Gone are the days when fajitas were considered only street food. Now they are fast becoming a popular dish at restaurants as a family meal. Originally from Mexico, fajitas actually refers to a particular cut of beef. But with the gaining popularity in America, the term refers to any meat, even shrimp!
Fajitas are spicy and is one of the most popular Mexican dishes. Be it beef, chicken or just with bell peppers, they taste divine, and what's more? You can actually make them at home! They are easy and simply satisfying. But, in order to bring out the traditional flavor, you need to have the perfect spice mix that is the heart of any fajita. Here are a few simple yet flavorsome seasoning mix made from scratch.
Instant Fajita Seasoning Mix
Here is an easy fajita mix that you can whip up in less than 5 minutes.Ingredients
- Chili powder, 4 tablespoons
- Oregano, 2 tablespoons (ground)
- Cumin, 2 tablespoons (ground)
- Garlic salt, 2 tablespoons
Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl and whisk. You can use this mix for 2 pounds of meat. If unused, store the seasoning in an airtight container.
Chicken Fajita Mix
This seasoning can be used for chicken fajitas. The chicken bouillon gives it extra flavor. For those who may be allergic to MSG in the bouillon, use the substitute given on the right.
- Cornstarch, 3 tablespoons
- Chili powder, 2 tablespoons
- Paprika, 1 tablespoon
- Sugar, 1 tablespoon
- Kosher salt, 1 tablespoon
- Chicken bouillon cube, 2½ teaspoons (crushed)*
- Onion powder, 1½ teaspoon
- Garlic powder, ½ teaspoon
- Cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon
- Cumin, ½ teaspoon
- Red pepper flakes, ¼ teaspoon
To make the mix, combine all the ingredients together. Use 1 teaspoon for every pound of chicken. To store, keep in an airtight glass or plastic jar.
* Substitute for Chicken Bouillon CubeIngredients
- Onion powder, 2 tablespoons
- Garlic powder, 1 tablespoon
- Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
- Dried thyme, 1 tablespoon
- Coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon
- Celery seeds, 1 teaspoon (crushed)
- Cloves, 2
- Dried bay leaf, 2
- Salt, ½ teaspoon
- Black pepper, ½ teaspoon (ground)
Blend all the ingredients together and use 1 teaspoon as a substitute for 2½ teaspoons of chicken bouillon cubes.
Spicy Oregano Mix
This spicy herb mix works great on any kind of meat. Just rub some on beef or pork. You can eliminate the cornstarch if you are using it as a rub.Ingredients
- Onion, 4 tablespoons (finely minced)
- Cornstarch, 2 tablespoons
- Chili powder, 2 tablespoons
- Garlic, 1 tablespoon (finely minced)
- Salt, 1 tablespoon
- Paprika, 2 teaspoons
- Dried red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons
- Dried oregano, 1½ teaspoons
- Cumin, 1 teaspoon (ground)
- Dried marjoram, ½ teaspoon
- Pepper, ½ teaspoon
Blend all the ingredients with a hand blender. Use 2 tablespoons for every pound of meat. Store the remaining mix in an airtight jar and keep it in a cool dry place. This mix will make around 6 helpings.
Mixed Herb Seasoning
Love fish? Well, then you have to try out this mix. It is a great seasoning for fish in your fajitas.Ingredients
- Dried basil, 1 tablespoon
- Dried rosemary, 1 tablespoon
- Dried parsley, 1 tablespoon
- Dried sage, 2 teaspoons
- Dried thyme, 2 teaspoons
- Dried marjoram, 2 teaspoons
- Black pepper, 2 teaspoons
- Sea salt, 2 teaspoons
- Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon
- Celery salt, 1 teaspoon
- Dried oregano, 1 teaspoon
Finely grind all the herbs in a grinder. Add the salts and use it as a rub for fish. You can use a teaspoon for every pound of fish. Store it in an airtight container for further use.
For the Perfect Fajitas
Fajita Seasoning with Fennel
If you like your steak fajita, try this seasoning.Ingredients
- Salt, 4 tablespoons
- Onion powder, 1 tablespoon
- Black pepper, 1 tablespoon
- Dried fennel, 1½ teaspoon
- Dried rosemary, 1½ teaspoon
- Dried thyme, 1½ teaspoon
- Garlic powder, 1½ teaspoon
- Red pepper, 1½ teaspoon (crushed)
Mix all the ingredients together. Rub one teaspoon mix on half a pound of steak or vegetables and store the rest in airtight jars.
- Season the onions and bell peppers too before grilling or sauteing.
- Make the onion and garlic powder at home. All you need to do is chop them into pieces and dry them till all the moisture has evaporated. Once they are completely dry, just put them in a mixer and grind into a fine powder.
Homemade seasonings definitely taste better than the little jars you get in stores (remember that icky MSG flavor?), and why, making it at home saves some money as well. So, if you are a fajita fan, raid your spice cabinet and enjoy the Mexican delight at home.