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The Best Homemade & Healthy Taco Spice Mix

Stop buying the packet!  My Mexican Spice Mix recipe is the perfect combination of flavors for your cooking.

easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe

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.  My version is the perfect blend of familiar flavors you love in a much healthier and homemade package.

Homemade Mexican Spice Blend Recipe

So instead of buying something new, I decided to mix up a big batch of my favorite Homemade Mexican Spice Blend 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.

easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe

Why you’ll love this 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!

easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe

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 safekeeping. easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe

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…


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 easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe


easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe

Mexican Spice Mix recipe

The perfect blend for all your recipes... the best Mexican Spice Mix recipe!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 83 kcal


  • 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


You can easily double, triple or quadruple this to make a big batch to store in your pantry.


Calories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 274mgPotassium: 465mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5780IUCalcium: 90mgIron: 6mg
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easy and healthy Mexican Spice Mix recipe


Your turn!

What’s your favorite Mexican food dish to cook at home?


I’m linking up my Mexican Spice Mix recipe with: Meatless Monday, Meatless Monday, Full Plate Thursday, Foodie Friday, and the Weekend Potluck. Thanks so much ladies for the link up parties!
By | 2020-09-16T12:20:26-04:00 February 6th, 2019|All Vegetarian, Dinner, Food, Grilling, Lunch|14 Comments


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  7. Beth Neels February 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love the addition of the smoked paprika and the chipotle! Those give it a nice smoky flavor! Very nice!

  8. Corina Blum February 8, 2019 at 9:58 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love the flavours in this Mexican spice mix and it would go perfectly with so many different meals. I’d love it on fajitas or to sprinkle onto potatoes to make spicy fries.

  9. Chef Mireille February 7, 2019 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I LOVE smoked paprika and this is such a simple blend I would definitely make this and keep this in my pantry for quick and easy dinners! This is perfect on even simple dishes like grilled chicken.

  10. Lizet Flores de Bowen February 7, 2019 at 11:46 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I live in South America and we don’t get the packages. So, I’m glad I found your recipe!

  11. Brian Jones February 7, 2019 at 2:23 am - Reply

    5 stars
    That sounds so good, we don’t get much Mexican food on this side of the Atlantic so this is a nice simple introduction.

  12. Lisa Ballantyne February 6, 2019 at 11:01 am - Reply

    5 stars
    My husband the cook makes the most amazing quesadillas and burritos! But he has never mixed his own seasoning before. Your recipe sounds fabulous!

  13. Tobi February 6, 2019 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Our favorite Mexican dish to make is quesadillas using caramelized onions and smoked gouda with whatever meat we have in the fridge. Most of my spices come from Penzey’s and I’ll definitely try yours when my bottle is empty. I do love all of your recipes; thanks for sharing!

  14. Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real February 6, 2019 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I’ve been using a giant thing of taco mix from Costco since it was easier to have that in college than constantly buy the packets (which are expensive to keep buying!). I never thought to make my own but I’m going to have to try this out when my Costco bottle runs out.

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