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In this post: If you want the best fajitas you’ve ever had, use this homemade fajita spice mix! Vibrant flavors perfect for this classic Mexican dish.


Skip the store-bought spices and try out this homemade fajita seasoning mix. It’s guaranteed to add a kick of flavor to lots of basic dishes! This recipe is easy and involves only simple ingredients.

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What is Fajita Seasoning?

Fajita seasoning is made up of a few distinct spices including cumin and chili powder. You can use fajita seasoning to rub on meats, vegetables, or in plain old fajitas!

The Difference Between Fajita and Taco Seasoning

The main difference between fajita and taco seasoning is the spice level. Taco seasoning is known to be spicier whereas fajita spice mix is fresh and tangy.

Why Use a Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix?

You can:

  • Adjust each ingredient to taste based on your preference
  • Substitute ingredients for any food sensitivities
  • Make it without any extra preservatives or fillers

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy and quick to make
  • You can save space by keeping a mixture of spices for fajitas, rather than individual spices
  • It can easily be adjusted to suit your individual tastes
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Fajita Seasoning Ingredients

  • Chili Powder: This is a seasoning blend of dried chilis and other spices. Each blend tastes a little different because of this. 
  • Smoked Paprika: This is a smoked spice made from dried and ground red peppers.
  • Cumin: Part of the parsley family, cumin is made from seedlike fruits and used to flavor a variety of foods. 
  • Granulated Garlic: This is a spice made from dehydrated garlic. It is similar to garlic powder but more coarse and flavorful.
  • Sea Salt: Sea salt is made from the evaporation of ocean or seawater. It’s processed much less than table salt and retains trace minerals. 

Variations

  • If you want to add a spicy kick, add an additional ½ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Like a touch of sweetness? Add a teaspoon of sugar.
  • Once you’ve used the seasoning, you can adjust the spices to match your tastes.
  • Be aware that chili powders vary depending on the country they originate from. Each one varies in spices and can drastically change the flavor of your seasoning.
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How to Make Fajita Seasoning

  1. Collect all the ingredients-chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, granulated garlic, and sea salt.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix well.
  3. Scoop into a jar and enjoy!

What to Use This Fajita Spice Mix On

  • Steak
  • Shrimp
  • Chicken
  • Soups and stews
  • Vegetables
  • Grilled foods
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Tips

  • Make note that I use American chili powder. Chili powder will vary in flavor depending on where it’s from.
  • Be sure to grab quality spices for your seasoning. This ensures optimum flavor. Cheaper seasonings often lack flavor and quality, making the seasoning taste weak and lacking.
  • You can use normal paprika in place of smoked paprika, but I highly suggest smoked paprika as it adds a delicious component to the mixture. 
  • Fine sea salt is my favorite when it comes to this seasoning, but any salt that isn’t coarse salt is great. Coarse salt might make it too salty, so proceed with caution if using it. 

FAQs

How Long Does Fajita Seasoning Last?

You can store your fajita seasoning mix in an airtight glass jar in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. It should keep in the pantry for 6-12 months.

How Much Fajita Seasoning is in a Packet?

There are approximately 2-3 tablespoons of fajita seasoning in a store-bought packet.

How to Store Fajita Seasoning

You can store fajita seasoning in:

  • a mason jar
  • spice jars
  • Ziploc
  • Tupperware, Rubbermaid, or another airtight container

Dietary Considerations

If you have any allergies or intolerances, check to make sure the individual spices you use to make this fajita spice are free of those ingredients.

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Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Yield: 5 Tablespoons
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

If you want the best fajitas you've ever had, use this homemade fajita seasoning! Vibrant flavors perfect for this classic Mexican dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until fully combined.
  2. Store in a sealed jar or dish in the pantry for up to a month.

Notes

Tips:

  • Make note that I use American chili powder. Chili powder will vary in flavor depending on where it’s from.
  • Be sure to grab quality spices for your seasoning. This ensures optimum flavor. Cheaper seasonings often lack in flavor and quality, making the seasoning taste weak and lacking.
  • You can use normal paprika in place of smoked paprika, but I highly suggest smoked paprika as it adds a delicious component to the mixture.
  • Fine sea salt is my favorite when it comes to this seasoning, but any salt that isn’t coarse salt is great. Coarse salt might make it too salty, so proceed with caution if using it.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 19Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1319mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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