Take your Mexican dishes up to the next level with our flavorful homemade Mexican Seasoning!
With a father who grew up in Arizona, my family frequently enjoyed Mexican food for dinner – and I still love it today. There are several of our family favorites in A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®.
I have found that I like to make my own Mexican seasoning (also called Taco Seasoning) – which is simply a blend of chili powder, cumin, garlic and cayenne pepper. I also throw in a fair amount of paprika, to add even more depth to the flavor. One trick I learned from my cousin Jim Kidwell – who is a fabulous home gourmet – is to make your own chili powder from a blend of a variety of chili powders (ancho, chipotle, etc.). Jim regularly sends me a supply of his special blend, but you can easily make your own. Just browse through the Mexican aisle in your grocery store, or head out to a specialty spice store. You’ll be amazed at the various types of chili powders that are available today.
- Yield: Makes just shy of 1 cup
- 1/2 cup chili powder
- 1/4 cup paprika
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients. Store in an air tight container.
A trick we learned from cousin and fabulous home gourmet Jim Kidwell is to use a blend of various chili powders – chipotle, ancho, hot, etc. You can find them with the Mexican food in major grocery stores, at farmer’s markets and specialty spice stores.