This homemade fajita seasoning recipe combines a few fresh spices to make a delicious spice blend that you can use to flavor anything from chicken fajitas and steak fajitas to shrimp fajitas or taco salads. Once you try it you’ll never go back to any of the store-bought versions!
Fajita seasoning is perfect for fajitas, of course, but it’s also a simple way to kick up flavor in soups and stews, chili, meats, and dips. I like to make a big batch to keep around any time I feel like spicing up a traditional dish.
If this is your first time making your own spice blends, this is a great place to start — it’s so easy and you’ll love having it on hand rather than running to the store for a packet or jar.
The next time you want to whip up some delicious fajitas, try this easy recipe for the seasoning.
Common Questions about Fajita Seasoning
What is fajita seasoning made of?
There are a number of variations of fajita seasoning but in general it’s a mix of spices that are earthy, spicy, and sometimes smoky.
What is the difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?
Taco seasoning tends to be spicier and sometimes incorporates oregano while fajita seasoning tends to be earthier because it incorporates more cumin.
Store your seasoning in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. Keep it in a place that is fairly dry to avoid any clumping.
Tips For The Best Fajita Seasoning
It’s fairly simple to make fajita seasoning but there are a few things you can do to make sure it has the best flavor.
- Chili powders from different countries have various flavors — check to make sure you have the powder you prefer. In this recipe I use American chili powder.
- Buy high quality spices that you can to make the best tasting seasoning.
- Upgrading from table salt to fine sea salt will elevate your seasoning.
The great thing about this simple recipe is that you only need a handful of basic spices to make your own homemade seasoning mix.
- Chili powder
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
- Table salt
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
All you need are two standard supplies to make this easy seasoning.
How to Make Fajita Seasoning
It couldn’t be easier to whisk together this versatile seasoning.
- Pour all spices into a small bowl.
- Using a whisk, stir the spices together until completely combined.
- Pour into a small jar or dish and store it in your spice cabinet with your other spices.
What to Use Fajita Seasoning On
While it’s obviously perfect for seasoning your fajitas, you can use this mixture in lots of different ways.
- Vegetables – Sprinkle this spice mixture on vegetables before roasting or after steaming.
- Beans – Add this to refried beans or sprinkle it over top of any other beans (or bean soup).
- Soup – Use this to give your chicken soup or vegetable soup a kick. It’s also a great addition to chili.
- Protein – Use the seasoning as a spice rub on any type of meat or plant-based alternative before you grill or roast it. Season chicken, beef, pork, or even seafood with this handy spice blend.
- Potatoes – Mix it into mashed potatoes or shake a bit on top of baked potatoes or hashbrowns.
- Sauce – Add it to sour cream, Greek yogurt, or even olive oil for a flavorful dipping sauce.
- Other Mexican dishes – From chicken tortilla soup to tacos, burritos, and enchiladas, this seasoning can be used to kick up the flavor.
- Eggs – Shake a little on top of scrambled eggs or an omelet.
Why You Should Make Fajita Seasoning
Whether you have Taco Tuesday at your house each week or you’re looking to spice up your regular seasoning routine, there are plenty of reasons to make fajita seasoning.
- Easy – It doesn’t get much easier than whisking together just a handful of spices to make this easy recipe.
- Versatile – This spice is a great way to add flavor to so many dishes.
- Customizable – You can adjust the measurements to make it exactly the way you like it.
- Accessible – You may have many of the spices in your cabinet already, but if you don’t they’re easy to find at the grocery store or online.
Variations and Add-ins
You can make some swaps or additions to create the flavor profile you want.
- Paprika – Smoked paprika adds a rich, smoky flavor but if you don’t prefer a smoky flavor, you can use regular paprika.
- Heat – If you want a more spicy flavor, increase the chili powder or add other powdered spicy peppers like cayenne pepper. Similarly, if you have little ones or someone in the house with more delicate taste buds, you can reduce the amount of chili powder.
- Other seasonings – Consider adding black pepper, onion powder, or even oregano.
- Citrus powder – For brightness, add lemon juice powder to the mix.
If you love this easy Fajita Seasoning recipe, you’re going to love these other basic homemade recipes too. Please click each link below to find the easy, printable recipe!
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- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon table salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until fully combined.
- Store in a sealed jar or dish in the pantry for up to a month.
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