14 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Beef Fajita Meat

Beef fajitas are an amazing Tex-Mex meal, filled with tender strips of marinated beef, sizzling peppers and onions, warm tortillas, guacamole and more But once the fiesta is over, you’re often left staring at a container of leftover beef fajita meat in the fridge, wondering what on earth to do with it.

Fear not, fajita fans! With a little creativity, those leftovers can be transformed into a totally new culinary experience. Here are 14 delicious ways to repurpose leftover beef fajita meat into tasty new dishes:

Elevate Eggs

  1. Breakfast Burritos – Scramble eggs with the beef, peppers, onions, cheese and salsa, then wrap it all up in a warm tortilla. Perfect portable protein-packed breakfast!

  2. Fajita Omelet – Make an omelet filled with the beef, veggies and melted cheese. Top with avocado, sour cream and cilantro. Olé!

  3. Breakfast Tacos – Warm corn or flour tortillas, stuff with scrambled eggs, beef fajita meat, cheese and diced tomato. Add hot sauce for an extra kick.

  4. Huevos Rancheros – Serve sunny side up eggs over warmed beef fajita meat and peppers. Top with cheese, avocado and salsa. With tortillas on the side.

Soups and Salads

  1. Fajita Soup – Simmer the meat and veggies in chicken or beef broth. Finish with lime juice, cilantro and tortilla strips. Hearty and comforting.

  2. Taco Salad – Toss chopped romaine with the beef, onions, peppers, beans, corn, cheese, salsa and crunchy tortilla strips. Guacamole on top.

  3. Beef and Rice Soup – Cook beef with tomato garlic, chili powder and cumin. Add cooked rice broth, corn and green onion. Top with cheese and cilantro.

  4. Fajita Steak Salad – Mix beef with greens, tomatoes, avocado, corn, black beans and vinaigrette. Sprinkle with queso fresco for a tasty lunch.

Pile it on Potatoes

  1. Nacho Loaded Baked Potatoes – Bake potatoes cut in half and top with warmed beef and pepper mix. Cover with salsa beans, cheese, guac and sour cream.

  2. Twice Baked Potatoes – Scoop out baked potatoes and mix flesh with fajita meat, salsa, cheese, onion and cilantro. Stuff back into shells and bake until hot and melty.

  3. Fajita Skillet – Cook sliced potatoes in oil until crispy. Add beef and peppers, season with taco seasoning. Finish with cheese, avocado and Greek yogurt.

  4. Fajita Shepherd’s Pie – Make mashed potato topping, bake in a dish layered with seasoned beef fajita meat and veggies. Simple and delicious.

Toss with Rice and Grains

  1. Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole – Combine cooked rice with beef, peppers, onion, taco seasoning and enchilada sauce. Top with cheese and bake. Comfort food at its finest!

  2. Fajita Lettuce Wraps – Serve beef mixture in crisp lettuce cups or stuff into pita pockets. Top with sliced avocado, salsa and sour cream. Fresh, flavorful and fun.

So next time you have beef fajita leftovers, get creative! With endless possibilities for tacos, burritos, nachos and more, you can give new life to leftover beef for breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, salads and so much more. Just use your imagination, and spice things up! ¡Buen provecho!

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How long is leftover fajita meat good for?

USDA recommends using cooked leftovers within 3 to 4 days. There are two different families of bacteria: pathogenic bacteria, the kind that cause foodborne illness, and spoilage bacteria, the kind of bacteria that cause foods to deteriorate and develop unpleasant odors, tastes, and textures.

Can I freeze fajita meat?

Freeze! We like to flatten the bag out as much as possible, so it’s easy to store. Frozen chicken fajitas will last for nine months in the freezer—be sure to mark the bag with the date you made the frozen fajita mix, so you know when to use it by.

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