Homemade Fajita Seasoning


Fajita Seasoning

As a food blogger, I don’t always share every recipe I make, especially when I cook. Sometimes it is someone else’s recipe and I don’t change it enough to reblog. Other times the recipe is so simple, it doesn’t even occur to me about sharing. I’ve been cooking dinner for myself ever since I studied abroad in Ireland about 5 years ago. It was my first time with a kitchen and no meal plan on campus. I learned to get over my fear of touching raw meat very quickly (with the help of a housemate). One dinner that I made a lot throughout college and even now is steak fajitas. Strips of beef, strips of peppers and onions, and my secret weapon – Fajita Seasoning. If you have basic spices in your pantry, you don’t need to run out and buy a packet. You can easily make this seasoning right now.

Fajita Seasoning
Fajita Seasoning

I have an enormous spice collection, so why go out and buy a packet of fajita seasoning when it’ll take me maybe 5 minutes to make some at home? Not to mention no funky chemicals or a high amount of sodium. Make a big stock of it now, then use a tablespoon or two as you need it. You can make traditional fajitas or spice up some chili or soup. Throw it in taco meat or do a spice rub for chicken. Your limit is your imagination. Be sure to gradually add some so you can taste and adjust as necessary.

Fajita Seasoning

Your Fajita Seasoning is only as good (and spicy) as your spices. I’ve made it with cheap chili powder from the dollar store (college, remember?) and with good quality chili powder from Penzey’s Spices. Huge difference (no surprise there). Don’t get me wrong – if all you have is the cheap dollar spices, by all means it still makes a good dinner. Trust me – I didn’t have the money to splurge on good quality ingredients until about two years ago, and I’ve been making this recipe longer than that.

Fajita Seasoning

Making your own Fajita Seasoning and Fajitas from scratch is much cheaper than buying a fajita kit and packet of seasoning. Maybe up front it’s more money buying the meat and veggies, but you get more quantity (and quality) in the long run.

Fajita Seasoning

Fajita Seasoning
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1 Tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Whisk together all of the spices and store in an airtight container.

Source: Food.com

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  1. Beautiful, beautiful combination!

  2. You are so right that making your own seasoning is the way to go. I like that you can control the amount of sodium and adjust flavors to taste. I love your photos with the spices in layers. So cool!!

  3. Great way to control sodium!

  4. I’m loving this mix and I need to make some because having things done beforehand is my idea of awesome. Also love how you layered it!

  5. Hi Carla, found you through Kim. Great looking seasoning. Will have to come back and see what else you are up to soon. Have a great weekend.

  6. I am with you on that, why go out and buy when you can make it at home. I always make taco seasoning, but don’t ever to think to make Fajita Seasoning. Saving this recipe now

  7. Jenn@slim-shoppin says:

    I totally agree! I make a similar version It’s been one of my most popluar “recipes”. I have never bought a packet again!

    Your photos are beautiful!

  8. This sounds great! I like to make my own too. It’s so much better and no chemicals! I’m going to give your version a try this weekend!

  9. I’m excited to find recipes for homemade seasoning mixes because I need to omit salt from my diet. I’d like to know what is the difference between between Fajita & Taco seasoning as the store bought packages seem to list identical spices yet the flavor outcome is different, why?

    • I think it’s the amount of spices you use. One may have more cumin or chili powder than the other. They are similar enough where if you ran out of one, you can substitute the other.

  10. Corrine says:

    Love this recipe! Found it by googling for a fajita seasoning recipe. My hubby could not believe that made it (he thought it was a pkg). Thank you :)

  11. I was so glad I didn’t have to run out to the store for fajita seasoning! This was awesome!!!!!

  12. Kellie Grady says:

    Very yummy….. but very hot!!!


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