It amazes me that people will actually pay a huge sum of money (relatively speaking) for a “fajita” kit (which doesn’t contain the meat or any of the vegetables) and not make the contents themselves.

Aside from the fact that at the time of writing, one popular brand was charging £3.22 for a kit, when you could mix and match the constituents separately (and get more for your money too), making your own gives you the freedom to vary the bits you like the most.

The economics of the spice mix itself is quite interesting; the popular brands were in the range of 89p to 99p when researched, for their respective sized packets. The recipe below (using 1 tsp = 4g) costs 29-35p for the same amount[1].

This will make enough to last a while and will keep well in a sealed pot. It also tastes like the real thing (or, dare I say, better) so much so you won’t buy a shop bought packet ever again – or dare I say even try making your own tortilla wraps (recipe to follow one day)

  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 3 tsp chilli powder (or more or less to taste)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp castor sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp crushed chicken stock cube
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ginger

Shove it all into a Tupperware box of some description and shake, then use as you would a packet of fajita spice mix (which are around 30-35g in weight, so around half the above).

The secret to a good fajita, in my opinion, is to add about half a carrot finely diced to the standard mix of onions, peppers and chicken and to include about 2-3 inches of chorizo, finely diced when cooking too.

[1] Prices correct at 1st April 2013 at Sainsbury’s for delivery 11th April 2013 to Surrey

Fajita Spice Mix
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