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By far the single most important part of a wonderful fajita recipe is the seasoning. For a truly exceptional fajita dish, you need a fantastic fajita seasoning. Store-bought seasoning will do in a pinch, but if you want to recreate that vibrant flavor of your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant fajitas, trade the pre-made packets for your own original seasoning.Tex-Mex flavors, like garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Whisk the vibrant flavor together to achieve a well-balanced seasoning that will delight your dinner guests.
You can adjust to balance the flavors to your own particular tastes, but as a general guide, add 2 teaspoons chili powder, such as ancho chili powder; 1 teaspoon salt; 1 teaspoon paprika; ½ teaspoon onion powder; ½ teaspoon garlic powder; ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper; ½ teaspoon ground cumin; and 1 teaspoon sugar. Whisk it all together and sprinkle on top of chicken, steak, shrimp, or vegetables before cooking.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.