Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Fajita night and no fajita marinade or seasoning in sight? It’s ok – if you have a well stocked spice rack, you can make a delicious homemade fajita seasoning in no time at all. Cayenne pepper provides the spiciness here, as well as smoked paprika.

homemade fajita seasoning
Homemade Fajita Seasoning

Fajita and taco seasoning are quite a bit alike, though in this spice blend, we recommend the addition of tomato powder. Tomato powder adds both color and tang that’s reminiscent of the tang you get from the lime often used in fajita marinade. The lime is used to soften the tougher cuts of meat, like skirt steak, that are typically used for fajitas. If you plan on using lime (or don’t have tomato powder), this seasoning blend is still plenty tasty without it. It’s also great as a taco seasoning substitute.

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homemade fajita seasoning

Homemade Fajita Seasoning

A perfect flavor booster for fajita meat
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Seasoning
Servings 36 servings
Calories 4 kcal


  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon tomato powder optional


  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then use immediately. Or store the fajita seasoning in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 


Tomato powder is optional, but provides a slight tang that is reminiscent of a fajita marinade. Fajita marinades often use lime to soften the skirt steak used for fajitas. If you don’t prefer the sourness/tang of tomato, omit if from the recipe.


Calories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 205mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, Smoked Paprika
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on February 9, 2023 to include new content.
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