Seasoning Essentials: Tex Mex Spice

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By Andy Anderson !
from Wichita, KS

This is a great spice to be used just like salt or pepper. Place it into a shaker bottle and place it on the table to give your dishes that unique South-of-the-Border taste. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves Several
prep time 5 Min
method No-Cook or Other


  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder, i prefer ancho
  • 2 Tbsp
    dehydrated onions
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried oregano
  • 2 tsp
    hungarian paprika, not smoked
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground.

How To Make

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    If kept in a cool dry place (the pantry comes to mind), most spices will last up to a year.
  • 3
    If you have an old glass spice bottle with a shaker top, that would be an ideal storage container.
  • 4
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
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    All of the ingredients have a ground consistency, except 3: The dehydrated onions, dried oregano, and the red pepper flakes. So, before mixing all the ingredients together, place those 3 into a spice grinder, or mortar, and grind until they are the same consistency as the other spices.
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    Mix all the ingredients together, and store in a bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
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    I use this in a lot of different recipes: • With chicken, beef, or chicken tacos • Shake a bit over a taco bowl • As a spice topping on mashed, or smashed potatoes • Sprinkled over a queso cheese and chili dip • Add to mac & cheese for a South-of-the-Border twist And, leave a shaker full of it on the table for Taco Tuesdays Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.