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Fajita Seasoning Recipe

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posted: 07/22/21

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This Fajita Seasoning Recipe is quick to make and perfect for easy dinners! With this recipe you can make enough for one dish, or make a big batch to keep in your pantry!

This is the best chicken fajita seasoning, try it in my Baked Chicken Fajitas! And find more great recipes to use it in below!

a small jar of fajita seasoning

The first time I made fajitas using this recipe, my husband looked at me and said, “Something is different.” He immediately tasted the difference between this amazing homemade fajita seasoning and the store bought packet, and he thought the fajitas were way better.

There are just a few simple ingredients needed to make this recipe, and I bet you already have them in your pantry. I love this recipe because you get two different sets of measurements. With the small batch, I’m giving you what you need to replace the packet if it is called for in recipes. Or you have the measurements to make a big batch and always keep it on hand.

How to Make Fajita Seasoning

  1. Choose what size you are making. I always choose to make a big batch and then just use 3 tablespoons of it to replace the packet purchased from the grocery store.
  2. Mix together the spices.
  3. Store it. This recipe can be stored in an airtight container for up to 6 months in a cool dry place.

What is in Fajita Seasoning

People make their fajita seasoning all differently, but I was going after the taste you get from a fajita seasoning packet, and based on my family’s reviews, this one is even better.

For the full list of measurements, please scroll to the bottom of the post.

  • Chili Powder comes in both dark and regular. Either one can be used here, it is a matter of personal preference.
  • Kosher Salt is always my go to when it comes to cooking. If you use table salt, make sure to cut the amount by three fourths.
  • Paprika also comes in different types. We used regular, but if you like smoked paprika, go for it.
  • Oregano is great in this recipe, and if you grow your own, dry it for the perfect fresh taste.
  • Onion Powder is the perfect addition and brings that onion flavor while skipping over the texture of actual onions for my picky eaters.
  • Garlic Powder is a must here, just make sure to grab the powder and not garlic salt.
fajita seasoning recipe broken down by ingredient in a small white dish

Using Cornstarch

When I originally published this recipe, years ago, I had cornstarch in it. It is great in this because it helps the seasonings bind to the meat while cooking. But that being said, it isn’t strictly necessary. I find this revised version works just as great without that added ingredient.

So I will leave it up to you. If you would like in your marinades, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the small batch version of this recipe.

Why Make Your Own Seasoning Mixes

If you go to grocery stores in the United States, there is a whole section full of seasoning packets. You can find everything from spaghetti seasoning to taco seasoning to fajita seasoning.

This recipe isn’t meant to be the final word on how to make fajita seasoning. This recipe is meant to replace what you would find in the grocery store. This is a great way for those who like to cook from scratch to use other recipes they find online.

Additionally, making your own seasoning mixes allows you to control the ingredients for particular dietary restrictions like low sodium diets.

homemade fajita seasoning being mixed together in a small bowl

How do you use this Fajita Seasoning Recipe

This recipe can be used as part of a marinade or a sauce that is mixed with meat. Usually I combine three tablespoons of this mix with 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon lime juice. With something like skirt steak, you will want to then marinate it for a few hours. When using chicken or shrimp, I typically just toss it all together and cook it in the oven or a skillet.


Does fajita seasoning have gluten?

Our recipes does not, but you should always double check the spices that you are using, especially if you are cooking for someone with a gluten allergy.

How much fajita seasoning do you use per a pound of chicken?

You need three tablespoons of fajita seasoning for one pound of chicken.

Is this spicy?

While spice is a matter of taste, I think the average person would not find this seasoning mix spicy. My kids are pretty spice intolerant, and they love this.

a small bottle of fajita seasoning

Recipes that Use Fajita Seasoning Mix

I have so many recipes that call for this great fajita seasoning!

If you make any of these recipes, or this fajita seasoning mix, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

fajita seasoning recipe broken down by ingredient in a small white dish
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Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Serves: 1 ounce
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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Fajita Seasoning Recipe is so simple to throw together and perfect for making easy dinners even easier!  With this recipe you can make enough for one dish, or make a big batch for lots of recipes!  This is the best chicken fajita seasoning!


For 1 ounce or 3 Tablespoons

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

For a Big Batch (8 recipes worth)

  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/3 cup paprika
  • 1/3 cup oregano
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder


  • Combine all of the ingredients.
  • Use 3 tablespoons in place of a packet of seasoning mix or for one pound of meat.


Please note that the video shows using cornstarch in the recipe. The recipe has since been updated and there is a note in the post about this.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Mexican


fajita seasoning recipe broken down by ingredient in a small white dish

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  1. averie @ averie cooks says

    GREAT call on NOT going through with your cookbooks. So much work the next time we are in person I will tell you my thoughts more and how they impacted my life in a huge way, and not a good one. I have the utmost respect for our peers who continue to write them and love them but so much work!

    Your fajita seasoning sounds so handy to keep on hand!

  2. Adele says

    Need recipe for fajitas

  3. Susan Yob Babick says

    Hi , I signed up for your emails, and I’m trying to get the recipe for the Steak Fajita Soup,. So from the email it sent me back to the original post. But it keeps popping up for me to put in my email. So needless to say.. I still haven’t been able to get the recipe.☹️


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    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry to hear that Susan! I haven’t had anyone else have that problem. If it happens again, there is a little X on the box where you should be able to close out of it.

  4. Helen Lazzaro says

    With the variety of Chili Powders, could you tell me what are the ingredients of the chili powder you use ?
    Which chili powder is the best to use for Fajitas?
    Penzy’s chili powder contains: Ancho chili pepper, cumin, garlic and Mexican oregano.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So many different chili powders would be great in this. I tend to have McCormick’s on hand, but also love Penzy’s.

  5. deidre says

    5 stars
    Can you tell me what paprika you use? Sweetish or with some heat? Or does it even matter?

    • Lisa Longley says

      My paprika just says paprika. I would suggest not making it with one with heat because of the chili powder. That said, it would be fun to play around with it too.

  6. John says

    No Cumin, red pepper flakes or regular pepper?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope, we love this as written.

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