Growing up, we didn’t eat out often (like never) so it was always a really special treat to go to any restaurant. When we did go somewhere to eat, we often chose Mexican food because our whole family enjoyed it and because it was pretty much the only non-chain decent restaurant in our small town.
I had simple tastes back then and almost always ordered the kids’ tacos. Then one day in high school I decided to branch out and order the fajita salad (I think I was trying to be healthy). The salad I ordered may not have been all that healthy, but it was delicious and I loved the flavors of cumin, chili powder, onions, and peppers.
Reinventing Old Favorites the Healthy Way
As a grown-up, non-kids-meal-eating amateur food blogger, I’ve graduated to grown-up (real food) versions of my favorite foods of yesteryear. We still don’t eat out that often, but now I’m the mom insisting we cook at home. My kids skipped the kids’ meal phase all together and are used to the tastes and textures of real food.
Now that I know spices are about more than just good flavor, I look for every opportunity to work herbs and spices into our meals. Fajitas are the perfect excuse!
Of course eating healthy rules out not only kids’ meals but also those premade packets of seasoning found in the store. (Seldom … or never … do they contain only spices.) Making a spice mix at home avoids the additives and other fillers, not to mention is much more economical.
I’ve found using homemade seasoning can be just as easy and quick if I take out my spices and measure and mix just once rather than having to do it each time. Having a mason jar of fajita seasoning ready to go saves me that many more steps and seconds when I’m throwing dinner together at the last minute for a hungry brood. It also frees me up from having to look up a recipe each time to remind myself of the ratios.
Just wash and chop veggies and meat, cook, add spice, and … fajitas! That’s my style of cooking!
Fajita Seasoning from Scratch
This healthy fajita seasoning spice blend is great on my fajita slow cooker chicken, fajita chicken salad, or steak fajita salad recipes. I especially love adding some to omelette for a little kick. This blend is also versatile enough that it can be used in place of taco seasoning in a pinch.
Using quality, fresh herbs from a reputable company (or, growing and drying them if you have the time and interest!) makes all the difference. I get my spices in bulk (we go through them quickly!)… see all the links below for the ones I order.
I use this spice blend strategy for other recipes than just fajitas and you can find them all here. I made sure to put a few into my cookbook too because these spice blends are some of the most used items in my pantry. I’d be lost without them!
Homemade Fajita Seasoning Recipe
This real-food fajita seasoning is great on salads, fajitas, and slow cooker meals.
- Add all spices to a bowl or jar and mix well. Store in airtight container (I use a mason jar). Use about 1 teaspoon per chicken breast or steak when making fajitas.
Store in a cool, dark place. Use within 6 months for best flavor and health benefits.
Do you enjoy fajitas? Have you perfected the art of making them at home? Share below!