These Halloumi Fajitas are an easy and delicious weeknight meal that the whole family will love. Loaded with colorful fajita veggies, seasoned pan fried halloumi and all your favorite toppings. YUM! This vegetarian fajita recipe can be on your dinner table in 30 minutes!
Whether you are vegetarian or just looking for a delicious idea for Meatless Monday, these Halloumi Fajitas are a vegetarian dinner recipe that the whole family will love!
Reasons To Love Them
You’re going to love these Halloumi Fajitas! They are…
- Quick and easy to make: This 30 minute meal is perfect for a weeknight dinner.
- Vegetarian: Pan fried halloumi slices replace the meat in this delicious fajita recipe. This is a meatless meal that everyone will love – vegetarian or not!
- Family friendly: Make it fun by creating a “build your own” fajita board with the tortillas and all the toppings set out.
- A one pan recipe: That means less dishes!!!
Ingredients You’ll Need
You will need the following ingredients to make these halloumi vegetable fajitas…
- Fajita Seasoning: This homemade fajita seasoning is a blend of six spices: chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Cayenne pepper is an optional ingredient if you like a little extra heat.
- Avocado Oil: For sautéing the veggies and creating a spice marinade for the halloumi slices. I like to use avocado oil in this recipe since it is a healthy oil with a neutral taste and high smoke point.
- Veggies: Sliced bell peppers and onions to make fajita veggies. I like to use a variety of different colored peppers for visual appeal.
- Dried Oregano: Gets added to the veggies for flavor.
- Halloumi: The star of these fajitas!
- For serving: Serve with tortillas (flour or corn) and your favorite toppings (salsa, guacamole, sour cream, chopped green onions, lime wedges, hot sauce, etc.).
Detailed ingredient list and directions located in the recipe card below.
What is halloumi?
Halloumi is a semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese that originates from Cyprus. It’s typically made from sheep’s or goat’s milk (or a combo of the two) but cow’s milk is also sometimes used today.
Now here’s the magical part! Halloumi has a high melting point which means that it can be pan fried or grilled without melting. This feature makes it a popular substitute for meat in many recipes like these fajitas or this Halloumi Stroganoff recipe.
How To Make Halloumi Fajitas
These Halloumi Vegetable Fajitas are quick and easy to make. Dinner will be on the table in no time!
Step 1: Mix Together Fajita Seasoning
Combine all the fajita seasoning ingredients in a small bowl or jar and set aside.
Step 2: Prep + Season Halloumi
Cut halloumi into strips. Mix together half of the fajita seasoning with 1 tablespoon of oil and rub it all over the halloumi strips. Set aside.
Step 3: Sauté Fajita Veggies
Slice the bell peppers and onion into thin strips. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add the veggies and sauté until tender crisp with a bit of charring (approx. 5-10 minutes depending on how soft you want them). When the veggies are almost done cooking, stir through the other half of the fajita seasoning and the dried oregano. Transfer to a bowl and wipe the skillet clean.
Step 4: Pan Fry Halloumi Strips
In the same skillet over medium heat, pan fry the seasoned halloumi strips for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
Step 5: Toss Everything Together
Add the veggies back to the skillet and a squeeze of fresh lime juice (optional). Toss together gently.
Serve And Enjoy!
Serve immediately with warmed tortillas (flour or corn) and your favorite toppings!
- Prep Ahead: Speed things up at dinner time by having the veggies already pre sliced and the fajita seasoning mixed together.
- Storage + Reheating: Halloumi is best served immediately since it just doesn’t have the same amazing texture when reheated. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend fully meal prepping this dish in advance. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4-5 days in an airtight container and quickly reheated in a pan before serving.
- Make a big batch of seasoning: Double, triple or quadruple the homemade fajita seasoning and store it in a jar so that it is ready to use anytime you want to make fajitas. To make this recipe, you would just need to measure out 2 tablespoons from your jar.
- Chili Powder: Just a friendly warning for my international friends that the chili powder being used in this recipe refers to the American style chili powder which is a blend and not very spicy. It is NOT just purely ground up chilis. Your mouth will be on fire if you mix them up!
A Few Questions Answered
This recipe will make 8 small fajitas. So it will depend on how many you anticipate each person eating and if you are also serving some side dishes with the fajitas or not. You could serve four people with two fajitas each along with some side dishes or it could be a full fajita dinner feast for two.
You can top these with any of your favorite fajita toppings. Some ideas include: salsa or pico de gallo, guacamole or sliced avocado, sour cream, lime wedges, chopped green onions, hot sauce, etc.
For a quick weeknight meal, I usually just serve them with a variety of toppings and leave it at that. For entertaining or to bulk out the meal more, you can also serve them with a few sides. Some side dishes that pair well with fajitas are corn on the cob, Mexican rice, salads, tortilla chips and dip (salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese sauce).
Here are a few ways to customize this recipe:
- Make it gluten free: Serve with GF corn tortillas, in lettuce wraps or as a rice bowl.
- Make it spicy: Add more cayenne pepper to the fajita seasoning or serve with hot sauce or a spicy salsa.
- Add extra veggies: Bell peppers and onions are traditional fajita veggies but you can add in or substitute any veggies you like. Some ideas include mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, etc.
- Add beans: Add in some black beans for additional protein.
- Make a rice bowl: Instead of tortillas, serve it over rice with your favorite toppings.
These Halloumi Fajitas are an easy and delicious vegetarian dinner recipe that the whole family will love!
- 2 teaspoons chili powder (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt (I like to use Himalayan salt or sea salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 8.8 oz (250g) halloumi cheese, sliced into strips
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 3 bell peppers (I like to use a variety of colors), sliced into strips
- 1 onion (any color), halved and sliced into strips
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- Juice of 1/2 a lime (optional)
- 8 small soft tortillas (flour or corn)
- Toppings of your choice (e.g. salsa, guacamole, sour cream, avocado, lime wedges, chopped green onion, hot sauce, etc.)
- Mix Fajita Seasoning: Combine all the fajita seasoning ingredients in a small bowl or jar and set aside.
- Season Halloumi: Mix together half of the fajita seasoning (1 tablespoon) with 1 tablespoon of avocado oil. Rub it all over the halloumi strips and set aside.
- Make Fajita Veggies: Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large cast iron skillet over high heat until shimmering. Add the bell pepper and onion strips and sauté until tender crisp with a bit of charring, tossing occasionally. This will take about 5-10 minutes depending on how soft you like your veggies. When the veggies are almost done cooking, stir through the other half of the fajita seasoning (1 tablespoon) and the dried oregano. Transfer veggies to a bowl and wipe the skillet clean.
- Pan Fry Halloumi: In the same skillet over medium heat, pan fry the seasoned halloumi strips for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
- Combine: Add the veggies back to the skillet and a squeeze of fresh lime juice (optional). Toss together gently.
- Serve: Serve immediately with warmed tortillas (flour or corn) and your favorite toppings!
- Prep Ahead Tip: Speed things up at dinner time by having the veggies already pre sliced and the fajita seasoning mixed together.
- Chili Powder Note: The chili powder in this recipe refers to the American style chili powder which is a blend and not very spicy. It is NOT 100% ground up chilis. Just a friendly warning for international friends since your mouth will be on fire if you mix them up!
- Fajita Seasoning: Make a large batch of the fajita seasoning to easily have on hand. To make this recipe you will need 2 tablespoons of it.
- How many people does this serve? This recipe will make 8 small fajitas. The number of people it serves will depend on appetites and if you are also serving side dishes or not. For example, you could serve four people with two fajitas each along with some sides or it could be a full fajita dinner feast for two people.
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