Shrimp Fajita Pasta

Overhead shot of two bowls of Shrimp Fajita Pasta next to the ingredients and fresh flowers.

We are back! Sorry for the lack of posts the last few weeks but we were busy getting MARRIED! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Phillip and I got married. We have been so preoccupied planning and DIYing away for the wedding that our pots and pans were starting to miss us! But don’t fret, we are back and so ready to pump out the recipes. We spent half of our honeymoon brainstorming new creations we want to make. The recipe below was one we tested a few times over the summer but just never got around to sharing with you all! It’s under $20 and under 30 minutes to make, how can you go wrong? Check out the recipe below for the Shrimp Fajita Pasta and let us know how you like it!

A hand holding a fork filled with pasta, shrimp, and a green pepper smothered in a spicy tomato sauce.

Inspiration

Tacos and fajitas are a main food group for us, so it was only logical to mix in our other favorite, pasta. Stuffing a tortilla with shrimp, peppers, and onions is so satisfying but what’s more satisfying is mixing it up with pasta and sauce to enjoy (and keep your hands clean). We naturally thought of making a tomato based sauce for this pasta but additional add of the sour cream makes it scream creamy! Feel free to garnish this creamy pasta with a little mozzarella or cheddar cheese to cut the heat a little.

Tools Needed

No specific tools are needed for this recipe, just your basic pots and pans!

Ingredients for shrimp fajita pasta on a wooden cutting board.

Ingredients

Shrimp: Frozen or fresh is fine for this Shrimp Fajita Pasta. We chose shrimp because of how absorbent they are with seasonings. The shrimp really soak up the bright seasonings we add to this dish better than chicken or beef normally would.

Onions & Peppers: What are fajitas without onions and peppers!? They are the real start of any fajita dish, let’s be honest. Jalapeños are optional.

Sour Cream: To ensure a creamy texture to the sauce we added 1/4 cup of sour cream. We opted for the light sour cream but you can use regular as well.

Seasonings: I worked for years to perfect my Classic Baked Tacos seasonings but somehow Phillip perfected this seasoning in under a month. This is the real reason I married him!

White bowl on top of a brown lace mat filled with rotini pasta, peppers, onions, and shrimp coated in a spicy tomato sauce.

Step by Step

To start this Shrimp Fajita Pasta first make sure all your veggies are chopped and seasonings are measured out. Once you start cooking this recipe tends to move quick. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and let heat just a moment. Add the garlic and a pinch of salt, cook until garlic starts to golden and is very fragrant. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, tablespoon of tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, paprika and stir well. Bring to heat, add a pinch more salt and pepper and reduce to a simmer. Slowly stir in the sour cream and keep the sauce simmering on low heat.

Next bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta of your choosing to your liking. In a large saute pan over medium heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat and toss in the yellow onion, peppers, and jalapeños. Cook the peppers and onion down until they are starting to wilt. Add the shrimp and spices (cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper) and stir well. Cook another 7-10 minutes or until the shrimp is fully cooked. Stir in the sauce to the sautéed shrimp and peppers, slowly add pasta to your liking and serve!

Close up shot of Shrimp Fajita Pasta including shrimp, rotini pasta, peppers, and onions.

Budget Breakdown

Below is the breakdown of our spending at our local Safeway for this Shrimp Fajita Pasta recipe, the total came to $18.50. While you may not be using the entire item like the garlic or tomato paste, we priced for the entire item as if you did not have the ingredient at home to use. Items not priced are olive oil and the seasonings as we had them all at home.

Shrimp Fajita Pasta

  • $7.50 Shrimp
  • $2.00 Peppers
  • $1.50 Yellow Onion
  • $0.50 Jalapeño
  • $0.50 Garlic
  • $2.00 Canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • $1.00 Tomato Paste
  • $2.00 Sour Cream
  • $1.50 Pasta
Two white bowls filled with a spicy shrimp pasta on a marble counter with fresh yellow onion and jalapeños surrounding the bowls.
Overhead shot of two bowls of Shrimp Fajita Pasta next to the ingredients and fresh flowers.
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Shrimp Fajita Pasta

Shrimp Fajita Pasta brining two of your favorites into one dish, pasta and fajitas. Made in under 30 minutes and costs less than $20.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Cost $18.50

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ cup sour cream

Shrimp Fajita

  • 1 lb shrimp
  • 2-3 bell peppers sliced thin
  • 1 jalapeño sliced thin
  • ½ yellow onion sliced thin
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 box pasta of your choosing

Instructions

  • To start this Shrimp Fajita Pasta first make sure all your veggies are chopped and seasonings are measured out.
  • Once you start cooking this recipe tends to move quick. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and let heat just a moment. Add the garlic and a pinch of salt, cook until garlic starts to golden and is very fragrant.
  • Pour in the crushed tomatoes, tablespoon of tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, paprika and stir well. Bring to heat, add a pinch more salt and pepper and reduce to a simmer. Slowly stir in the sour cream and keep the sauce simmering on low heat.
  • Next bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta of your choosing to your liking.
  • In a large saute pan over medium heat add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heat and toss in the yellow onion, peppers, and jalapeños.
  • Cook the peppers and onion down until they are starting to wilt. Add the shrimp and spices (cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder, and cayenne pepper) and stir well.
  • Cook another 7-10 minutes or until the shrimp is fully cooked. Stir in the sauce to the sautéed shrimp and peppers, slowly add pasta to your liking and serve!

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