Saturday, April 18, 2009

Recipe for Chicken Fajitas in the Crockpot (from MomFood)

Chicken Fajitas(Updated April 2009) In 2005 I got this recipe for Crockpot Chicken Fajitas from a blog called MomFood, written by a blogger named C. Jones who graciously agreed to let me republish it here. That blog disappeared shortly after I got the recipe, although C. Jones did leave a comment on the original post in 2006. At the time she was still reading Kalyn's Kitchen, so if she's still reading now, I hope she'll be pleased to see this. I'm trying to update my oldest posts that don't have photos, so today I made fajitas in the crockpot and took a few pictures. Of course, I know that fajitas made in the crockpot aren't really Fajitas, but this recipe is still pretty delicious even without that fajita sizzle. Tortillas are completely optional here; I like to eat this just piled up on a plate with melted cheese, salsa, and a dollop of sour cream. Some Cilantro-Lover's Guacamole would go great with it too, but unfortunately there was none of that left for the photo!

Put trimmed chicken breasts, sliced onion, sliced green bell pepper, and sliced red bell pepper into crockpot. Squeeze 2-3 T fresh lime juice over top of chicken and vegetables. Mix together chile powder, cumin, salt, and chicken broth and pour over.

Cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve hot, with flour tortillas, sour cream, salsa, grated cheese, and guacamole.

Chicken Fajitas in the Crockpot
(Recipe originally from Mom Food, a blog which no longer exists. Makes 4-6 servings.)

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 4-5 chicken breasts)
1 onion, thinly sliced (I use red onion)
1 red bell pepper, sliced in half-circle slices
1 green bell pepper, sliced in half-circle slices
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chicken broth (I used homemade chicken stock)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (or more, I use about 3 T)

For Serving:
flour tortillas (I use Carb Chopper Whole Wheat Tortillas or Joseph's Whole Wheat Tortillas)
grated cheese (I use Mexican four-cheese blend, a mixture of low-fat cheeses)
sour cream (I use light sour cream)
guacamole (This would be great with Cilantro-Lover's Perfect Guacamole)
(Could also add lettuce and tomato.)

Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken breasts, and cut chicken into 1 inch crosswise slices. Place chicken in crockpot.

Cut both ends from onion, then peel, cut in half top to botton, and cut into half-circle slices. Add onion to crockpot. Cut ends from red and green bell pepper, cut in half top to bottom, remove seeds and membranes, and cut into half-circle slices. (Cut up the stem and bottom end too.) Add bell peppers to crockpot.

Squeeze lime juice over chicken, onions, and peppers in crockpot. In a small bowl stir chili powder, cumin and salt into chicken broth. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours, or until tender. (I usually cook about 3 hours on high.)

Spoon chicken and vegetables into warmed tortillas and serve with toppings. This is also delicious just served on a plate, with cheese melted over and other toppings added.

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South Beach Suggestions:
With whole wheat tortillas, this is a great meal for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. It's also great eaten without tortillas for a phase one dinner.More Chicken Fajitas to Try:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Tequila-Lime Chicken Fajitas from Andrea's Recipes
Grilled Chicken Fajitas from Tammy's Recipes
Chicken Fajitas from Viaggi and Sapori
Skillet Chicken Fajitas from Cheap Healthy Good
Lime Chicken Fajitas from The Crepes of Wrath
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  1. I ate this with chicken, peppers, and melted cheese layered with a dollop of sour cream (no tortilla) and it was delicious.

  2. I was just curious if you know what happened to the Momfood blog...I read this recipe, which sounds so yummy and easy, and searched for it (hoping to locate some more good crockpot recipes). I found cached pages from what I assume was the blog you were talking about but the is now a creepy site that has all these imbeded porn links. How bizarre.

  3. Sarah, I have been wondering the same thing. I had to take off the link to MomFood because it was taken over by a creepy sex site. She seemed so nice, I really wonder what happened to her.

  4. I am C Jones, formerly of Momfood. I tried blogging for a while and decided that it just wasn't for me so I deleted the Momfood blog.
    Wow, I had no idea what has happened to it after that. I guess the lesson to be learned is not to delete a blog even if you no are no longer posting to it so that no one else can use that name for other purposes.

    Thanks for the kind words, Kalyn. I still read your blog regularly and have enjoyed watching your blog grow!

  5. Very fun hearing from you C. Jones. I'm glad to know you're doing ok. I still get compliments on your fajita recipe from people I've given it to.

  6. I'm certainly going to try this. It sounds like a really good addition to my crockpot repertoire.

    The information about the porn site that has taken over the Momfood blog reminded me of an episode several years ago. I was trying to find a recipe for oven baked potatoes made with onion soup mix. Somehow I wound up on a site that bragged about being the "nastiest sex site on the Internet" and from a very brief glance at the photographs, rightfully so. Worse, it wouldn't let me log off. I had to power cycle my PC to escape.

  7. You suggested once a long time ago to try it with beef - so I use skirt steak (some call it flap meat), cut across the grain - and it comes out fabulous! We eat this often since it's sooo good and so easy.

  8. that sounds like a great recipe for crockpot!

  9. Ohhhhh, that looks wonderful! OK - now you got me going to buy a crockpot today:)

  10. This sounds great. I have peppers in the freezer ready to go!

  11. ooh, I'm so looking forward to this. It's just what I am looking for!

