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We’ve been budgeting recently – but low cost doesn’t need to mean low on flavour. Vegetarian ‘chicken’ fajitas are a firm favourite in our house and with just a few tweaks it really can be cost effective.

Firstly, by shopping around, you can get great deals on the staples; flour tortillas can be found on a multi-deal, alternatively buying store own brand can save a few pennies.

Secondly, making easy swaps is a real help. Instead of expensive sour cream, I buy natural yogurt. Our supermarket ‘budget’ natural yogurt costs just 50p per 500ml. I also buy supermarket own cheese as decent flavoursome cheese is undetectable amongst all the other flavours and is therefore a waste of money.

I also buy  frozen peppers. A bag only costs £1 – and they are pre-prepared! What’s not to love about that.

Another money saving tip is to make your own fajita flavouring.

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It’s really simple and you can make up a large batch and store it in an airtight container:

  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • several generous twists of dried chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I used a little less for health reasons)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

To make the fajitas, I sliced an onion and started it frying. Then I added matchsticks of courgette, some Quorn chicken style pieces and frozen peppers. Once everything had started to cook, I added a generous amount of the homemade seasoning and cooked it out.

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To assemble the fajitas, I simply spread the tortillas with a little yogurt, added the cooked vegetable mix and sprinkled on some grated cheese then folded.

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Delicious!

Do let me know if you try these – or if you have any money saving ideas

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