It is so easy to make your own Fajita Seasoning right at home! With just a few staple spices, you can whip up Homemade Fajita Spice Blend in seconds! This seasoning blend makes the most delicious homemade fajitas, but is also a great way to add flavor to many other dishes.
Homemade Fajita Seasoning
I refuse to purchase premade seasoning blends. They are expensive and often filled with fillers like sugar, cornstarch, and anti-caking agents. Sometimes they even have MSG added.
For years I have been making my own seasoning blends that are not only better tasting and better for you, they are also a whole lot cheaper to make using the spices you have on hand.
I often default to my Taco Seasoning blend for most Tex-Mex and Mexican style dishes. But, this Fajita seasoning blend much more authentic for fajitas and is just as simple to make as taco seasoning.
While very similar in flavors, there is a difference between Taco and Fajita Seasoning. Fajita seasoning is made with less chili powder and no oregano. It is much more mild in flavor and does not overpower a dish, letting the flavors of onions and peppers shine.
While the difference may be subtle, the results are impactful. Fajita Seasoning is perfect for the best homemade fajitas.
How to Make Fajita Seasoning
With just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand in your pantry, you can mix together a blend that is perfect to season up fajitas in seconds.
And because you are making this seasoning blend at home, you can control the level of sodium, the level of heat, and there are no fillers in this recipe! Which translates to this blend is allergy friendly--no nuts, corn, dairy, MSG, or gluten here! and the level of heat and change up this recipe to suit your needs and tastes.
Spices in Cajun Seasoning
- Chili Powder--Be sure to use American chili powder, as some European blends are actually quite a bit spicier.
- Paprika--Smoked paprika is highly recommended for an additional smoky flavor that is traditional in fajitas, but regular paprika works we well.
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cayenne (optional)--Like things spicy? Increase the cayenne pepper. Or decrease or omit to cut back on the spice level.
- Salt--Homemade Fajita Seasoning already has less sodium than store-bought blends. However, to significantly reduce the sodium even further you can completely omit the salt or cut in half to significantly reduce the sodium.
How to Store Fajita Seasoning
Store this homemade spice blend in an air tight a seal-able jar or container in your pantry or kitchen cabinet. It is really important to store in an air tight container, as this will prevent moisture from entering your spice blend and so that it will not absorb flavors from other spices in your spice cabinet. I find that a small glass canning jar works great or a little flip top spice jars.
Just like other homemade seasoning blends, Fajita Seasoning will last up to 6 months. It is perfectly safe to consume after 6 months, but it will begin to lose it's flavor potency.
How to use Fajita Seasoning
Obviously, Fajita Seasoning is great anytime you are making Homemade Fajitas. But it is also adds flavor to so many other dishes.
- Change up traditional tacos by using Fajita Seasoning in place of Taco Seasoning.
- Rub on corn on the cob for a Tex-Mex spin.
- Use in burrito fillings to spice things up.
- Season Instant Pot Beans after cooking, for a great side dish to any Mexican meal.
- Use in Crock Pot Steak Fajitas or Instant Pot Steak Fajitas.
- Add to Chicken Fajita Bowls for a tasty 30 minute meal.
- Make pizza a bit more creative, with Chicken Fajita Pizza.
Homemade Fajita Spice Blend
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Combine all ingredients and mix well.
- Store in airtight container for up to 6 months in pantry or spice cabinet. Use as directed in any recipe that calls for fajita seasoning.
- Nutrition facts are for the ½ teaspoon each. This spice blend makes about ¼ cup.
- Be sure to use American chili powder, as some European blends are actually quite a bit spicier.
- Smoked paprika is highly recommended for an additional smoky flavor, but traditional paprika can be used.
- Like things spicy? Increase the cayenne pepper. Or decrease or omit to cut back on the spice level.
- Homemade Fajita Seasoning already has less sodium than store-bought blends. However, to significantly reduce the sodium even further you can completely omit the salt or cut in half to significantly reduce the sodium.
- Most Fajita Seasonins have added sugar, instead of adding sugar to this blend, I sweeten my fajitas with a bit of honey if needed. I also recommend adding in fresh lime zest and juice after cooking to brighten up the flavors.