5-Minute Homemade Fajita Seasoning
Stop buying the store-bought fajita seasoning packets and save money by making your own at home! This Homemade Fajita Seasoning recipe is is quick and easy to make and you can easily double, triple, or quadruple the recipe to keep it on-hand in your pantry. Use it for homemade fajitas, taco bowls, and more!
I love fajitas. They’ve been a staple in my family since I was a kid, and now Pat and I enjoy them on the regular in our house, too.
To save money, I’ve never been one to use the fajita seasoning mix packets from the store. I’ve always made my own! It’s ridiculously easy, cheaper, and just as delicious. It may even be better for you, too!
This Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix recipe was originally posted with my Easy Tofu Fajitas, but I felt it deserved it’s own spot here on my website, too.
What is Fajita Seasoning?
Fajita seasoning is a mix of dried spices and herbs that are used to season and flavour fajitas.
In Tex-Mex cuisine, fajitas are any stripped grilled protein (like chicken, steak, or tofu) paired with stripped bell peppers and onions that are usually served on soft flour or corn tortillas.
The protein is usually tossed with the fajita seasoning while cooking to add Tex-Mex flavour to the dish.
What Ingredients Are In Fajita Seasoning?
While this may vary by brand, a packet of store-bought fajita seasoning mix contains:
Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Salt, Sugar, Sea Salt, Spice, Chili Pepper. 2% Or Less Of: Vegetable Oil (Canola, Soybean And/Or Sunflower Oil), Citric Acid, Artificial Color, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Natural Smoke Flavor, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder
Ingredients for Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix:
This Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix recipe is much simpler, and just as tasty (if not better). It contains chilli powder, ground cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
How to Make Your Own Homemade Fajita Seasoning:
Making your own fajita seasoning mix at home is really easy, and should only take you 5 minutes.
All you need to do is gather your fajita mix ingredients, measure out and gently stir them together in a small bowl. Then, use them on your favourite fajita dishes, like these Easy Tofu Fajitas.
Is DIY Fajita Seasoning Healthier Than Store-Bought?
As a dietitian, I’m can definitely get behind making nourishing swaps that still feel satisfying. Store-bought seasoning tends to be quite high in sodium, so making your own at home gives you more control over how much salt and other ingredients you add.
Most store-bought seasoning packets also have added sugars, while this simple homemade fajita seasoning has no added sugars whatsoever.
Switching from store-bought fajita seasoning is also be healthier for your wallet as it’s cheaper to make than to buy the single-use packets. That being said, it’s still okay to use the store-bought fajita seasoning mix if that feels more satisfying, enjoyable or convenient for you.
Know that whichever you choose, a single food or ingredient won’t make or break your health, it’s the habits that you carry out regularly that matter most!
What’s the Difference Between Fajita Seasoning and Taco Seasoning?
Many people wonder if there is a difference between fajita seasoning and taco seasoning.
While they are very similar, taco seasoning tends to have more chilli powder, oregano, and spice (think cayenne pepper or chilli flakes) than fajita seasoning. Fajita seasoning is more mild, and tends to have more cumin in it.
That being said, there is really no reason that you can’t use this homemade fajita seasoning in dishes other than fajitas.
Because the flavours are so similar, you definitely can use it to season tacos or other Tex-Mex style recipes. Try using it to season the sweet potatoes in these Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taco Bowls!
How to Use Your Homemade Fajita Seasoning:
There’s a variety of dishes you can use this DIY fajita seasoning in! Try:
- Fajitas (of course) like chicken or Tofu Fajitas
- Fajita bowls (cook the protein the same way you would for fajitas)
- Taco bowls like these Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taco Bowls
- Seasoning the meat in Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Seasoning nachos like these Sweet Potato Nachos or Loaded Vegetarian Nachos
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5-Minute Homemade Fajita Seasoning
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or more to taste
- Add all fajita mix ingredients to a small-medium mixing bowl.
- Stir to combine.
- When not using, store in an airtight jar (like a spice jar or mason jar).