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Homemade Fajita Seasoning

March 6, 2018 (Last Updated: January 20, 2020) by Chris Collins

Nothing beats a Homemade Fajita Seasoning and it truly couldn’t be easier to create. Add this seasoning mix to fajitas, quesadillas, soups and more!

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

I feel like the opening line of all my posts lately have just been ‘THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN STORE BOUGHT’. Well, here I go again 😂 no but for real, it really couldn’t be more suited to a homemade fajita mix. Plus, I bet you’ve already got most, if not all of the ingredients in your pantry already!

The other great thing about a simple homemade fajita seasoning is that fact you can control what goes in. The recipe I provide offers a good baseline, but feel free to enhance any of your favourite flavours. With same token feel free to reduce any of the quantities, for example removing or reducing the cayenne pepper (less heat) or the salt for a salt free fajita seasoning.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need:

Homemade Fajita Seasoning in a jar

Fajita Spice Mix Ingredients

  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Black Pepper

Okay, you’re looking at that list like ‘I’ve got ‘salt & pepper and that’s where it ends’

Well, think of it as an investment. Grab all the spices, make the seasoning in bulk and you’re set for a good while. The money you’d save on ready made fajita seasoning packets is crazy! Plus, you’re gonna get so much use out of this homemade version, trust me.

I have seen other recipes add sugar, but personally I don’t feel it needs it. However, do have a play around with that if you fancy 🙂

Fajita Marinade

Can I use a fajita spice mix for a marinade?

Absolutely! This spice mix works perfectly for a fajita marinade, or any Mexican meat marinade for that matter. 

Here is the ‘formula’ I use for a chicken fajita marinade:

3 parts Olive Oil | 3 parts Fajita Seasoning | 2 parts Lime Juice

Homemade fajita seasoning in the top photo and homemade fajita marinade in the bottom

How to use Fajita Seasoning

Obviously this spice mix is perfect for homemade fajitas and chicken fajita nachos but…

What to use Fajita Seasoning for beside fajitas?

Surprisingly I actually developed this fajita spice mix when creating chicken quesadillas. So, besides quesadillas and fajitas, here’s what else this spice mix could be used for:

Can I use Fajita Seasoning for Tacos?

For all intents and purpose you can, yes. There are small differences however, so do check out my homemade taco seasoning if you’re making tacos!

How much Fajita Seasoning per pound of meat?

For 1lb/500g meat I use 3 tbsp fajita, which is what this recipe makes.

Can I use Fajita Seasoning for quesadillas?

Yup! Works perfectly. Check out my Chicken Quesadillas for more on that 😁

Alright, let’s take a look at the fajita seasoning quantities shall we?!

Chicken, peppers and onions fresh out the oven on sheet pan

Homemade Fajita Seasoning (Full Recipe & Video)

Homemade Fajita Seasoning in a mixing pot

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Nothing beats a Homemade Fajita Seasoning and it truly couldn't be easier to create. Add this seasoning mix to fajitas, quesadillas, and more!
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Servings (click & slide): 3 tbsp
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Calories per serving: 10kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2


  • Small Pot
  • Measuring Spoons

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 tsp Paprika (I used smoked, can use regular or half and half)
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or more to preference)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper


  • Combine all the spices and store in a jar until needed.
  • To use as a fajita marinade, stir in the juice of 1 lime and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Combine with meat and marinade for at least 30mins.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) How much to use? - This recipe will make 3 tbsp of seasoning, which is great for 500g/1lb of meat. To make this recipe in batch, simply slide the serving amount and the quantities will adjust accordingly.
b) Homemade Fajitas - Check out my Homemade Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas! This seasoning is also great for Chicken Quesadillas! 
c) Can I use this mix for tacos? - For all intents and purposes you can, but there are small difference so do check out my Taco Seasoning.
d) Calories - based on 1 tbsp

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Fajita Seasoning
Amount Per Serving
Calories 10 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.36g1%
Saturated Fat 0.046g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.12g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.142g
Sodium 468mg20%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 1.84g1%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 0.17g0%
Protein 0.46g1%
Vitamin A 1150IU23%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Janice Holt
    May 13, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    This and the chicken nachos are the two best recipes I’ve ever made.

  • Reply
    April 24, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Do you use the whole jar for one batch of fajitas?

    • Reply
      April 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Hey Tammy! This recipe will make 3 tbsp of Fajitas seasoning, which is great for 500g/1lb of meat. If you’d like to make this in batch then simply use the serving slider in the recipe card and adjust according 🙂

  • Reply
    December 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    5 stars
    This is my second round making this…..we love it! I use it all the time…..

    • Reply
      January 2, 2019 at 10:42 am

      That’s amazing to hear! So glad to hear you like it, Lauren 🙂