Here’s how to make fajita seasoning! This homemade seasoning mix is all natural and way tastier than what you buy at the store.

Fajita seasoning

Love making fajitas? Contrary to what you might think, the seasoning doesn’t have to come out of a packet. Meet this homemade fajita seasoning! It’s quick and easy to make, using spices you might already have on hand. The flavor is unreal: vibrant and punchy, without a lot of heat. The best part? It’s all natural: there are none of those preservatives or additives that are in store-bought mixes. And you can control the salt content, too. Here’s how to mix up a batch.

How to make fajita seasoning

There’s no official definition of fajita seasoning, but most mixes contain the heavy hitters in Mexican cuisine: cumin, chili powder, garlic, and paprika. This recipe takes only a few minutes to make! All you’ll have do is mix together these spices (which you might already have on hand):

  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika or paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper
Fajita seasoning

Taco seasoning vs fajita seasoning: what’s the difference?

If you’re into seasonings like we are, you might notice that taco seasoning is very close to fajita seasoning. What’s the difference between the two? (Great question: we wondered the same.) Both are very similar, and there’s no “official” definition of either.

While they use many similar ingredients, taco seasoning has more chili powder and oregano than fajita seasoning. Compare our recipes and you’ll see this fajita seasoning is more cumin heavy, whereas taco seasoning is more chili powder heavy. That makes the taco seasoning a bit spicier, too. Speaking of…

What’s smoked paprika?

If you can find it, use smoked paprika! It’s a Spanish version of paprika that adds a smoky flavor, but no heat or spice. It’s made up of dried pimiento peppers that that are smoked over a fire, then ground. You can find smoked paprika in the spice aisle in most grocery stores. You can also buy it online here. Keep the following in mind:

  • Smoked paprika may be labeled as any of the following: pimentón, Spanish smoked paprika or sweet smoked paprika.
  • Avoid hot smoked paprika! It’s too spicy and not interchangeable.
  • Need more recipes to use up the jar? Here’s our Best Smoked Paprika Recipes.
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Is fajita seasoning spicy?

No! At least, this one isn’t. If you’d like your fajita seasoning to be spicy, you can add some cayenne to this mix. We’d recommend starting with ¼ teaspoon cayenne, then adjusting to fit your heat tolerance.

How long to store homemade fajita seasoning

You can store your homemade fajita seasoning mix in an airtight container for 6 months to 1 year. Of course, the fresher the better! Spices generally last for 8 months to 1 year, but of course they are best when freshly purchased.

Need spice organization tips? If your spice drawer or cabinet is like ours, always getting messy and overcrowded, go to How to Organize Your Spices…the Minimalist Way. It’s a helpful way to keep tabs on your spices.

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Ways to use fajita seasoning

There are so many ways to use fajita seasoning, outside the obvious ways. Here are a few ideas of recipes where you can use it:

  1. Fajita Veggies Naturally! This grilled version brings smoky flavor to the peppers and onions.
  2. Baked Potatoes or Baked Sweet Potato Add a whole new vibe to baked potatoes.
  3. Grilled Peppers or Grilled Peppers & Onion Adds the perfect punch to grilled peppers!
  4. Scrambled Eggs Sprinkle on your breakfast eggs.
  5. Tofu Scramble This seasoning mix amps the flavors in a scramble.
  6. Roasted Vegetables Substitute fajita seasoning for the Old Bay. Perfection!
  7. Refried Beans or Refried Black Beans Just a sprinkle adds a flair to beans.
  8. Sweet Potato Hash Browns Sprinkle onto hash browns for a Mexican flair.
  9. Mexican Quinoa Perfect for adding flavor to this Mexican quinoa with colorful veggies.
  10. Veggie Quesadilla Sprinkle inside a quesadilla for a pop of flavor.

This fajita seasoning recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, refined sugar free, low carb, and keto.

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Fajita seasoning

Fajita Seasoning (Easy & Homemade!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 tablespoons 1x


Here’s how to make fajita seasoning! This homemade seasoning mix is all natural and way tastier than what you buy at the store.


  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)*


  1. Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Transfer to an airtight container or jar. Store for 6 months to 1 year in a cool, dry place.


*Most storebought fajita seasoning mixes contain salt. (Some even contain sugar.) If you prefer omitting it, you can do that as well! Keep this in mind when you’re using it to season food.

For a spicy variation, you can add cayenne pepper: start with ¼ teaspoon and adjust to your taste.

  • Category: Pantry
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Fajita Seasoning, Fajita Seasoning Mix, Homemade Fajita Seasoning

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. No mention of how much seasoning to use. I know most would say to taste but need an idea on where to start.

  2. Very good. I mixed up a batch to store. And cooked some shrimp and chicken fajitas as well. Added about 1/4 cup water to the saucepan. Excellent.