Under 5-Minute Meal Prep: High-Protein Slow Cooker Fajitas
If you’re new around here, you should know that I like to keep things simple. I realize that most people can’t or don’t want to spend hours on end in their kitchen each day. So, I aim to keep ingredient lists short and prep times even shorter. These slow cooker chicken fajitas, for example, have 5 ingredients and can be prepped in under 5 minutes. And with 38g of protein and 9g of fiber per serving, it’s safe to say this recipe is fitness friendly.
You’ll find the full list of ingredients and ideas for pairings below but if you’re a visual learner, here’s a video walkthrough.
I imagine you have a crock pot or slow cooker if you’re reading this but if not, I like this one for under $30.
- 2 to 3 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breast (you could substitute beef, pork, or any other protein source)
- 2 cans of black or pinto beans (or one of each)
- 1 can Rotel
- 1 packet Fajita mix (could use liquid version as you see here or powder to save carbs)
- 1 bag frozen onion and pepper blend (you could chop these fresh yourself or buy pre-chopped unfrozen)
- You can add things like minced garlic, cayenne pepper, and other seasonings as you’d like
If You Portion into 6 Servings, Calories/Macros Per Serving:
- 285 Calories
- 38g Protein
- 32g Carbs
- 9g Fiber
- 0.5g Fat
Ideas for Pairings
- Baked Tostitos Scoops or Tortilla Chips (based on your fat intake goal)
- Cauliflower Rice (or any rice depending on carbohydrate intake goal)
- Low-Carb Tortillas (FlatOut Light or Ole Extreme Wellness)
- Fat-free or reduced fat cheese
- Sour cream (I like reduced-fat)
- Guacamole (depending on fat intake goal)
- Hot Sauce
What you add to the fajitas themselves should be based on your goals and calorie allowance. If you’re a smaller individual with a calorie maintenance of 1,200 calories/day, you may want to go for something like the cauliflower rice and salsa to keep the meal under 400-500 calories. If you have more room to work with, you could try nachos or burritos with extra cheese, sour cream, and/or guacamole. With the recipes very low fat content, you can afford to add a few things within moderation.
If you’d like some help calculating your calorie needs or a starting point for determining how much to eat for maintenance, fat loss, or muscle gain you can download my free book on the topic here.