If you are a fajita maker, then a homemade fajita seasoning recipe is what you need! It's really quick and easy to put one together yourself and will add far more flavours to your Tex-Mex cooking than those little jars of mysterious spices you usually buy from the store. (See the bottom of the page for other recipes)
What You'll Need: (makes about 9-10 tablespoons)
3 tbsp paprika powder
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp peppercorns
1 tbsp dried thyme
4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt (see note 2 below)
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
Store your fajita seasoning recipe in a cool place in an airtight jar and out of direct sunlight. Use within 3 months.
Note: If you have the time, and for even more flavours and fab aromas, dry toasting the cumin, peppercorns and mustard seeds before grinding is recommended.
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Note 2: You could use any type of salt for this recipe, however, I do recommend using a good quality salt: sea/rock etc. These are a bit less processed and therefore supposedly healthier. If however, regular table salt is all you have available it's fine to use that. OR, if you're on a low sodium diet for whatever reason, you could leave it out altogether.
Ingredient Note: For the best flavour when making your fajita mix, I advise using whole ingredients where you can, sometimes this is not practical. In these cases just use pre-ground powders and reduce the quantities the recipe requires by about half. So if it says 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds you would use 1 tablespoon of pre-ground cumin. Reduce any others you don't have whole by half as well and stir in with any other powders when making.
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Of course it's easy to pop to the store and pick up a jar of curry powder or chili powder; so why would you make your own?
And, what I think is the most important point to making your own...
No extra "ingredients" in your blends and seasonings. Which means no artificial colours, additives or preservatives. And If you're able to get hold of organic herbs and spices your fajita seasoning recipe will be free of pesticides and GMO's!
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