Easy Homemade Fajita Seasoning

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This Easy Homemade Fajita Seasoning recipe will take your Tex-Mex from good to irresistibly great! Made with a blend of garlic powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, and other earthy spices, this seasoning blend will beat out any store-bought seasoning packets.

Use this spice blend to season meat like Shaved Beef Steak Fajitas, Ground Beef Fajitas, or even Chicken Fajita Pizza. It’s also an essential ingredient in Veggie Fajitas and Fajita Marinade.

Homemade fajita seasoning in a jar with a spoon.
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What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • EASY HOMEMADE VERSION – Ditch the store-bought versions from the grocery store and whip up this fajita mix using fresh spices that come with that perfect flavor.
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – This easy fajita seasoning recipe has 6 pantry staple ingredients, plus salt and black pepper, and comes together in one easy step.
  • VERSATILE USE – Use this in your favorite fajita recipes to instantly add Tex-Mex flavor. From veggies to shrimp fajitas, this homemade spice mix is a game-changer.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Easy Homemade Fajita Seasoning:

Ingredients needed for homemade fajita seasoning.

Bulk Batch Tip

Make a large batch of fajita seasoning in advance by doubling or tripling the recipe. This saves time, and you won’t ever run out when preparing meals.

STORAGE

Storage: Store this in an airtight container like a spice jar, mason jar, or another glass container for up to 12 months at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to 2 years.

The amounts listed in the recipe card are good for one pound of meat, so be sure to scale the recipe and store the homemade seasoning properly in a spice cabinet or another dry place.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What’s the difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?

The two seasonings are very similar and are often used interchangeably. However, the biggest difference is in the amount of spice. Taco seasoning has more chili powder and tends to be spicier while fajita seasoning has more cumin and a milder spice level.

However, when making your own spice blends, you can easily adjust and add a pinch of cayenne pepper for more heat…that’s the beauty of cooking at home1

Do I have to add the sugar in this seasoning?

The very little sugar that is added to this homemade fajita seasoning mix is used to balance the other spices well. It complements the overall flavor and enhances the savory seasonings and spices.

You can omit it but you may be surprised to learn that most store-bought mixes have sugar as well.

How can I prevent the seasoning from clumping together during storage?

For longer storage, I recommend using white sugar instead of brown sugar. Also consider adding 1/2 of a teaspoon of cornstarch to the seasoning blend. This helps to absorb moisture and prevent clumping. But use it sparingly to avoid altering the flavor of the seasoning.

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Easy Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Casey Rooney
This Easy Homemade Fajita Seasoning recipe will take your Tex-Mex from good to irresistibly great! Made with a blend of garlic powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, and other earthy spices, this seasoning blend will beat out any store-bought seasoning packets.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Seasoning
Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp paprika (smoked paprika works best!)
  • 2 tsp white or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine: In a small bowl, whisk together all spices.
  • Use or Store: Use the mixture right away or store in an airtight container until you are ready to use. Fajita seasoning can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 12 months.

Notes

** This recipe makes 4 tablespoons which is enough to season 1 to 1 1/2 lbs. of meat.
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