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Mexican seasoning

Mix up this tasty blend of herbs and seasoning. It can be used as seasoning on tacos, burritos, and more.

Number of servings: 24
Serving size: 1 tablespoon


1/4 cup chili powder

2 tablespoon cumin powder

2 tablespoon ground coriander

2 tablespoon oregano

2 tablespoon basil

1 tablespoon thyme

11 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Time needed: 5 minutes preparation

  1. Measure all ingredients and put in a bowl.
  2. Mix ingredients.
  3. Store in a glass or plastic container with a lid.
  4. Add to ground beef, chicken, cooked dried beans, etc.

Nutritional information

Calories 23
Total Fat: 0.4 g
Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 41.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 4.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
Total Sugar: 0.3 g
Protein: 1.1 g

Allergens: None noted

Tips and variations

Depending on your taste preference, use this spice blend instead of salt to season food. Use on meat before baking, and in casseroles or soups, or add to melted margarine or butter to put on hot vegetables.

If there is a food co-op near you, check for lower prices for spices and herbs. You can buy just the amount of seasonings that you need.

This low-cost seasoning mix is a tasty replacement for commercial seasoning mixes.

Prepare this seasoning as a gift. Put it in a clean, airtight jar and add a colorful ribbon and a card with directions for using.


This recipe was developed by University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development staff.

Related resources

Southwestern seasoning mix — Give your dishes and dips a southwestern kick with this tasty seasoning mix. You can use the mix to make tacos, chili, vegetable or chip dip, and more.

All purpose spice blend — Use this savory blend on meat, vegetables, and more. Buy seasonings in bulk and make a couple of batches to give as gifts.

Herbed seasoning blend — Cut your sodium by using this tasty seasoning blend instead. It tastes great on just about everything!

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