All-Purpose Mexican/Tex-Mex Spice Mix

Mexican/Tex-Mex Seasoning

Welcome to day 4 of Homemade Spice Mix week! In deciding which spice blends to create at home, it was obvious that I should do something Mexican related. If you peruse the spice packet section at the grocery store, there are tons that relate to Mexican and/or Tex-Mex cuisine. There’s chili seasoning, taco seasoning, fajita seasoning, enchilada seasoning, and on and on.

Mexican/Tex-Mex Spice Rub

They aren’t all that different from each other, and yes, they are mostly sodium and chemicals with a little bit of chile powder and cumin. So much easier to mix up your own at home. And this little mix is incredibly versatile. It works on any protein in really any form of Mexican or Tex-Mex dish. I’ve long thought that having separate packets for all the different dishes was purely a marketing ploy.

As written, this will approximate the amount in one grocery store packet. You can, of course double or triple the recipe and keep a jar on hand. Also, this isn’t terribly spicy as written – it’s meant to be a template that you can work with; if you want it hotter, simply add some cayenne or ground chile de arbol. Also, switch out half or all of the ancho for chipotle chile powder for a Chipotle Spice Mix! And stay tuned tomorrow – it’s gonna be a good one to round out the week! Enjoy!

All-purpose Mexican/Tex-Mex Spice Mix

{One year ago: Gin and Orange Juice Braised Endives}

1 tbs ancho chile powder
2 tbs cumin
½ tbs sweet paprika
1 tsp dried oregano, preferably Mexican
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp coriander
½ tsp cinnamon, preferably Mexican (canela)

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to combine. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

6 responses to “All-Purpose Mexican/Tex-Mex Spice Mix

  1. Julie,
    I’ve just finished a bottle of taco seasoning and you’re tempting me to try it on my own. Thanks!

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