Surviving Dinner – Fajitas & Refried Beans

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

This week’s meal is one you will be absolutely proud to serve your family.  It is easy, tasty, cheap, and even healthy!  This week there is a pan to clean (sorry!) – but only one.  To make your weeknight cooking as easy as possible I do highly recommend you complete steps 1 through 3 the night before (it’ll take you 10 minutes, tops!) but the recipe certainly isn’t labor-intensive if you don’t.  You could also make a large batch of the fajita seasoning, so you have it in your pantry the next time you make fajitas!

Survival Menu:

  • Fajitas
  • Refried Beans (canned)


  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 1-2 green peppers
  • tortillas
  • desired fajita toppings (sour cream, salsa, avocado, etc.)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder

1.  Mix all the seasonings together.  I realized I was out of oregano (oops!) so I ended up subbing Italian seasoning.  You know, for that authentic Mexican taste.  🙂

2.  Slice chicken breast and sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the seasoning mix.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

3.  Slice onions & peppers and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of seasoning mix.  Stop here if you are prepping your meal the night before.

4.  Saute veggies in a small amount of oil, put the cover on the pan to allow them to steam until they are crisp-tender.  Stir occasionally.

5.  Add the seasoned chicken and saute until the meat is cooked through.  Don’t overcook or your chicken will be dry.

6.  Serve on tortillas with desired toppings:  avocado, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, cheese, or whatever else you might have in your fridge.

7.  Heat beans in a pyrex dish in the microwave.

This meal is great because it really stretches your dollar.  With just one chicken breast I can feed our family dinner AND both Rusty & I have leftovers for lunch the next day!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

 Wondering what I’m doing here?  Learn more about the idea behind Surviving Dinner.


2 thoughts on “Surviving Dinner – Fajitas & Refried Beans

  1. Kristina,
    I just recently discovered your blog and am so impressed! I love your authenticity and encouragement to us moms and families. I know that you wouldn’t describe yourself as super mom, but I would like to crown you with that title, because not only do you do incredible work at your job and are valued and highly successful, but you have a wonderful son who is a joy to be with, you are honoring and serving your husband, you make yummy food that is healthy and wholesome AND you have a snazzy blog that is entertaining, educational, inviting, helpful and downright WONDERFUL!! So pat on the back and a giant hug from me, my friend! I am signed up to get your blog through email, because I don’t want to miss a single one!

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