Tips and Tricks

Tips & Tricks | Fajita Peppers and Onions

Just about everyone I know loves the taste of caramelized onions, but no one likes to take the time to cook them. That is where your tried and true crock pot comes to the rescue. I made fajitas this weekend and wanted to make a large batch of peppers and onions. There was not one pot large enough for me to cook them in and I did not want to get stuck stirring them for over an hour. So I thought I would try a recipe I saw on Pinterest for fajitas – but I just cooked the veggies and left out the chicken. It was a success!

To give the peppers and onions some moisture, i started with three roma tomatoes that I chopped up and put on the bottom. This helped to prevent the peppers and onions from burning in the crockpot. I have learned over the years that a slow cooker needs some moisture to work well.

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 Then I chopped up five peppers, using an assortment of red, yellow and green. My tip for cutting peppers is to cut a hole in the top, mostly because that helps you end up with the most pepper possible (money saving tip right there!).
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 From there, I cut the pepper into thirds, which allowed me to cut out the white, pithy part which does not taste good at all. Then I cut them all into slices, trying to keep them in an even width so they cooked evenly.
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 You need onions to call the fajita mixture peppers and onions – so I chopped up three onions. These ones were fighters – let me tell you. Many tears were shed and angry thoughts occurred in my head as I chopped them up. Why do I willingly put myself through torture every time I cut onions? Oh, right…because I love caramelized onions. So much.
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 From there, I stirred in three teaspoons of a fajita spice mix I already had on hand. Feel free to use whatever combination you want. I put the peppers on high for about three hours and stirred about every hour or so. They came out soft and delicious! This was so much easier than standing by a stove waiting for them to soften. The only downside is that I was so preoccupied with serving them I forgot to take a picture of the final product. Believe me, they were good.

That’s all for this installment of my tips and tricks. Moral of the story – a crockpot is your friend. If it is only an acquaintance in your kitchen, I suggest you pull it out of the cabinet this week and let it work its magic!

-Samantha

 

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