Mexican Spice Mix

Mexican spice mix recipe

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 48 servings
Yield: 1 cup
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
7 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48
Amount per serving
Calories 7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 45mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

With the popularity of Mexican cuisine, having a ready-made Mexican spice mix on hand can save you time in the kitchen. It's versatile and flavorful, and takes a lot of guesswork out of cooking, freeing you up to experiment and not be tied to strict measurements.

Making your own Mexican spice mix at home with this blend of herbs and spices is simple, and you can be assured that the blend is fresh if you start with fresh herbs—especially if you source everything fresh from the bulk section at your supermarket or health food stores. Plus, you'll know how fresh it is, too, if you label the jar with the name and date of creation.

The most commonly used flavors in Mexican cooking are garlic, onion, and chipotle powder (roasted jalapeños that have been dried and ground). The most commonly used herbs and spices in Mexican cooking include cilantro, chili powder, Mexican oregano, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, anise, cocoa powder, and epazote. This mix makes good use of many of them.


  • 1/2 cup chili powder

  • 1/4 cup Hungarian sweet paprika

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground dried chipotle chile pepper

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Mexican spice mix ingredients
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  2. Whisk together chili powder, Hungarian sweet paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, chipotle pepper powder, dried oregano, and salt until evenly combined.

    Mixing Mexican spice mix in a bowl
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  3. Place Mexican spice mix in an airtight glass jar.

    Mexican spice mix in a jar
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How to Store and Use

  • Store in an airtight glass container and keep the spice mix in a cool, dark place.
  • Label it with the date of creation and use within three months. Shake before each use to recombine.


  • This Mexican spice mix is great with chili. Sprinkle it on beef, pork, or chicken before grilling, baking, or broiling for a south-of-the-border flavor.
  • Use on enchiladas, tacos, and shredded chicken or pork. Season a steak with it before grilling.
  • It's also great on other dishes such as scrambled eggs, sprinkled on top of sliced avocado, or combined with rice.
  • Combine this mix with some melted butter or coconut oil and toss it with freshly popped popcorn.


Feel free to adjust the amount of herbs and spices in this mix to suit your taste. You can also add 1 to 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes) to the mix if you would like it with more heat.