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21 September 2016

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.

What Ingredients Go Into Fajita Seasoning?

Fajita seasoning consists of cayenne powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt, brown sugar, cumin and black pepper.

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.

Let’s talk about how we make it, shall we?

Ingredients Needed

The ingredients you need to make homemade fajitas seasonings include:

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 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

How to Make Your Own Fajita Seasonings

Once you’ve gathered up all of your ingredients, simply mix them together in a small bowl. Make sure they are nicely combined. Note: You can also include corn starch if you’d like a bit of a thickener for your fajitas.

It is best to make smaller batches of seasonings, as they start to lose their potency and flavor after a few months.

Use as a rub for steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas.

Store in an airtight container.

Experiment with Ratios to Get the Best Homemade Fajita Seasoning

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!

How to Make a Fajita Marinade

Combine 2 tablespoons of this fajita seasoning with 3 tablespoons of oil and the juice from 1 lime. Marinade your chicken, shrimp or steak before cooking them.

Chicken and steak should marinate longer, at least several hours or overnight. Shrimp can marinate for 1 hour.

You can also marinate fish with this fajita marinade.

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

Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe

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If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
2 mins
 

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jamaican, seasoning, spicy
Servings: 4
Calories: 11 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
  2. Use as a rub for steak, chicken or shrimp fajitas.
Recipe Notes

Makes a bit less than a quarter cup.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 11
% Daily Value*
Sodium 583mg24%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Homemade Fajita Seasoning - Recipe

 

1 comments

  1. 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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