Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe

DIY Fajita Seasoning

Growing up, we didn’t eat out often (like never) so it was always a really special treat to go to any restaurant. When we did go somewhere to eat, we often chose Mexican food because our whole family enjoyed it and because it was pretty much the only non-chain decent restaurant in our small town.

I had simple tastes back then and almost always ordered the kids’ tacos. Then one day in high school I decided to branch out and order the fajita salad (I think I was trying to be healthy). The salad I ordered may not have been all that healthy, but it was delicious and I loved the flavors of cumin, chili powder, onions, and peppers.

Reinventing Old Favorites the Healthy Way

As a grown-up, non-kids-meal eating amateur food blogger, I’ve graduated to grown-up (real food) versions of my favorite foods of yesteryear. We still don’t eat out that often, but now I’m the mom insisting we cook at home. My kids skipped the kids’ meal phase all together and are used to the tastes and textures of real food.

Now that I know spices are about more than just good flavor, I look for every opportunity to work herbs and spices into our meals. Fajitas are the perfect excuse!

Of course eating healthy rules out not only kids’ meals but also those premade packets of seasoning found in the store (seldom… or never… do they contain only spices). Making a spice mix at home avoids the additives and other fillers, not to mention that it is much more economical.

I’ve found that using homemade seasoning can be just as easy and quick if I take out my spices and measure and mix just once rather than having to do it each time. Having a mason jar of fajita seasoning ready to go saves me that many more steps and seconds when I’m throwing dinner together at the last minute for a hungry brood. It also frees me up from having to look up a recipe each time to remind myself of the ratios.

Just wash and chop veggies and meat, cook, add spice, and… fajitas! That’s my style of cooking!

Fajita Seasoning from Scratch

This healthy fajita seasoning spice blend is great on my fajita slow cooker chickenfajita chicken salad, or steak fajita salad recipes. I especially love adding some to omelettes for a little kick. This blend is also versatile enough that it can be used in place of taco seasoning in a pinch.

Using quality, dried herbs from a reputable company (or, growing and drying them if you have the time and interest!) makes all the difference. I get my spices in bulk (we go through them quickly!)… see all the links below for the ones I order.

I use this spice blend strategy for more recipes than just fajitas and you can find them all here. I made sure to put a few into my cookbook too because these spice blends are some of the most used items in my pantry. I’d be lost without them!

DIY Fajita Seasoning
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Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe

This real food fajita seasoning is great on salads, fajitas, and slow cooker meals.
Course Spice
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 6kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • Combine all spices in a jar and shake to mix. Store in airtight container. 


Use about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast or steak when making fajitas.
Store in a cool, dark place. Use within 6 months for best flavor and health benefits.


Serving: 1tsp | Calories: 6kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.1g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 397mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 0.2g

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This DIY fajita seasoning recipe is great on fajita salad, slow cooker fajita meat or even stir frys and omelets. Real food ingredients and no MSG.

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