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Do you always buy one of those packets of fajita seasoning every time you are going to make a yummy batch of flavoursome Mexican goodness? Me too! Then it occurred to me, I have so many spices and herbs in my cupboard. More than fit in my spice rack. Yet there are only about 4 or 5 that I end up replacing before they go out of date. Why keep spending money on single-serve spices when I can make my own homemade fajita seasoning?
My inspiration to try this DIY option came when I was making these vegetarian fajitas. Super yum – I totally recommend them. Even for the carnivores out there!
How do you make homemade seasoning?
Making homemade spice mixes and seasoning couldn’t be easier – you just have to portion out and mix the ingredients. When you make them I’d recommend storing in sealed jars which are clearly labelled.
Take note of the closest best before date from the spices too and label as the flavour may start to be affected after then.
What is in it?
This fajita mix is extremely simple – cumin, paprika, garlic powder, oregano and chilli powder. Likely things you already have in the cupboard!
If you like extra spice then you can increase the amount of chilli powder used. Also, if you don’t have garlic powder then leave it out and add garlic to the fajitas when you cook them.
How to season meat for fajitas?
Generally, when making fajitas, it’s best to marinate beef or chicken for the dish. Traditionally some form of acid is used to help break down the meat to make it more tender – such as lime juice.
This mix is a seasoning so is intended to be sprinkled directly over the meat while cooking in the pan.
Can I use fajita seasoning in place of taco seasoning?
Yes – you absolutely can! Taco seasoning and fajita seasoning are very, very similar. When making fajitas rather than tacos, some form of acid is usually used, since the meat is quick cooked rather than slow-cooked (as this makes it more tender).
This seasoning does not contain any acid ingredients – so can easily be used for both. (I suggest you use lime juice before cooking to tenderise – see instructions above).
This seasoning also works really great if you are cooking a chicken breast for a salad to add a little extra flavour. Or alternatively, you can use it as a seasoning over roasted vegetables to add a little Mexican ‘pizazz’.
Products that work great for this recipe
Small Glass Airtight Jars
Nest Measuring Cup/Spoon Set
Joseph Joseph Citrus Zester
Simple and far more economical than buying ready-made fajita spices. This homemade fajita seasoning tastes great and adds the perfect flavour and punch to your dish. Yum!
Makes around 3 portions (based on around 1.5 tsp per portion)
- 1/2 tsp hot chilli powder
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
1. Mix all spices together in a bowl.
2. Store in a sealed jar until ready to use.
3. To use, sprinkle over the meat while cooking.
- If you don’t have any garlic powder then leave it out and add some crushed garlic to the vegetable mix when you cook the fajitas
- Increase the amount of chilli powder you use if you are a lover of spice!
- You can also use hot paprika instead of smoked paprika – just bear in mind that it will be hotter (you could reduce the chilli powder to compensate). If all you have in is sweet paprika then it will still work well, but obviously will be sweeter in taste.
- Category: Spices
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Serving Size: 3
- Calories: 10
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 1.5g
- Protein: 0g
Keywords: mexican, fajitas, spices, seasoning