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September 21, 2016

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe

Make your own fajita seasoning at home with this recipe for steak, chicken, or shrimp fajitas. Includes cayenne powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, salt, brown sugar, cumin and black pepper. This is my personal favorite blend.

Ever get a wild craving to suddenly make fajitas? I DO! Growing up we always used those store bought packets, which worked great, but as I grew older and began to experiment, I found making my own spice blends at home results in a more personal experience as well as a flavor blend that works best for me. This is especially true of fajitas, one of my favorite meals. I'll take steak, chicken, pork, shrimp, you name it when it comes to fajitas. It's all so VERY Tex-Mex, that awesome blend of Mexican and Texan cuisines.

There are not a lot of ingredients overall, but the resulting blend is IDEAL. Also, just so you know, it isn't only about the ingredients, but about the RATIO of those ingredients. I urge you to make this blend for your next fajita dinner or party and see how you like it. Then, experiment. Start by increasing a bit of garlic here, decreasing a bit of oregano there. Adjust to your own personal preferences. Sometimes I will slip in a bit of superhot chili powder, like ghost or 7-pot that I've dehydrated, for that extra heat blast. Totally optional, though!

I hope you enjoy this version of homemade fajita seasoning. It's my personal flavorite blend. Now, go make some fajitas!

Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe

Try this seasoning on our Grilled Tri-Tip Steak Fajitas Recipe.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Use as a rub for steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas.

Makes a bit less than a quarter cup.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe

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1 comment

  • Comment Link Larry Joseph Morgan October 05, 2016 posted by Larry Joseph Morgan

    Have you tried this with smoked paprika, and, if so, does it give it a better flavor?

    REPLY: Larry, you can use smoked paprika. I have that in my pantry as well. I wouldn't say better, but sure, it will affect the flavor. It's more about personal preference. I enjoy adding dehydrated habanero or ghost powder to my own. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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