Fajita Seasoning

This homemade Fajita Seasoning recipe is the perfect spice blend to add flavor to any kind of fajitas. Whether you’re making shrimp or chicken fajitas, steak or vegetable fajitas, this easy seasoning mix will add just the right amount of spice to liven up any fajita recipe! Mix it up in just 5 minutes, with 8 simple ingredients, and use it to make the best fajita marinade!

1 T chili powder
1 T paprika
1 T dried oregano
1 t sea salt
1 t garlic powder, or granulated garlic
1 t onion powder, or granulated onion
1 t cayenne pepper (optional)
1 t cumin

Mix all spices together, until well blended, and store in an airtight jar, with a tight fitting lid. Keep in a cool, dark place until ready to use. Feel free to double, or even triple the recipe for large batches, of fajitas! See the notes below for the proper proportions, for mixing the seasoning, with your specific protein or veggies! Makes approximately ¼ cup of fajita seasoning.

– Store the seasoning in a sealed container in a dry, cool area, like the pantry, for up to 6 months. After that the spice blend will not “go bad” but as spices sit longer, they begin to lose their flavor.
– I recommend using 2-3 T of seasoning per pound of protein used to make fajitas. For example, if making chicken fajitas with bell peppers, onions, and 1 pound chicken. I recommend using 2 T of the spice mix to season the chicken.
– To make the fajita seasoning spicy, use 1 T cayenne pepper. To make it medium, use 1 t cayenne pepper, and to make it mild, use no cayenne pepper in the spice blend.
– This recipe is gluten free, and contains no added sugar, making it perfect for a whole30, paleo or keto diet.
To make fajitas with the seasoning:
– Combine two tablespoons of the fajita seasoning with 1 T olive oil and 2 T lime juice. Use this to marinate 1 pound of meat, either chicken, steak, or shrimp, for at least 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
Add 1 T olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 or 2 sliced bell peppers and 1 sliced red onion to the skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the skillet and add the marinated meat.
– For chicken breasts or thighs, cook for 4-5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. For steak, cook for 4-5 minutes per side, for a 1 inch thick steak. If using a thinner steak, like a flank steak or skirt steak, cook for 3 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F for a medium to medium-rare steak. For large shrimp, cook for 2-3 minutes per side. For smaller shrimp, cook for 1-2 minutes per side.
– Fajita marinated chicken, steak or shrimp can also be grilled, instead of cooked on the stove. If using this method, simply cook the bell peppers and onions in a skillet on the stove, then remove them from the heat and set them aside while grilling the protein.
– To make vegetable fajitas, heat 1 T olive oil in a large skillet, add two sliced bell peppers and one sliced onion. Cook for 4-5 minutes, then add 1 cup of sliced baby bella mushrooms, 2 T fajita seasoning and 2 T lime juice. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes, then serve.
Serve the fajitas in tortillas or over rice for fajita bowls.

Tips on making Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix:
– This mixture is easy to make ahead and have on hand.
– Used smoked paprika in place of paprika for a different twist.
– The cayenne pepper might be too hot for kids. You might want to omit if you’re making it for your entire family.
– Some people like to add cinnamon to the seasoning. Add ½ – 1 teaspoon if you like the taste.
– This recipe makes a wonderful gift idea for friends and family. They will enjoy not having to get store-bought versions of their favorite seasoning blends. Put this recipe in a cute glass jar and attach the recipe.
– Store seasoning mix in a cool, dark, dry place for best results. Spices have a six month to two year shelf life.
– You can add black pepper to the seasoning for added flavor.
– The spice level of this mix can easily changed to your family’s preference.

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