Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Goodbye store-bought and hello, Homemade Fajita Seasoning! Save your money and use those jars of spices to whip up the best fajita seasoning! This can easily be double, tripled or quadrupled… just use 2 to 3 tablespoons per recipe.

Once upon a time, Pat and I made chicken fajitas 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… trust me 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 non previously frozen chicken… and we top it with charred sweet bell peppers and onions, romaine lettuce, pickled jalapeno peppers, diced red onions, pepper jack cheese and Frank’s. (because we put that ish on urvvvveryting)

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

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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. Ps. You now can find this recipe along with 5 other seasoning blends in my cookbook!

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In a small bowl or my personal fave, a glass jar, add the spices.

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Stir it all up and it’s good to go. Seriously it’s crazy good and just as easy!

I’ve used it to make chicken fajitas, vegetarian Portobello fajitas and if you have my cookbook then you’re familiar with the steak version.

Here are more homemade seasoning blends for you to try.

Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Fajita Seasoning recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: yields 3 tablespoons

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning
Save your money and never buy store-bought fajita seasoning again!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)


Combine all ingredients in an airtight container and store in a dry, dark place for up to 6 months.

You can also use a few tablespoons of this seasoning blend in replace of a store bought packets.

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55 Responses to “Homemade Fajita Seasoning”

  1. #
    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

  2. #
    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!

  3. #
    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.

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

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

  4. #
    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!! 🙂

  5. #
    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. 😉

  6. #
    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!

  7. #
    Mr. & Mrs. P — June 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

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

  8. #
    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!

  9. #
    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 🙂

  10. #
    Daisy Ray@ Flowers Fruit and Fun — June 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

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

  11. #
    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.

  12. #
    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….:)

  13. #
    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.

  14. #
    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.

  15. #
    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! 🙂

  16. #
    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.

  17. #
    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. 🙂

  18. #
    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!

  19. #
    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!

  20. #
    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

  21. #
    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!

  22. #
    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!

  23. #
    plasterers bristol — September 9, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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


  24. #
    Angie — January 4, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I know this was posted quite a while ago, but just wanted to thank you. This is an awesome blend to have on hand. Worked SO well! We added red pepper flakes because we like the heat.

  25. #
    Brian — March 7, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Laurie, nice looking recipe. I just had a question about the “2 packets Liquid Bouillon”. There are a variety of different packets and concentrations available so just wanted to know which ones you recommend?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — March 12th, 2015 @ 10:37 am

      Hi Brian! I use a natural one my major supermarket has. But Knorr I think would work. Sometimes I just mix the seasoning with 1/4 cup of olive oil and the juice from 1/2 a lime.

  26. #
    Stephanie — January 5, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    Hi! I plan on making your spice blend tomorrow but I’m just confused about something: are the garlic powder and onion powder part of the blend? The ingredients list says yes but the picture instructions don’t include them. Thanks for clarifying!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 6th, 2016 @ 8:07 am

      Hi Stephanie! Yes it sure is! Sorry for the confusion 🙂

  27. #
    Lisa — February 16, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Made this today. Worked and tasted even better than I expected. Thanks!

  28. #
    Wilkenator — September 15, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    This is taco seasoning not fajita, you do know the difference right? I would drop the cornstarch it might be GMO. And if you can’t get your spices to stick to meat, then you probably shouldn’t be cooking. And any bouillon is not needed as it drives up the salt and could contain harmful ingredients. But, as I tell anyone I give a recipe to, modify it
    to your own liking.

  29. #
    Sal — April 20, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Very happy with this seasoning! The cornstarch is an awesome ingredient…gives it flavor beyond juuust the spice. Thank you 🙂

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 1st, 2017 @ 8:12 pm

      I’m so glad, Sal! 🙂

  30. #
    Yvonne Jackson — October 26, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks I’m going to try it. I’ll get back you to let you know everything went.

  31. #
    Susan Myers — October 15, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Can you use arrowroot powder in place of the cornstarch? I can’t eat corn products.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 18th, 2018 @ 8:36 am

      Hi Susan! Great You can omit the cornstarch altogether


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