Fajita Seasoning is a quick and easy way to give your cooking some South-of-the-Border flair.
This combination of flavorful herbs and spices is super simple to make and keeps in the pantry for months!
Ingredients in Homemade Fajita Seasoning
You can find ready-made fajita seasoning mix in stores. However, making a homemade seasoning allows you to adjust the ingredients according to your tastes and we like the flavor better than store-bought.
The recipe below is a blend of chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and other basic pantry spices.
Smoked paprika is different from a regular or sweet paprika with a very smoky fragrance and it will give the fajitas an extra bump of flavor. A pinch of sugar helps caramelize the meat or veggies as it cooks. Chili powder contains sweet paprika (made from sweet peppers) and is added to this spice blend.
Substitutions & Variations
The best thing about making your own seasoning mixes is that it allows you to unleash your creativity. Add more ingredients or subtract others, to bring as much or as little heat or complexity as you desire. Depending on your preference, consider adding or substituting oregano, celery salt, cocoa powder, turmeric, coriander, or chipotle powder.
To replace fajita seasoning packets, use 1 ½ tablespoons of seasoning below to season 1 pound of meat like chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork. I always add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for serving.
How to Use Fajita Seasoning
- This spice mix can be used as a rub for beef, fish, or chicken.
- Make fajitas with shrimp, chicken, or skirt steak.
- Fajita seasoning is similar to taco seasoning but is a bit bolder. You can use it for ground beef tacos.
- Stir it into a marinade for a boost of flavor.
- It’s a great addition to homemade chili, soups, and rice. Stir extra seasoning into refried beans, guacamole, or sprinkle over corn on the cob.
This fajita seasoning will last up to six months. Store it in a tightly covered jar to ensure the herbs and aromatics retain their oils.
Who knows? You might wind up developing a signature fajita seasoning! It may even become a cherished family recipe for generations!
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This combination of classic herbs and spices is simple to make and keeps in the pantry for months.
Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
Store in a spice jar or an airtight container.
To use fajita seasoning, combine 1 pound of meat and 1 ½ tablespoons of seasoning mix (or more to taste). Grill or cook in a cast iron skillet with sliced onions and bell peppers.
Use 1 ½ tablespoons of homemade fajita seasoning mix to replace 1 packet of fajita seasoning.
Calories: 20 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 959mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 962IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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