Monday, October 17, 2011

Homemade Mexican Spice Mix

Homemade Mexican Spice Mix recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Have you ever made your own seasoning mixes? It is easy to do and it will save you a lot of time when you are cooking later. We eat a lot of Mexican food and I use all of these spices together on a regular basis. It makes sense for me to prepare a double or triple batch of this seasoning mix and keep it on hand at all times. Just a bit spicier than standard taco mixes and completely adaptable to your individual tastes, these are some of my favorite spices in the kitchen.

Homemade Mexican Spice Mix / Taco Seasoning Mix
recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

4 tablespoons of chili powder, I used NM Red Chili Powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, stir together all of the spices. Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container. I keep mine in a glass mason jar in my spice cabinet.

Homemade Mexican Spice Mix recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen 
 

27 comments:

  1. I really need to start making my own mixes. It's so easy and does save time later on while making dinner!

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  2. Thanks for this! :) I like trying to make things from scratch.

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  3. I need to do this instead of doing it with every recipe. How do you store it? Little mason jars?

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  4. I love making my own seasonings. Plus it can end up saving you so much money!

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  5. I really need to get some smoked paprika. I've heard so many good things about it!

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  6. I store it in standard mason jars. This recipe makes slightly less than a cup. A doubled recipe fits inside a pint mason jar perfectly.

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  7. I have made some of my own seasonings, but never Taco Seasoning. I could use my red pepper flakes I made in this.... Good Idea Mary!

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  8. Mary, Thanks for sharing this recipe for mixing own Taco seasonings :)

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  9. I so need to make my own. We go through boatloads of the stuff! Thanks for the great recipe!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  10. So weird, Mary, we're on the same page today! We made spice mixes with whole spices today for the grinder, but I also like the idea of having ground spice mixes around. I make chili a lot in the fall, and this would be great to have.

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  11. That's a great idea for Christmas presents I think.

    I will have to add this recipe to my collection.

    Have a great day.

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  12. Sounds way better than store bought seasoning.

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  13. That's easy! Thanks for sharing such a great tip!

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  14. I love making homemade taco seasoning! It's so much better than the packets and so easy!

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  15. What a great idea, it looks so much better than those store bought packets! Thanks for another awesome idea!

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  16. How cool. I've never made my own taco blend!

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  17. I am ALWAYS in the mood for a good taco! Well done :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  18. I agree on making your own seasoning mixes. I made my own blackened seasoning a while ago and I very often whip up something to flavor my tacos, but have not used an actual seasoning mix before. I am going to use this - I think tacos will be on the menu pretty soon. I like the fact that you can adjust the seasonings a bit to your own taste and can control the sodium.

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  19. Oh my goodness I am so excited about this!Our son and daughter-in-law always like as one of their Christmas presents for us to fix them a big basket of homemade things. I have already started putting together recipes to fix. They love tacos and this is going to be just perfect to fix and put in their basket!!

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  20. Making your own taco seasoning rocks but the one thing that most of the mixes I tried seemed to end up with a watery result when the cooking was done, not saucy.

    Now I add just a bit of corn starch or potato starch to my taco seasoning rub and get that saucy beef.

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  21. how much of this spice mix would you use for a pound of meat?
    Thank You for your help.

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    1. 1-2 tablespoons depending on how spicy you like your foods. Enjoy!

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    2. I was just gonna ask the same question. Thank you .

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  22. If you haven't tried smoked paprika before, give it a go. It has a very different flavor from that tasteless red dust we buy to sprinkle on top of deviled eggs, so go light handed at first.

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  23. I am still new to this site, but seriously I love this woman! We are so similar in flavor profiles. This is pretty much right in line with my home made spice mix. Only, I have no clue of the ratios I use. People, the cat is out of the bag with this one…DON'T SLEEP ON SMOKED PAPRIKA! It makes a rub!!!!

    NOTE: Sometimes nice to add a hint of cinnamon to punch up the aromatic element...

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  24. I love it so much I wanted to share it so today I made 4x the big batch recipe. I am going to give it away for Mother's Day Gifts. I love love love this recipe. So much better then any store bought ones out there!

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  25. I make my own taco seasoning as well, with a comparable blend, but I'll be trying this one, too. Agreed to the comment regarding adding a touch of starch as a thickening agent - cornstarch, arrowroot, etc. Makes a big difference. I also add some tomato sauce and/or paste to the meat or beans, depending on what I have on hand. The finished dish needs a tomato component.

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