We like Mexican food in this household. That’s really an understatement. We are OBSESSED with it, so it’s no surprise that I have everything we need for homemade mexican seasoning (fajita seasoning mix) in our spice cabinet.
Just to show you how much we love fajitas… the week after we got back from Italy, we ate Mexican food or something similar five times. Yeah – it’s over the top and we wouldn’t have it any other way! What can we say, we’re Californian through and through.
Though we love some great fajitas out (looking at you, Joe T. Garcia’s in Ft. Worth!), because of our little obsession, I’ve had some experience at making homemade fajita vegetables with healthy, homemade fajita seasoning and now I’ve got it down pretty well! Half of my secret is the seasonings…
Homemade Mexican Seasoning Recipe
The other trick to perfectly homemade fajita veggies besides the seasonings is to give it time. After all, the meat and, especially, the vegetables need to caramelize and become one with all the spices. I only showed peppers and onions here, but I use the same seasoning on any vegetable as well as chicken, fish, and beef.
The recipe below is for mexican seasoning for one meal, but you could easily make a big batch of it to always have on hand. If you’re cooking fish, lightly sprinkle the seasoning on the fish. For chicken and especially beef, you want a heartier sprinkle since they have stronger flavors!
What are Mexican Seasoning Ingredients?
If you were to ask people this question, I bet garlic and onion would come up the most – neither of which are in this recipe! The salt and pepper aren’t a surprise, but what is?
While many people might guess the chili powder, the cumin (a major part of the familiar Mexican food flavor) will be forgotten, and we like the addition of the paprika (and of course the chili flakes).
If you don’t cook with cumin much, you might start to once you buy some for this recipe. In American cooking, it’s an underestimated spice. We love it when searing or grilling chicken especially. And we use it in anything inspired by Mexican or Indian flavors!
What do you put in your fajitas
We’ve discovered that whatever kind of taco, burrito, or fajitas we’re enjoying for dinner, it’s the garnishes that really make this simple and inexpensive meal so mouthwateringly delicious.
Besides the protein, veggies, rice, and beans, toppings include fresh cilantro, avocado/guacamole, homemade pico de gallo, and sour cream. I always try to have at least one or two of these special toppings for our homemade Mexican dinner!
Want more Mexican-inspired deliciousness? This Mexican Chocolate Cake is simple and yet so deliciously amazing – same goes for my Iced Mexican Mocha. And if you have time, can you sip on some of these mango margaritas on the rocks for me? Thanks! I really appreciate it!
HOMEMADE FAJITA SEASONING + VEGETABLES
My husband and I could almost live on homemade Mexican food. With so my practice, I finally got my homemade seasoning mix down pat. I usually just eyeball each of the seasonings, but until you get the hang of it, just try this easy recipe. It’s great to make in bulk too, so you can just have a small jar of the mix!
homemade fajita seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon chili flakes or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 1 medium bell pepper sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 ½ teaspoons homemade fajita seasoning
Mexican Seasoning Mix for Fajitas (bulk)
Mix all dried herbs and spices. Store in airtight container.
Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add veggies and seasonings to pan. Mix well. Cook over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Turn heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally 10-15 minutes until onions and peppers are tender and caramelized.