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I love making my own spice blends of buying the pre-made packets.  This Homemade Fajita Seasoning is better than store bought.  It’s easy to make and budget friendly as well.

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We love making homemade seasonings blends. They taste so much better and I know exactly what I am adding to the blend. I can easily add more of a seasoning or remove it. They are easy to make and easy to store.

All it takes is about 2 to 3 tablespoons per pound of meat and your fajitas will turn out amazing. I love being able to give my family homemade seasoning and it really only takes minutes to make. You might also like to try our steak seasoning recipe.

What is Fajita Seasoning Made of?

Homemade Fajita seasoning Mix is usually made up of Mexican spices which includes cumin and chili powder. Plus other spices that include smoked paprika, garlic salt and onion powder. These seasoning can be adjust to what you like.


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How to Make Fajita Seasoning

  • Step 1 – Gather all the ingredients – Combine everything in a small bowl. Stir to combine.
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  • Step 2 – Store Properly – Store in an airtight container like a mason jar.
  • Step 3 – How to Use – Use 1 tablespoon spice mix for every 1-2 pounds of chicken.
Fajita Seasoning in a white bowl

What to Serve Fajita Seasoning on?

There are many ways to use this Fajita Seasoning. Yes, it is great when you are making steak fajita’s or chicken fajita’s. But I have used it in many other ways and it came out so amazing.

  • Soup – If you are making a taco soup or a enchilada soup, add this seasoning. It gives it so much flavor.
  • Marinate – Add a dry rub to your chicken breast, shrimp, steak and use this fajita seasoning. Before placing your meat on the grill marinate you meat in this amazing dry rub. Let the meat sit in the fajita marinade for about 20 minutes before placing on the grill.
  • Roast Vegetables – Spice up your veggies and sprinkle a tablespoon or two on your vegetables before putting in the oven.
Close up image of fajita seasoning in a jar with a teaspoon

How Much Seasoning to Use?

It really depends on the recipe and the size of the batch that you are making. But usually we use 1 tablespoons per 1 pounds of meat to make fajita.

You can adjust the amount of seasoning you add as you are cooking. I love the flavor of this seasoning, so I usually add a bit more.

The Best Chicken Fajita Seasoning Recipe:

Simply use 2 Tablespoons of fajita seasoning mix instead of a seasoning packet.  I usually mix this seasoning with some olive oil and your meat of choice. This creates a great marinade recipe for your meal.

You can easily use this recipe to create homemade spice chicken fajita mix or a great steak fajita seasoning recipe.  This fajita seasoning tastes great on all types of meat so use it often.  We love to use it Chicken Fajita Quesadillas Recipe.

Fajita seasoning on a teaspoon

What is the difference of Fajita Seasoning vs Taco Seasoning?

My homemade fajita seasoning recipe has more chili powder in it than my taco seasoning recipe.  I think that the additional chili powder gives it more of a tomato and smoky flavor. It is the perfect flavor that I love on my favorite fajita recipes.

The additional chili powder also gives the meat a nice reddish color. It looks beautiful with the sautéed bell peppers and onions that is generally served with Easy Grilled Chicken Fajitas Recipe or Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the fajitas for added flavor.

Can I Use Fajita Seasoning in place of Taco Seasoning?

The short answer is yes.  Since these seasonings are similar, you can use fajita seasoning in place of taco seasoning if you’re currently all out.  They both have a great Mexican flavor that can be used in many recipes.

If I am out of Fajita Seasoning Packets or Taco Seasoning, I usually just use what I have. The ingredients are very similar and no one will know the difference.

How to Store Fajita Seasoning

Storing you Fajita Seasoning is easy to do. Once you have mixed the spices together, place in a spice jar or a mason jar. Make sure to place in cool, dark, dry place in an area that you can see it to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Equals a Packet of Store-Bought Fajita Seasoning Mix?

A typical store bought fajita seasoning mix has about 3 tablespoons of mix. However, we find that 2 tablespoons of our homemade seasoning is plenty.

Can this be used for Beef or Shrimp Fajitas as well?

Yes this works with beef fajitas and shrimp fajitas.

How Long Does Homemade Fajita Seasoning Last?

Homemade Fajita Seasoning will last about 4 months if stored properly. We recommend storing in a jar in a cool, dark place. We place ours in the pantry so it is easy to grab when we are making fajitas.

More Homemade Seasonings

If you make this Homemade Fajita Seasoning, then leave us a comment or a star review. We love hearing from you.

Fajita Seasoning Recipe

4.94 from 63 votes
You will love making your own homemade fajita seasoning. It's quick and easy to make and will taste great on all your favorite Mexican dinners.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Mexican
Course Mixes and Seasonings
Calories 19


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  • Combine everything in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Store in an airtight container like a mason jar.
  • Use 1 tablespoon Fajita seasoning for every 1-2 pounds of chicken.

Recipe Notes

This is perfect for fajitas or just for an easy grilled chicken. You can also use on shrimp, pork or steak.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 19kcal, Carbohydrates 3g, Protein 1g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 2331mg, Potassium 111mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 1315IU, Vitamin C 0.6mg, Calcium 29mg, Iron 1.9mg

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  1. Reese says:

    5 stars
    Perfectly balanced seasoning! Loved the fajitas I made for dinner, with this spice blend.

    I did add 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, as well. That’s just our preference, for a little caramelization.

  2. Jessica Negrete says:

    5 stars
    I make Mexican rice with homemade tortillas.

  3. Traci says:

    I love steak fajita’s!!!

  4. Patricia says:

    4 stars
    Love making these! My favorite is chicken we make rice as a side when making this dish

  5. Carmela Gause says:

    5 stars
    I love Fajitas because is a real quick night meal that’s always a family favorite without no complaints! Lol! I always love to see fajita recipes because everyone puts their favorite spin on it and I haven’t tasted a bad recipe yet which shows how so versatile fajita recipes are. I love to serve mine with a simple salad or yellow Spanish rice, yum!

  6. Carrie Barnard says:

    Oh I’ve never tried that!

  7. Becky says:

    I usually get chicken fajitas when we go out however I love them with steak too. I also put bell peppers and onions on them and of course sour cream. For sides we usually do chips and salsa and of course guacamole. Sometimes we have refried beans and Mexican rice too.

  8. joyce kyle says:

    i would eat Fajitas on floured tortilla shells use the seasoning recipe, mexican rice, refried beans

  9. Stacy Hanna says:

    Fajitas are my picky 14 year old son’s favorite. We make homemade salsa and refried beans. I am going to make this seasoning today. Thanks. I love everything y’all do.

  10. Randi says:

    I serve tossed salad with my favorite beef fajita.

  11. Sandra Briggs says:

    5 stars
    Spanish rice and tortillas with fajitas. Love steak, chicken and shrimp fajitas.

  12. Carol says:

    5 stars
    I used your fajita seasoning on the chicken with peppers recipe and it was delicious!!! I served the fajita in a Tortilla for the best dinner this week.

  13. Mary Culp says:

    5 stars
    1.) I serve Spanish Rice with my fajitas…

    2.) I love Chicken or Shrimp Fajitas….the best for a quick easy dinner to make to enjoy.

  14. Heather Green says:

    I love to serve Spanish rice and refried beans with my fajitas. Also, my favorite fajitas are combo – beef + chicken + shrimp. Can’t wait to try this homemade fajita seasoning recipe!

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