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Ridiculously Delicious Homemade Fajita Seasoning

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A hand­ful of sta­ple, pantry herbs and spices is all you need to cre­ate Home­made Faji­ta Sea­son­ing. It’s loaded with fla­vor and packs just the right amount of spicy punch. There are no fillers, or ingre­di­ents you can’t pro­nounce, just aro­mat­ic herbs and spices for mak­ing your taste­buds sing!

I’ve been asked if you can sub­sti­tute chili pow­der, if you don’t have chipo­tle pow­der. You can. The fla­vor will be dif­fer­ent, but you may enjoy it just as much as this ver­sion. My South­west­ern sea­son­ing is also deli­cious­ly sim­i­lar and would work well in any recipe that calls for faji­ta seasoning.

Fajita Seasoning Ingredients

What you’ll miss out on is the earthy, smoky fla­vor that smoked jalapenos add to the mix. Chipo­tle pow­der is dried, smoked jalapenos. It is 100% jalapenos. Chili pow­der can be made from any num­ber of vari­eties of chilies and is usu­al­ly blend­ed with gar­lic pow­der, oregano and cumin. 

It’s def­i­nite­ly up to you. If you love a lit­tle smok­i­ness with your chili-heat, then I high­ly rec­om­mend the chipo­tle pow­der. I used to have to order it from Ama­zon, but our local Wal­mart keeps the McCormick brand on the shelf, now. So, I don’t think you’ll have any trou­ble find­ing it.

How to Make Homemade Fajita Seasoning

This just might be my sim­plest recipe, ever. Toss all the ingre­di­ents into a bowl and mix until they’re thor­ough­ly com­bined. Store your Home­made Faji­ta Sea­son­ing in an air­tight con­tain­er in the pantry. 

When you start lay­er­ing fla­vors into spice and sea­son­ing blends, think about the way they will com­ple­ment and accen­tu­ate one another. 

I think the best blends for meat dish­es always need robust savory fla­vors, with a tiny touch of sweet­ness and a lit­tle kiss of spice. (Some­times, they need a full-on, big slop­py kiss of spice, like my Easy Sheet Pan Chick­en Faji­tas, but every savory recipe can ben­e­fit from at least a del­i­cate touch of heat.) 

I also like dehy­drat­ed cit­rus zest in some sea­son­ing blends. Espe­cial­ly if the dish­es I’ll be using them for need that extra lift and bright­ness. Dried cit­rus zest is always good in blends to be used on fat­ti­er meats, too. The acid­i­ty is a good counter-bal­ance for the rich­ness high-fat brings to a recipe.

How To Use Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Mine is always handy in my spice cup­board. I keep it in an old bouil­lon jar that seemed too nice not to recy­cle. (Do you wash out and keep old jars? Please tell me I’m not the only one of us who has a “small” col­lec­tion. lol But seri­ous­ly, jars are expen­sive. Wash out that pick­le jar and save your pennies!)

chicken fajitas

Ok, back to how I use it. As I said, I almost always have some pre-made and on the shelf. If I don’t already have a batch of Sheet Pan Faji­ta Chick­en made, I can use this sea­son­ing on left­over chick­en, beef or pork to build deli­cious new meals from leftovers.

Try it in my easy 10-minute Best Mex­i­can Rice recipe, Que­sadil­las, a South­west Omelet or Frit­ta­ta, Nachos, Tacos and Bur­ri­tos or even an Impos­si­ble Faji­ta Pie. Make your own Spicy Tor­tilla Chips with a sprin­kle of this sea­son­ing for scrump­tious snacky fla­vor. Your taste­buds will do a hap­py dance! 

And I just noticed a Faji­ta Philly Steak Sand­wich over at my friend Lyuba’s blog, Will Cook for Smiles. I may have to put my own twist on that drool-wor­thy sand­wich with a touch of this sea­son­ing sub­sti­tut­ed in.

I bet if I give you enough time, you’ll come up with dozens of cre­ative recipe ideas to use it in. Be sure to leave me a com­ment and let me know what you come up with. 

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Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Easy Fajita Seasoning

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 14 serv­ings 1x


Sim­ple, deli­cious sea­son­ing blend recipe uti­liz­ing com­mon pantry ingre­di­ents. Loaded with flavor!


  • 2 Table­spoon chipo­tle powder
  • 2 Table­spoon ground cumin
  • 1 Table­spoon smoked paprika
  • 2 Table­spoon salt
  • 1 Table­spoon gar­lic powder
  • 1 Table­spoon onion powder
  • 1 Table­spoon dried oregano
  • 2 Table­spoon brown sugar


  1. Stir all the ingre­di­ents togeth­er in a small bowl until every­thing is even­ly dis­trib­uted. Store in an air­tight con­tain­er in the pantry or cup­board.
    Use in place of pack­aged faji­ta sea­son­ing in all your favorite recipes. Use 2 tea­spoons per serving.
  • Prep Time: 5 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Sea­son­ings, Mixes
  • Method: hand mix
  • Cui­sine: Mex­i­can

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