I call this seasoning mixture my "fajita mix" because that is what I originally made it for. I was never able to find the right seasoning for homemade fajitas. It was either too taco-y or it tasted too much like chili seasoning. The store bought choices were just not right. So one afternoon, I set out to make my own. I think what I came up with is just perfect!
- 4 tablespoons cornstarch
- 8 teaspoons chili powder
- 4 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 teaspoons dried cilantro
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- 4 crushed beef or chicken bouillon cubes
- 2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cumin
There really are no directions, just toss everything in a jar that has a screw on lid, shake to mix and don't forget to label it!
This mix makes delicious fajitas and is good on all kinds, chicken, beef, pork, even fish. However, I have found myself using this seasoning mix on lots of other things, like:
Mexican Stir Fry - use the seasonings liberally in the rice and on the meat and veggies while stirfrying
Spicy Toasted Pita Bread - brush pita bread with olive oil and then sprinkle seasonings on the bread with some mozzerella cheese and then toast it under the broiler
Tacos - I like this seasoning mix better than any taco seasoning I have ever tasted, so I use it for taco meat too
Mexican Dip - Mix tomato sauce, green chilies, sour cream and this seasoning, and you have a delicious dip
Burritos - I sprinkle a bit of this inside my bean or meat burritos when I make them. It gives them wonderful flavor!
Refried Beans - I put this seasoning in refried beans, whether I make them from scratch or if I use canned. They taste much better!
Tortilla Soup - When I make tortilla soup, I add this mix and it adds a zesty punch that really makes this soup something special.
So now you see why this recipe makes so much. Put in in a jar and keep it close, you never know what you might decide to use it on!
If you have never made fajitas, I have included a video that shows you step by step how to make them. This video shows chicken and shrimp fajitas, but you can use whatever meat or fish that you want. Two tablespoons of my homemade mix equals one package of store bought seasoning. I also usually put some of the seasonings in the oil that I use to cook the veggies. If you have never tried making fajitas, now is the time to do it!
This seasoning mix is also an awesome jar mix to give as a present for the holidays or as a housewarming gift. It's perfect for new neighbors or your child's teacher. Just wrap a ribbon around the neck of the jar and tie a bow and you are good to give!
Have a great week!