Fajita seasoning made with chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic, & onion, is easy, flavorful, & super cost effective!
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Why you’ll love this recipe!
📌 Cost saving! It’s much more cost effective to make a big batch with the individual ingredients than buying single serve packets.
📌Control what you’re eating. Add more or less of what you love and fine tune to your own tastes.
📌 Bolder flavor. Make it with the freshest spices so you know it will keep and taste great for a long time.
- Chili powder – Dried ground chili powder. This is what adds spice to the recipe, increase this if you want to add a kick.
- Cumin – Dried ground cumin, adds warmth without heat.
- Paprika – Dried ground smoked paprika.
- Garlic powder – Dried ground garlic powder, make sure you’re not using garlic salt.
- Onion powder – Dried ground onion powder.
- Salt & pepper – I find fresh cracked black pepper gives the best flavor.
⭐ First, add all the measured dried spices to a clean dry bowl.
⭐ Then, mix thoroughly with a fork or a whisk, making sure to break up any clumps.
⭐ Next, carefully pour spice blend into an airtight container.
⭐ Finally, store in a cool dry place until ready to use.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
Why make your own fajita seasoning?
I love a quick-grab packet as much as the next gal, but there really is something to be said for making your own spice blends!
- Adjust the flavor to your tastes.
- Gluten free.
- Know exactly what’s in them.
- No additives, preservatives, fillers, colorings, or anti-caking agents.
- Money saving.
Can you make fajita spice blend ahead of time?
Absolutely! We typically make a large jar and use it over the course of several months.
This recipe makes about the equivalent of two store bought packets, but you can increase the recipe to reflect the amount you think you’ll use.
How much fajita seasoning in a recipe?
Two – three tablespoons of our homemade blend will equal about one store bought packet. For a recipe that is going to feed 4 – 6, you’ll want to include one packet’s worth (2 – 3 tablespoons).
How do you store homemade seasonings?
Spice blends should be stored in an airtight container in a cool dry environment (like an air conditioned house).
Do not store them in the refrigerator as they will condensate when you bring them out and it can cause clumping.
How long does DIY seasoning last?
Dried spice blends theoretically last forever, but will begin to lose flavor potency after about 6 months.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
How much fajita seasoning is in a single use packet?
You’ll want to use 2 – 3 tablespoons of homemade fajita seasoning to equal a grocery store fajita spice packet. The spice packet likely has more volume to it, but that’s because commercial spice packets often have starch or anti-caking agents included in them.
How do I make my seasoning spicier?
To increase the spice in your seasoning blend you’ll want to add more chili powder. You can also add chipotle powder or smoked chipotle powder for a bigger kick.
More homemade seasoning recipes
- DIY chili seasoning
- Pumpkin pie spice recipe
- Homemade spice rub
- Soy ginger salmon marinade
- Flank steak marinade
- Lemon garlic lamb marinade
- Old bay shrimp marinade
- See all our seasoning recipes and spice blends!
Tools we love
- Glass spice jars – I love putting our homemade spice mixes in pretty glass jars.
- Bulk spices – It’s amazing how much money you can save by buying spices in bulk and making your own mixes!
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How to Make Fajita Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 ½ tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 ½ tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Add all the measured dried spices to a clean dry bowl.
- Then, mix thoroughly with a fork or a whisk, making sure to break up any clumps.
- Carefully pour spice blend into an airtight container.
- Store in a cool dry place until ready to use.
- This makes about ½ cup of seasoning, the equivalent of about four packets of fajita seasoning.
- 2 - 3 tablespoons of seasoning = 1 store bought packet.
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