This easy homemade Southwest seasoning is quick to mix and bursting with flavor! Sprinkle it on chicken, fish, or veggies.
Homemade Southwest Seasoning Mix
We love making our own seasonings, and this Southwest mix is a top pick! It's really versatile and tastes just like the ones you buy, but without any chemicals or high cost. Sprinkle it on veggies like corn or squash, or use it in Tex-Mex dishes like Chicken Fajita or tacos. It's also great for seasoning chicken, pork, beef, or fish!
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✅ Southwest Seasoning Ingredients
- Chili Powder: Adds a rich, smoky flavor and a touch of heat to the seasoning. Adjust the amount to your taste.
- Smoked Paprika: Imparts a deep, smoky taste to the blend. It's essential for the characteristic Southwest flavor profile.
- Ground Cumin: Contributes a warm, earthy aroma and slightly nutty taste. It's a staple in many Mexican and Southwestern dishes.
- Ground Coriander: Offers a citrusy, slightly sweet flavor that complements the other spices. It's a key element in balancing the overall taste.
- Garlic Powder: Provides a savory, aromatic quality to the mix. It's a convenient alternative to fresh garlic.
- Dried Oregano: Contributes a robust, herbaceous note. It's a classic ingredient in many Southwestern and Mexican recipes.
- Salt: Enhances the overall flavor profile and helps bring out the individual tastes of the spices.
- Cayenne Pepper: Adds heat and a touch of spiciness. Adjust the quantity to control the level of heat in the seasoning.
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: Provide an extra kick of heat and a subtle smoky undertone. Adjust to your preferred level of spiciness.
- Ground Turmeric: Imparts a warm, earthy taste and a vibrant yellow color. It's not only for flavor but also adds a visual element to the seasoning.
🔪 How to Make Southwest Seasoning
Mix all the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Then, transfer the seasoning into an airtight spice jar or a container with a secure lid.
You can use it right away to season your dishes, or store it in a cool, dark spot for later use.
This recipe makes about 6 tablespoons of seasoning.
👨🍳 Pro Tips
- This recipe makes about 6 tablespoons, which is a bit more than ⅓ cup of seasoning. That's roughly enough for 4 servings, each using 1.5 tablespoons.
- If you want your Southwest seasoning to taste smoky, use smoked paprika instead of regular paprika.
- You can control how spicy it is. Add more cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for extra heat, or use less if you prefer it milder.
- Before you use it each time, give the jar a good shake. This helps mix up any ingredients that might have settled at the bottom.
Store in a sealed jar or container in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or pantry. While it'll be safe to use for a long time, for the best flavor, try to use it within 6 months.
This Southwest seasoning mainly consists of chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, coriander, oregano, and salt. To add some spiciness, we added cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.
The spiciness of Southwest seasoning varies with the brand and recipe. This particular recipe has a bit of a kick, but you can control the heat by adding more or less cayenne and red pepper flakes.
While the listed spices contribute to the unique Southwest flavor, you can experiment with substitutions to make your own custom blend. However, it may change the intended taste profile.
This seasoning is versatile and can be used to add a Southwestern flair to a wide range of dishes. It complements grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and works well in Tex-Mex recipes like tacos, fajitas, and chili.
Shaking the jar helps redistribute any settled spices, ensuring an even blend and consistent flavor in your dishes.
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