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Love the taste of Restaurant fajitas but would rather make them at home? We’ve got you covered! How to make Chili’s steak fajitas recipe with a homemade marinade! For more recipes like this see my Recipe Index page.

Copycat Chili's Steak Fajitas Recipe

Copycat Chili’s Steak Fajitas Recipe

Who doesn’t love a great zesty fajita? The secret to making them is NOT using a dry seasoning mix. All you need is a great marinade and you will have perfect grilled steak fajitas every time.

How to Make Fajitas Like Chili’s

Choose beef, shrimp, or chicken, or all of them! Any steak will do, but the most popular are flat iron, flank, sirloin, or rib-eye. We made our steak fajita with flank steak which can be a little tougher than other steaks, but if you marinate them the full 24 hours and not cook them past medium (temp) they will be more tender.

Copycat Chili's Steak Fajitas Marinade Recipe


How to Marinate Steak for Fajitas (Chicken too)

We think the secret to what makes this recipe so good is making the steak fajita seasoning recipe from scratch! The liquid marinade is so much better than the dry rub type you get in a shaker bottle. We think it gets into the meat to help it tenderize and it adds all that juicy flavor when you bite into the meat.


  • 1/2 cup fresh Lime Juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of onion powder

Mix all of the ingredients of the marinade in a small bowl. Add the meat to a large zip lock bag, push out excess air, and seal. Chill in a dish overnight, or for at least 2 hours. DO NOT MARINATE beef, shrimp, and chicken in the same bag.

flank steak in marinade bag
Flank Steak in marinade
flank steak after being marinated 24 hours
Flank Steak after being marinaded 24 hours
fajita flavor flank steak when cooked
Flank Steaks Resting

TIP: We also love bell peppers in our fajitas just like chili’s adds to their recipe! Peppers and onions make the dish! In this recipe, we used one red bell pepper and one yellow bell pepper. We also cheated a bit and bought the pico de gallo fresh but already made.

Copycat Chili's Steak Fajitas with peppers Recipe

How to Make Sizzling Steak Fajitas Recipe

It is super easy to get that restaurant-style sizzling fajita platter. You know it’s fresh off the grill when they bring you that smoking sizzling hot plate.

Is it really straight off the grill though? Well not really… here’s how they do it!

What you do is when your steak is done resting and you slice it up, you add it and the onions to a super hot cast iron skillet and serve. That’s how you get the smoke and sizzling meat and veggies. We opted not to do it in case it overcooked our meat. But for those of you who want that restaurant experience, there it is!

Grilled Steak Fajitas (Chili's Copycat) Recipe

Grilled Steak Fajitas (Chili's Copycat) Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Make restaurant-style fajitas in your own kitchen with this Chili's Fajita Copycat recipe! The fresh homemade marinade is the key to this yummy meal!


  • 1/2 cup fresh Lime Juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of onion powder
  • 2 lbs Flank Steak (or other meat cuts see post for info) or 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 sliced bell peppers
  • 1 sweet onion
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8-10 flour tortillas 6 inch size
  • 2 med sized tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp fresh jalapeno, seeded, de-ribbed and chopped
  • 2 tsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • Pinch of salt


Pico De Gallo

Combine all ingredients of the pico de gallo recipe in a small bowl. Cover and chill (set aside).

Marinate the Meat

(Marinade beef and chicken separately. Not together in the same bag).
Combine all of the ingredients of the marinade in a mixing bowl. Add beef or chicken to a large gallon zip lock bag. Pour the marinade over the meat. Seal the bag tightly and chill in the refrigerator in a dish overnight or for at least 2 hours.

Make the Fajitas

  1. Preheat grill or stovetop grill on high heat.
  2. Heat a skillet over med/high heat.
  3. Saute onions and peppers in 1 tbsp of oil for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, water, and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over onions and peppers. Add a pinch of pepper. Saute until onions are translucent and dark on the edges, around 4-5 minutes. Salt to taste.
  5. Grill your meat until a thermometer gives you the correct safe to eat food temperature. About 4-5 minutes per side. Steak is 145˚ with a 3 minute rest time, Poultry is 165˚.
  6. When the meat is done slice it into thin strips.
  7. Wrap tortillas in moist paper towels and steam them in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  8. Serve immediately with pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream, guacamole.

Sizzling Fajitas

While meat and onions are cooking heat a separate skillet (cast iron if possible) over high heat. Add meat and onions to the pan and they will sizzle! Serve immediately.

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