Mexican Seasoning (Taco seasoning blend) is prepared with a few smooth ground spices which most probably you will have in your kitchen.
It takes less than 5 minutes to just mix together the ground spices for this Mexican spice mix recipe and you can store it easily for another hot spiced day.
What is Mexican Seasoning?
Mexican food seasoning is a spice blend which is usually used for popular Mexican dishes.
Basically, it’s a hot easy homemade Taco seasoning spice blend. The easy spice mix can be used for other global Mexican food favorites with meat such as chicken and ground meat to stuff tacos.
Often while Mexican style spice blend is simply promoted and sold as a seasoning that includes spices with Mexican flavors.
This homemade spice mix recipe is more like a global “modern” spice blend than a traditional Mexican spice blend because even in Mexico they differentiate between various spice mixtures.
In Mexico, they use different spice blends in their regional cuisine. Besides that those local Mexican chili powder varieties are used for different spice mixtures.
Mexican Seasoning Ingredients
This universal multi-purpose 5 min Mexican seasoning recipe consists of a few aromatic ground spices and more:
- Chili Pepper Powder
- Paprika Powder
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Cumin Powder
- Coriander Powder
- Oregano dried
- Black Pepper Powder
This spice combination makes food taste Mexican. Also, the Mexican spice blend recipe is low in sodium.
You can reduce the spicy heat and create a mild Mexican seasoning with the same ingredients by picking a different chili variety.
I like a semi-hot chili variety like the chipotle chili or you can use something like a common cayenne or Kashmiri chili powder variety.
You can experiment with the chili pepper heat by using different chili pepper powder or by adding a little more of the red chili powder to the Mexican spice blend.
Tip: The Mexican spice blend turns out even better if you use your own homegrown chili, which you dry and turn into a powder. Also, try to use central American chili peppers such as ancho, habanero, de arbol or serrano chili peppers. Or the hottest of all chilis, the ghost pepper!
How to use Mexican Seasoning?
You can use this universal multi-purpose Mexican style spice blend in various dishes and recipes, such as a
- mexican chicken seasoning for tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas.
- mexican rice spice blend
- seasoning for guacamole
- seasoning for salsas
- mexican fruit seasoning
- mexican steak dry rub or to flavor your ground beef
- or use as a general taco meat flavor enhancer
I personally like to just sprinkle some on potatoes wedges or slices before I bake them crispy in olive oil. Another idea is to season mayo based creamy dips and sauces with the Mexican spices.
The other day I prepared a mixture of ground (pork) meat. I seasoned it with the spice blend before shaping the ground meat mixture into burger patties and cooking them.
I was almost tempted to stuff momo dumplings with this spice blend (I know, the bastardization of a traditional meal!!)
So as you can see you can use this Mexican spice blend recipe creatively in different ways. I am not going to limit your imagination, after all, who knows, you might come up with another delicious idea!
Tools to prepare and store your homemade seasoning
- Mortar and Pestle – If you want to grind your own toasted spices for more flavor
- Glass Jars to store spice blends
- Expandable Bamboo Spice Rack
Mexican Seasoning Recipe
- 2 Teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Paprika Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Coriander Seed Powder
- 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- 1/4 Oregano dried
- Mix all the spices together and store in an air right jar for further future use.
- You have the option to use whole spices as well, which would definitely increase the flavors in the spice blend! If you want to use whole spices, dry toast them in a frying pan so that the aroma is emitted. Then let cool and turn into a powder with morsel or blender.
- Store in a jar in a dry and cool place away from sunlight. Use whenever needed.
- Adjust the heat by reducing the red chili powder amount or by using different chili varieties such as ancho, habanero, de arbol or serrano.
- I used a roasted garlic powder version
- I like to use a smoked Paprika
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