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How to Make a Gluten-Free Seasoning Mix Marinade for Fajitas

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How to Make a Seasoning Mix Marinade for Fajitas

How to Make a Seasoning Mix Marinade for Fajitas

Gluten-Free Seasoning Blend Recipe for Fajitas

A marinade is typically a liquid mixture of herbs, spices, acids, and/or oils. In some instances, marinades can be dry. Wet marinades consist mostly of liquids plus some herbs and spices. Dry marinades, on the other hand, consist mainly of dry ingredients plus a bit of acid and oils—just enough to bind everything together. These marinades are also known as dry rubs. Regardless of which kind of marinade it is, it is best to marinate for at least a couple of hours, or even overnight, to allow the food to fully absorb the flavors of the marinade.

Fajitas are a famous Mexican dish consisting of grilled meat with vegetables served on a tortilla wrap. It is commonly served with guacamole, salsa, sour cream, refried beans, and cheese. Fajita marinades are usually spicy, although the level can be adjusted by reducing the amount of certain ingredients (e.g., cayenne pepper, jalapeños).

Some fajita seasoning mix recipes include flour or similar ingredients to improve the texture and help bind the mixture. However, I omitted flour in order to make my recipe gluten-free. As a cook for thousands of people onboard a cruise ship, I need to make sure that I can provide options for passengers who have food restrictions of various types, including those who are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and others.


  • 8 teaspoons salt
  • 6 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
utensils for homemade fajitas marinade recipe

utensils for homemade fajitas marinade recipe


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • plate
  • measuring spoons

For Storing the Fajitas Marinade:

  • airtight container

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

3 min

3 min

1/2 cup


  1. Prepare all of the ingredients.
  2. Mix everything in a large bowl.
  3. Store the dry rub marinade in an airtight container.

Tips and Techniques

  • Adjust the amount of chili powder or cayenne pepper to make the marinade spicier.
  • Marinate the meat for a couple of hours to let the flavor fully absorb into the meat.
  • Add a small amount of cornstarch, rice flour, or similar gluten-free flour if desired.
  • Store marinades in an airtight container to maintain quality.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 22, 2018:

Hi Liz,

As always! Everyone can simply make this once then enjoy it more times. Have a good day!

Liz Westwood from UK on September 21, 2018:

This recipe ticks the boxes for accessibility of ingredients, speed of preparation, ease and taste.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 21, 2018:

Hello Mary,

Yes, I agree. Anybody can do the preparation of this mixture and simply keep it inside a container. In this way, the can maximize their time working on a kitchen.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 21, 2018:

This would be an interesting sauce for the fajita. A good one to try when your guest wants gluten free.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on September 21, 2018:

Hi Renee21,

I really like the mix. It isn't that too spicy. Just follow the tips if you prefer a different version of it. Hope you will enjoy the recipe!

Tori Leumas on September 21, 2018:

This looks interesting. I may have to try it. I'm gluten free and I'm always looking for different kinds of gluten free things to try.

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