Seasoning mixes, like this Southwest seasoning mix, are a time saver in the kitchen. Instead of measuring out several different spices and herbs each time you want a particular flavor, you can reach for a seasoning mix and measure out the amount you need one time. That’s nice when you’re pinched for time.
Why make your own seasoning mixes?
Making your own seasoning mix makes sense for a number of reasons. The price you pay for purchased blends is more than dollars and cents. All too often additives and excess sodium tag along with the spices and herbs you’re looking for. If you want to find a healthier alternative, look no further than your own spice cupboard. You can make your own spice mix. So why not try it now? It’s easy to make. You control the ingredients. You can reduce the amount of sodium, and tailor the spices and herbs to your own tastes.
To sum it up:
- You can avoid additives and excess sodium.
- You control the ingredients and can personalize the flavors to the tastes you like best.
- Seasoning mixes are quick and easy to make.
What’s not to like about that?
What’s a good seasoning mix to start with?
The Southwest Seasoning Mix recipe I have below is an easy seasoning mix to start with. It’s salt-free but packed with flavor and little bit of heat. Use it as a dry rub or in a marinade to season grilled chicken, fish, pork, or beef. Add it to fresh salsa, sour cream, or guacamole for a Southwest taste.
Or think outside the box and mix it in with homemade hummus or sprinkle on green beans or other veggies before cooking. The possibilities are endless – tacos, fajitas, roasts, appetizers and more. Toss the spices and herbs together and store in a jar in a cool, dry place. And when you’re hungry for spicy Southwest flavors, just reach for your jar of Southwest seasoning mix and enjoy!
What spices and herbs do I need to make southwest seasoning?
You really only need a few spices to make this flavorful Southwest seasoning: cumin, chili powder, dried oregano, smoked paprika, ground coriander, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Just mix them all together and store your jar in a cool, dry place.
When you want to use some, start with a teaspoon or two and work your way up. I often use a couple tablespoons when I use it for a dry rub on roast or fish. Sometimes I mix it with olive oil and smear it on chicken, like in my Easy Southwest Grilled Chicken recipe.
It also works well when added to appetizers, like my Southwest Tuna Stuffed Mini-Peppers. You may not think tuna goes with Southwest flavors, but it does! This is a great appetizer to take to gatherings with friends or family. However you use it, you’ll love the smokey Southwest flavor it brings to your dishes.
How to Make a Southwest Seasoning Mix
- 8 tsp. cumin
- 8 tsp. chili powder
- 4 tsp. oregano
- 4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 4 tsp. coriander
- 4 tsp. onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper more or less if desired
- Mix all ingredients together in a small jar
- Store in a cool, dry place
Original recipe from 2015, updated 2020.