Mexican spice mix

Mexican spice mix

Mexican spice mix recipe

Mexican spice mix.

It doesn’t happen all that often, but when I get the urge to cook something Mexican I usually fluke it by throwing together a bunch of spices I know generally belong to the category. A bit of this, a bit of that, really.

I know it’s very easy to go to the supermarket and buy those spice mixes in yellow packets and sachets – you know the ones I’m talking about – but when it’s made by your own hands it tastes infinitely better. Plus you know exactly what’s going into it.

Mexican purists may collectively gasp at how inauthentic my mix is, but let’s just say this is my interpretation of the flavours of Mexico.


Recipes where I’ve used the spice


Mexican spice mix recipe

Mexican spice mix recipe

 

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Mexican spice mix
Try your hand at making your own Mexican spice mix.
Mexican spice mix recipe
Course The Larder
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Course The Larder
Cuisine Mexican
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Mexican spice mix recipe
Instructions
  1. Toast the cumin seeds, pimento and dried chilli in a dry pan over medium heat. As soon as you smell the spice, remove from heat to prevent burning. Allow to cool for a minute then grind to a powder in a mortar. Alternatively, use a spice grinder.
  2. Combine the ground cumin, pimento and remaining ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Store in a glass jar in the spice cupboard, out of direct light.
Recipe Notes

I used a Mexican oregano given to me by a friend that lives not all that far from the American/Mexican border. The dried leaves of this native oregano that grows in the Chihuahuan desert are similar to the regular variety, but they have a certain "something" that sets it apart.

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  • This blend looks really good, John – and I think any abuela would be proud to have this in her kitchen. The thing i have discovered about spice blends from México – or anyplace else, really – is that they are personal. Each cook, chef, or abuela has her/his own blend that sets them apart from the one next door. Thanks for the shout out – glad you like the oregano!

  • How pretty is that M? Looking forward to seeing the recipes you come up utilising this!

  • Love what you did with for the photos! Haven’t tried your recipe yet but I’m sure I’ll love it, too.

  • Sara (Belly Rumbles)

    I like your interpretation very much. Love your first photo, quite schmexy.

  • AmandaChewTown

    I love your spice mix recipes! When I see those spiced letters I get excited!!

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