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Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

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.

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.

a white plate with small piles of colorful spices
Spices shown: Sugar, chili powder, salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken bouillon, cornstarch


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.
a 2 photo collage, left picture is looking down into the jar of fajita seasoning and the right picture is peppers and onions in a black skillet

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.

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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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a jar of fajita seasoning with the lid removed on a wooden cutting board

Fajita seasoning mix

Run out of fajita seasoning packets? Don't worry it's easy to make your own with simple household pantry staples!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 packets
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Jade Jones




  • Put all ingredients into a mason jar and stir or shake to mix.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Makes approximately 13 Tablespoon or about 4 store bought packages
I use 3 Tablespoons of fajita seasoning per 1 pound of meat.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1564mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2770IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I love homemade mixes… and fajitas…and tacos! I have heard of homemade taco seasoning but never of fajita seasoning. I’ll definitely have to try it! And I totally hear you on trying to go out to eat… it can be tough. We tried it this weekend and it was a disaster (Imagine a 1 and 2 yr old who didn’t take naps and were extremely hungry) Worst. Experience. Ever. Thank you for linking this recipe to the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I’ll be pinning this to my personal Mixes board and the Tasty Tuesdays board. Hope you have a great week!

  2. This is a great recipe! I really need to try to make more Mexican-style dishes for dinner! Dropping by from Hump Day Happenings!

  3. Yay! Thanks Jade!! I never know what to do when we are really craving fajitas or tacos but are out of the little packets we buy. These look good!

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