We are making Fajita seasoning. Making your own Fajita seasoning at home isn’t a big deal. It is very good to make your Fajita seasoning at home because you can choose to substitute any ingredients you don’t like or add more.
After making your fajita seasoning you can store it in an airtight container and keep safe for use. This recipe is very simple and it can be mixed together in minutes.
It is good to know what goes into your body, making your homemade fajita seasoning should be the best option for you. Read on to find out the ingredients of fajita seasoning and how to mix it well.
Ingredient Notes For Fajita Seasoning
- Cayenne pepper: You can add more cayenne pepper if you like spicy food, or even omit entirely if you don’t.
- Sugar: You can omit the sugar in this recipe if you want to omit.
- Paprika: In this recipe, you can add both sweet and smoked paprika which will still work perfectly well.
Ingredients For Fajita Seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 2 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 teaspoon of white sugar
Health Benefits of Fajita Seasoning
In other to know the nutritional benefits of fajita seasoning, you have to look at the nutritional value of its ingredients. Ingredients in fajita seasoning provide nutrients such as:
- Fiber: Chili powder and Mexican oregano is good source of fiber
- Vitamins: Chili pepper is a very good source of vitamin A
- Minerals: The cumin in this recipe is a good source of calcium, iron, and also contains magnesium.
Method Of Preparation
Step 1: In a small bowl mix together paprika, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, sugar, onion, 1/2 teaspoon of salt to taste. Your spice is ready, store in a dry airtight container.
This recipe makes up to 1/4 cup of fajita seasoning which can be enough for you for up to 4 pounds of chicken, shrimp, or beef.
Storage For Fajita Seasoning
Fajita seasoning can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months.
Making chicken fajitas:
- Add two pounds of chicken thighs or breast in a plastic bag, season with 3 teaspoons of lime juice, 1/4 cup minced cilantro, and two tablespoons of fajita seasoning. Mash this until it gets evenly coated. Refrigerate for about an hour or marinate for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add your chicken and cook until it gets crispy and browned on one side for about 8 minutes. Flip to the other side and cook until browned for about 8 to 10 minutes longer. Transfer your chicken to a cutting board and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes before cutting into strips. Don’t discard fat on the skillet.
- Add the fat to the skillet over high heat, add 3 bell peppers sliced, onion sliced, then cook till tender for about 5 minutes. Push the onions and peppers to one side and add your sliced chicken back to the skillet for serving.
- Serve this delicious chicken with avocado, cilantro, sour cream, and tortillas.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Fajita Seasoning Made Up Of?
Fajita seasoning is made up of chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, sugar, onion powder, salt, and paprika mixed together in a small bowl.
Can I Use Taco Seasoning To Make Fajitas?
Yes, of course, since both seasonings are similar you can use taco seasoning in place of fajitas seasoning if you are out.
Does Fajita Seasoning Taste Like Taco Seasoning?
Despite that the two seasonings are similar, taco seasoning has more chili powder and oregano while your fajita seasoning has more cumin. Taco seasoning is spicier than fajita seasoning. Although if you make yours at home you can choose to make your spicy. Fajita seasoning defers in terms of acidity. Taco seasoning doesn’t have any acidity in it. But honestly, the two seasonings are quite interchangeable.
Why Is Cornstarch Used In Fajita Seasoning?
Cornstarch is used in fajita seasoning to help the spice stick to the food and thicken up the marinade just a bit when you add water.
Does Cornstarch Go Bad?
In storing cornstarch it should be kept covered in a cool dark place away from moisture. As far as it remains dry it will remain safe to use. But the best way to store cornstarch is in its original container with the lid re-sealed.
Fajita seasoning is one spicy seasoning that can be a game-changer in any recipe when used. I prefer making my fajita recipe at home instead of getting it from the store. This fajita seasoning is super easy to make, just toss all your ingredients together and there you have your homemade fajita recipe.
Fajita recipe is made of paprika pepper, corn starch, chili pepper, white sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper mixed together. Fajita seasoning can be stored in an airtight container for up to six months.