  12. Ah that is so kind of you to share this lovely recipe to go with the guacamole...:) I will definitely be making this!!

  13. Of course I'm still reading your blog Kalyn :-)
    The photos are so beautiful!!! I still make these regularly, and the recipe scales well to feed a crowd.

  14. MandyCat, it's easy and tasty. You'll be glad to know the porn site is gone and is now the blog of another mom (but not C. Jones.)

    Cyndi, love the idea of doing it with beef. Do you partly cook the beef first before adding the veggies?

    Pearl, it's a keeper!

    Katrina, you *must* get a crockpot! So handy.

    Melynda, if you're using frozen peppers I might cook the other ingredients a bit before adding the peppers. Let me know how it turns out.

    Cheryl, so glad you like it.

    Junglefrog, just wish I had some guacamole left to eat with it. Need to make some more!

    Hi C. Jones! So fun hearing from you again. Thanks for reading all this time. Hope you're doing well.

  15. I recently picked up a slow cooker and I have been itching to try it. I like the sound of making fajitas in a slow cooker.

  16. I love the idea of making fajitas in a crock pot! :) Great recipe.

  17. That's such a good idea! I would love to have some fajitas waiting for me after a long day of work. What can't you do in a slow cooker?!? Wait, don't answer that :)


  18. Was it the weekend when it was happy?

  19. What's a 'real' fajitas? This looks excellent Kalyn.
    Liked the beet post on bloggher too!

  20. We need a crockpot! Slow cooking is the new rage now. :) Old school always becomes new.

  21. Fajitas are so fun to eat...a little prep but the guests will love you and the chicken for it!

  22. Hi Kalyn! I've had this on my to-do list forever and am excited to finally try it this week. Read in the comments that it scales up well for a crowd, but was wondering if the cooking times would remain similar if I halve the recipe? I'm very new to crockpot cooking, so don't have a feel for that kind of thing yet. Many thanks!

  23. Amy I don't think it will change the cooking time much to make a smaller amount, but you need to be sure to use a small enough crockpot. The crockpot needs to be close to 2/3 full to cook properly. Hope you like it!

  24. Oh, it smells delicious!! We lost power today so I couldn't use my crock pot. I was VERY sad. They still turned out well cooked on the stove, but I was looking for "no effort" Thanks!! I will have to try them again in the crock pot for sure!!

  25. Susie, that is a drag about the electricity, but do try again. These are great in the crockpot.

  26. This sounds super easy and tasty... thanks for sharing!

  27. Hi Kalyn, I made this yesterday for our Super Bowl dinner, and it was fabulous. We did it the South Beach fashion putting the chicken/pepper/onion mixture over shredded lettuce on the plates and topped with shredded Mexican cheese mix. Served with Wholly Guacamole from Costco (my name is Linda, I am a Costco-holic), home made salsa (a great recipe here on Ree's blog-, sour cream, and diced plum tomatoes. It's great that we're going to enjoy this same feast for at least another dinner and a lunch this week! THANKS for another fab SB recipe.

  28. Linda, that sounds delicious! So glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for letting me know.

  29. If I were to cook this with some type of beef what would I use and how would I do it? Thanks! I've tried it with the chicken and it was awesome!

  30. Cristy, I'm sorry but without trying it I wouldn't be sure how to adapt this recipe to use beef (Chicken gets tender much more easily; I'm not sure if the beef would be tender with this little liquid.) You might try Googling "Crockpot Beef Fajitas" for tips and then try it.

  31. Do you think I could use bottled lime juice?

  32. I think bottled lime juice might be a little stronger so I would use a bit less, but I think it will work.

  33. Just threw this in the crockpot, but I tripled the peppers. If it's full of veggies, I can eat more, right?? ;)

  34. Yes, that sounds like a good plan!

  35. Very excited to try this tomorrow! My husband loves fajitas and (being the bad wife that I am) I've never made them in our 8 years of marriage!

  36. Heidi, hope you both enjoy them!

  37. I just made these and they came out so good!!

  38. So glad you liked the fajitas!

  39. I found this recipe, and your blog through pinterest and I am so happy I did! The Fajitas were yummy! I would like to share this with family and friends on my blog, with credit back to you of course, if you don't mind.
    Amy @

  40. Amy, so glad you enjoyed it. You are welcome to rewrite the recipe in your own words and share it with your own photo. I also permit the use of my photo with a link back to get the recipe from my site. Thanks.

  41. I just found this recipe this past Sat. and fixed it on Sunday. It was so good. The chicken was so soft and tender. Thanks for the recipe.

  42. Made this and hubbs and I LOVED it! Making again this week and will double the veggies as we are veggie lovers. Thanks so much!

  43. Sarah, so glad you liked it. Good idea to increase the vegetables.

  44. Can u use frozen chicken breasts

  45. I've never tried it with frozen chicken breasts, but I wouldn't recommend it because I think the vegetables would get overcooked by the time the chicken was thawed and done.

  46. I did not notice the "can freeze" tag for this recipe and wanted to know your thoughts. I would like to make a big batch of the fajitas and freeze for quick lunches (fajita bowl style without a tortilla).

  47. Molly I would not really recommend freezing this because the vegetables are already pretty soft from the slow cooker and I think freezing would turn them to mush. Sorry.


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