Stop buying the packet! My Mexican Spice Mix recipe is the perfect combination of flavors for your cooking.
I love making healthy Mexican food at home. I do it so much that I got tired of constantly blending my favorite spices together for that PERFECT Southwest flavoring in dishes. Sure I could buy a packet at the store, but it often has extra sodium or preservatives that aren’t really necessary.
So instead of buying something new, I decided to mix up a big batch of my favorite Mexican Spice Mix recipe. It turned out so good I had to share it with you guys! I use this blend in my kitchen every couple of days and adore it.
Mexican Spice Mix recipe
This Mexican Spice Mix recipe is super easy and uses only 6 spices that you most likely already have!
The base is chili powder but I add cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and SMOKED paprika. It gives the mix the perfect subtle flavor and is my total secret ingredient. BOOM!
To kick it up another notch I add chipotle pepper. The smokiness of the paprika and the chipotle pepper is sheer perfection. If you can’t find chipotle you can also do any hot pepper you like or leave it out if you want it mild.
This version has just a tiny kick of flavor… nothing serious at all. If you like your food spicy add more cayenne pepper for some easy heat!
If you just cook a small amount of Mexican food use the proportions I suggested below but I will actually double or triple the recipe because I go through it so much. Store it in a glass jar or old spice container for safe keeping.
There are literally hundreds of recipes you can use this blend in including my Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas I shared just the other day… but I thought I’d leave you with a few to inspire your cooking! I even sprinkle it over my black beans when I’m making a simple Black Bean and Avocado Quesadilla.
I promise it will become something you reach for often. Enjoy!
Use it in…
- Crock Pot Black Bean Enchilada Casserole
- Vegetarian Sheet Pan Fajitas
- Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas
- Crock Pot Vegetarian Mexican Quinoa Bake
- Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
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Mexican Spice Mix recipe
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or chipotle pepper
What’s your favorite Mexican food dish to cook at home?