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Best Fajita Marinade for Beef

The best fajita marinade recipe is here for you to enjoy! If you’re obsessed with fajitas like we are we’re sharing the best beef marinade secret with you!

Best Fajita Marinade

Do you order chicken or beef fajitas at your favorite Mexican restaurant and wish you could bring that great bold taste home??!! Well with the best fajita marinade recipe you can do just that and make them as spicy or tame as you want them. Get ready to make these at home for dinner this week, packed with all the veggies you like wrapped in tortillas…..oh I can taste them already!

Beef Fajita Marinade

We love steak fajitas!!

  • Yes chicken fajitas are yummy too and for the most part I would choose chicken over steak…except when it comes to fajitas.

With that said you could use the best fajita marinade on chicken that has been cut into strips similar to our beef here, totally your choice.

Here is us preparing our easy steak fajita recipe, showing you all the different spices we use as a dry rub essentially.

Then using a bit of olive oil and water to thin it out and transition it to a dry steak rub into the best fajita marinade recipe we’re going to share with you.

The Best Steak Fajitas

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What makes the best fajita marinade

  • BOLD flavors!!
    • So bold they permeate the meat so the flavor isn’t just on the outside when you cook it
  • A bit of heat – feel free to amp it up even more if you really like heat/this recipe is med. I would say
  • Easy to throw together – I am all about easy, but flavorful. Whether it is already made like soy sauce, or this easy recipe it needs to have little prep.
  • Ability to make a batch ahead of time
    • You could easily make several batches minus the olive oil and water
    • Store each batch in a gallon freezer bag so they’re ready when you are

Massaging the meat is an important step too before you throw everything into your storage baggie and into the fridge to soak up all that marinade goodness!

Steps to take in order to achieve the best Mexican fajita marinade and really coat your pieces of meat:

  1. Cut your steak or chicken into strips
    1. Thinner = more flavor soaked in, more tender, AND cooks for a shorter amount of time
  2. Mix your fajita marinade recipe below in a bowl
  3. Add your fajita meat
  4. Massage the fajita marinade and meat – using your hands is best to really make sure it is all over each piece
  5. Dump contents of bowl into a gallon storage bag
  6. Store in fridge overnight
  7. Make carne asada Crock Pot style or your other method of choice and enjoy!
steak fajita seasoning

Fajita marinade for beef

  1. Beef or chicken – 2 lbs. is what we tend to cook at a time
  2. A gallon storage bag
  3. Olive oil
  4. Water
  5. Dry Sriracha – if you’ve never used it dry it is the bomb!!
  6. Cumin
  7. Salt
  8. Pepper
  9. Paprika
  10. Garlic powder

If you end up making this often I make a few batches and store it in sandwich bags. Zip closed and mark on the outside that is is fajita marinade so I know for next time.

We made our steak fajitas in the Instant Pot but you can use the grill or stovetop. Because there are so many different ways to cook them there isn’t a standard this is how long to grill or timing for so many minutes per side to go off of. It doesn’t take long though because typically the meat is sliced relatively thin.

best fajita marinade

As you can see the meat has soaked up most of the liquid that was added into the bag and looks like more of a dry rub on our beef, that is what you want!!

Of course fajitas aren’t done until you add lots of veggies like onions and bell peppers for us (in all colors). If you want to change it up a bit another time, try our Asian steak marinade some night too.

Let us know what you think!!

Beef fajita marinade

If you want the best chicken marinade we have that too! It’s great on breasts, chicken tenders, wings, all sorts of protein I tell you.

easy chicken marinade recipe

Alternatively this is how to make fajita seasoning as a dry rub. Either way is amazing.

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how to make fajita seasoning

Time needed: 10 minutes.

Fajita Marinade

  1. Prepare

    Mix all spices together well, add olive oil and mix. Then add water or broth and combine well.

    Add to a bowl or gallon freezer bag with meat and mix well (using your hands to massage it into the meat works best).

  2. Marinade

    Put mixture into a gallon bag, zip, and store in fridge overnight.

  3. Cook

    Then cook your flank steak, cut of beef, or sliced meat over medium high heat, on a grill pan, or cast iron skillet.

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Best Fajita Marinade

The best fajita marinade recipe is here for you to enjoy! If you’re obsessed with fajitas like we are we’re sharing the best beef marinade secret with you! 
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, fajita, homemade, marinade, steak
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 71kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix all spices together well, add olive oil and mix. Then add water or broth and combine well.
  • Add to a bowl or gallon freezer bag with meat and mix well (using your hands to massage it into the meat works best).
  • Put mixture into a gallon bag, zip, and store in fridge overnight.

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Nutrition Facts
Best Fajita Marinade
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 432mg19%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Rachel

Saturday 12th of February 2022

This was so good! We used skirt steak, I left it whole while marinading and while cooking to get a nice sear on both sides with a nice medium rare/medium center. Squeezed half a lime in with the marinade and the other half over the steak while it rested. Other than the lime and cutting up the steak beforehand, I followed the recipe exactly. We'll definitely be using this again.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 13th of February 2022

So glad it was a real hit

Jennifer

Sunday 26th of September 2021

Can I use liquid sriracha in place of the powdered? It’s what I have on hand. Thanks!

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

totally

Ashley

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

I've used this marinade many times, never fails to be amazing. Even if you only have 30min of marinating time it still tastes delicious.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

OH good!

Faye

Friday 8th of May 2020

Can this be frozen with marinade on it

Liz Sanders

Monday 6th of January 2020

I would like to make Mexican fajita marinade, but the recipe doesn't say how much sriracha?

Michelle

Friday 17th of April 2020

It says 1 teaspoon

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