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Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe – Adios preservatives!

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Having a good spice mix on hand will always take your cooking game to the next level and our homemade fajita seasoning recipe is no exception.

Over the 7 years we’ve been running this blog, we’ve made so many recipes with delicious mexican spices, from tacos to burritos (and burrito bowls). So it would be a shame not to share our homemade fajita seasoning.

Not only does it taste really good, it’s cheaper than buying pack after pack of store-bought spice mixes, lasts for ages, and is full of only what you put in there – herbs and spices!

No nasty additives or preservatives and no unused, unloved spices sitting at the back of the cupboard for years for you – you’ll be eating this homemade fajita seasoning (or taco seasoning or burrito seasoning) on everything for months to come!

Seasoning ingredients such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, sugar, black pepper etc. | Hurry The Food Up

Why should I care about preservatives?

Preservatives are ingredients added to pre-packaged foods, like fajita spice mixes, that allow them to last longer. Obviously, it’s pretty helpful that our food lasts longer than it would naturally.

Some preservatives are natural, like salt and sugar, but most of the preservatives in our food nowadays are artificial. Salt and sugar in moderation are okay but many artificial preservatives have negative health benefits.

In pre-packaged food it can be pretty hard to avoid these preservatives. That’s why we like making our fajita seasoning mix from scratch.

When you’ve put all the spices for your tex mex seasoning in the jar yourself, you know there are no strange chemicals hiding in there!

The hand is holding the jar with seasoning | Hurry The Food Up

How to make fajita seasoning – FAQs

What’s in this fabulous mexican spice mix?

  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Dried Oregano
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Onion Powder or Garlic Powder

That’s it! All of the ingredients for this taco spice mix are wallet friendly – you might even have them at home already.

And if you don’t, and have to buy them especially for this – you know you’re going to use them all.

How do you make such a great fajita spice mix?

The good news is that making this taco seasoning mix is really simple, you basically just mix the right quantities of dried spices together and you’re good to go!

And you can also make it in bulk to ensure you’ve got a good supply for months to come.

Is it really that simple? Yep, really. The best seasonings don’t need to be complicated, they just need to know what they’re doing.

OK but how do I store it?

Make sure it’s in a screw top jar (reuse an old jar or buy a mason jar, it’s up to you!) and this fajita seasoning recipe will last for ages!

The jar with Fajita Seasoning is closed with a lid | Hurry The Food Up

When to use Homemade Fajita Seasoning

This fajita spice mix recipe is designed to replace the store-bought spice you would normally use for your fajitas: mix it in with your vegetables or meat as they cook in your skillet or pan.

Obviously, we would recommend it on a vegan taco recipe, but we won’t tell you how you should eat your homemade taco seasoning.

No matter whether you’re using this homemade fajita seasoning as chili seasoning or enchilada seasoning, we guarantee it’ll be the best fajita seasoning mix in your arsenal.

The closed jar with seasoning is in the hand | Hurry The Food Up
Homemade Fajita Seasoning
4.92 from 12 votes
This tasty fajita seasoning recipe makes for delicious mexican food, from fajitas to burritos. Better yet, it’s good for your wallet and for you!
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:5 minutes
Total Time:5 minutes
Servings:8 fajitas or tacos or burritos



  • Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl.
    1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, ground, 1 tsp paprika powder, 1 tsp oregano, dried, 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 1 tsp onion powder
  • Use the spice mix whenever you would use a store-bought version – generally mix it in with your meat and/or vegetables in the skillet/pan. Add a couple tablespoons of water if necessary (if you see the seasoning clumping in the pan).
  • Use what you need and store the rest in a screw-top jar. It’ll last at least 4 weeks.
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We have lots more Mexican-inspired food on the blog – including this delicious salsa and these awesome nachos with guacamole. They’ve got to be tried!


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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We hope you enjoy this burrito spice mix! If you have a simple fajita seasoning you’d like to share (or a quesadilla seasoning for veggie quesadilla recipes or even a Mexican seasoning recipe) then we’d love to hear from you in a comment below !

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  1. Hi there- your recipe made me smile- I never new there was a store bought product – I have been using essentially the same recipe for years- I change the 1 tsp to 4 tbsp and make enough enough for many meals

    1. Hi John, haha yep there sure is – but full of things I can’t pronounce and a loooot of salt. Good to know others still do it this way too :). Thanks for writing!

      1. 5 stars
        I cannot believe how good this recipe is. Thank you so much! I have tried many recipes in the past but nothing has come close to the packet versions so I have always reverted to those. Your recipe is simply delicious and is now a staple in our house (as are all of the other recipes of yours I have tried!) . Thanks again and keep up the good work!

        1. Thank you Emma! Really glad you enjoyed it. We always have a jar full of the stuff in the cupboard too 😀

  2. Hi is this very hot can i reduce chilli to make it mildly

    1. Hi Debbi, absolutely! Just reduce the spice a little and it will still taste great.

  3. Could you tell me whether this is for one batch or several?

    1. Hi Daryle. As the ingredients stand, that’s for one batch – it will be enough for roughly 8 tortillas/fajitas etc. You can use the slider in the recipe to change servings, then you can make a bigger batch to save time and effort. Hope that helps!