When the weather warms up and dining outside begins again, light and easy dishes like sauteing meat and vegetables to make fajitas become go-to recipes. Apart from quickly cooking the meat and vegetables, fajitas are largely about assembly, which also allows everyone to build their own with their favorite toppings.

What really takes fajitas to the next level is how they are seasoned. With a few tips and a little insight, the perfect fajita mix will ensure your dinner is anything but bland.

Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Adding cayenne pepper will give this homemade fajita seasoning an extra kick, making it spicier than other fajita mixes. Celery salt is another added ingredient that adds a depth of flavor to this fajita mix.

Total Time: 5 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 lime

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.

  2. Pour it into an air-tight container such as a sealable glass jar and store it in a cool, dry place.

  3. When you are ready to use, add at least 2 tablespoons of homemade fajita seasoning per 2 to 3 cups of vegetables or per pound of meat.

  4. Though it is preferable to marinate the meat with the fajita seasoning, the fajita mix can be sprinkled over the vegetables while they are cooking in a hot skillet. Vegetables and meat can absorb the flavor of the seasoning while they are hot, which makes this a viable option for fast cooking.

  5. Add a bit of lime when cooking the fajitas, which helps to tenderize the meat or vegetables.

Chicken Fajita Seasoning Recipe

Even if you are in a hurry to prepare dinner, let the chicken marinate for even just half an hour while you prepare everything else to make the fajitas. Marinating helps keep the meat juicy while adding tons of flavor. If there is simply no time to marinate, sprinkle the seasoning over the meat as it cooks in the skillet.

This recipe works well for beef or pork as well. Adding the juice of one lime helps to marinate the meat while tenderizing it. An added bonus is that lime is a classic ingredient in many Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes, so it will add plenty of authentic flavor to your fajitas.

Total Time: 5 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1/4 cup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 lime

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.

  2. Pour it into an air-tight container such as a sealable glass jar and store it in a cool, dry place.



    3. When you are ready to use, place the chicken and at least 2 tablespoons of the fajita seasoning per pound of chicken in a plastic, sealable bag and add the juice of 1 lime to marinate the meat.

    4. Cook the chicken and then cut it into long pieces or shred it for the fajitas.

Tip

Serve piping hot with toppings like sour cream or a wedge of lime.

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Molly Harris

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