Multi-Purpose Mexican Seasoning Mix

Herbs and spices
Some of the herbs and spices used in Mexican cooking. photo (c) Moggsterb / Getty Images
  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 Cup (Serves 2-4)
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Once you see how versatile this Mexican-inspired dry seasoning mix is, you’ll want to double or triple the recipe each time you whip up a batch. It is perfect for adding extra layers of flavor to meat for tacos or for sprinkling on chicken pieces headed for the grill. It is also great added to stews, stirred into simmering pork, or even mixed into salad dressings or dips. I suggest you try this multi-purpose seasoning to add Mexican flair to just about everything! (See more ideas for use below the recipe.) 

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 3 tablespoons dried powdered chile
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

How to Make It

Mix together ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place such as a cupboard. Use as needed.

 

How to Use Your Multi-Purpose Mexican Spice Mix

This really is a very versatile seasoning. In addition to spicing up your ground beef for tacos:

  • Sprinkle it on a baked potato, baked sweet potato, or roasted vegetables. (Add seasoning once the veggies have come out of the oven in order to avoid scorching the seasoning.)

  • Stir 1 or 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a stick of softened butter. Use on any savory dishes you would add butter to: steak, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, etc.

  • Stir a little of this mix into some mashed avocado; add lime juice and more salt, if necessary, and—bam!—instant guacamole.

  • Spice up any boring salad dressing, chip dip, or hummus with a tablespoon or so of the seasoning.

  • Stir a pinch into creamy soups such as tomato bisque, cream of mushroom, etc.

  • Sprinkle liberally on your popcorn.

  • Mix with sour cream or plain yogurt to make an instant creamy topping or sauce.

  • Add a little of the seasoning to any mayonnaise-based salad such as egg, tuna, or pasta salad.

  • Spice up your basic beef stew or slow cooker entrée with a bit of this seasoning mix.

  • Use as a rub for grilled / roasted meats or chicken—or mix with oil and marinate the meat in the mix before cooking.

 

How to Make Seasoned Ground Beef With This Mix

Brown 1 pound (450 grams) of ground beef in a medium-sized skillet or sauce pan until well done. Add ½ cup of beef broth or water and 3 or 4 tablespoons Multi-Purpose Mexican Seasoning Mix. Stir well, then let simmer until the liquid is absorbed. Taste; add more salt, if necessary. Use meat to fill tacos.

Variation: Use ground pork, ground turkey, or a combination of two or more ground meats.

-Edited by Robin Grose