Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions (Copycat)

Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions, a copycat recipe for the tastiest grilled fajita veggies to ever grace your burrito bowl. Naturally vegan and gluten free.

Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions are the less exotic, less coveted little brother of the Chipotle Family of Ingredients.

Yes, they are delicious.

Yes, loads of people order them (in fact, you can add them for free to any item on the menu, even if you’re having meat).

A photo of delicious Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions. The bell peppers are bright green and the onions are a nice red. There is a wooden spoon serving some of the peppers. They are in a large skillet with a dark inside.

But I’ve never heard anyone wandering around wondering how Chipotle makes their grilled peppers and onions.


Perhaps everyone already knows how to make these super easy strips of fajita veggie wonderment!  After all, it only takes 5 ingredients.

Slice up green bell peppers and red onions.  Saute with oil (Chipotle uses rice bran oil, but you can use olive or vegetable or grape seed or coconut or peanut) and toss with finely chopped fresh oregano.  Yes, that’s it.  In a pinch, substitute dried oregano for the fresh.  It will still be delicious.

A side-by-side photo collage of the Chipotle Grilled Green Peppers and Red Onions copycat. The first photo, on the left, shows the green bell peppers and sliced red onions in the skillet. The second photo shows them grilled in the skillet with a wooden spoon.

How to Cut Bell Peppers

You probably already know how to cut bell peppers, but just in case you want to see how other people do it, here’s my process. I slice off the top and bottom, cut the pepper in half, seed it, then cut it into neat little strips.

I find this very therapeutic.

A four-photo collage of the process to cut the bell peppers. In the first photo, the ends are cut from the bell pepper. The second shows the bell pepper set on the bamboo cutting board and being cut in half. The third shows the seeds and pith being removed from the half, and the fourth shows the peppers being cut into strips using a chef's knife.

Pretty easy and straightforward. Right? Right.

Hooray for more veggies!

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A photo of grilled bell peppers, and red onions in a skillet with a wooden spoon.
5 from 4 votes

Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions (Copycat)

Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions, a copycat recipe for the tastiest grilled fajita veggies to ever grace your burrito bowl. Naturally vegan and gluten free.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 76 kcal


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 large green peppers stemmed, cored, and sliced
  • 1 large red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the peppers, onions, oregano, and salt.
  2. Heat until slightly softened but still tender-crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

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Chipotle Grilled Peppers and Onions, a copycat recipe for the tastiest grilled fajita veggies to ever grace your burrito bowl. Vegan and GF.

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  1. Mmm I always get these on my burrito bowls – so yummy!! Must try making them myself for my next Mexican food night.

    • I hope you enjoy them, Rachel! They are definitely the easiest thing in the world to make. Almost like, no recipe necessary! Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

  2. Very simple, yet delicious.


    • You’re hilarious! It’s happening in Milwaukee TODAY or in Minneapolis July 1st – 3rd. JUST KIDDING!!! LOLZ

  4. Chipotle adds the dried oregano the last minute or two. (I used to work there).

  5. I dont see chipotle listed on the ingredients 

    • That’s true, Julie. These are the Chipotle Restaurant copycat vegetables, not grilled vegetables with chipotles in them. So sorry about the confusion! This is the way Chipotle makes their veggies.

  6. This was absolutely amazing, the only barbacoa I will make going forward. I made this exactly as written, no substitutions or changes, it was perfect. Thank you for this wonderful recipe :)

    • Whoops! That was intended for the barbacoa recipe I made tonight, buuut I did make these peppers and onions and they were also amazing :) sorry for the confusing first post!

  7. I’m about to give this a recipe a try today for our BBQ. Super excited! Question… I have some white onions and a red, and a yellow pepper left, can those be used in addition to? Thanks!

    • Hi Amy! Yes! You can actually add whatever you want. It’s totally up to you! Sounds delicious, what time should I be over for lunch? LOL Thanks and have a great day. :)

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