Skip the store-bought packets and make your own homemade Fajita Seasoning! It’s incredibly simple and can be mixed together in minutes (and you can reduce or omit the salt and the sugar if you want to).This versatile spice blend is great on fajitas and grilled veggies alike. Round out your menu with cilantro-lime rice, guacamole, corn salsa, and a big batch of margaritas!
What is fajita seasoning made of?
Fajita seasoning is a blend of chili powder, salt, paprika, sugar, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and a bit of cayenne pepper.
I included salt and sugar in my Fajita seasoning, but you can reduce or omit them as you see fit.
If you buy Fajita seasoning in a packet, it might contain ingredients such as maltodextrin, modified corn starch, caramel coloring, and yeast extract. Why not skip all that and just add flavor?
Is there a difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning?
Taco seasoning contains a higher proportion of chili powder, as well as the addition of oregano and red pepper flakes, to give it more of a punch, whereas fajita seasoning is more subtle in flavor and softer on the palate.
How do you make Fajitas with Fajita Seasoning?
You can make fajitas with just the seasoning (do HALF the recipe of seasoning below per 2 pounds of chicken).
Or, check out my Chicken Fajitas post even more flavor and all the details (including gas grill and charcoal grill methods).
Here’s an overview of the skillet method (it’s great with steak too!):
- In a large plastic bag, add 2 pounds of chicken, 1/4 cup minced cilantro, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and 1/2 the fajita seasoning from the recipe below. Mash until chicken is evenly coated. Marinate at least 30 minutes (room temperature) or up to 1 hour (refrigerated).
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil until shimmering. Add chicken and cook until crispy and browned on one side, about 8 minutes.Flip and cook until browned on the second side and chicken registers 160 degrees, about 8 to 10 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and rest for 5 minutes before cutting into strips (do not discard fat in skillet).
- Meanwhile, to the skillet with the fat over medium-high heat, add bell peppers and onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Push peppers and onions to one side and add sliced chicken back to skillet for serving.
- Serve with tortillas, avocado, cilantro, and sour cream (or your favorite toppings).
What spices do you put in quesadillas?
Fajita seasoning, of course! For every individual 8-10 inch quesadilla, add ½ teaspoon of fajita seasoning mix to your fillings of choice.
What is good in a quesadilla?
For a basic quesadilla, add shredded chicken or sliced steak, black beans, onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, and pepper jack cheese, along with the fajita seasoning. If you would like a vegetarian version, omit the meat and substitute rice and beans instead. Fresh herbs are always a nice addition and a dollop of sour cream when serving will round out all the flavors.
How do you make quesadillas in the oven?
Coat one side of your tortillas with cooking spray. Lay coated side down on an ungreased baking sheet, top with seasoned filling of choice, top with another tortilla, and coat with cooking spray. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and filling is warmed through. Cut into wedges.
Fajita Seasoning Recipe
- 4 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon paprika
- 2 teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or less to taste
- In a small bowl, stir chili powder, salt, paprika, white sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne and ground cumin together. Store in an airtight container.