One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta

This tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta is quick, easy, and totally delicious! Pescatarian + Gluten-Free

Tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta

By now we’re all well aware of my colorful veggie obsession, and after 9+ years of this dog and pony show, darlings, I have no plans of stopping now!

For some strange reason; however, I’ve never gone full-on fajita up in here.

Crazy right? It’s so very long overdue especially since I’m constantly making shrimp, chicken and veggie fajitas for dinner.

Paul’s weekly request for “fajita things” means I’m stocking my grocery cart with vibrant bell peppers, jalapeños, onion, cilantro, and limes, plus all the fixings for an epic bowl of guacamole to go with it. I would have actually photographed this deliciousness with a big ole mountain of guac but my 4 year old has made it her life’s goal to introduce all ripe avocados to her face the moment I bring them home.

I need an avocado tree, stat.

We’ve made this tasty one-pot shrimp fajita pasta twice now and, not to toot my own horn or anything, but it’s *tooting* awesome!

Tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta Skillet

This shrimp fajita pasta skillet is powerhouse of an option for pasta night!

Fun. Filling. Flipping Delicious. Let’s do this!

I don’t want to spend too much time waxing poetic about this dish though because I NEED you to get in the kitchen and make it.

Who needs a tortilla when you have this skillet of awesomeness on the table? Not us! Let’s get our fajita on, yo!

Tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta in Skillet

One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta

Or should I say one pan? One skillet? ONE HECKOFA DELICIOUS DISH? Let’s go with that! This fun twist on fajitas is destined to rock your plate.

Tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta

One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta

This tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta is quick, easy, and totally delicious! Recipe yields 4 servings and can be easily halved to serve 2 if needed!
5 from 10 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Shrimp Fajita Pasta
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 12-16 oz shrimp  (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 8 oz medium shell pasta
  • 1 TBSP oil for sauteeing (avocado, olive, coconut, etc… plus extra as needed)
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 medium onion
  • ¾ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce plus extra if desired


  • 2-4 oz grated cheese (skip for dairy-free)
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced thin
  • ½ lime, cut into wedges
  • chopped green onion and/or cilantro to taste


  • guacamole or chopped/sliced avocado
  • a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt
  • pickled/marinated red onion
  • pico de gallo
  • hot sauce


  • If you plan on popping this bad boy in the oven to melt the cheese, use an oven-safe pot/pan and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prefer to stir the cheese into the pasta? Skip the oven!
  • Clean and peel shrimp, defrosting if needed. Lately we’ve been buying frozen, deveined, easy-peel shrimp. All I have to do is defrost, peel, and cook! You can also buy your shrimp already peeled if you’d like! Set shrimp aside and start on the pasta.
  • Cook pasta, uncovered in a large pot of boiling water per package instructions. I like mine al dente. Rinse in a colander with cold water. Drain and set aside
  • While your pasta boils, slice your bell pepper and chop your onion. Bring a large high-sided pan or skillet to medium-high heat with 1 TBSP of oil. Sauté onion and peppers until edges are browned and softened. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Pat shrimp dry and season with chili powder, cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well to coat both sides.
  • Move veggies to the side, add a bit more oil, as needed, and add your shrimp to the pan. Cook on each side for about 2 minutes until shrimp curl and become opaque. The cook time will depend on the heat setting you choose and the size of your shrimp, but regardless they’ll be perfectly cooked in a matter of minutes. Add your cooked, drained pasta and enchilada sauce. Gently fold everything together. If you’d like, feel free to use additional sauce! Sometimes I go light and other times I’ll make it extra saucy!
  • Add your cheese. You can swirl it into the pasta or sprinkle on top and use an oven mit to transfer pot to oven, uncovered, for a few minutes until hot and melty!
  • Now pile on the toppings! I added lime wedges (I love to squeeze a little lime juice into the dish before diving in) along with cilantro and fresh jalapeños. It’s also kiiiind of amazing with a dollop of sour cream and some salsa!


I’ve made this tasty pasta dish two ways – the first way is all in one pot (hence the title) by boiling the pasta in a large high-sided skillet, then transferring it to a bowl while you cook the shrimp and veggies. To save time, you can actually boil the pasta in a separate pot while cooking the rest of the dish and it goes even faster! Totally choose your favorite method here!
Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!


Calories: 444kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 229mg, Sodium: 1431mg, Potassium: 384mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2735IU, Vitamin C: 89mg, Calcium: 251mg, Iron: 4mg

special diets and swaps

  • This dish can be made dairy-free by skipping the optional cheese on top!
  • Control the heat by either mixing in extra jalapeño or adding red pepper flakes or hot sauce.
  • For milder dish, make sure you use a mild enchilada sauce and skip the jalapeños.
  • Looking for a vegetarian or vegan swap? Try my Healthy One-Pot Enchilada Pasta which also features Chickapea Pasta!
  • No cilantro? No problem! Chopped green onions make a tasty topping and a pretty garnish for this dish.

optional extras

  • guacamole or chopped/sliced avocado
  • a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt
  • pickled/marinated red onion
  • pico de gallo

Have fun with the toppings and treat this sassy skillet the same way you would conventional fajitas. I mean, you could probably even throw caution to the wind and serve this shrimp fajita pasta IN a tortilla. I’m certain that wouldn’t be drastically breaking laws of nature or anything… or would it? The world may never know!

That was dramatic… just ditch the tortilla and try the pasta, will ya?

Tasty One-Pot Shrimp Fajita Pasta

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Jenn Laughlin

Hi! I’m Jenn and I’m here to help you eat your veggies! It’ll be fun, painless, and pretty darn delicious as I teach you to plan your meals around fresh, seasonal produce with a little help from healthy freezer and pantry staples.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. Looks delicious but i noticed the ingredients did not have pasta on there. I scrolled down and saw the picture but it was not on the recipe print out.

    1. Hi Anna! It should be the second ingredient listed as “8 oz Chickapea Pasta” on the printout. In place of the chickpea-lentil pasta you can also use your favorite variety of pasta. Hope this helps! xo

  2. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely incredible! All of these flavors are right up my alley. I am like your husband – something “fajita’ish” every week. Love Chickapea, so I can’t wait to try this!

  3. 5 stars
    What a creative dish! And I love that you’ve used Chickapea Pasta. It’s my fav!!

  4. I love all things fajita flavored!! I love that you made a one pan meal with the pasta, it’s so perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!

  5. 5 stars
    I make fajitas about once a week because they’re just so dang easy. I love the idea to eliminate those tortillas for Chickapea pasta because it’s so nutritious and we love it over here! This is one beautiful weeknight dinner

  6. 5 stars
    What a fabulous twist on fajita!! I love that this is not kid friendly like most of my pasta dishes lol This is something I would eat all to myself!!

    1. Haha I know quite a few kids who would toss that jalapeño to the side and dive in, but you could totally keep this to yourself lol! Thanks Mahy!

  7. 5 stars
    Such a fantastic dish, Jenn. The flavors and colors – holy smokes! My mouth is watering. I can’t wait for my first bite!

  8. 5 stars
    I can almost feel the taste when I look at this fabulous dish! All of the spices, the shrimps and the delicious Chickapea pasta are just calling my name. Yum!

  9. OMG this pasta dish looks amazing. I love all of the flavors… and I’m defs going to check out the Chickapea pasta (loving high protein for my daughter who plays soccer)!

    1. I’m dying over the shrimp y’all posted today too! For sure check them out — such a great, filling pasta with a boost of protein! 🙂