Homemade fajita seasoning is perfect for chicken, shrimp, steak or vegetables! Whip it up with simple pantry spices and avoid unhealthy additives that you might find in store-bought fajita seasoning. Clean eating, vegan, gluten-free and paleo compliant.
Fajitas are an easy weeknight dinner staple in our house, and I have to admit, I have been guilty of buying pre-made fajita seasoning on occasion.
Ummm…have you read the ingredient list on those things? It’s about a mile long and includes a bajillion unpronounceable ingredients including MSG and an anti-caking agent.
It’s actually super simple and quick to prep your own fajita seasoning, and extra delicious too! You can prep a big batch and store it in the cupboard for a whole year.
Making your own homemade fajita seasoning ensures you aren’t consuming any weird chemicals and are getting clean, wholesome ingredients. A bonus is you can control the spice levels, so if you want to make this spice-ay, you can up the cayenne. Let’s check it out, shall we?
How to make homemade fajita seasoning?
All you need is a handful of simple pantry ingredients! Stir them together and store in an air-tight jar for a whole year. How convenient is that?! 2 tablespoons is the equivalent of one of the packages.
Here’s the low down on the spices in this homemade fajita seasoning:
- sweetener- I normally use brown sugar, but coconut sugar also works great and makes this recipe paleo! The sweetener is essential to help bring out allll the other flavors.
- savory- onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper bring all the savory flavors to this seasoning
- Mexican flavors- chili powder, cumin and paprika bring the fajita partay to this seasoning blend
- spicy- cayenne is bringing the heat. Reduce for a non-spicy version, increase to make it spice-ay!
(Pictured above: Fajita Chicken Skewers made with this homemade fajita seasoning recipe)
How can I use this fajita seasoning recipe? Well first? Fajitas! Try these Chickpea Butternut Squash Fajitas (they’re freezer-friendly!)
Or how about a meal prep lunch recipe? These Meal Prep Chicken Fajitas are perfect for an on the go lunch.
And this homemade fajita seasoning goes perfectly on chicken skewers. Try these Freezer to Grill Fajita Chicken Skewers.
Other ideas? Shrimp! Steak! And black beans! And onions and peppers! YUM.
How much fajita seasoning do I use per pound of meat? I use 2 tablespoons per pound of chicken/shrimp/beef. It might look like a lot, but it is the type of seasoning that you can use aggressively. Don’t forget to squeeze a little lime juice on the meat while you mix it in!
(Pictured above: Meal Prep Chicken Fajitas made with this homemade fajita seasoning recipe)
How do I cook with this fajita seasoning? You can cook almost anyway you’d like. Skillet, grill or sheet pan…I actually pick different methods based on the protein I’m using.
Toss everything in some olive oil, lime juice, and a healthy dose of the fajita seasoning.
- Skillet: This method works best for shrimp fajitas. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Cook your onions and peppers first, then set aside. Cook your shrimp last as they cook so quickly (2-5 minutes depending on the size you pick).
- Grill: This method works best for steak fajitas! Heat your grill to medium high heat and sear your strips of steak for 3-4 minutes per side.
- Sheet pan: This is my favorite way to cook chicken fajitas. Toss everything onto the pan and bake up at 425°F for 12-15 minutes. Easy peasy.
(Pictured above: Butternut Squash Chickpea Fajitas made using this homemade fajita seasoning recipe)
Other ways to use this homemade fajita seasoning recipe?
- Add some olive oil and lime juice and use it as a marinade (I would add 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon lime juice and 1 tablespoon fajita seasoning per boneless skinless chicken breast)
- Add it to the cooking liquid for your rice or quinoa to give it some pizzaz (I would add 1 tablespoon per 1 cup uncooked rice or quinoa)
- Add it to a white wine vinaigrette to turn it into a fajita vinaigrette (I would start with 1 teaspoon and adjust to your tastes)
Looking for more delicious spice blends? Check out this post with 7 Easy Spice Blends!
Homemade Fajita Seasoning (Chicken, Shrimp, Steak)
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1.5 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (increase for spicy!)
- Stir together all ingredients and store in an airtight container for up to one year.
- Use 2 tablespoons per pound of meat along with olive oil and a squeeze of lime.