Mexican seasonings can be as simple as chili powder or a large collections of herbs and spices. To me it just doesn't have that Mexican flavor if it doesn't have cumin. The best way to get cumin powder is to toast cumin seeds and grind them to a fine dust. If you are not feeling terribly ambitious, cumin powder is readily available at most grocery stores.
- 1/2 cup/120 mL chili powder
- 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt
- 1 tablespoon/15 mL cumin powder
- 2 teaspoons/10 mL garlic powder
- 2 teaspoon/10 mL black pepper
- 1 teaspoon/5 mL oregano (Mexican, regular oregano also works)
1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container. Keep in a dark and cool place. If roasting cumin seeds. Simply add 2 tablespoons cumin seeds to a small skillet. Toast over medium heat, making sure to toss seeds around. Once they begin to brown and smell becomes fragrant (about 2-3 minutes), remove from heat and let cool for 1-2 minutes. Place seeds into a coffee or spice grinder and pulverize into a powder.
Add cumin to rest of seasoning ingredients.
2. This mixture can be made into a marinade for large cuts of meat like whole chicken, beef, pork ribs and roasts. For smaller pieces like chicken parts or chops, use half or one quarter of the seasoning mixture. Combine with 1/3 cup vegetable or olive oil and 1/3 cup lime juice for large cuts. Use 1/4 cup oil and 1/4 cup for smaller cuts. If using 1/4 of the mixture, blend with 2 tablespoons oil and and 2 tablespoons lime juice or white vinegar.
|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Total Fat||0 g|
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Unsaturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g|