Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fajita Spice Mix

3 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. bouillon, or one large cube (chicken, beef or veg, whichever kind of fajitas you usually make)
1-1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp sugar (don't leave out; enhances browning & "sizzle")

Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container. Recycle an old, empty spice bottle, perhaps- but be sure to label it! 3 Tbsp is about equal to a store-bought packet of fajita mix.

The flavor that is missing from this blend is lime- commercial fajita mixes have "lime juice solids". Simply add the juice of one lime (About 2-3Tbsp) to your finished fajitas after cooking, when you remove the skillet from the heat. Lemon juice is an acceptable substitute, or if you don't usually keep either on hand, reduce the cayenne in the spice mix and add some lemon-pepper seasoning. Or leave the pepper as it is, and add some lemon or lime zest.

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