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Pressure-Cooker Fabulous Fajitas

When friends call to ask for new recipes to try, suggest these tasty fajitas. Top as you like to add healthy color and extra flavor. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. + releasing
  • Makes
    8 fajitas


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • Optional toppings: Sliced avocado and jalapeno peppers, shredded cheddar cheese and chopped tomatoes


  • In a bowl, toss steak with cumin, salt, chili powder and red pepper flakes. Select saute setting on a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Adjust for medium heat; add oil. When oil is hot, brown meat in batches and remove. Add water, lemon juice and garlic to cooker; stir to loosen any browned bits. Press cancel. Return beef to cooker. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 20 minutes.
  • Allow pressure to naturally release for 10 minutes, then quick-release any remaining pressure. Remove steak with a slotted spoon; keep warm.
  • Add red pepper and onion to cooker. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 5 minutes. Quick-release pressure. Serve vegetables and steak with tortillas and desired toppings.

Test Kitchen tip
  • Try the slow cooker version.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 fajita: 314 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 374mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

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    • Mackenzie
      Sep 5, 2020

      i made it exactly as the recipe follows. Turned out excellent. Very tender meat, the deli thinly sliced my top sirloin so I didn't have to! My partner absolutely loved it! I added jalapeno, cheese, tomatoes, onions and peppers, and sour cream. Delicious!

    • Jacob
      Aug 23, 2020

      Got rave reviews for dinner tonight - made a few modifications: -Used McCormack Fajita seasoning pack instead of whatever cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper recipe called for -Juiced one lime directly into the water instead of 1/2 tbl lemon juice. Only had lime, have no idea how much juice that equals -Used green bell pepper instead of red -Used red onion instead of white -4 garlic gloves instead of 1 -Thinly sliced one whole jalapeno with seeds and threw in with fajita veggies -Heated can of seasoned black beans while veggies cooked This went over SO well - the 20month old kept saying YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY so we'll be saving this recipe again for the future!

    • Jarvisfamily
      Apr 30, 2020

      The beef was tasty. The red pepper