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).

A plate of homemade fajita seasoning.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled spices for fajita seasoning.

Ingredient notes

  • Paprika: Both sweet and smoked paprika work here.
  • Sugar: Leave this out if you want to.
  • Cayenne pepper: Add more if you like spicy food, omit entirely if you don’t.

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon), and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon). Store in an airtight container.
A bowl of homemade fajita seasoning.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes ¼ cup fajita seasoning which is enough to season 4 pounds of beef, chicken, or shrimp.
  • Storage: Store this spice blend covered in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  • Making chicken fajitas:
    1. In a plastic bag, add 2 pounds chicken (breasts or thighs), ¼ cup minced cilantro, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of fajita seasoning. Mash until evenly coated. Marinate at least 30 minutes (room temperature) or up to 1 hour (refrigerated).
    2. 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).
    3. Meanwhile, to the skillet with the fat over medium-high heat, add 3 bell peppers (sliced) and 1 red onion (sliced) 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).
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A plate of homemade fajita seasoning.

Fajita Seasoning

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).
5 from 74 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 4 tablespoons
Course Pantry
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 24

Ingredients 

  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (see note 1)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (see note 2)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • cayenne pepper to taste (see note 3)
  • salt to taste

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper to taste (I like ½ teaspoon), and salt to taste (I like 1 teaspoon). Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Paprika: Both sweet and smoked paprika work here.
  2. Sugar: Leave this out if you want to.
  3. Cayenne pepper: Add more if you like spicy food, omit entirely if you don’t.
  4. Yield: This recipe makes ¼ cup fajita seasoning which is enough to season 4 pounds of beef, chicken, or shrimp.
  5. Storage: Store this spice blend covered in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  6. Making chicken fajitas:
    1. In a plastic bag, add 2 pounds chicken (breasts or thighs), ¼ cup minced cilantro, 3 tablespoons lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of fajita seasoning. Mash until evenly coated. Marinate at least 30 minutes (room temperature) or up to 1 hour (refrigerated).
    2. 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).
    3. Meanwhile, to the skillet with the fat over medium-high heat, add 3 bell peppers (sliced) and 1 red onion (sliced) 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).

Nutrition

Serving: 2teaspoonsCalories: 24kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 36mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1098IUCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Hubby said it was the best chicken I ever made him (2 decades)! I agree. Marinated at room temp. Going to try 1-hour fringe marinate time next. Thank you for publishing this recipe.5 stars

  2. I used all 4 tablespoons of this recipe in a fajita casserole. Two sheets of puff pastry, 2 cups of heavy cream, this AWESOME fajita seasoning, around 1 pound of chicken, three bell peppers (green, yellow, and red), and a large onion. Turned out fantastic! I needed a tad bit more salt in mine just to round out the flavor but it was absolutely delicious and very easy to make. Thank you for this recipe!

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