It's so easy to make your own homemade fajita seasoning! You may already have all the spices you need to make this at home. This is a great seasoning to have on hand for more than just fajitas!
For quick and easy dinners, it's always nice to have some homemade sauces, spices, and seasonings on hand. These timesavers are also flavor savers, as they can add so much extra flavor to even the most basic ingredients!
The best part of making fajita seasoning from scratch: it takes no more than 5 minutes. Five minutes! That's it!
And once you whip up a batch, you can store it properly in a cool, dry, place and it should keep for a couple of years.
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What is fajita seasoning?
The term fajita means "little sash," and is a variation of the Spanish word faja, which means "belt, strip, or band." A fajita is basically any meat cut into strips, and usually served with strips of peppers and onions on a corn or flour tortilla.
Fajita seasoning is the traditional combination of spices that accompanies fajita meat.
Kitchen tools and equipment
For this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Bowl - You'll need a medium bowl to mix together all of the ingredients.
Whisk - Use a whisk or a fork to combine the ingredients.
Jar or other container - To store homemade fajita seasoning, you'll need an airtight container. I prefer glass jars like these cute little mason jars.
Ingredients to make fajita seasoning
Here are the spices you need to make fajita seasoning from scratch:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Onion Powder
- Dried oregano
- Granulated sugar
- Kosher salt
- Ground black pepper
Making fajita seasoning is easy!
Simply combine all of the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk together until fully combined.
This recipe makes approximately ¼ cup, so feel free to double or triple the recipe if you need more.
Store in an airtight container, such as a small mason jar, in a cool, dark, dry place. Ideal storage spots include a pantry or spice drawer.
If stored properly, fajita seasoning can be stored for up to 2 or 3 years!
Fajita seasoning has more cumin, whereas taco seasoning has more chili powder and oregano. Taco seasoning tends to be a little spicier than fajita seasoning.
Fajitas is a term used to specifically refer to the way the meat itself is prepared (in strips). Tacos refers to the way the fillings are served -- in a hard or soft taco shell, folded.
How to use fajita seasoning
The most common way to use fajita seasoning is with fajita meat served in soft shell or hard shell tortillas. Try it in my Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas or Instant Pot Chicken Fajitas recipe!
Other ideas for using fajita meat:
- in casseroles
- served over Instant Pot Garlic Rice
- with pasta
- served in hoagie rolls or buns as fajita rolls
Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a large bowl, add all ingredients together and whisk until well combined.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.
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