Homemade fajita seasoning is a delicious alternative to buying a premade spice mix. When you make it at home, you can easily customize the heat level and avoid additives that premade mixes contain.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning on a spoon


If you’re a fan of fajitas you need to start making your own homemade fajita seasoning. I use it on my Oven Chicken Fajitas, Veggie Fajitas, and my Grilled Chicken Fajita Skewers and the flavor totally beats those packaged seasoning mixes.

Not only can you better adjust your flavors with a homemade fajita mix, you can also skip out on all the additives those prepacked fajitas seasonings have including starches that make them less keto friendly.

It’s time. You are ready to graduate to the next level of seasoning goodness. Trust us, your tastebuds will thank you!

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ingredients for Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Ingredients You’ll Need

It doesn’t matter if you are making shrimp, beef, chicken, or veggie fajitas, you need a good spice blend. And here’s what we use:

  • Ground cumin – This adds a bit of an earthy, almost smokey flavor.
  • Chili powder – A classic southwestern seasoning that you really can’t go without.
  • Paprika – Like cumin, it adds a bit of a smokey flavor to the seasoning blend.
  • True Lime – You can find this at the grocery store, Walmart, or Target in the drink mix section. Make sure you get the small packets of True Lime not the limeade mixes that have sweetener. You can also order it online. If you can’t find it you could use lime zest to add the citric flavor.
  • Kosher salt – If you are on a low sodium diet, you can reduce the amount or skip this but it does bump up the flavor of your dish!
  • Onion and Garlic Powder – These add a bit of flavor and aroma to the blend.
  • Dried Oregano – Adds a bit of sweet and spicy flavor with a bit of an earthy undertone.
  • Black Pepper – This adds a bit of heat, but you can omit if you would prefer a milder blend.
Homemade Fajita Seasoning mix on a spoon


Really can’t get much easier than this two-ish step recipe.

Step 1 – Mix all of the spices together and stir until well combined.

Step 2 – Seal in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

Step 3 – Add to your favorite fajita fillings like beef, shrimp, chicken, or veggies.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning on a plate with spoon

What is the difference between taco seasoning and fajita seasoning? 

The main difference between the two spice blends is spiciness level and the addition of citric acid. Fajita mixes use more cumin than chili powder, so it is a milder flavor. They also use a citric component, which is really what separates it from taco seasoning.

In our fajita seasoning recipe, we use crystalized lime powder called True Lime. It is very convenient to use. Alternatively, you can mix the blend with one tablespoon of lime zest when you use the mix. Don’t add the lime zest directly to the mix ahead of time since it has moisture. You would need to add it right before using the seasoning.

How to Make it Ahead of Time 

You can make a big batch and store it like you would other spices. To make ahead, mix it altogether and place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place. It should last about 2 months.

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Servings: 9
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Homemade fajita seasoning is a simple combination of familiar spices that is a delicious alternative to buying a premade spice mix.
Homemade Fajita Seasoning on a spoon
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  • Mix all of the spices together and stir until well combined.
  • Seal in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.


Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 36kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 558mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 834IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 5mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American
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