pepper & onion fajita wraps

veg fajita wrap

Years ago when I still lived in Ontario I met someone who would eventually turn into one of my closest friends. We worked in the same record store, listened to the same music and wore the same thrift store clothes. One day she invited me over for dinner and we ate make-shift fajitas filled with stir fried onions and peppers and piled with ungodly amounts of sour cream, hot sauce and cheese. It was such a simple meal but I thought it was fantastic. A year later, we moved to Vancouver together, were roommates for a few years (where we worked in opposing record stores) and still remain great friends.

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And while we’ve gone through more boyfriends and apartments and jobs than I’d care to admit, I’ve always carried this stand-by meal close to my heart. This dish is a cinch to prepare and it’s spicy and creamy and cooling all at once. I love how the hot sauce mingles with the cold sour cream and the vegetables leech out their delicious juices into the perfect bite. The base is just peppers and onions and this is my favorite way to eat this fajita wrap. But I’ve also thrown in green beans, broccoli, zucchini and whatever vegetable happens to be lingering in the fridge. I’ve added chicken & sprouts and wrote about it once too.

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I made this meal a few weeks ago and my friend had called up that very night. I told her how I had made the fajitas and how much they brought me back to those good old days of our twenties and how we had struggled with bills and crazy romances and late night rock shows. I’m through with crazy boyfriends and drama, but I’m happy to have this simple and quick meal in my back pocket.

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28 comments to “pepper & onion fajita wraps”

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    Gini   August 16, 2010 at 8:48 am

    That looks delicious!

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    Sophia   August 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

    oh yum…aren’t fajitas the best?! summer in a meal really…will have to try this..without the husband, who’s aversion to vegetables makes me wonder if he’s normal. ha.

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    vanillasugar   August 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    my kind of snack made into a meal. love this girl!

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    Tracy   August 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

    How perfect. This reminds me of my vegetarian years when my idea of cheese steak sub was sauteed mushrooms and onions thrown into a sub roll with some cheese and then toasted until it found it’s crispy zenith. Delicious.

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    Maddie   August 16, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    This story really made me smile. Old friends—the ones who have seen you through it all—are so important. Standby weeknight meals are comforts in their own right, too. I’m happy you have both in your life!

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    amie   August 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I make this exact same thing all of the time! I call it my fridge cleaner because we always make it when we are completely low on groceries and have some random leftover veggies lying around. I’ll grill up whatever is in there and make them into yummy fajitas, so even though it’s getting rid of things that will go bad otherwise it’s still really tasty.

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    kickpleat   August 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Thanks Gini.

    Sophia, I agree. Tasty and without much effort ;)

    Of course, I can count on you vanillasugar to love this!

    Wow, Tracy, that sounds amazing.

    Aw thanks, Maddie.

    Amie, yes, it’s a total fridge cleaner!

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    Julie   August 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    What a great story. Now I miss my old friends, and I’m craving a fajita. Thanks for the reminder – of how simple but delicious fajitas are and to make some phone calls and catch up.

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    Joanne   August 17, 2010 at 3:25 am

    It’s always nice to have meals that bring on the memories without the hardships. I love how simple yet tasty these are!

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    newlywed   August 17, 2010 at 6:18 am

    This is a great one to keep on file…we’re huge fajita fans around here! I love the story too. That’s one of the things I love about cooking: collecting recipes from various friends, family, co-workers. They all bring back wonderful memories.

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    bellcurves   August 17, 2010 at 9:24 am

    What a great meal! Delicious. Fajitas are a fave for me and my friends/family, too. Will have to try this.

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    cindy   August 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

    looks and sounds wonderful! i have a recipe that is very similar that i have made for years, but the veggies are all roasted, and it takes over an hour…it never occured to me to saute them!

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    Ashley   August 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Yum this is the kind of meal I could eat every night!

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    karen   August 17, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    awwwww what a lovely post. friends + food = unforgettable memories. keep having lots!!

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    ursula   August 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I had something similar to this at a restaurant once. These look heaps nicer though!
    one more thing, do the little ‘t’s in your recipe’s mean teaspoon and the big ‘T’s mean tablespoon? cos that would make sense…

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    Bridgit   August 18, 2010 at 5:25 am

    I just had fajita’s at a rehearsal dinner and thought, wow, I really need to make these. I hadn’t yet sat down to figure out the spices, when I read your post. Thanks for sharing: these will likely be tonight’s dinner.

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    Sues   August 18, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Grilled peppers and onions with lots of salsa and cheese make me soo happy! Who needs chicken or beef, right?? Such pretty colors too!

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    CookiePie   August 18, 2010 at 8:27 am

    How delicious!! Love that this is a simple, satisfying, delicious veggie meal. Thanks for sharing!

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    kickpleat   August 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Thanks Julie, glad I could serve as a reminder.

    Joanne, these are super simple. I’m craving one right now, in fact.

    Food is great for that, newlywed!

    Thanks Bellcurves!

    Cindy, I’ve always sauteed them cuz it’s so simple that way & it almost takes like a fajita from a restaurant!

    Me too, Ashley!

    Thanks Karen.

    Yes, Ursula: t = teaspoon & T = tablespoon. I should make that more clear in my FAQ.

    Bridgit, hope you enjoy them!

    Sues, I like these just with peppers & onions best.

    Thanks CookiePie!

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    marysol   August 19, 2010 at 5:15 am

    Hi!

    I just nominated you for an award:
    http://sheeatsbears.blogspot.com/2010/08/little-award-thingie.html

    Please do not feel obligated to play along, I simply wanted more people to read your blog! It is wonderful.

    Marysol

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    lo   August 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

    So funny. When I was in college, I made pepper & onion fajitas for my roommates all the time. Such an easy meal, and it didn’t break the bank.

    I still make fajitas some nights when I don’t feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. And these days, we often throw heaps of veg on the grill outside and pile them into tortillas. With that oh-so-necessary squeeze of fresh lime juice. So good.

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    Bijoux   August 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    I love the sound of this fajita recipe! Sauteed peppers and onions are one of my favourite combos, add to that sour cream and salsa and I’m sold!

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    Lili   August 24, 2010 at 3:16 am

    This dish is truly amazing !!! everyone should try it

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    kickpleat   August 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks marysol for the nomination. Glad to be a fave :)

    Definitely, lo! I wish we had an outside grill, but for now, this is just as tasty (or so I tell myself!)

    Bijoux, the salsa and sour cream are so necessary. I rarely eat sour cream and here i can really really enjoy it :)

    Thanks lili.

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    Erica   November 12, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Hi! I just recently discovered your blog, and I love it! I decided to try out this recipe last night, and my family loved it. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe that has now become one of my family’s new favorites. We are a vegetarian family of five with three young children. We do not eat eggs and we try our very best to avoid soy. Needless to say, finding recipes that everyone in our family will enjoy is often a challenge. I was so happy that my eight year old and five year old enjoyed this meal! Thank you once again! We are going to try your veggie burgers this evening:)

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