Easy Homemade Fajita Sauce {Fajita Marinade}

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This easy homemade fajita sauce is made with a delicious blend of olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and simple seasonings that you likely already have in your spice cabinet. It’s an easy and versatile fajita marinade that will instantly add flavor to burritos, nachos, tacos, salads, and more!

This sauce goes perfectly with any Mexican food like Trader Joe’s Shaved Beef Fajitas, Chicken Fajita Pizza, and Easy Fajita Veggies but you can also marinade simple Baked Chicken Breasts and Blackened Chicken to add instant flavor.

Homemade fajita sauce (fajita marinade) in a small bowl.
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  • INSTANTLY MARINADE ANY MEAT – Have steak fajitas on the menu? Use this to add flavor and tenderize the meat. But it’s also great for shrimp fajitas and excellent as a chicken fajita marinade.
  • MADE WITH SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – You don’t need to run out to specialty Mexican markets. This sauce is made with common ingredients that are easily found at your local grocery store.
  • VERSATILE USES – The great thing about this fajita marinade is that you can use it in so many different ways. You can use it as a marinade or drizzle some over vegetarian fajitas for an instant burst of savory goodness.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this easy homemade fajita sauce recipe:

Ingredients needed to make homemade fajita marinade.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Honey: A touch of sweetness from the honey balances the acidity of the other ingredients and robust seasonings.

Lime: Fresh lime juice works as a tenderizer and adds a nice tangy flavor to the fajita marinade.

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE FAJITA SAUCE: STEP-BY-STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the printable recipe card below!

Step 1: SO SIMPLE! In a small bowl, add all the ingredients, including olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, honey, and seasonings. Whisk until thoroughly combined. #done

All ingredients for the fajita sauce in a glass bowl.

How to Use This Fajita Sauce

Pour over 1-2 lbs. of meat, such as beef, chicken, or fish, and toss to coat. For best results, marinate the meat for 15-60 minutes. I don’t recommend marinating meats longer than 60 minutes since the lime juice will start to “cook” the meat.

STORAGE

Storage: Store this fajita marinade in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. If you skip the minced garlic, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What is fajita sauce made of?

It’s usually a blend of an acidic ingredient like lime or orange juice, adobo sauce or another savory ingredient like soy sauce, olive oil, and common spices like chipotle chili powder, red pepper flakes, cumin, and other spices. It also includes a sweetener like honey or brown sugar to balance the savory spices.

What goes well with fajita flavors?

After marinating and cooking the raw meat with fajita sauce, you can wrap it in warm tortillas (flour or corn tortillas both work great) and top with your favorite toppings, such as sour cream, fresh guacamole, salsa, or diced yellow onion or red onion.

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Easy Homemade Fajita Sauce {Fajita Marinade}

Casey Rooney
This easy homemade fajita sauce is made with a delicious blend of olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, and simple seasonings that you likely already have in your spice cabinet. It's an easy and versatile fajita marinade that will instantly add flavor to burritos, nachos, tacos, salads, and more!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika (smoked paprika is best!)
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Instructions
 

  • Combine & Mix: In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together.
  • Use or Store: Pour over 1-2lbs. of protein (beef, chicken, fish, etc) or store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days. Note: If you skip the minced garlic, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Makes about 1/2 cup sauce/marinade which is enough to marinate 1-2 lbs of meat.
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