Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Once upon a time, Pat and I made chicken fajita tacos by opening a bag of pre-made frozen fajita chicken. True story! We’d thaw them in a skillet and fill our soft taco shells with the chicken, shredded lettuce and cheese.

Thasss it. I know… that was WAY before this little blog of mine took over our lives.

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Now I make my own fajita seasoning. Grill the chicken… and we top it with grilled sweet bell peppers, romaine lettuce, pickled jalapeno peppers, diced red onions, pepper jack cheese and Frank’s. {because we put that ish on urvvvveryting}

We’ve come a long way since boxed chicken, cheese and iceberg and I’m happy to share with you all the recipe for the easiest homemade fajita taco seasoning… from scratch of course.

ingredients

Now we all have cabinets or drawers full of spices and making your own seasonings is a great way to use those up before they expire.

corn starch

In a small bowl or my personal fave a mason jar add the corn starch. This will help the seasoning adhere to the chicken… or at least that what I think it’s meant for.

chili powder

Now just add in the chili powder…

kosher salt

Kosher salt…

paprika

Paprika…

sugar

Sugar…

cayenne and cumin

Lastly add in the cayenne pepper for some kick and the cumin.

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Stir it all up and it’s good to go! I toss my chicken in a couple packets of liquid bouillon and then a couple tablespoons of the fajita seasoning before I grill.

Seriously it’s crazy good and just as easy!

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Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Save your money and never buy store-bought fajita seasoning again!

Yield: Enough for Two Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Corn Starch

4 teaspoons Chili Powder

2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

2 teaspoons Paprika

1 teaspoon Sugar

1 teaspoon Onion Powder

3/4 teaspoon Cumin

1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

2 packets Liquid Bouillon

1 to 1-1/4 pounds Chicken {any cuts)

Directions:

Combine the dry ingredients in a container with a tight fitting lid, shake until combined.

Drizzle two packets of liquid bouillon over top of chicken and toss to coat. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of fajita seasoning and toss until evenly coated.

Grill until chicken is fully cooked.

You can also use a few tablespoons of this seasoning blend in replace of a store bought packets. Sprinkle over top of cooked chicken in a skillet, pour in a half cup of water or so and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced and thick.

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36 Responses to “Homemade Fajita Seasoning”

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    Sheila — June 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Laurie, how do you do it all. You amaze me! This looks so good, I love homemade spice blends ; ) xoxox Sheila

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 14th, 2013 @ 8:52 am

      Haha {I have no idea!!}! Miss you Sheila!! XOXOXO

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    Tieghan Gerard — June 14, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Homemade spice blends are always SO much better than the store bought stuff! This sounds awesome!

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    Jaclyn — June 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I’m all about making my own homemade spice mixes, but I need some cute little jars like the one you have pictured! I’ll try your recipe out sometime, sound delish.
    xxx

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 14th, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

      Thanks Jaclyn! It’s actually a little Ball jar I picked up at the grocery store :)

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 14, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I remember when I made fajitas from a bag. WHAT shocking I know!! HAHA Love this seasoning.

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 14th, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

      I know … it’s crazy!! :)

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    Donna Lanting — June 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I never tried making my homemade spice blend before. This is amazing! I think I need to make some inventories of my spices. ;-)

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    cassie — June 14, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Ha! I remember the days of pre-made fajita chicken…really, pre-made everything. I’m so glad I grew out of that. Love this, friend!

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    Mr. & Mrs. P — June 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Easy and no need to spend additional $$ when you have the spices at home!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 14, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Oooo, this looks awesome, Laurie! For how often I cook Mexican food, I definitely need to keep something like this around. Great recipe!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 14th, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

      Thanks Georgia! I always make a double batch… we use it THAT often :) Have a great weekend!

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    Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania — June 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Yummy! Fajita seasoning is a must for Mexican cuisine lovers. I loved your fajita seasoning jar: simple, but cute!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 14th, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

      Thank you! It’s actually just a small Ball jar :)

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    Daisy Ray@ Flowers Fruit and Fun — June 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Nice! Looks very easy, with easy ingredients too. Cute Ball jar:)

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    Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig — June 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    I love making my own seasonings, they are the best! I had the best fajita tacos in Austin, need to try and recreate. Maybe your seasoning will be the trick.

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    Roselyn D — June 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Okay, when I read cornstarch in a spice blend I was like….Whoa! What is going on? That is totally a good idea! Who woulda thunk it? Thanks for the idea…gotta make this spice mix now….:)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    I think I could eat fajitas every ding dang day of my life.

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — June 16, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Totally have all that I need to make this at home… which means we’re having fajitas soon! Wooot woot.

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — June 17, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Isn’t it funny when you look back and think about how you use to cook before you started your blog?!?!?! Dustin and I ate mostly frozen chicken sticks, fish sticks and frozen pizza. It’s probably been years since we have touched any of those because I have to make it from scratch! Love this fajita seasoning and the cornstarch tip is awesome!

    • simplyscratch replied: — June 17th, 2013 @ 11:11 am

      I know it’s baffling! :)

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    Holly — August 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    If I have powdered chicken bouillon could I just add it to the mix? How much would you recommend? Thanks! Looks like a great recipe.

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    Jennifer — August 19, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    So I’m really curious and have yet to find the answer. I have cayenne -powder-, is that the same at the pepper or totally different?

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 20th, 2013 @ 10:48 am

      I would say it’s the same… I think companies just label things different. :)

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    Matthew — September 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I’m going to use this for a company dinner, but on pork. If it’s good I’ll take all the credit for it. Thanks!

    • simplyscratch replied: — September 27th, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

      Go for it!

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    Mallory @ Total Noms — December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

    My husband and I made fajitas last night using this recipe for the spice mix. Simply perfect! Thank you!

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    Sardar Omar — April 15, 2014 at 7:25 am

    This recipe looks great, but can I use it for beef too?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — April 15th, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

      I don’t see why not… But I’ve yet to try it

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    Brianna — May 10, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Just tried this on shrimp & pepper fajitas (minus the cayenne, sadly, as my kids abhor all things spicy) and the flavor was spot on! Only thing was, I think there was a tad too much cornstarch. That may simply be a product of using shrimp vs chicken, though. Next time I’ll just reduce the amount of cornstarch. Thanks!

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    ali — June 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    When I put cornstarch in my DIY seasoning,I use it to help thicken up the juices. Instead of “coating” the meat,I throw some seasoning in a pan,add water then throw the meat in to cook then whatever veggies. That way,you have seasoned meat w/some seasoned gravy/juice so the other food like onions,bell peppers,etc. gets coated with the seasoning too. Hope that made sense.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 4th, 2014 @ 10:38 pm

      Hi Ali! Yes! I do the same thing with my taco seasoning… In fact I’ll add that bit to the instructions!

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    plasterers bristol — September 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Fajitas are my favorite, been looking for some recipes, thanks for sharing, sounds yummy.

    Simon

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