Blending your own Mexican seasoning is a great way to create an authentic flavor for all your Mexican dishes. You can make it spice or not, and there will be no unhealthy additives in your homemade spice mix. It keeps well for months in an air-tight jar, and it is economical to make your own.

mexican taco seasoning in a bowl

What are some common Mexican herbs and spices?

The most common flavors found in Mexican cooking are garlic, onion, and dried jalapeños powder. Mexican cuisine’s most common herbs and spices include cilantro, chili powder, Mexican oregano, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, anise, cocoa powder, and epazote (a delicate aromatic herb from Mexico).

What gives Mexican food it’s flavor?

Traditional Mexican cuisine has a distinct taste, and it’s made up of a few common ingredients. Combining ingredients like onions, chilies, garlic, chile powders, and aromatic herbs such as cumin, cinnamon, and anis all give Mexican food its signature flavors.

Why make your own Mexican Spice Blend?

Mixing your own seasonings saves you money, but you can also create a flavor blend of Mexican spices that best suits your palate; a little spicy or hot!

Homemade Mexican Spices List

  •  chili powder
  •  garlic powder
  •  onion powder
  •  salt
  •  cumin
  •  oregano (Mexican)
  •  paprika
  •  pepper
  •  cayenne pepper

What is different about Mexican oregano?

Isabel Eats shares that regular oregano is an Italian and Mediterranean spice with minty undertones. Mexican oregano has lemon and citrus flavors as well as some tones of licorice. These flavors are great in  Mexican dishes. 

How to make a spicy or mild blend

The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a mild blend, but you can add a teaspoon or more if you like it spicy. If you like it really spicy, make you sweat kind of spice, then substitute the cayenne for habanero powder.

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Spice Way Premium Habanero Ground Pepper

How to store the seasoning

I store my spices in glass see-through jars with airtight lids. I also label my jars so I can easily see what is in the jar. This also makes your spice blend a great gift to give.

Glass Spice Containers with Silver Metal Caps and Pour/Sift Shaker Lid

Ideas For Using Homemade Mexican seasonings

Use all-purpose Mexican seasoning to spice up your hamburger or chicken meat when making tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, or Mexican casseroles. It’s also great to season dips and hummus. Try it as a dry rub on meats before grilling. It would even be good as a seasoning for popcorn.  

Shake some into Mexican Vegan Tomato Soup. It is an easy and healthier alternative to canned soup. It’s also great in Fiesta Rice.

Add a little more spice to your tacos and top them with Mexican Coleslaw Recipe. For a vegan topping, add some Cashew Cream Sauce with a little of the seasoning stirred in. This sauce is a delicious healthy vegan substitute for sour cream.

Throw a Mexican dinner party!

Try these Easy Mexican Party Theme Ideas and Recipes. Your friends and family will be raving about how clever you are for throwing such a great party!

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mexican taco seasoning in a bowl
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All Purpose Mexican Seasoning

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 42
Blending your own all-purpose Mexican seasoning is a great way to create an authentic flavor to all your Mexican dishes.

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.


  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, Mexican
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper , or more if you like it spicy



  • Mix all ingredients into a glass jar.
  • Place the lid on the jar and shake well.


Mix all ingredients into a glass jar, seal and shake well. Marinate chicken, pork, or veggies.
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose Mexican seasoning
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Serving: 0.25teaspoon, Calories: 3kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 14mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 129IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Gina Dickson
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