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Fajita seasoning is incredibly easy to make at home using party-staple spices. The flavor is so much better than store-bought and there's no sugar or hard to pronounce ingredients. It lasts for ages in your pantry so you can make a big batch!
Why homemade fajita seasoning is the best
Homemade is always best, and seasoning mixes are no exception.
- You control the spices – and leave out any that you know you don't like.
- And the heat level is up to you – like it spicy? Great, add more cayenne! Prefer it mild? No problem, omit the cayenne!
- The flavor of homemade fajita seasoning is so much nicer than store-bought.
- And you won't find any preservatives, fillers, and hard to pronounce ingredients.
- We add a little good-quality sea salt (we like Himilayan salt!), but if reducing sodium is important to you then simply omit the salt.
How to make fajita seasoning
Making your own spice mix is incredibly simple. It's so easy that there's little reason to ever buy a spice packet. Here's what you're going to do:
- Take the spices out of your pantry and measure them into a bowl. You can even eyeball the amounts; it doesn't need to be super specific.
- Mix the spices together.
That's it. Making your own fajita seasoning is so easy!
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What is in fajita seasoning
Fajita seasoning is made with pantry-staple spices which you likely have on hand right now. The combination of spices that we love the most are:
- Chili powder
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
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How long does fajita seasoning keep
If you're making this with fresh spices then it will last for at least a year in your pantry.
Technically, spices never go “bad” and won't be dangerous to use if you keep them around for a long time. But they will lose their potency. Older spices will not be as flavorful and you may find you need more spice to achieve the same flavor.
How to store fajita seasoning
Fajita seasoning is best stored in a sealed jar in your pantry.
If you don't think that you'll use this often, you can store it in your freezer so that it stays fresh longer.
Can I use fajita spices for tacos?
Yes! While taco and fajita seasonings are subtly different, you can absolutely use this to marinate taco meat. We've done it many times and it's delicious!
How to use fajita seasoning
We use 1 tablespoon of fajita seasoning per pound of meat.
But this seasoning mix is so delicious that it can easily be used to spice up many dinners. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use this spice mix:
- In chili. Try it in our favorite steak chili or easy vegetarian chili recipes. It's delicious in both!
- Tacos. It's especially good to flavor the meat in ground beef tacos.
- Baked chicken. We sometimes use this seasoning mix on our juicy baked chicken thighs or our perfect baked chicken breasts. Yum!
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- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons EACH: onion powder and garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon EACH: salt, cumin, oregano, and paprika (can be smoked)
- Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne (if you like it spicy)
- Mix the spices together in a small bowl. You can double or triple the recipe and keep the extra on hand for later.1 tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons EACH: onion powder and garlic powder, 1 teaspoon EACH: salt, cumin, oregano, and paprika (can be smoked), Optional: ½ teaspoon cayenne
- Store the seasoning mix in a jar in your pantry for up to a year.
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