Chicken fajita seasoning is essential for making chicken fajitas. Make this recipe to create fajitas with better flavor; it costs less than buying it, too!
I mention this often, but it’s worth repeating; a good majority of the pantry staples we buy from the store are massively overpriced. Not only that, but many times, we have no idea what’s in them or how long they’ve been sitting on the store shelves.
When was the last time you looked at the nutrition or ingredient label on a package of adobo seasoning or Tajin seasoning? I’ll save you the trouble… both of those essential pantry seasonings have MSG in them, as well as enough salt to spike the blood pressure a couple of points.
Creating homemade pantry staples just makes sense; you’ll save money and have full control over what goes into the bottle.
Ingredients in chicken fajita seasoning
Chicken fajitas aren’t meant to be spicy, so you won’t need any spicy ground chile powders.
However, I do use homemade chili seasoning in this recipe, as well as my steak fajita seasoning. Chili powder is another super easy seasoning to make at home. Of course, you can use your own recipe, or buy it from the store if you’d like.
In addition to the chili powder, you’ll need some basic Tex Mex cooking spices like garlic powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, and cumin.
In addition to using the blend for grilled chicken fajitas, I like to use it as a basic poultry seasoning for many of my Tex Mex and Mexican chicken recipes.
You could even stir a bit of chicken fajita seasoning into sour cream or Mexican crema to add extra flavor for things like baked potatoes. Sprinkle it onto a salad or use it to make a fantastic cheese dip.
Have fun with it… experiment!
Chicken Fajita Seasoning FAQ
Some of the basic Tex Mex and Mexican spice blends we use every day have similar ingredients, but in different amounts. For example, taco seasoning has a lot more chili powder in it than fajita seasoning does. I like chicken tacos to be spicier than chicken fajitas, so there’s also more cayenne pepper in my homemade taco seasoning.
Keep your homemade seasonings in an airtight container or glass bottle, and store them in a cool, dry location. When kept this way, they should stay fresh for anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.
This post, originally published on Kevin is Cooking June 9, 2015, was last updated with new content on Sept. 17, 2021.
Chicken Fajita Seasoning
- 2 tbsp chili seasoning
- 2 tsp oregano (See Note 1)
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Whisk together the ingredients in bowl and store in an airtight container. Makes about 1/3 cup total.
- Mexican oregano is a relative of Lemon Verbena and is native to Mexico. Similar in that it’s pungent like Mediterranean oregano, Mexican oregano has notes of mild licorice and citrus. Mediterranean oregano is a member of the mint family and most often is used in Greek and Italian recipes. Mediterranean oregano is the one most found in spice racks and supermarkets.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.