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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 chicken, fajita 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!
Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe
- ¼ cup chili powder
- 2 TBSP salt
- 2 TBSP paprika
- 1 TBSP onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 TBSP cumin
- Combine all spices in a jar and shake to mix. Store in airtight container.
Do you enjoy fajitas? Have you perfected the art of making them at home? Share below!
Discussion (23 Comments)
Dear Wellness Mama,
I was quite interested in learning about your homemade Fajita Seasoning. I wanted to read all about how you chose the things you did, what you use it for, etc.
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Hi Rob, thanks for your feedback. It’s a very tough balance between providing tons of content all for free and monetizing via ads. Running a blog that gets hundreds of thousands of visitors a day is expensive, and as much as I don’t like them either, advertisements help to defray the costs associated with running a popular website. Again, thank your for your feedback as I will take it into consideration as we’re constantly tweaking the site to make it better.
I make your Crockpot Chicken Fajitas on the regular and everybody loves them!!! They’re so versatile and therefore I always make a large batch and freeze a small serving when there are leftovers past 3 days which is incredibly rare! I always use your seasoning recipe and up the amount of cayenne. I find fresh made salsa with heavy cilantro really kicks it up a notch!
Thanks so much for this staple recipe in my household!!!
Thank you for sharing. I have wanted these recipes.
Just tried your recipe tonight. Excellent! I like the fact that there are only simple, healthy ingredients! I will be looking for more of your recipes to try!
We made these the other night and added a few mushrooms and a bit of diced pineapple. The added pineapple gave it a hint of sweetness that was a nice contrast to the spice. Yumm!
I wanted to make fajitas with veggies only. I wanted a fajita seasoning recipe that was simple yet had all the flavor I wanted. Found this recipe through a search engine. So I roasted onion, red bell pepper and mushrooms with minimal oil and about half way through, I liberally sprinkled your seasoning all over them. I also added a little water (maybe 1/8 cup), which developed into a yummy sauce. It was a COMPLETE success! We loved it! Thank you much for posting this. Sometimes it’s hard to find familiar, yet vegan, meals. (I have to admit, we omitted the cayenne powder because we have “mild” taste buds.)
This is now my favorite fajita seasoning! I have been trying to eat healthier including whole foods without all the additives the manufacturers put in. I did a quick search online to make my own, but they still called for things that I didn’t feel needed to be in there like chicken bouillon which contains msg. Then I came across yours which was very simple and natural.?
I make my fajitas as follows:
I chop my chicken, peppers, and onions just so it’s easier for my kids to eat (and they can’t pick them out as easily?). First I cook the chicken in a little oil (I use olive) then set aside. Next I cook the onions and peppers together with a little oil just a few minutes till they become tender. Then throw the chicken (or steak) back in the pan and coat with seasoning (I used 3 teaspoons for about 1lb of chicken). I also add a little brown sugar or honey (1Tbls) to sweeten it up a bit and the juice from half a lime or to taste, add water and cook and stir for about 5 minutes cooking the water out.
Put in a tortilla with cheese, tomatoes, avacado, lettuce, and sour cream all optional of course.
They really turned out great! Really truly the easiest, healthiest fajitas I have ever made and this wasn’t my first rodeo. Thank you for sharing!
This was perfect, thank you
Yum!! Made this tonight, it is perfect 🙂
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