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Vege Fajitas

Vegetarian / Vegan. Serves 2 - 3

This is my quick vegetarian version of the famous tex-mex dish. In Australia you can generally find the tortillas and beans in supermarkets. Read labels carefully when buying the refried beans and tortillas to make sure that they are completely vegetarian. I buy the larger “burrito” tortillas rather than the little ones sold as “fajita” tortillas.

Ordinary canned Mexican chilli beans can be used instead of refried beans. Just drain off some of the liquid and puree the beans in a food processor or mash them with a potato masher. Other kinds of flatbreads can be substituted for the tortillas.

Assembling and eating fajitas without wearing the contents takes a bit of practice but is lots of fun! The secret is to not overfill the tortilla.


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, sliced vertically into 8 segments
  • 1 red capsicum (pepper), sliced into 1 cm wide strips
  • 1 large zucchini, cut into ½ cm slices
  • 200g mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 425g can Mexican style refried beans
  • 6 tortillas (ones made from wheat flour not corn)
  • ½ cup grated cheese (optional)
  • 1 recipe of “Quick Guacamole”


  1. In a non-stick frypan, sauté the onion, capsicum, zucchini and mushrooms over medium-high heat until they are browned and the mushrooms are well cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the refried beans in a microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.
  3. When the vegetables are nearly read warm the tortillas for 1 minute in a microwave. They can also be warmed, wrapped in foil, in the oven.
  4. Place the vegetables, beans, guacamole and cheese (if using) into serving bowls with serving spoons and the tortillas onto a flat plate. Fajitas are usually a “self-serve” kind of dish
  5. To construct a fajita: place a tortilla on a plate, spoon on moderate amounts of each of the ingredients in a strip up the middle of the tortilla, leaving a space at the bottom. Fold up a flap at the bottom then fold over flaps at the sides. Pick up carefully and eat.

Last modified: 18-Jul-2021