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Southwestern seasoning mix

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.

Number of servings: 16
Serving size: 1 tablespoon


1/4 cup chili powder

1/4 cup onion powder

2 tablespoons cumin seed

2 tablespoons coriander

2 tablespoons ground oregano

2 tablespoons ground basil

1 tablespoon ground thyme

1 tablespoon garlic powder


Time needed: 5 minutes preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place, such as a refrigerator.
  3. Label the container
  4. Use as desired. For tacos or chili, add 1 to 2 tablespoons to 1 pound thoroughly cooked ground meat. For dip for vegetables or chips, add 1 tablespoon to 1 cup low-fat sour cream or yogurt. Chill 1 hour before serving.

Nutritional information

Calories 32
Total Fat: 1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 53 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 6.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g
Total Sugar: 0.6 g
Protein: 1.4 g

Allergens: None noted

Tips and variations

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

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

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

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