This simple homemade fajita seasoning uses basic pantry staple spices to make your own mix. Easy to customize to suit your salt and spice tastes.
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With all of the times we have moved, we have often ended up buying spices before our household goods had arrived. So, I am then left with a ton of spices that need to be used.
Now living internationally, it is more difficult, and sometimes more expensive, to find the spice blends that we use regularly. Thankfully, finding the individual spices is usually very easy and making your own spice blends is as simple as mixing them together.
I’m obviously partial to my fajita seasoning but I like that it’s got a bit more spiciness than the packets we usually got at the grocery store, but not enough that my kids complain. It’s also nice that you can easily adjust the salt levels if sodium intake is a concern.
I like to use whatever fajitas we have leftover, usually not a ton, to make Chicken Fajita Pasta with Cilantro Lime Sauce. It’s a great way to get another meal out of this dish.
This mix uses basic household spices that you most likely have in your cupboard already. I forgot to add in the cumin to the shot above but that goes into it as well.
If you want it less spicy, decrease the amount of chili powder.
How to use this
You can use this mix for shrimp, chicken, or beef. Use about 3 Tablespoons per 1 pound of meat.
To use the fajita seasoning:
- Cook the peppers and onions in 1 Tablespoon olive oil for about 5 minutes over medium high heat until crisp tender.
- Then add the sliced chicken or beef and cook until no longer pink. If using shrimp, cook for 1-2 minutes until just starting to turn pink.
- Return the veggies to the pan, add the fajita seasoning, and 1/4 to 1/3 cup water. Mix well and cook just until the mixture has thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve with tortillas, sour cream, avocados or guacamole, and beans and rice, if desired.
Fajita versus taco seasoning
Both fajita and taco seasonings contain many of the same ingredients but in different ratios. Taco seasoning has a higher quantity of chili powder and fajita seasoning also has cornstarch as a thickening agent.
Other recipes you may like
- Baked Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa and Creamy Coleslaw
- Slow Cooker/ Pressure Cooker Pineapple Pork Carnitas
- Cajun Apple Pork Chops
Top Tips For Cooking With Kids
Making spice blends is a fun way to open the door for kids who are afraid of spice. They can interact with each of the spices by smelling, pouring, and mixing.
- Ask them what the spices smell like? Do some have stronger smells than others?
- Tell them what other dishes you use these spices in, especially if you use them in any of their favorites.
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- Put all ingredients into a mason jar and stir or shake to mix.
- Store in an airtight container.