Fajita Penne




I’ve got a one-pan wonder for you all today, friends! Perfect for a busy day when you don’t have a lot of time and don’t want a lot of dishes.


This Fajita Penne is highly adaptable– the meat and cheese can be switched up, and red or yellow peppers would be gorgeous, too. Use what you’ve got! I used some local grassfed ground beef and it was awesome, but steak strips or chicken would work beautifully, too.



Fajita Penne


Fajita Penne
Recipe type: Quick Supper
Cuisine: Italian, Mexican, Convenience
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 6
The one-pot wonder serves up a delicious combination of familiar Mexican seasonings with a hearty pasta, meat, and cheese base.
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 - 1.25 pounds ground beef (or other meat)
  • 13.25 oz. whole wheat penne
  • 4 cups beef broth or stock
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon lime (or lemon) juice
  • 4 oz. colby jack cheese, shredded
  • garnish: black olives, green onions, grape tomatoes, fresh cilantro, sour cream, etc.
  1. Heat olive oil in very large skillet over med-high heat.
  2. Sautee onion and green peppers until softened and slightly translucent, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in minced garlic and cook often softened, but not brown, about a minute.
  4. Add meat and brown along with onions and peppers.
  5. Once meat is cooked, stir in all remaining ingredients EXCEPT lime (lemon) juice and cheese.
  6. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes.
  7. After cooking 15 minutes covered, remove lid and keep simmering for an additional five minutes so sauce with reduce and thicken.
  8. Remove from heat. Stir in lime (lemon) juice. Then gradually add cheese and stir in after each addition.
  9. Garnish as desired.

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3 comments to Fajita Penne

  • I don’t mean this as an insult at all – this kind of reminded us of the Taco Hamburger Helper. And I like having recipes for those yummy one-pan meals without all the preservatives. Two thumbs up from everyone except Libbie, who was appalled by the VEGETABLES TOUCHING EVERYTHING. Yeah. Whatever. ;)

    • Yes! I totally agree! I can absolutely see that comparison. But, like you, I think it’s nice to make a one-pot meal with actual cheese and seasonings to our liking, without the junk. (Also? This recipe makes a lot more than a box of Hamburger Helper, which is good, because– GIANT EATERS FOR CHILDREN. ;) )

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