Add a kick of flavor to your meals with this easy-to-make homemade Tex Mex Seasoning! Crafted from a delightful medley of common spices found in your pantry, this simple blend is perfect for satisfying your cravings for a touch of extra zest.
Easy Homemade Tex-Mex Spice Blend
Making your own seasoning blends at home is not only budget-friendly but also incredibly easy! The best part is, you have complete control over the flavors, allowing you to customize them to your liking while avoiding excessive sodium and additives.
Since we started making our own spice blends, this Tex-Mex seasoning has become a staple in our kitchen. Its irresistible combination of flavors adds a delightful kick to meats, vegetables, rice, and beans, taking your favorite Tex-Mex dishes to a whole new level of deliciousness!
🥘 What is In Tex Mex Seasoning
Chances are, you already have most, if not all, of the spices needed for this Tex Mex seasoning in your pantry!
- Chili powder: Use your preferred chili powder, whether it's mild, medium, or hot, depending on your spice preference.
- Paprika: You can use regular paprika or smoked paprika for a smoky flavor.
- Ground cumin: This spice adds a warm and earthy flavor to the blend.
- Onion powder: It provides a subtle onion flavor without the texture of chopped onions.
- Garlic powder: Adds a rich and savory garlic taste to the seasoning.
- Dried oregano: Use dried oregano leaves for a fragrant and herbaceous element.
- Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the seasoning. Adding salt helps prolong its shelf life and maintain its quality.
- Crushed red pepper flakes: They add heat and a touch of spiciness.
- Ground black pepper: Provides a mild and versatile heat to the seasoning.
- Ground cinnamon: A small pinch of cinnamon adds a hint of warmth and complexity.
- Ground cloves or allspice: Optional ingredients that add a touch of warmth and depth to the blend.
🔪 How to Make Tex-Mex Seasoning Blend
Making your own blend of seasonings is a breeze and can be done in just 5 minutes! Grab your measuring spoons and an airtight container or jar with a secure lid, and you're ready to go.
With this Tex-Mex seasoning recipe, you'll have around 4¼ tablespoons of flavorful goodness! Begin by adding 1 teaspoon to ½ tablespoon to your favorite recipes and feel free to adjust the amount to suit your taste preferences.
- Measure: Gather your ingredients and measure out all of the spices needed for the Tex-Mex seasoning blend.
- Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
- Store: Transfer to an airtight container or jar. Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. The homemade Tex Mex seasoning can be stored for up to 6 months.
- Customize the heat level: Adjust the spiciness by adding more or less cayenne pepper, chili pepper, or red pepper flakes. Start with small amounts and gradually increase to achieve the desired level of heat.
- Brown sugar for a touch of sweetness: Add a tablespoon of light brown sugar to create a flavorful rub. This will add a subtle sweetness that balances out the spices.
- Shake well before use: Remember to shake the jar or container before each use to ensure that the ingredients are evenly distributed. This will guarantee a consistent flavor throughout your dishes.
- Store in a cool, dry place: Transfer the seasoning blend to an airtight container or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. This will help preserve the flavors and extend the shelf life.
- Experiment and adjust: Feel free to experiment with the seasoning blend and adjust the ratios of spices according to your taste. This recipe serves as a great starting point, but don't hesitate to make it your own by adding or subtracting spices as desired.
To store, transfer it into an airtight container or a spice jar with a tight-fitting lid. Make sure the container is clean and dry before adding the seasoning. Place the container in a cool and dry area, such as a pantry or a cupboard, away from direct sunlight and heat sources. This will help maintain the flavor and freshness of the seasoning. When stored properly, your homemade Tex-Mex seasoning can last up to 6 months, ensuring you always have a flavorful blend ready for your favorite dishes.
This homemade Tex-Mex seasoning is perfect for adding a burst of bold flavor to a wide range of dishes. Sprinkle it on burrito bowls, Southwestern chili, grilled vegetables, quesadillas, rice, and refried beans for an authentic Tex-Mex taste. It also works great as a rub for chicken, beef, or fish, giving them a delicious kick.
This Tex-Mex seasoning blend has a mild level of spiciness, thanks to the inclusion of chili powder and red pepper flakes. If you prefer a milder flavor, you can omit the red pepper flakes or opt for a mild chili powder. On the other hand, if you enjoy spicier food, you can enhance the heat by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Tex-Mex seasoning and taco seasoning are similar in terms of their purpose, but they are not exactly the same. While both seasonings are used to add flavor to Mexican-inspired dishes, they differ in their specific spice blends. Tex-Mex seasoning is more versatile and can be used to enhance the flavor of a wider range of dishes beyond just tacos, such as burritos, enchiladas, and grilled vegetables. On the other hand, taco seasoning is specifically made to give tacos their distinctive flavor profile. So while there may be some overlap in the spices used, Tex-Mex seasoning offers a broader range of applications compared to taco seasoning.
Yes, the Tex-Mex seasoning recipe provided here is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, as it doesn't contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of individual spice brands to ensure they align with your dietary preferences.
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