I can’t even begin to imagine what a vegetarian diet would like be without mushrooms. I know a lot of people don’t really care for them so I’m sure there are many vegetarians out there that manage to get by just fine without them. But if you’re like me and try to avoid eating a lot of processed faux meat, your options can be somewhat limited. For that reason alone, mushrooms are a necessity in my book.
In fact, they’re the first thing that comes to mind when I want to recreate a dish and need a substitute for animal protein. The rich umami flavor stands in perfectly for meat while also offering a healthy serving of fiber, potassium and B vitamins. I find that portabella mushrooms work especially well because of their larger size and meaty texture.
In this recipe we’re replacing steak fajitas with sliced portabella mushrooms that are coated in a simple marinade made from fresh lime juice, cilantro, ground chipotle, and tamari (or soy sauce). Once they’ve had a little time to soak up those flavors, we sauté them along with sliced peppers and an onion for about 7 minutes. That’s pretty much all there is to it!
Serve them with warm corn tortillas, guacamole and a side of chips and salsa for a quick and easy weeknight meal. I like to make a large amount so that I can have leftovers for lunch so this recipe makes 12 fajitas. However, if you’re cooking for one or prefer not to have a lot of leftovers, feel free to halve the recipe to make less!
Meaty mushrooms make the perfect filling for veggie fajitas.
- 2 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Juice of 3 limes
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 4 large portabella mushroom caps, sliced into 1/2-inch strips
- 3 bell peppers (any color you choose), cored and sliced
- 1 large onion, halved and sliced
- 12 medium tortillas, warmed
- Salsa, shredded cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream, and/or guacamole, for serving
- In a large shallow bowl, whisk together the tamari, olive oil, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, chipotle powder and garlic powder. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir until evenly coated. Allow to marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes, then add the sliced onion and peppers to the bowl and stir everything together.
- Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add the marinated vegetables to the skillet and cook for about 7 minutes, until tender. (Depending on the size of your skillet, you may have to cook them in two separate batches.) Remove from heat.
- Serve the cooked vegetables warm with tortillas, guacamole and other desired toppings (such as salsa, Greek yogurt, shredded cheese). Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.