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Crockpot Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

I forget  about quinoa.  It’s in clear plastic containers in the cupboard but it’s the cupboard where I put the odd things we rarely use:  Jello pudding boxes, Crystal Lite, dried fruit, granola in various forms, pearl barley, pearl tapioca, bags for roasting turkey, Kool Aid, etc.  I was looking for crockpot liners when the container tried to dive into my crockpot below.  It would be my grain of choice today and the final soup of Soup Weeks!

Remember to line crockpot

Remember to line crockpot

I had planned to use rice, since that was right there in the canister on the counter next to the crockpot.  It was almost diving into the crockpot to make a meal.  The quinoa beat the rice to it however, literally falling out of the cupboard onto the counter (ok it had bad aim) as I searched for the crockpot liners.  At 5 feet even, I can’t reach much into the castle cupboards without my long kitchen tongs!

Place shredded pork in a layer in the crockpot

Place shredded pork in a layer in the crockpot

I’d cooked the 8# pork roast in the crockpot a couple of days earlier, and we’d had it several ways in sandwiches.  That morning I put about 3# of the shredded pork into the bottom of the lined crockpot (I remembered to line it for once!) and started what I was going to call a fajita stew.

Layer pepper strips over shredded pork

Layer pepper strips over shredded pork

On top of the shredded pork I layered two sweet bell peppers, and orange one and a yellow one.  I’d cut them into strips.

Layer onion slices over peppers

Layer onion slices over peppers

Onion slices were next for my fajita concoction.  I sliced them up and put them into the crockpot on top of the peppers.

Mix Julie's fajita seasoning

Mix Julie’s fajita seasoning

My blogging friend Julie from A Solitary Feast will laugh, but again I used her fajita seasoning recipe.  I should just make up a large shaker of it, I use it so often!  Quickly mixed up, I sprinkled  the fajita seasoning over top of the crockpot.

Sprinkle fajita seasoning over crockpot contents then top with tomatoes and broth

Sprinkle fajita seasoning over crockpot contents then top with tomatoes and broth

I used two 15 ounce cans of petite diced tomatoes, pouring them into the crockpot over the vegetables.  I added a cup of water as well, to make sure there was enough liquid for the meat and vegetables to cook and marinate.

Place lid on crockpot and set on high for 4 hours

Place lid on crockpot and set on high for 4 hours

I put the lid on the crockpot and let it cook on high for 4 hours.  I did stir it after 2 hours, I don’t know if that was necessary or not.

After 4 hours the pork fajita mixture was heavenly. At this point it would be great served on buns or in a soft taco shell

After 4 hours the pork fajita mixture was heavenly. At this point it would be great served on buns or in a soft taco shell

After 4 hours the crockpot was bubbling with a heavenly aroma.  I’d originally thought to just make a pork and pepper fajita mixture and serve it on large buns.  Something along the lines of a Fajita Joe (I’ll do that yet, don’t use my idea!).  But I wanted more of a soup or stew today, so I’d planned to add rice.

Add 2 more cups of water and 1 1/2 cups quinoa. Stir well and cook for 1 more hour, covered.

Add 2 more cups of water and 1 1/2 cups quinoa. Stir well and cook for 1 more hour, covered.

Now we come to the part where the quinoa had done a swan dive onto the counter and I decided it would replace the rice in my dish.  I measured 1 1/2 cups of dried quinoa into the crockpot and 2 more cups of water.  I stirred it all, replaced the cover and timed it on high heat for another hour.

Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

Mmm!  My house smelled SO good with the fajita spices permeating the air.  I stirred the crockpot and taste tested, added more salt, and it was ready for dinner.  This was going to rock!  I imagined shredded cheese and a little mountain of sour cream on top of each serving.

My P.S. (Partner in Sustenance/ hubby) was running late at work and my new stew/casserole/whatever you call it would have to sit for a few hours and wait.

Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

The dinner delay was not a problem.  The stew was perfectly done and super tasty.  Using Julie’s fajita seasoning gave the stew a delicious southwestern flavor.  Garnished with shredded cheese and sour cream, we loved every mouthful!  The recipe made quite a lot and we had leftovers for two more meals.  I froze portions so we actually had one more meal of the stew.

Crockpot Pork Fajita Quinoa Stew

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2-3# pork roast; cooked and shredded
  • 2 sweet bell peppers; any color, cut into strips
  • 1 large onion; sliced
  • 2 15 ounce cans petit diced or crushed tomatoes
  • 1 recipe Julie’s Fajita Seasoning
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • Garnishes: green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese
Layer shredded pork, peppers and onions into crockpot. I used a liner for easy cleaning.

Mix fajita seasoning and sprinkle on top of peppers.

Pour cans of diced tomatoes and cup of water over top.

Cook on low for 4 hours. I check occasionally and stir but it’s not necessary.

Add quinoa and stir well.  Cook another hour on high.

Suggested garnishes: green onions, sour cream, shredded cheese

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