The Best Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

LAST UPDATED: Jun 09, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Apr 21, 2020 | By:

Skip the mix and make your own fajita seasoning with staple spices and herbs! It’s a quick, easy and flavorful way to take your fajitas, tacos, and so much more over the top!

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I love mixing up my own seasoning blends! It’s a time saver in the kitchen, and very budget friendly. This Fajita Seasoning recipe consists of staple pantry ingredients mixed together for the most savory combination of Mexican herbs and spices!  

A secret ingredient makes this seasoning stand above the rest – cinnamon! It adds a hint of warmth and spice that takes your fajitas to the next level.

I use my fajita seasoning in this amazing, fresh and flavorful Chicken Fajita bowl! It’s a family favorite I make often, and it’s even easier with the spices prepped and mixed ahead of time. 

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You’ll find it is so quick and easy to mix up your own homemade spices like Blackened Chicken Seasoning, Cinnamon Sugar or Taco Seasoning. There is no need to rush out to the store to pick up a packet that is loaded with salt.

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, low carb, keto, whole30, paleo and vegan. It is free of additives and FULL of flavor!

It works well with steak, chicken, pork, salmon and shrimp fajitas. The options are endless!

Whether you’re preparing it in a slow cooker, in the oven on the range or grill, it will give you amazing fajita flavor you can’t resist!

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Fajita Seasoning Ingredients 

  • Chili Powder – gives this spice blend the kick it needs.
  • Salt – Any kosher salt will do, but I love using thick flakes of sea salt from a grinder set to the largest setting.
  • Smoked Paprika – Gives it amazing flavor, you can use traditional paprika if you prefer.
  • Cayenne Pepper – Adds a little heat.
  • Cumin – Cumin is used in many traditional Latin-inspired dishes. Don’t skip this one!
  • Garlic Powder – Enhances the flavor as if it were roasted with fresh garlic.
  • Onion Powder – A sweet mellow onion flavor.
  • Cinnamon – A hint of cinnamon really warms it up.
  • Sugar – White sugar is traditional, but you can use brown sugar for richer flavor.

Variations

Substitute and customize to your preference!

  • Oregano
  • Tumeric
  • Coriander
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Black Pepper
  • Celery Salt
  • Cocoa Powder
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How to Make Fajita Seasoning

  1. Combine.
  2. Scoop or funnel into storage jars. Label and date.
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How to Use Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

Marinade

This seasoning can also be used into a marinade for chicken, steak, or fish. Simply combine fajita seasoning with olive oil (and optional lime juice). Pour mixture over your choice of protein. Store marinade in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. 

Rub

Apply to meat 1+ hour prior to baking, cooking or grilling.

Use 4 teaspoons of seasoning for every 2 pounds of chicken or steak.

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Julie’s Tips

  • Adjust Amount – Use the slider in the recipe card to make as little or as much as you need. This recipe is designed for 1-2 uses.
  • Adjust Flavor – Adjust to your preference.
  • Scale – You can increase or decrease the amount by simply using the slider in the recipe card.

To Store

Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place up to 1 year. No need to refrigerate! Your pantry or cupboard away from the heat of the stove are perfect storage locations. 

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

  • Crazy Good Carne Asada Recipe – This irresistible steak is so flavorful and juicy! Made with the best marinade and cooked on the grill or stovetop. 
  • Skinny Margarita – You won’t be able to tell that this is a low calorie margarita! You won’t need a mix for this fresh and full of flavor cocktail. 
  • Taco Salad – A fresh and easy taco salad made with healthy ingredients and a homemade taco bowl! 
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Fajita Seasoning

Author: Julie Blanner
Skip the mix and make your own fajita seasoning with staple spices and herbs! It's a quick, easy and flavorful way to take your fajitas, tacos, and so much more over the top!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 20
Calories 3 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt coarse
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, combine.
  • Stir.

Notes

Substitutions and Variations

  • Sugar – White sugar is traditional, but you can use brown sugar for richer flavor.
  • Oregano
  • Tumeric
  • Coriander
  • Chipotle Powder
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Black Pepper
  • Celery Salt
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cornstarch

Tips

  • Adjust Amount – Use the slider in the recipe card to make as little or as much as you need. This recipe is designed for 1-2 uses.
  • Adjust Flavor – Adjust to your preference.

To Store

Room Temperature – Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place up to 1 year. No need to refrigerate! Your pantry or cupboard away from the heat of the stove are perfect storage locations. 

Marinade

This seasoning can also be used into a marinade for chicken, steak, or fish. Simply combine fajita seasoning with olive oil. Pour mixture over your choice of protein. Store marinade in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. 

To Use 

Use 4 teaspoons of seasoning for every 2 pounds of chicken or steak.
Combine oil, lime juice and seasoning in a plastic bag or container with protein. Refrigerate 1-2 hours. 
Yields about 1/3 cup.

Nutrition

Calories:3kcalCarbohydrates:1gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:120mgPotassium:6mgFiber:1gSugar:1gVitamin A:119IUCalcium:2mgIron:1mg
5 from 5 votes
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