Learn how to make Fajita Seasoning from scratch to keep in your pantry! This recipe for fajita seasoning is perfect to spice up steak fajitas, chicken enchiladas, taco salads, and more.

Fajita seasoning on white spoon
As a food blogger I don’t always share every recipe I make, especially when I cook for fun. Sometimes I need a mental break from all the testing.

Other times the recipe is so easy, 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 I made a lot throughout college is easy steak fajitas. Sometimes chicken or shrimp.

My secret weapon to making a quick and easy dinner 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.

Jar of Fajita Seasoning

What are fajitas?

Fajitas are a Tex-Mex dish of grilled meat (usually steak or chicken), bell peppers, and onions served in a tortilla.

Fajita seasoning is the spice mix used to flavor the meat, as you can see with my chicken fajita salad.

What is in fajita seasoning?

Typically the ingredients for homemade fajita seasoning are:

    • Chili Powder – There will be a huge taste difference between dollar store chili powder and high quality chili powder. They also vary in spice level, so choose one you’re comfortable with.
    • Cumin
    • Black Pepper – Freshly cracked from a pepper mill is best.
    • Salt – Preferably kosher
    • Smoked Paprika
    • Dried Oregano
    • Garlic Powder
    • Onion Powder
    • Crushed Red Pepper or Cayenne – Optional if you love your food extra spicy

Make sure you’re using high quality spices for the best fajita seasoning recipe.

Don’t get me wrong – if all you have is the cheap dollar spices, by all means it still makes a great dinner. That’s what I did in college.

However, if you can afford fresh spices from a reputable source (such as Penzey’s Spices), your taste buds will thank you.

Why make homemade fajita seasoning?

If you have a well stocked spice pantry, why go out and buy a packet when it’ll take 5 minutes to make this easy fajita seasoning recipe at home?

Not to mention you can control the amount of heat and salt in your fajita seasoning.

Fajita Mix on white spoon

What is the 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 my seasoning for both fajitas and tacos. I don’t think there’s any hard rule to follow.

Fajita Seasoning on white spoon

How To Make Fajita Seasoning

Making fajita seasoning is the easiest recipe ever!

Measure all of your spices into a bowl, stir them together, then store in a glass or plastic container in your pantry.

How To Use Fajita Seasoning

Use a tablespoon or two for every pound of meat, depending on personal preference.

You can make Chicken Fajita Pasta or spice up Slow Cooker Beef Enchiladas.

Throw it in some taco meat or cook up some Fajita Shrimp Tacos.

You can also make Fajita Veggies and add them to your meals.

Hosting a cinco de mayo fiesta? Cook up a fajita bar!

For non-Mexican, spice up some Pork Chops with Mushroom Gravy.

How To Season Chicken For Fajitas

To season chicken for fajitas, pat your chicken dry with paper towels then cut your chicken into 1-inch pieces.

Next, evenly sprinkle your chicken fajita seasoning then mix (with your hands or a spoon) until coated.

Your fajita chicken is now ready to cook!

How long will fajita seasoning last?

Your fajita mix will last up to 6 months.

You want to store it in a cool, dry place away from direct light. Heat will diminish your spices, so you don’t want to store it near your hot stove or window.

Collage of Fajita Seasoning on a white spoon

Recipes To Make With Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Fajita Seasoning

Fajita Seasoning

Yield: 3 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Learn how to make Fajita Seasoning from scratch to keep in your pantry! This recipe for fajita seasoning is perfect to spice up steak fajitas, chicken enchiladas, taco salads, and more.


  • 1 tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt (preferably kosher)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper (optional - add for extra heat)


  1. Stir together all of the spices. Store in an airtight container in a dry, cool place for up to 6 months.


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Originally published November 1, 2012