Learn how to make Homemade Fajita Seasoning from scratch to use for chicken fajitas, taco salads, soups, and more!
As a food blogger, I don’t always share every recipe I make, especially when I cook for fun. 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 back in 2007. 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 fajitas, whether it’s beef, chicken, or shrimp. My secret weapon to making dinner quick and easy is having a jar of Homemade Fajita Seasoning ready to go in my pantry.
If you have basic spices in your pantry, you don’t need to run out and buy a packet. You can easily make this fajita seasoning recipe right now.
Is there a difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?
I’ve been researching this question quite a bit. Turns out nobody really knows the answer!
What I personally concluded is although they contain the same spices, they have a different ratio, which alters the taste slightly.
I personally use this fajita spice mix for both fajitas and tacos. I don’t think there’s any hard rule to follow.
What spices are in fajita seasoning?
Typically fajita seasoning is made up of chili powder, cumin, black pepper, salt, smoked paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, and onion powder. If you really like it spicy, you can also add crushed red pepper.
I have a well-equipped spice collection, so why go out and buy a packet of fajita seasoning when it’ll take me 5 minutes to make some at home? Not to mention no funky chemicals or a high amount of sodium.
Fajita seasoning is only as good (and spicy) as your spices. I’ve made it with cheap chili powder from the dollar store and with good quality chili powder. 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 after college, and I’ve been making this recipe longer than that.
Make a big jar of it now, then use a tablespoon or two as you need it. You can make chicken fajitas or spice up some chili. 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.
Recipes To Make With Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- Homemade Enchilada Sauce – A tomato-based sauce for enchiladas
- Salsa Chicken Enchiladas – Chicken enchiladas with a homemade enchilada sauce
- Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas For Two – Spiced up beef enchiladas
- Fajita Shrimp Tacos – Spicy shrimp tacos made easy
- Chicken Enchilada Dip – When you’re tired of buffalo chicken dip
- Chicken Fajita Dip – A different take on eating fajitas. The dip also makes a great quesadilla filling!
- Chicken Fajita Fettuccine – When you’re in the mood for Tex Mex but you also want pasta
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- Mix together all of the spices. Store in an airtight container.