need the entire batch which means you'll have some left for another fajita use! #winning
    2. Prep vegetables. Wash, slice and core your bell peppers. Cut your onion in half and slice into half moons. Set these aside for a second.
    3. Prep pork: Remove the silver skin from your pork tenderloin. This is a white to translucent strip that may run along one side of your pork tenderloin (unless it’s already been trimmed)

      Removing this will make the pork easier to slice AND will keep your pork fajitas super duper tender.

      Cut the pork tenderloin in half lengthwise, then cut into bite sized, thin strips. Add to a medium bowl and give a drizzle of olive or canola oil. 
    4. Season the pork. Use a teaspoon or two of the fajita seasoning and sprinkle over the pork. Toss to combine the pork and the seasonings for your pork fajita marinade. 

      Remember: You won’t need all of the spice blend. 
    5. Cook pork: Grab your favorite large skillet and heat it over medium high heat. Add the pork and cook for 3-4 minutes per side until it’s cooked to a temperature of 145 degrees. Remove the cooked pork from the skillet. I usually place it on a plate to hang out for a few minutes.
    6. Cook vegetables: Add the peppers and onions to the skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are cooked to your liking. I like them to still have just a little bit of bite, so I make sure not to overcook them. If you like your veggies more well done, go for it!

      Add the pork back to the skillet and cook for another minute or two, just to incorporate everything into the fajita fiesta.

      Remove from the heat and squeeze fresh lime juice over the top before serving.

Notes

You could also use boneless pork chops in this recipe.

To make as a freezer meal:

Make the seasoning. In a large bowl, add the prepped pork tenderloin, sliced peppers and onions. Season with the olive oil and a few teaspoons of your prepared fajita seasoning. Add the mixture to a gallon sized freezer bag. Label it! Lay flat to freeze.

To cook from a freezer meal:

Thaw overnight in the fridge. Cook in a large skillet over medium high heat until pork is cooked to 145 degrees and veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 585Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 961mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 6gSugar: 3gProtein: 39g

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