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Fajita Seasoning

Fajita Seasoning is a simple homemade spice blend perfect for chicken, beef or shrimp. This basic recipe will add the all of the flavors you are looking for in a plate of sizzling fajitas and you probably have everything to make it in your pantry.

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Homemade rubs and spice mixes are the best so that you know exactly what you are adding to your meals. You can easily control the salt, sugar and heat to your preferred taste. So skip the packet at the store and make a batch of your own this week.

Jar of fajita spices with spoon in the top. On a red gingham napkin.
Fajita Seasoning is a simple homemade spice blend perfect for chicken, beef or shrimp. This basic recipe will add the all of the flavors you are looking for in a plate of sizzling fajitas and you probably have everything to make it in your pantry.

🔥 Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for Fajita Seasoning.

  • Granulated Garlic Look for granulated garlic, not garlic powder, which tends to clump.
  • Chili Powder  We chose ancho chili which is made from dried poblano peppers. It’s slightly spicier than regular chili powder, either works just fine. 
  • Ground Cumin  The essential spice for Mexican dishes. 
  • Kosher Salt  Adjust the salt to your own taste or leave it out for a salt-free blend.
  • Black Pepper We prefer the coarse, restaurant style black pepper, if you are using fine ground, use 1/ 2 of the measurement.
  • Brown Sugar Adding sugar is optional but it really compliments the spicy flavors and helps caramelize the meat.

🔥 Directions and Storage

Fajita spices in a bowl.

  • Add all of the ingredients into a bowl.

Bowl with fajita spice blend.

  • Mix using a large tined fork or flat whisk. 

Jar with a lid containing fajita seasoning.

  • Store in an airtight container in the pantry up to 6 months. 

If you don’t make fajitas often, this recipe can be divided in half. 

🔥 Uses

Use 1/4 cup per pound of meat or seafood along with olive oil and any of the following juices: lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice or pineapple juice to make a tasty fajita marinade.

Fajita seasoned chicken tenders on a grill.

Great for seasoning steak, chicken and shrimp. We used it to season several pounds of chicken tenders that we cooked ahead for easy meals this week. 

🔥 Our Favorite Fajita Recipes

Grilled Steak Fajitas are traditionally made with flank steak but we love to use sirloin steak along with sliced peppers and onions. Making steak fajitas on the grill adds even more flavor to this restaurant favorite.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas are always a hit with the entire family. Easy to make with white or dark meat, the chicken really soaks up the marinade and turns out flavorful and delicious.

Steak and Shrimp Fajitas are one of our favorites making a surf and turf dinner that impresses everyone at the table with the mix of textures and flavors.

Fajita spice mix in a jar.

This Fajita Seasoning is so easy to make with pantry ingredients. It adds just the right amount of flavor and spice to your favorite fajitas and also makes a great seasoning for grilled burgers, chicken, steaks or sprinkle it over fries

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Fajita seasoning ingredients in a bowl.
Yield: 1 1/4 cups

Fajita Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Fajita Seasoning is a simple homemade spice blend perfect for chicken, beef or shrimp. This basic recipe will add the all of the flavors you are looking for in a plate of sizzling fajitas and you probably have everything to make it in your pantry.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder (or regular chili powder)
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons coarse black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add brown sugar, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix with a large tined fork or whisk until completely combined.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the pantry up to 6 months. Stir before using.

Notes

Use 1/4 cup per pound of meat for fajitas.

Mix with olive oil and citrus juice or pineapple juice for fajita marinade.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 33Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 404mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is estimated and may not be accurate.

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