How To Make Mexican Seasoning

By Rena Awada | Updated On November 29, 2022

Making your own Mexican seasoning is simple to do and great for whenever you want to enjoy the bright flavors of chili powder, cumin, oregano, chipotle, and so much more. Make your own seasoning to have on hand so you don’t ever have to buy it from the grocery store again.

Mexican spice blend in jar with spoon

Homemade Mexican seasoning is quick, easy, and simple to make at home in just a few minutes. All you need is a handful of simple ingredients to create your very own authentic flavors. We love to put this seasoning on so many things including tacos, fajitas, burritos, and more.

The best thing about this seasoning is that it is ready in minutes and can be used on so many different types of recipes: Mexican and non-Mexican!

What Is Mexican Seasoning Made of?

Here are the ingredients for our homemade Mexican seasoning. Feel free to swap or substitute any of the ingredients to suit your needs.

chili powder, ancho powder, cumin, oregnao, garlic, onion powder, chipotle chili, coriander, celery seeds, salt
  • Chili powder
  • Ancho powder or smoked paprika
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Chipotle chili
  • Coriander
  • Celery seeds
  • Salt

How To Use This Seasoning

Here are our favorite ways we like to enjoy this versatile Mexican seasoning recipe!

Mexican seasoning in a jar with lid

How To Make Mexican Seasoning At Home

First, add all of the ingredients to a shallow bowl or plate.

Mexican spice blend in bowl

Mix all of the ingredients together with a whisk or spoon until evenly combined.

Finally, transfer the seasoning to a closed jar or container and store it away from direct sunlight.

spooning the Mexican spice blend in jar

Storage Instructions

Store the Mexican seasoning in an air-tight jar or container away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Use the seasoning within six months.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mexican seasoning the same as taco seasoning?

The two are very similar but different! Taco seasoning tends to be less mild compared to Mexican seasoning. Mexican seasoning tends to have a bit of a kick to it.

How do you make Mexican flavor?

Be sure to use a wide array of spices if you’re wanting to go for that authentic Mexican flavor. We like to use this Mexican seasoning to transform recipes.

What is a popular Mexican herb?

Cilantro, oregano, cumin, and Mexican thyme.

one bowl filled with Mexican seasoning and spoon

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Mexican seasoning in jar with spoon

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How To Make Mexican Seasoning

Making your own Mexican seasoning is simple to do and great for whenever you want to enjoy the bright flavors of chili powder, cumin, oregano, chipotle, and so much more. Make your own seasoning to have on hand so you don't ever have to buy it from the grocery store again.
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Course: ingredient
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Vegan
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Measuring & Gathering Ingredients: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 5 Tablespoons
Author: Rena

Equipment

  • 1 shallow bowl or plate
  • 1 whisk

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ancho powder or smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a shallow bowl or a plate.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Transfer to a closed jar/container and store away from direct sunlight.

Notes

STORAGE & SHELF-LIFE: 
Store in an air-tight jar/container away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Use within 6 months.
NOTES & SUBSTITUTIONS:
  • Chili powder – can be substituted for cayenne pepper
  • Ancho powder – can be substituted for dried smoked paprika
  • Ground cumin – there is no substitution for cumin, so omit it if you don’t like it or don’t have it on hand
  • Oregano – you can add basil instead, or omit
  • Garlic powder – omit if you don’t have it, but it adds much flavor
  • Onion powder – omit if you don’t have it, but it adds much flavor
  • Chipotle chili flakes – can be substituted for chipotle chili powder, chili flakes, or cayenne pepper
  • Coriander – can be omitted if you don’t have it on hand but it adds a nice flavor
  • Celery seeds – can be omitted if you don’t have them on hand
  • Salt – use sea salt or Himalayan salt, which can be omitted if you don’t want to add it
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