Homemade Fajita Seasoning (ditch the packet!)
Make homemade fajita seasoning in minutes using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Ditch the packet of unrecognizable ingredients.
For quite awhile, I’ve been on a mission to get back to the basics. I always do what I can, when I can. Meaning, if I can make something from scratch, I do. But if I’m tired and would rather read a book to my kids than make something from scratch, you won’t find me beating myself up about it. If I choose 30 minutes outside soaking up some sun while frozen lasagna cooks over slaving away in the kitchen over from-scratch lasagna, I won’t be losing sleep over it.
But, here are some simple things I do choose to do:
- Read ingredients and nutrition labels – this one is pretty much a sure thing, because my kids have food allergies, so it’s not only a nutritional thing but also a matter of safety.
- Make spice mixes from scratch, when I can.
- Work out, when I can.
- Eat unprocessed foods, as often as I can.
As you can see, I’m not perfect. (Probably not all that hard to believe). Sometimes I skip a tortilla with my fajitas and swap it out for a lettuce wrap. But then I’ll probably have wine and popcorn later to make up for those calories I saved with that lettuce wrap.
I try to take care of myself, both in terms of my physical body and health, but also in terms of my mental health and happiness. If making homemade pasta and from-scratch ketchup is going to take away from the time I can spend playing my kids, I will probably choose not to do it. Because my mental health and happiness (and more importantly, that of my kids) is more important than making something from scratch that really is good enough from the store.
However, I’ve found that spice mixes such as this homemade fajita seasoning are a really simple way to be conscious of your health. No anti-caking aids, no ingredients you can’t pronounce, no sky-high sodium. You throw a few ingredients into a jar and shake. Have your kids shake the jar and then you’re totally killing two birds with one stone – you’re having fun with your kids and you’re making simple and effective health changes. Plus, it tastes WAY better than that icky store-bought stuff. We love this fajita seasoning and we go through our taco seasoning like water – I put the stuff in everything.
Another great thing about making homemade fajita seasoning is that the taste is in your hands. If you’re watching your sodium intake, feel free to decrease the amount of salt in this spice mixture. If you’re a wimp when it comes to spicy food (it’s okay, I am too!), decrease or omit the cayenne. If you need to keep an eye on your sugar intake, omit the brown sugar or substitute with another (dry) sweetener — I’d recommend coconut sugar. You are in control of this homemade fajita seasoning – make it your own!