Fajita Seasoning


This is a great recipe to make your own fajita seasoning for chicken or beef fajitas. No bouillon cubes means this is perfect for vegetarians too! Make up a larger batch and store in an airtight container for future use.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
3 tablespoons

You'll never need to buy pre-made fajita seasoning again thanks to this recipe that has earned over 800 5-star reviews. Whether you're making chicken fajitas, steak fajitas, or a simple veggie mixture, this versatile seasoning is great on all types of fajita dishes — and it's made with pantry staple ingredients you probably already have lying around.

What is in Fajita Seasoning?

Most fajita seasoning mixes are made up of a few simple Mexican spices, like cumin and chili powder, plus some additional spices, like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. This fajita seasoning has a couple spicy ingredients, like chili powder and cayenne pepper, but is balanced with a hint of white sugar so it's quite mild.

Fajita Seasoning vs. Taco Seasoning

Fajita seasoning and taco seasoning are very similar, but they are not the same. Taco seasoning typically has more oregano and chili powder than fajita seasoning.

With that being said, however, you can use fajita seasoning and taco seasoning interchangeably in recipes, it may just warrant a slightly different flavor.

How Much Fajita Seasoning is in a Packet?

If your recipe calls for a packet of fajita seasoning, you're probably wondering how much homemade seasoning to actually use. Brands may package their seasonings differently, for example Old El Paso sells 1 ounce of seasoning while McCormick sells 1.12 ounces of seasoning. The standard amount of seasoning in a packet is about 1 ounce or 3 tablespoons.

So, if your recipe calls for an entire packet of fajita seasoning, use 3 tablespoons of homemade seasoning.

Why Use a Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix?

Nine times out of 10, making something at home is better than buying it at the store — and fajita seasoning is no exception.

First, you're able to control exactly what goes into your seasoning and how much. If you don't like an ingredient, you can completely omit it or cut back on the amount you add. And vice versa — if you want a spicy fajita seasoning, just add more chili powder or cayenne pepper and voilà.

Also, making your own spice blends at home is actually cheaper in the long run. Even if you have to go buy every single spice for the first time you make it, using your own ingredients will always save you money when it comes to fajita seasoning.

How to Store Fajita Seasoning

Store homemade fajita seasoning in an airtight container in a cool, dry place — like your spice cabinet or pantry. It should stay fresh for up to six months.

How to Use Fajita Seasoning

Reviewers often use this particular fajita seasoning to make chicken fajitas, like these Pollo Fajitas, and beef or steak fajitas, like these Beef Fajitas.

You can also use this seasoning to make vegetable fajitas, like these Veggie Fajitas, or shrimp fajitas, like these Quick and Easy Shrimp Fajitas.

If you want to try a non-traditional way to make fajitas, you can also use the seasoning to create dishes like Chicken Fajita Cauliflower Pizza, Chicken Fajitas Melts, or Fajita Quesadillas.

Learn more: Our 10 Best Chicken Fajita Recipes for Easy Family Dinners

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Fantastic flavor! Even my husband asked what seasoning I used. I mixed all ingredients together then poured on chicken and skirt steak in zip top bags. I allowed to marinate all day. This is my new go to fajita seasoning," says JACKANDNICKSMOM.

"This recipe is so much better than store bought packets and I can almost guarantee that you have all the ingredients in your cupboard. What's more, if you want it hotter just increase the amount of cayenne," raves fuzzybunny.

"This was absolutely delicious!! This will be my new go-to seasoning mix on fajitas!!! Perfect mixture of spices — not too spicy, not too mild," according to Chenise.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    a top down view on all measured ingredients for a homemade fajita seasoning

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  2. Stir cornstarch, chili powder, salt, paprika, sugar, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper together in a small bowl.

    all ingredients for a homemade fajita seasoning in a bowl ready to be combined.

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    Fajita seasoning ingredients all mixed together

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  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for later use.

    close up view of a small wooden bowl is full of homemade fajita seasoning.


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

21 Calories
0g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 21
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 596mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 52mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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