Fajita Marinade

Cyd Converse

This flavorful fajita marinade is perfect for grilling or roasting chicken and steak for fajitas, tacos and more.

Fajitas are a delicious Tex-Mex dish that are easier to make at home than you might think! For the best fajitas you have ever had, you have got to try out this fajita marinade!

This marinade works perfectly for either chicken or steak. Or you could get even more creative and try it with shrimp or veggies.

Easy Chicken Fajitas Photo

What Are Fajitas?

Fajitas (pronounced ‘fa-hee-tas’) were first introduced by workers who lived in Texas but were originally from Mexico.

At the time, these workers were poorly paid and given the cheaper cuts of steak  which they named ‘fajas’ (meaning 'belt').

As this steak was often quite tough, the workers would use lime to help tenderize it, then they would grill it.

In the 1970s, peppers and onions were introduced to the dish and what we now know as fajitas were born!

Easy Chicken Fajitas Picture

Cooking the Meat for Fajitas

Cooking fajitas for a crowd is always a good choice as you easily can prepare a lot of them in one go. It's also fun for everyone to assemble their fajitas and enjoy them together.

We prefer to cook both steak and chicken for fajitas so people have a choice.

The first step is to marinate  your meat using the simple recipe below. Once the meat is ready, start cooking the chicken first as it takes the longest.

Easy Chicken Fajitas Image

To cook our chicken, we brown one side of the chicken and turn it over; then, we reduce the heat and cover the pan with a lid.

This helps to keep the chicken juicy and tender. Set the chicken aside and cover it with foil once it is done and you can then move onto cooking the steak.

We use the same pan to cook the steak, then set it aside to rest with the chicken. Meanwhile, we fry up some onions and peppers, with a few sliced jalapeños thrown in for some added heat. 

What To Serve with Fajitas?

Now that you have the essential components cooked up and ready, it’s time to consider what to serve alongside your fajitas.

Sliced limes and grapefruits are good accompaniments and give guests the choice to add some extra flavor to their fajitas.

Sour cream is often a popular addition too, but we like to take this a step further by spicing it up with some ground cinnamon.

Easy Chicken Fajitas Pic

Cheese is a must in fajitas! We like to have a few varieties available, with grated cheddar and grated pepperjack our favorite options.

The one you prefer will depend on whether you want to keep your fajitas spicy or mild.

Salsa is also a standard accompaniment, but be sure to serve mild, spicy and hot salsas so your guests can top their fajitas to their preferences.

Guacamole helps bring out the flavors in the fajitas, so we love to add a hearty dollop of that too.

Finally, of course, you need to bring out some warm tortillas. Now you can arrange your spread and let everyone get building! 


Fajita Marinade

  1 Servings


  • 1/3 cup Lime Juice
  • 1/3 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine.
  2. To use immediately, pour over steak, chicken, or pork. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. For later use, refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


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Author: Cyd Converse
Recipe Yields: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 208
Calories 336

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g
  Saturated Fat 2g
Sodium 13mg
Total Carbohydrate 21g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 9g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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