Fajita Seasoning Mix with Mesquite Smoke

 Fajita Seasoning

This is my go-to seasoning for fajitas, tacos, burritos, refried beans and dips.

I purchased fajita and taco seasoning mix for years until I made it a habit of reading labels. Making my own, there was no longer any reason to deal with undesirable ingredients like Monosodium Glutamate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Silicon Dioxide (anticaking agent), Caramel Color, or Ethoxyquin (preservative).

Not only can you avoid these unnecessary additives, this simple Fajita Seasoning recipe makes it easy to create a custom blend to suit your taste—spice it up or tone down the kick for kids.

One ingredient that sets this recipe apart is the mesquite smoke powder, available at specialty spice shops or online at The Spice House. A small jar lasts a long time and adds a unique smoke flavor to this mix, as well as sauces and marinades too. Alternatively, you can use a splash of liquid smoke to the wet ingredients of a recipe as a substitute, but I like having it mixed in and ready to go. We often double the recipe and store it in a small mason jar so it’s handy when I need it.

Depending on the level of heat in the chili or chile powders, this recipe is medium in spiciness. For more mild spice, omit the cayenne and only use mild chile powder, such as Ancho.

What’s the difference between chili powder and chile powder?

Chili powder often includes a blend of paprika, cumin, garlic powder or salt. Chile powder is ground dried fruit of a single chile. Chile powder comes in many varieties, including Ancho, Chipotle, Anaheim, Guajillo, Pasilla, Aleppo, and more. There are numerous combinations you can try for a unique Fajita Seasoning all your own.

Find our Skillet Beef Fajita Recipe here.

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Fajita / Taco Seasoning Mix
Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Seasoning, Spices
Serves / Yields: 3 Tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch (non-GMO)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, or a combination of chile powders (see note)
  • 1½ teaspoons coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon granulated onion
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon mesquite smoke flavoring powder (see note for substitute)
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or shake in a small jar until well combined. Store in an air tight container. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons per 1 pound of meat, to taste.
Notes & Suggestions
If powdered mesquite smoke flavor is omitted from the dry ingredients, substitute 2 teaspoons liquid smoke by adding to the wet ingredients of a recipe. Single chile powders can sub for the chili powder i.e. a combination of Ancho and Chipotle chile powders.

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  1. says

    Thanks. Judy, for posting this. My seasoning for Tex-Mex foods is a hit-or-miss thing. It’s on the spice shelf, throw some into the pot. Thanks to you, I’ve now got a plan. 😉


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