Homemade Fajita Mix Recipe! Ditch the packets and make your own seasoning! It only takes 5 minutes but tastes 100 times better than store bought. Ditch the seasoning packets, you already have the spices - why not make your own!
By now you know I'm a big fan of making my own seasonings and I hope you are too! Next time try Montreal Steak Seasoning - it's one of my favorites!)
Why you'll love this recipe
✔️ Saves time because you don't have to run to the grocery store.
✔️ Saves money as you're using ingredients you already have in your pantry!
✔️ You control the spice - add more chili powder if you want more heat, less if you don't!
Most importantly... you know what's in this mix - no preservatives and nothing you can't pronounce!
For the exact measurements for the homemade fajita seasoning mix recipe, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. You'll just need a handful of basic spices.
- chili powder - adds warms and spice.
- sugar - for just a touch of sweetness.
- cumin - adds an earthy depth of flavor.
- smoked paprika - you can substitute with regular if you don't have smoked, but I like the smoked for that little hint of grilling without all the work!
- onion powder - adds concentrated onion flavor and depth.
- granulated garlic - compliments the spice mix, can substitute with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.
- kosher salt - to add flavor
- red pepper flakes - helps turn up the heat! Cayenne pepper also adds a nice pop of heat!
This is an overview of the instructions. For complete directions just scroll down to the bottom!
- Measure ingredients into a small bowl or jar.
- Stir to mix.
- Store in an airtight container or glass jar.
The following are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
- Measuring spoons - these are great because they will fit into the spice jars.
- These small canning jars are perfect to store the fajita spice mix.
You bet, you'll need 2-3 tablespoons per pound of meat. Many seasoning mixes contain flour to thicken the sauce, so if you want the sauce with your tacos to be thick, add 1 teaspoon of flour to the seasoning mix prior to adding it to the meat.
Yes, most fajita seasoning contains oregano and less garlic and onion powder, but in a pinch you can substitute.
There are two tablespoons of seasoning in the packets you'll purchase at the store.
Stored in your pantry in an airtight container it will last about six months. So why not make your own?
After you've combined the mix, be sure to label the jar or container so. you don't forget what's inside!
If you like more heat, add extra chili powder and red pepper flakes. It's really personal preference.
Common fajita veggies
- red bell pepper, yellow, orange or green bell peppers.
- sliced onions - you can use yellow, white or red onions.
Store spice mixes in an airtight container like a small mason jar in a dry place.
They are best stored and will keep longer in a dark place like the pantry or spice cabinet and will stay fresh up to six months!
If you make a big batch, freeze excess fajita spice mix will help it to last even longer.
These are easy recipes and homemade spice blends taste so much better than store-bought!
- Homemade Old Bay Seasoning - easy to make with ingredients you have on hand - delicious!
- Chef's Blend Spice Rub - five minutes to make for the most versatile spice mix!
- Montreal Steak Seasoning - great on steaks, liven up your meal with a perfect balance of flavor!
- Homemade Taco Seasoning - get the heat just right when you make your own!
Using this recipe make a big platter of;
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas - love this great recipe!
- Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas - use a large skillet for this recipe, it makes a large batch!
- Skillet Chicken Fajitas - Loaded with bell peppers and red onion, they are delish!
- Steak Fajitas
Then to go with your meal here are some great side dishes:
- Chipotle Black Bean Recipe - easy to make on the stovetop or pressure cooker.
- Mexican Street Corn - your favorite vegetable made even better!
- This easy-to-make Mexican Coleslaw Recipe is a tasty twist on traditional slaw.
- Southwest Salad - loaded with bright fresh crunch this is easy to make and delicious.
Don't forget to check out my Amazon storefront for some of my favorite products! 🛍️
If you love this recipe please leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating!
Fajita Spice Mix
- Measuring Spoons
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
I earn a commission from Instacart from qualifying purchases.
- Measure all of the ingreients into a small jar.
- Shake to combine!
- Use 2-3 tablespoons in place of seasoning packet.
- Seal well and store in the pantry for up to six months.
Sign up for my recipes here!!Don't worry, we'll never share your email.
Often times you have all of the spices you need in your cabinet and let's be honest, how many times do you look thru the cabinet, only to find some that are already expired?
I hate that. Having said that, don't get me wrong - you know I'm all about convenience! However using what I have on hand just makes better sense, wouldn't you agree?
This is one of Dan's favorites! When I made fajitas last week, he loved it. They were tasty and flavorful, with just the right amount of spice and heat!