If anyone knows me, they’ll know that I love Mexican food! Tacos, nachos and burritos are my families favourites. They’re fresh and relatively quick to put on the table, but have you ever thought about making your own Mexican spice mix? Well, today I’ll tell you how. There’s no need to order take-out.
And yes, you could just buy those packaged spice mixes. They are very convenient, but making your own spice mix lets you really control what’s going into your meal and also the level of flavour and heat, not to mention it sounds super impressive to tell your guests that you made your own Mexican spice mix…
The mix is really easy and most people would probably already have all the ingredients in their pantry. This recipe makes enough for 500g of meat. I usually use beef mince but you can use whatever takes your fancy.
And if you need some topping inspiration for your next Mexican feast, whether you’re having tacos, nachos or burritos, then be sure to check out my Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo).
Homemade Mexican Spice Mix
1 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp Chilli Powder
1/4 tsp Paprika
1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (see note)
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl or jar and stir thoroughly to combine. Store in an airtight container or jar until ready to use.
- Brown off 500g chosen meat in a large frying pan until just cooked and add spice mix along with 2-3 tbsp of water. Continue cooking until the water has evaporated and the meat is cooked all the way through.
1. This spice mix has a mild spice level, but can easily be made hotter by adding more cayenne pepper.
2. The cook time does not include cooking the meat, only making the spice mix.