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Beef or Shrimp Air Fryer Fajitas

Air Fryer Fajitas are so easy to make! We’ve made shrimp and beef with a dry rub, onions and bell peppers. They were great in our Ninja Foodi and Cosori machines. 

Air Fryer Fajitas

These low carb keto air fryer fajitas are amazing! Made with a beef dry rub and as many vegetables as you’d like you too can make this air fryer dinner for your family. (originally published 7/19, affiliate links present)

We will show you TWO different styles we’ve made thus far. Both are high in protein with TONS of flavor. You choose which one you like the best.

Air Fryer Shrimp Fajitas

This is one style. We also have made this with strips of beef or steak and both are amazing.

air fryer shrimp fajitas

I would suggest trying them both and serving it next to some brown rice or inside of tortillas.

It is one of our very favorite meals and it really isn’t very expensive at all to feed all of us. Serve a larger group in no time. You can just make them in batches so it’s fresh every time someone wants another serving.

If you love air fryer recipes too, here are some resources to start with:

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Air Fryer Beef Fajitas

Both are made quite similarly. You use the same dry rub and olive oil as listed below in the printable recipe card.

Just the meat is swapped out. I used 2 bags of precooked, thawed out bags of medium shrimp.

The bag said there were 41-60 pieces in each one so I’d guess there was a total of 100 or so.

Only prep for these is to rinse them, remove the tails, lay on paper towels and pat dry so the seasonings will stick well.

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Air fryer fajitas ingredients

  1. Beef cut into thin slices – you could slice t bone or flank steak, any kind really works
    1. or medium defrosted, precooked shrimp with tails removed
  2. Bell peppers and onions
  3. Olive oil

Fajita seasoning you need to make the best dry rub for beef

We’ve made this fajita marinade before too but this is how to make fajita seasoning dry rub that isn’t as messy. Your choice.

  1. Cumin
  2. Bell peppers
    1. you can make air fryer peppers without meat here
  3. Garlic salt
  4. Paprika
  5. Garlic powder
  6. Dry Sriracha
  7. Salt

Add as much or little chili powder you want for heat. We like ours mild medium so we don’t add much.

air fryer fajitas 2

We will start with how to make air fryer steak fajitas. First, slice meat. Then you’ll add 2 tbsp. of your olive oil and mix together so the seasonings will stick well.

  • Then mix your dry marinade together and dump that in too.
  • Mix so all meat is coated well.
  • Next add your slices of onion and bell peppers so everything gets flavorful throughout.

I like to preheat my air fryer at 390 for 3 minutes but if you forget it isn’t a huge deal breaker.

  • Add half of your mixture into your air fryer basket so it doesn’t overlap.
  • Timing will depend on how well done you like your meat.
  • 7-10 minutes has worked well for us depending on how thick our beef strips are.
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It is important to have just one layer so everything gets done at the same time. You don’t want your meat pink in one spot because a piece of bell pepper was laying on top of it. 

  • The thinner you slice your vegetables the softer they will be in the end too. So, slice accordingly.

I imagine you could use thinly sliced chicken breast to do the same thing, and make air fryer chicken fajitas.

I haven’t done that yet. When I do I will add any additional cook time details but I’d imagine it would be on the lower end. Maybe 6 minutes would do it.

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How can you cook fajitas?

Well we have made Instant Pot fajitas as well and those were yummy. In the past we’ve enjoyed crockpot chicken fajitas and now we’re here to show you the air fryer method too.

We’ve made sheet pan steak fajitas too in our oven.

What goes with fajitas?

  1. We serve ours inside small flour tortillas topped with:
    1. slices of avocado or guacamole
    2. sour cream
    3. pico de gallo salsa
    4. cheese

What cut of beef is best for fajitas?

Rump, skirt, or flank steaks are typically the best cuts of beef for fajitas! Skirt steak is tenderer and more flavorful than flank most people say.

It can be cooked well done too without getting too tough.

air fryer steak fajitas

What is the difference between skirt steak and flank steak?

Skirt steak is a thin long cut of beef from the muscles of the cow. It has a more beefy flavor than flank. To get the tenderest texture it should really only be cooked to rare or medium rare.

Other air fryer dinner recipes you should try:

Follow directions for both below:

shrimp air fryer fajitas

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Air Fryer Fajitas

Air Fryer Fajitas are so easy to make! We used beef with a dry rub, onions and bell peppers and they were great in our Ninja Foodi and Cosori machines.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword air fryer, beef, fajitas, ninja foodi, steak
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 417kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • Put your sliced meat into a bowl and pour 2 tbsp of your olive oil on top. Mix together. If using shrimp: rinse, remove tails, place on paper towels and pat dry.
  • Combine all your spices in a small bowl and mix together well, then add in with meat and stir to coat.
  • Add sliced bell peppers and onions and add your remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil on top. Stir so vegetables and meat are all coated well.
  • Preheat your air fryer at 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Add half your fajita mixture into basket and spread out so there is little overlap.
  • Set to 390 degrees for a total of 7 minutes for beef or 5 minutes for shrimp, shake basket halfway thru. If you want your meat to be more well done then just add 1 more minute and check again. Timing will depend on how well done you like your meat and how thick your slices were.
  • Put in second half of batch and do the same. Then serve inside small tortillas topped with sour cream, avocado, etc…


Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Fajitas
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 417 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 679mg30%
Potassium 514mg15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 2445IU49%
Vitamin C 77.4mg94%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3.3mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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