Fajita Seasoning is a quick and easy way to give your cooking some South-of-the-Border flair.

This combination of flavorful herbs and spices is super simple to make and keeps in the pantry for months!

plate of Fajita Seasoning

Ingredients in Homemade Fajita Seasoning

You can find ready-made fajita seasoning mix in stores. However, making a homemade seasoning allows you to adjust the ingredients according to your tastes and we like the flavor better than store-bought.

The recipe below is a blend of chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and other basic pantry spices.

Smoked paprika is different from a regular or sweet paprika with a very smoky fragrance and it will give the fajitas an extra bump of flavor. A pinch of sugar helps caramelize the meat or veggies as it cooks. Chili powder contains sweet paprika (made from sweet peppers) and is added to this spice blend.

Substitutions & Variations

The best thing about making your own seasoning mixes is that it allows you to unleash your creativity. Add more ingredients or subtract others, to bring as much or as little heat or complexity as you desire. Depending on your preference, consider adding or substituting oregano, celery salt, cocoa powder, turmeric, coriander, or chipotle powder.

spices in a bowl to make Fajita Seasoning

Replace a Packet of Seasoning

To replace fajita seasoning packets, use 1 ½ tablespoons of seasoning below to season 1 pound of meat like chicken, beef, shrimp, or pork. I always add a squeeze of fresh lime juice for serving.

How to Use Fajita Seasoning

  • This spice mix can be used as a rub for beef, fish, or chicken.
  • Make fajitas with shrimp, chicken, or skirt steak.
  • Fajita seasoning is similar to taco seasoning but is a bit bolder. You can use it for ground beef tacos.
  • Stir it into a marinade for a boost of flavor.
  • It’s a great addition to homemade chili, soups, and rice. Stir extra seasoning into refried beans, guacamole, or sprinkle over corn on the cob.
Fajita seasoning in a glass jar with peppers and onions on a wooden board


This fajita seasoning will last up to six months. Store it in a tightly covered jar to ensure the herbs and aromatics retain their oils.

Who knows? You might wind up developing a signature fajita seasoning! It may even become a cherished family recipe for generations!

Fajita Favorites

Fry up an onion and a handful of bell peppers and stir in a tablespoon of fajita seasoning for a dinner!

Did you make this homemade Fajita Seasoning? Leave a rating and a comment below!

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Fajita Seasoning

This combination of classic herbs and spices is simple to make and keeps in the pantry for months.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 5 tablespoons



  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar optional
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Store in a spice jar or an airtight container.
  • To use fajita seasoning, combine 1 pound of meat and 1 ½ tablespoons of seasoning mix (or more to taste). Grill or cook in a cast iron skillet with sliced onions and bell peppers.


This recipe can made in a big batch and stored for up to 6 months.
Use 1 ½ tablespoons of homemade fajita seasoning mix to replace 1 packet of fajita seasoning.
4.98 from 134 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 20 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 959mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 962IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Pantry, Seasonings, Spices
Cuisine Mexican
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  1. Do you have a LOW sodium fajita seasoning recipe

    Really any low sodium recipes would be great, love your recipes and always trying to figure out how to make them low sodium.


    1. Hi Bernice, we don’t specifically cook low sodium so I am not sure what substitutes you would need to make. Maybe another reader can assist you!

    2. Hi Bernice , I believe I can help . My husband & I are low sodium diet as well and few products like , Hunts no sodium Tomato sauce , stewed Tomatoes, chopped tomatoes and no salt tomato paste as well as , Swanson has a no salt chicken , vegetable and Beef broth . Great value more affordable price with their no salt Broths too . There is a product made by Frenches ..no salt sodium-free but be careful with Potassium intake. Herb Ox also makes no sodium powder broths . I may be missing a product but I hope this helps :)5 stars

  2. My husband and I love this. I make a double batch of the seasoning and it lasted for 3 dinners. So easy and so yummy Thanks for sharing5 stars

  3. didn’t have any seasoning packets but wanted to make fajitas. I found your recipe and believe me your seasonings took it to another level. thank you for sharing a 5star recipe.5 stars

  4. I tried this seasoning tonight on chicken & veggies. It was so good! I will definitely make this again! It will go in my recipe box.5 stars

  5. Fabulous! Add a TBSP of cornstarch if you want it to thicken up like the store bought packages. (Mix in half a cup of hot water then add to veggies or meat).5 stars

  6. Not sure if I rated this yet but thank you!!!! This is my go to for quesadillas, tacos, anything Mexican-ish! It has the perfect amount of seasoning and I actually love that it’s not spicy so that we can control that with toppings. Keep a batch on hand at all times.5 stars