Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe

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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. Our whole family enjoyed it and 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! 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 food blogger, I’ve graduated to grown-up (real food) versions of my old favorites. 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 altogether 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 premade store-bought fajita seasoning. These seldom… or never… only contain spices. And I’m not a fan of maltodextrin and MSG in my fajitas thank you very much.

Homemade Seasoning in Bulk

Making a spice mix at home avoids additives and other fillers. Not to mention it’s much more economical.

I’ve found using homemade seasoning can be just as easy and quick if I make them in bulk. I take out my spices and measure and mix just once rather than having to do it each time. You can mix everything in a small bowl first or just shake it together in the jar.

Having a glass jar of fajita seasoning ready to go saves me time 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 a pound of meat, cook, add spice, and… fajitas! That’s my style of cooking!

Fajita Seasoning Mix 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 omelets for a little kick. This blend is also versatile enough 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 since we go through them quickly. See all the links in the recipe for the ones I use.

Unlike the seasoning packets with their mystery ingredients, this uses wholesome herbs. The combination of smoked paprika, cumin, chili, garlic, and onion really packs a punch. Some recipes also add oregano or black pepper but I prefer it without.

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!

fajita seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe

This homemade fajita seasoning is great on any protein, in slow cooker meals, and even in eggs!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 4kcal
Author Katie Wells


72 servings



  • Combine all the spices in a jar, put on the lid, and shake to mix.
  • Store in an airtight container and use however you’d like.


Nutrition Facts
Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 4 Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.2g0%
Saturated Fat 0.03g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 0.2g0%
Vitamin A 353IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Use about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast or steak when making fajitas.

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More Homemade Seasoning Mixes

Try some more homemade seasoning mixes while you’re at it!

How to Use Your Fajita Seasoning

This recipe combines all of my Tex-Mex favorite flavors for the perfect seasoning blend for fajitas, tacos, and more. Try the fajita mix on chicken fajitas, shrimp fajitas, or quesadillas. You could also add the powder to a meat marinade before cooking.

And don’t forget the toppings like sour cream, cilantro, bell peppers, and lime juice.

Do you enjoy fajitas? Have you perfected the art of making them at home? Share below!

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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


26 responses to “Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe”

  1. Susan S Kaiser Avatar
    Susan S Kaiser

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  2. Debbie Avatar

    My family loves this fajita mix! I love that it has no msg or sugar in it!
    I’ve made carnitas, fajitas, tacos, I’ll even use it on a mixed vegetable
    side dish. it is wonderful!

  3. Chelle Avatar

    How much would you use in 1 lb of ground beef? We’re adding 2 bell peppers & an onion.

  4. Mary Avatar

    Good receipe. I used 1/2 the salt called for and still found it a tad on the salty side. Other then that if was pretty darn good

  5. Nicole Avatar

    5 stars
    This was seriously the best! I’m reading the other comments and I can’t wait to try some of their add in to the fajitas like lime juice or honey. I did my pretty simple. I used the raw boneless tenders instead of chicken breasts because they come out tender in the oven. I sprinkled the spice mix on them and added the carrington cooking coconut oil (not to be confused with regular coconut oil. The stuff I used was liquid), and I baked the tenders for about 45 minutes at 350. While I was cooking the chicken, I poured a little more of the cooking coconut oil in the pan and sauteed my veggies. After a few minutes once the pan was little liquified from the veggies and oil I spirnkled more of the seasoning mix onto my veggies. When the chicken finished cooking I shredded it and it added it to my pan of veggies. I sauteed the chicken with the veggies for about a minute. That gave an extra boost of flavor to the baked chicken. Anyway very good. Next time I’ll add some lime juice to the sautee pan.

  6. Edith Avatar

    Looking for a good spice house/source. Can you recommend a mail order one please? Thanks!

  7. shannon Avatar

    This fajita seasoning was PERFECT!
    I cut up my chicken and put olive oil and the seasoning on them and refrigerated them for a few hours. In a separate bowl, I fajita sliced my peppers and onions and also tossed them with about 2T olive oil and 1-2 T of the seasoning and refrigerated those too until I was ready to cook dinner. I put the chicken in my grilling bowl on the grill and put the veggies in my iron fry pan also on the grill and kept the kitchen cool. The veggies took a little longer to cook on the grill that way than the chicken did, because that iron fry pan is so heavy. BUT… it tasted like the best southwest fajitas that you could purchase at a restaurant! They disappeared immediately and I bet you can guess what is back on the menu for next week!
    Thank you SO much! We LOVE good, spicy food in our house!

  8. Rob Avatar

    Dear Wellness Mama,

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    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  9. Tonya C Avatar
    Tonya C

    5 stars
    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!!!

  10. Julie Avatar

    5 stars
    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!

  11. Michelle Avatar

    5 stars
    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!

  12. Kathy C Avatar
    Kathy C

    5 stars
    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.)

  13. Heidi Avatar

    5 stars
    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!

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