Bowl with Fajita Seasoning Mix

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix

By Erin Huffstetler | 03/23/2018 | 2 Comments
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Use this homemade fajita seasoning mix in place of those little foil packets. It has all the flavor, but none of the MSG and other questionable additives. Make enough for one fajita dinner, or whip up a big batch to keep in your pantry. You’ll find both recipes below.

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Fajita Seasoning Mix Ingredients

Single Batch Fajita Seasoning Mix

Use this homemade fajita seasoning mix to season one pound of steak, chicken or shrimp. No questionable ingredients.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 3 tbsp

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar

Instructions:

Mix all the ingredients together.

To Create a Fajita Marinade:

Combine seasoning mix with two tablespoons of cooking oil and one tablespoon of lime juice. Allow meat to marinate for at least an hour before cooking.

Notes

Add more chili powder and crushed pepper flakes to make a spicier seasoning mix. Use less salt and sugar, to adapt the recipe to your dietary requirements.

Fajita Seasoning Mix Ingredients

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Bowl with Fajita Seasoning Mix

Big Batch Fajita Seasoning Mix

This homemade fajita seasoning mix recipe makes enough to season five pounds of steak, chicken or shrimp.


  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Total Time: 2 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp sugar

Instructions:

Mix seasoning ingredients together in a bowl.

To Make a Fajita Marinade:

For each pound of meat, combine three tablespoons of seasoning mix with two tablespoons of cooking oil and one tablespoon of lime juice. Marinade meat for at least an hour.

Notes

Cut the amount of salt and sugar to tailor the recipe to your dietary needs. Increase the crushed pepper flakes and chili powder, if you prefer more spice.

Fits in a half-pint jar.

How to Use Your Fajita Seasoning Mix

Marinade Made With Fajita Seasoning Mix

Measure out three tablespoons of fajita seasoning for every pound of meat that you need to marinate. Combine it with two tablespoons of cooking oil and one tablespoon of lime juice. Coat the meat in the marinade (a freezer bag is perfect for this). Wait at least an hour before you cook the meat. Longer is fine.

Cook Your Fajitas This Way

Sheet Pan of Fajitas

To save time and avoid all the grease spatters that come with cooking fajitas on the stove, I like to do mine in the oven. This is the Cooking Light recipe that I use. It gives you all those caramelized onions and peppers that make fajitas so good.

Customize This Fajita Seasoning Mix

Make this mix your own by ramping up the spiciness, or scaling back on the salt or sugar. You can even use homemade chili powder or crushed pepper flakes, if you want to impress your friends and family.

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Comments

  1. Hi Erin, Thanks for sharing this recipe! One of my goals this year is to make a lot of my own seasoning mixes to save money and to cut down on all that packaging that goes in the waste stream! Do you have any favorite places for buying herbs in bulk? Thanks!

    • Yep, I like to buy a lot of my spices from the bulk bins at natural food stores — Fresh Market, Whole Foods, etc. International grocery stores are also a good bet, and so is World Market. If you happen to have any Amish dry good stores near you, that can also be a good source.

      I’ll be sharing several more spice mixes this year. Here are the ones that I’ve already shared: https://www.myfrugalhome.com/spices-herbs-extracts/

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