Sunday, August 19, 2018

Mexican Seasoning Mix (Homemade Spices For Beans & Veggies)

Mexican Seasoning Mix is an important spice mix for the pantry; it is not limited to seasoning only beans for burritos and tostadas but is also great for spicing up stir-cooked veggies (think fajitas!), rice, corn, Mexican Fiesta Soup, veg chili, etc! In fact, stir in Mexican seasoning mix into any recipe where you'd want to add a bit of spice. We love to slather grilled/steamed corn on the cobs with a concoction that includes lots of the Mexican seasoning mix ..... more on that soon :-).

Although commercial mixes are readily available, most have unknown "spices", sugar, or fillers such as corn meal; homemade is the way to go if one wants to eliminate all those. This is an easy and quick recipe that lasts well if kept clean and dry.

If you like to eliminate onion/garlic, omit them; the seasoning mix is delicious with or without them.

Mexican Seasoning Mix

About 1 cup

3 Tbsp New Mexico Chili powder 
2 Tbsp Paprika
1-2 Tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp ground Chipotle Chili powder
3 Tbsp Onion powder 
1 Tbsp Garlic powder 
1-2 Tbsp ground Cumin 
1 Tbsp dried Oregano, crushed
1 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 Tbsp freshly ground Black Pepper 
1/2 - 1 Tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 Tbsp Sea Salt


Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. Pour into a clean, dry, jar with a tight fitting lid. Store the spice mix in a dry cupboard.

Use as needed; for spicing Frijoles (Pinto Beans for burrito, taco, etc), you might like to add 1-2 Tbsp or more to taste for each cup of dried beans after the beans are cooked. For stir-cooked veggies or rice dishes, add about 1 tsp - 1 Tbsp depending on the level of spiciness required.


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