Fajita Seasoning is a quick and easy way to give your cooking some South of the Border flair. This combination of classic Mexican herbs and spices is super simple to make and keeps in the pantry for months.

Smoked paprika is just one of the secret ingredients in this DIY seasoning mix that will give your fajitas that extra flavor bump. A little sugar adds a touch of sweetness to the heat and helps caramelize the meat or veggies in the fajitas as they cook.

Fajita seasoning in a wooden bowl with limes in the background

Why Homemade?

Sure, you can easily find readymade fajita seasoning in stores. However, making your own allows you to adjust the ingredients and proportions according to your taste.

Homemade seasoning mixes are a lot cheaper too, like chili powder and taco seasoning, which are slightly different from Fajita seasoning.

  • Chili powder puts the emphasis on sweet paprika which is made from sweet peppers and is frequently used to flavor dishes like homemade chili of course!
  • Taco seasoning is similar to fajita seasoning but is a bit bolder! This is great sprinkled on chicken or added to soups and of course in traditional ground beef tacos!

Fajita seasoning ingredients in a wooden Bowl with lime and cilantro on the side

What to Use Fajita Seasoning For

This is an excellent fajita seasoning and can be used in just about any Tex-Mex recipe. Use it as a rub for steak or poultry, or add it into Spanish rice.  Stir it into refried beans or sprinkle over buttered corn on the cob. Everything tastes better with a little fajita seasoning!

You can also mix it with sour cream topping or guacamole. Give your cornbread some zing by adding a teaspoon or two into the batter.

How Long Will It Last?

Chicken fajita seasoning will last up to six months. Store it in a tightly covered glass jar to ensure the herbs and aromatics retain their volatile oils. For best quality, keep it in a cool cupboard, not next to the stove.

Fajita seasoning in a glass jar with peppers and onions on a wooden board

Delicious Substitutions

The best thing about making your own seasoning mixes is that it allows you to unleash your creativity. Add more ingredients or subtract other, 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.

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

Easy Fajita Recipes

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Fajita Seasoning

This combination of classic Mexican herbs and spices is super 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
  • 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.


Store in a spice jar or an airtight container in the pantry for up to 6 months. 
4.98 from 119 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. 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